Moving from the Le Meridien, I took an Uber ride to the W Opera, and the fare was less than EUR10, which is not too bad really to try out a hotel in a different and much more Parisian neighbourhood. You see, the W Paris is located just right beside the Opera Garnier and that makes it very central to walk around. I could reach the Louvre in a 15 minutes walk, and Galeries Lafayette and Printemps is just around the corner, while the luxury boutiques of Rue Faubourg-St Honore is another 10 minutes walk.
Apparently my room was not ready yet in the morning so I just left my luggage at the front desk. The hotel has a non-existent lobby since part of the building is taken up by the Apple Store. When I did return later in the evening, they provided me a complimentary drink at the lounge bar as they checked to make sure the room was clean and ready. Tunrs out I was assigned to the Extreme Wow Suite, also the highest category of suite in the hotel. So it was one of the best upgrades I had actually in all my years being a loyal SPG member.
Elevator has a very strong scent of the W fragrance, so sensitive noses watch out when staying at W Hotels. I cannot say I am a big fan of it and would rather they not be so liberal on its use. As the hotel is not very tall, it was a short ride on the elevator.
Room No: 112 Category: Extreme Wow Suite
The suite is located technically on the 3rd floor at the end of the corridor. Its location is at the ‘triangular’ end of the building facing Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin. Entrance of the room was designed to impress with a lot of bling and very trendy colours. The decor of the place is quintessentially W-style which is not exactly my cup of tea but it works quite well in this Parisian building. It’s a bit of fusion between old and trendy creating some sort of urban chic at the same time.
The first thing guests see when they enter is a sleek gloss black wall with LED lights as accents. The living room has a feature sofa with 4 chairs surrounding it. A very intricate fireplace with lots of bling stands on the left while the right side has a bar counter and a flatscreen TV cabinet. Across from the living room there is a huge closet while behind the red TV cabinet lies a small powder room.
Highlight of the room was the circular bed which has a fluffy mattress that was a bit on the soft side. The amount of electronic controls was great as the curtains, speakers and TV controls are all nearby making it easy to do everything while still in bed. Fitted into the bed itself is an alarm clock, radio and music player that has a dock by Sonoro, and it was the first time I saw something like this in a hotel. There is also a nice tray on the bed for guests to place their wallet, keys and coins.
The circular bed might look fantastic in pictures but in reality it was not that nice to sleep in as it can feel like one is a bit enclosed and the sides are actually stools that has to be manually moved. For a one night stay, this novelty was very nice to have since it was a unique experience. Though for longer stays, I think I might just go nuts in this bedroom.
Behind the bed there is actually another fireplace but I believe all the fireplace in the building are no longer in use. There is also a minibar cabinet on the left of the bed. The doors to the bathroom lies beside the fireplace and while the bedroom and living room are outlandishly styled, the bathroom feels so ordinary. It was a whiteout literally with plain furnishings. There are 2 vanity counters, a free-standing bathtub and a glass-enclosed shower cubicle. There is also another huge wardrobe beside the vanity counters.
Across from the bathtub and behind the vanity counter lies an enclosed toilet cubicle with a bathrobe hanging by the door.
Given this was the highest category of suite in the hotel, the bathrooms are generously laden with full size bath amenities. However, the bath amenities are still the usual Bliss brand for W Hotels worldwide. I used to like them when I started travelling and staying in these chain hotels. However many high-end hotel stays later, these amenities feels a tad ordinary.
By the bathtub there are more shower amenities on the circular table. For one person, it was a huge space to really explore and it could have easily been used for a party. It was also fun to play with the electronically controlled curtains which allows guests to blackout the rooms and bathroom in one touch.
In the evening, there is also turndown service, which is to be expected for a hotel in this category. Additional bottles of water were placed by the bedside (they were Evian naturally in France) and 2 small chocolates were given to guests.
Other than the wonderful suite, the hotel is pretty small and feels a lot like a boutique hotel. There is that small lobby and reception area which does not have any seating space for guests to wait. However the lobby and public spaces are furnished with nice ornaments and the hotel has done all it could to make do with the heritage architecture.
Because it is a small hotel, there are limited facilities with a small fitness centre at the top most floor where the sloping roof does make the space feel more restrictive. There are only a couple of treadmills and fitness equipments such that I wonder what is the whole point. I would rather just jog or run outside towards the River Seine.
Aside from that I did mention I was asked to wait in the W Lounge and Coquette restaurant while waiting for my room key. The interior of this bar-cum-restaurant was furnished in the same style as the suite. Modern, trendy and fresh while retaining the flashy elements that would go well in Paris. I would certainly check out the restaurant and bar even if not staying at the hotel as it does look nice. The staff here was also very pleasant and they do serve guests with a smile which is probably easier when there are less people. Another thing I liked about this hotel is the main entrance is not in a busy street so it is much easier to walk out into. I managed to drop off and get onto an Uber with relative ease.
Certainly, I appreciated the upgrade and even without it, the hotel’s location was perfect in my opinion as it was walking distance to most of the places of interest. I could even walk easily towards the Louvre. Though if I am staying longer, I might have just opted for a simpler suite as I did not really like the circular bed. My room rate was EUR340 (~$310) which is not cheap but with the upgrade I got, this rate seems to me like a great deal for a night in Paris. Furthermore the friendlier staff was certainly a welcome compared to the Le Méridien experience the day prior.