Mar022012

W Paris-Opera Hotel now open

The long anticipated W Paris-Opera is finally open.  There is a 75 second video on the hotel’s website visualizing “New York Energy Meets the Lights of Paris”.

W Paris-Opera is a small hotel at 91 rooms including 20 suites and 2 Extreme WOW Suites.

Here is a description of the hotel building from a BusinessWire article:

the hotel is set inside a historic 1870s Haussman-era heritage building near Opera Garnier, Galeries Lafayette and Place Vendome in the eclectic, historic 9th Arrondissement in Paris.

Haussman-era” had no meaning to me when I woke up this morning. 19th century Paris has a setting in my memory of artists whose work I’ve seen in museums and pop culture. Turns out that I now realize I was fully immersed in the Haussman-era experience of Paris architecture on the times I have walked the long boulevards of central Paris. Those times when I wandered and wondered if the street of unbroken building fronts would ever end and give me the option of turning to the left or right. Haussman was the lead city architect who transformed Paris from a medieval city of alleys into a city designed for modern transportation with long straight avenues into the city center and the improvements in sanitary conditions suitable for urban living in the middle of the 19th century. This is an informative Wikipedia read on Haussman’s Renovation of Paris.

But back to the hotel and the hype of press releases for the W Paris-Opera:

Designed jointly by W Global Brand Design and the award-winning Rockwell Group Europe, W Paris – Opera was conceptualised to create a dynamic dialogue between the building’s historic facade, Paris as the “City of Light” and W Hotels’ DNA by infusing New York’s dynamism and never-ending energy into the quintessentially sophisticated Parisian neighbourhood.

W Paris-Opera jumps into the SPG Hotel Reward Category 7 at 30,000 points per night and 35,000 points in peak season dates. Currently there are no peak season dates listed for this hotel on the SPG website.

 

Starwood in Paris Rate Analysis for a 5-night stay April 15-20, 2012

Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world for city center brand name hotels.

Starwood Hotels has Prince de Galles, Paris as a Luxury Collection member and that hotel is closed for remodeling most of 2012.

Westin Paris Vendome and W Paris-Opera and Le Meridien Etoile are three options for Starwood Hotels.

W Paris-Opera Category 7 at 30,000 points per night. 120,000 points (5th night free award) or 365 EUR/night for a prepaid, nonrefundable rate = US$482/night. Best Available refundable rate at 480 EUR per night = US$633.48/night.

W Paris-Opera redemption value = US$20.08 per 1,000 points using prepaid rate. US$26.40 per 1,000 points redemption value using BAR rate.

Westin Vendome Category 6 at 20,000 points per night.  364 EUR/night = US$480/night.

Westin Vendome redemption value = $30.00 per 1,000 points.

Le Meridien Etoile Category 5 at 12,000 points per night. 196 EUR/night = US$259/night.

Le Meridien Etoile redemption value = $26.98 per 1,000 points.

 

W Paris-Opera Rooms

W Paris-Opera is a hotel where Platinum elite status will definitely pay back some dividends with a potential upgrade and free breakfast.

The standard size “Wonderful” room is a small 226-269 sq. ft. The 365 EUR rate shown in the analysis above is the 20% discount rate for a prepaid, nonrefundable Wonderful size room with a King Bed and a rainshower head.

W Paris-Opera Wonderful

 

The next category is the Spectacular Room which sounds like mostly the same room design and size with the Opera House view. The rate rises to 445 EUR for the advance purchase prepaid nonrefundable rate or 580 EUR for BAR rate.

The Marvelous Suite at W Paris-Opera is listed at 344 sq. ft. This is actually about the average size of a typical upper upscale standard hotel room. W Hotels are clever at loading a surprising amount of functionality in a small space. The size of the Marvelous Suite probably seems much larger than the actual space allocated for the room. I teased the W San Francisco back in 2009 for a room their website claimed to be 400 sq. ft. but my tape measure couldn’t account for much more than 300 square feet of room space.

April 15-20, 2012 room rate for a Marvelous Suite is 605 EUR prepaid, nonrefundable (US$799/night) or 780 EUR BAR rate ($1,030/night).

805 EUR (US$1,063) includes breakfast which is certainly a deal for an extra 15 EUR per night. I mean the breakfast addition is a good deal compared to the BAR room rate. $1,000 per night tiny suite is certainly well beyond my financial means for travel. I wonder if those new SPG Suite upgrades can get a member into the Marvelous Suite. I bet they can!

Should I go on with the higher room categories at W Paris-Opera?

Fabulous Room – King Bed: 420 –450 square feet. Now this is a comfortable size room. 896 EUR prepaid (US$1,182) /1,150 EUR BAR ($1,517/night) April 15-20, 2012.

WOW Suite – King Bed: 484-635 square feet. 1,306 EUR ($1,723/night)prepaid/1,660 EUR BAR ($2,190/night).

Extreme WOW Suite – King Bed: 947 square feet. 1,946 EUR (US$2,568/night) prepaid or 2,460 EUR BAR ($3,246/night).

There is a W Paris-Opera hotel page with special offer rates for 4th night free, two free nights on a 6-night stay and 30% off BAR room rates for bookings made by March 31.

Pinch me now. I am still dreaming.

Links: Starwood site for W Paris-Opera

W Paris-Opera hotel site.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. I just made a dummy booking for August and yes it offers the Marvelous Suite and the “Fantastic” suite as upgrade options. Both are listed as a whopping 344 square feet. Sticker shock at 30k per night for a stay in August. Don’t think I will ever be staying at this place

  2. although i like the style of the Ws, the video serves to reinforce that fact that i will likely never stay in one. a bit too much attitude for my liking.

  3. I was looking for award stays in Paris for mid-June and could not find anything at the Park Hyatt so I went looking for some SPG properties and the Westin was fully booked for the days I wanted. Finally tried the W and it was 30,000 points per night for a cozy room. Didn’t want to do that, but then the reservations agent said there was an award for a Fantastic Suite for 65,000 points for 2 nights. I booked it for now since I cancel later without penalty. Looks like a decent deal. Waiting for some reviews on the hotel before I make up my mind.

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