12 Oct Chic Hotel Edouard 7 near Opéra Garnier
Homage to King Edward VII, the chic Hotel Edouard 7 celebrates his love of Paris fashion, all things theatrical and refined. Born to parents Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the former Prince of Wales and subsequent king visited Paris often. He adored the unrestricted views of the Opéra Garnier and thus spent time in-residence nearby in what is now the Hotel Edouard 7.
I felt his presence the moment I stepped inside the lobby. History and modernity all at the same time – the oval front desk represents his top hat, the walls his coat and the bar his belt. A fashion forward man of his times, I learned that he hired Parisian tailors to make the first ever three-piece suit.
While the first floor is masculine in nature, the upper three floors of rooms are a delicate balance of feminine and masculine sensitivities. British and French styles are blended, creating an interesting spirit. The living room of my suite had a definite regal point of view with the black leather couch and antique paintings. The bright yellow pillows offered pops of color and interest. Opposite the couch, a contemporary glass desk area and above a recessed painted television cabinet with a cute French note about Edward on the façade was dreamy.
The custom bed was unfussy with a stark white duvet, modest chocolate brown headboard against a wall of taupe fabric and yet was made cozy with the addition of the fuzzy light gray throw on top. A sunken bookcase above the bed contained contemporary books adding a homey touch.
Glass figurines placed effortlessly in nooks and crannies played well against the natural light that shone through the many windows. Not common at all for Paris, the elegant marble bathroom also boasted a large window. I remember quite well thinking that it the shower had incredibly good water pressure, a beautiful tub and a very handy towel warmer, again most unusual for Parisian hotel rooms.
I loved the feel of the bar with the art deco windows as the backdrop for the liquor shelves. Breakfast was in the charming dining room where fresh pastries and buttery croissants were the stars of the show.
The hospitality knew no bounds and is what ultimately made me a big fan of the hotel. The front desk people were extremely helpful and convivial. Large bottles of still and sparkling water and a timely amenity of toasted French bread with olive and tomato spreads were a welcome treat for this weary traveler. I appreciated having my own Nespresso coffee maker with an array of flavor pods in the room so I could indulge without having to dress and go downstairs. This four-star property with a five-star personality is a great option for guests who appreciate history yet desire modern amenities.
Hotel Edouard 7, 9 avenue de l’Opéra – 75002 Paris
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While I was a guest of the hotel for this visit, the opinions as always are my own.