Hôtel Madeleine Opéra
12 rue Greffulhe, 8th.
Tel 01 47 42 26 26
An excellent bargain located on a quiet side street in the Madeleine business and theatre district, this is a comfortable, modern hotel with a historic Art Nouveau façade. The lobby has a Provençale theme with terracotta floor tiles, wrought-iron furniture and bright fabrics, while the 25 rooms have a more classic decor with carpeted floors and pale walls. Each one is equipped with TV, minibar (non-alcoholic drinks), modem connection, safe and en suite bathroom with hairdryer. Perfectly situated for Parisian power-shopping, the hotel is within walking distance of the major department stores, the upscale Place Vendôme and fashionista haven rue St-Honoré. Doubles €80-€86.
This review originally appeared in an article I wrote for the Sunday Times of London (2004).