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Maison Albar Hotel Opera Diamond, BW Premier Collection
Ranked #248 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
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Bucharest
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“perfect boutque hotel”
Reviewed October 14, 2009

new hotel, very spacious rooms for Paris, next to St. Lazare train station and 5 minutes walking from Lafayette galeries. if you see the photos from the hotel's site, they are exactly the same in reality: large and comfortable.
the beds are a dream! the bathroom is large enough and the cleaning services impecable.
although they say it'a a 4 stars hotel, it's more a 3 stars one; the concierge makes all the adiacent tasks (carries the bagage, makes the coffe at the bar, opens your door when the taxi arrives..) the staff was very helpful and nice, but the hotel is defenetly a 3 stars one.

TIPS:
restaurants to go to: LA CANTINE, AVENUE, LE COQ, BUDDHA BAR
clubs: SENSE, KONG, LE BARON

BE CAREFUL: during the weekends, it is really impossible to get a taxi.. yes, in Paris... my friend and I had to walk a loooong distance because you couldn't get one; and the concierge from our hotel tried to help by calling over and over :)

otherwise, Paris is fabulous! Enjoy it!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 12, 2009

Booked a room for a weekend on Expedia at a bargain rate, I was mainly attracted by the statement that Opera Diamond had just been refurbished and it is. Too many Paris hotel rooms are too old and cramped.

Opera Diamond looks like a Prada shop and hallways are darker than black, maybe the interior designer overshot a bit there, but the result is really nice, more so for a hotel 100 metres away from a Paris railway station. Accessibility is very good, at least four Metro lines at the doorstep, plus the RER E that easily takes you to Gare du Nord, where you find Eurostar trains and RER B to both CDG and ORY airports.

On our arrival there was no room available for the (lowest) category we had booked, so we were upgraded to the most luxurious one. While the room was not big, it was far larger than usual for Paris. Good and wide bed, room perfectly soundproof, very nice bathroom, with Chopard toiletries. The TV inside the bathroom mirror was not working, but I didn't care.

The posh bar doubles as breakfast room, but we had our breakfasts outside, it's just a few minutes walk to the Opera and Madeleine, there' s plenty of choice around.

All in all Opera Diamond has been a very good experience, given the price we paid. Rack rates instead seem quite high.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2009

This hotel is brand new and the room that we stayed in was amazing. The bed was very comfortable and plush and the bathroom/shower were state of the art (looked like it came out of a Kohler commercial). The room was small but this is common in Europe. The decor of this hotel is very posh. It's on the darker side (the hallways are almost pitch black with very minimal lighting and the walls are all black) but I still felt safe. The hotel is very close to the Metro (underground tube) so it made traveling around the city very convenient. It was also easily accessible to Gare du Nord (where one could take the Eurostar to go to other European countries).

WiFi is free but we had an issue with it at the beginning. One of the staff told us that we had to pay 8Euros for 1/2 hour's time and I remembered reading about the hotel before we reserved the room that the hotel provided free Wifi. I went back to the room, checked the hotel manual, and it stated that the hotel provided free Wifi. The following day, we spoke to another staff and this time we were given free Wifi. So, make sure to read what the hotel offers before paying for things!

One of the staff members (Phillipe) was very helpful. He provided great customer service and suggested places that we could go to visit and go for dinner. Overall, it was a very good stay.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Maison Albar Hotel Opera Diamond, BW Premier Collection
Address: 4 Rue De La Pepiniere, 75008 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#85 Business Hotel in Paris
#166 Luxury Hotel in Paris
#186 Family Hotel in Paris
#197 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Maison Albar Hotel Opera Diamond, BW Premier Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Maison Albar Hotel Paris Opéra Diamond! Like a well-guarded treasure, the Maison Albar Hotel Paris Opéra Diamond is inviting you inside its black and crystal showcase. This very special store and hotel stands at the heart of the 8th Paris arrondissement, and is conceived as a tribute to women and to that most precious of jewels; a diamond. The hotel is close to the Opera, the department stores on the Boulevard Haussmann and the place de la Madeleine, and is the ideal starting point for discovering the Centre de Paris and its famous monuments. After a day's shopping or a working session in the hotel seminar space, the bar lounge and hotel terrace welcome you for a moment's relaxation protected from the bustle of Paris life. ... more   less 
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