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Visiting the W Paris-Opera

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W Paris-Opera Hotel for Romantics
Visiting the W Paris-Opera

Cozy bed in an e-Wow suite.

Starwood.

Opened on Valentine's Day in 2012, the W Paris-Opera hotel has one of the most romantic views in the City of Light, overlooking the golden-hued Garnier Opéra House (ask the concierge how to arrange a tour).

The W is close to Paris' two top department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps and an easy walk to the Rue de la Paix and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for window shopping. The Louvre, Place Vendome, and Palais Royale are also walkable. To reach places farther away, there's a Metro station.

The W Paris Opera may help Americans feel particularly at ease. If you arrive sleep-deprived from a red-eye flight, the hotel may offer a spot for you to crash (even if it's not your intended room). That depends on availability, of course. (And it's just one reason many reviewers praise the service here.)

W Paris-Opera contains under under 100 rooms, most with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rainforest shower (no bath). Rooms are on the small side; basic ones have little room between the end of the bed and the wall where the flatscreen TV is mounted. But there's always the e-Wow suite, complete with a rounded bed and unobstructed Opera view.

Once unpacked and ensconced, you can charge multiple electronics from your room's charging station without needing an adapter. Guest room wi-fi is available at a steep 19 Euros a day but free in public areas.

Some couples feel uncomfortable in Paris' established, traditional hotels. Decor throughout the W Paris-Opera Hotel is light and modern. Bold colors, such as the red on the winding staircase, add cheer. The hotel restaurant is under the direction of multi-Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola, although lovers may not be enamoured with eating Spanish tapas in the heart of French cuisine. Fear not; outdoor cafés, bistros, and fine restaurants await nearby.

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