It was my refuge when Paris knew some terrible days at the beginning of this year. The Wilson Opera is a little three-stars hotel, so discreet that we could keep the address secret. Its name could make you think that it is located on the Grands Boulevards, but you’ll find it in the little Stockholm street instead, at a stone’s throw from the Saint-Lazare station, where half a dozen subway routes and the RER E line allow you to discover several districts of Paris. Between the Place de Clichy and the Opera Garnier, the Wilson Opera is ideally located, at the heart of the eighth arrondissement, not so far from the Hotel R of Paris that I already tested.
One could easily forget that it’s only a three-stars hotel, because it has the soul of a four-stars hotel. At the reception desk as well as at breakfast, you’ll find a young and friendly team, which is always smiling and pampering without ever being intrusive. They’ll ask you twice rather than just once if you have any question, they always take some time to comment on the news with you and talk about the recent attacks in Paris. They call you by your name ; so, it feels like home. Despite an early check-in at 10 :30 A.M., my room was ready.
A little living-room area allows you to enjoy a light snack (2€ for an expresso, fruits and cookies free of charge), a modest library and a computer with a printer and an Internet connection in case you need to print your boarding pass for example. Besides, there’s free WI-FI everywhere in the hotel.
The modest size of the Wilson Opera is its main asset. Space is rare in Paris, so it’s important to arrange it cleverly. This was the case for the superior room 205 where I stayed. 14 square meters but it has everything you need: king size bed with a quality bedding, desk, luggage rack, wardrobe, flat screen TV, courtesy tray. And some good reasons to stay in my room, to drink Dammann Frères green tea and check the news on TV… Above all, the decoration is elegant: shades of beige and taupe with warm tones, dark woods, dimmed lighting. An irreproachable cleanliness reigns in the whole establishment.
The bathroom is perfect for one person; two people and it might feel more cramped. Yet again, there’s everything you need, even if the hair dryer isn’t extremely efficient. In spite of the limited space, the superior rooms offer a bathtube, the classic ones, a shower. The toiletries are supplied by a French cosmetic brand, Algotherm.
I was a little afraid of the noise because the elevator was close to my room, but the soundproofing is excellent. However, don’t forget to close the bathroom door to maximize its efficiency.
Breakfasts are served from 07:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and that’s appreciable. The elevator will lead you directly to the breakfast room, a little windowless room on the lower ground floor. A salted buffet displays a selection of cheeses and cooked meats, eggs and sausages if you want warm things. Different sorts of fresh breads and viennoiseries; cereals, milk products, and fresh fruits show that the breakfast team cares about the quality of the products and it has to be noted, because that’s not always the case in all the hotels of that range. Indeed the fresh orange juice can confirm these observations because it’s not an obligation for the French hotels under four stars to serve fresh fruit juice. Parisian price: 14€, yes, but the buffet will offer enough to be satisfied and that’s a good price-quality ratio.
An excellent adress that could become my HQ during my next Parisian stays. I found it on TripAdvisor where it is very well ranked among luxury hotels. The very good comments talk about its perfect welcome and the quality of the breakfasts. No wrong note at the Wilson… Opera.