Design firm Richmond revitalizing Hilton Paris Opera

Hilton Paris Opera is scheduled to debut in January 2015 following the completion of an extensive $50-million restoration and enhancement program. The 268-room property was formerly known as the Concorde Paris Opera.

Sofia Vandaele was appointed GM of the hotel.

Originally designed by architect Juste Lisch to accommodate visitors flocking to the 1889 Exposition Universelle, Hilton Paris Opera tapped design firm Richmond for the revitalization. The fresh design scheme pays homage to the hotel's history while providing an updated aesthetic for today's traveler.


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When the property reopens, the 268 rooms including 29 suites will have a bold yet calming color scheme, as well as brass detailing. Design elements will include an entrance hall adorned with frescoes, Corinthian colonnades and original balustrades with chandeliers set with crystals and mosaic flooring. All rooms will have central air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity.

Highlights of Hilton Paris Opera's 29 suites will include the 900-square-foot Maria Callas Suite. Besides a living room with the high ceilings typical for a Parisian Haussmann building, this suite will have a master bedroom with one king bed and a second bedroom with twin beds, both with private bathrooms designed with a polished stone vanity and walk-in shower.

Other suite highlights will be the hotel's four light-filled Rotonde suites located on both sides of the building, characterized by the round exterior walls opening up to private French balconies.

Hilton Paris Opera will also have 10 one-bedroom suites and 14 junior suites, and all suite guests will receive in-room Nespresso coffee makers, full-size bath amenities and enhanced turndown services. Access to the Executive Lounge is included.

The central archway between the two reception desks in the entrance lobby will open through to the highly decorative “Le Grand Salon,” the heart of the hotel. The formality of the original architecture with 46-foot high ceilings and hand-painted frescos will be brought up to date with a large feature brass bar, high tables and mix of contemporary and vintage furniture.

For events, the property will have the Salon Baccarat. Six other newly refurbished meeting rooms will be located on the Entresol and Mezzanine Levels. The breakfast lounge will also located on this floor, in the opposite wing with spaces that flow and wrap around the corner of the building.

Also as part of the renovation, Hilton Paris Opera will add an Executive Lounge and a fitness center.