Grand Hotel de l’Opera
What We Love
- Boutique style and old-world charm in the bustling heart of Toulouse, with breakfast and more The central location – perfect for exploring this historic city
- The hotel’s old-world décor, adding just the right amount of classic elegance
- Retreating to the spa for some rest and relaxation after a long day of sightseeing
What To Know
- Rooms are a good size, some have private balconies
- If you have a bunch of gadgets to charge, know that some guestrooms have limited outlets
- Free WiFi is really fast
Sometimes there’s nothing better than an ultra-modern, sleekly minimalist hotel. At other times, you want to indulge in a bit of old-world charm. It’s at those times that you need a hotel such as the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra. Ideally situated in the Place du Capitole in the centre of historic Toulouse, this hotel is bursting with character, with opulent décor lending it a nostalgic air.
The city’s best museums, galleries, shop and restaurants are right on your doorstep, with many others just a stone’s throw away. Feel like taking a day off from sight-seeing? No problem: the Place du Capitole offers the best people-watching in town, so simply settle in at a café and let the rest of the world go by.
Whether you’re relaxing in your stately, well-appointed room, sitting in the bar with an apéritif, taking a moment to yourself in the spa, or enjoying a dinner in Michelin-starred restaurant Les Jardins de l’Opéra, the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is the perfect haven after a day of exploring the natural and historic sights of the beautiful city.
How to Get There
The entire hotel and rooms are beautifully decorated. The staff are very friendly and helpful and can speak a variety of languages. The bathrooms are modern and spacious. The location of the hotel is also ideal for tourists wanting to explore Toulouse.
We came after checking out early from the Mercure Saint Georges because they have no air conditioning to speak of. This hotel is far better for almost the same price. Much larger rooms and they have a great air conditioning system that actually works. Convenient public parking next door and very central.
Excellent hidden location - easy to miss the entrance cul de sac, just off the main square.
The hotel is in a historic old building and the furnishings and fittings are in line with the 'old' age of the hotel.
Service average - but surprised to see the laundry trolly blocking the hall way entrance throughout our 18 hour stay.
We were in Toulouse for a conference and this was one of the recommended hotels. I chose it because of the location, and it looked like a nice smaller hotel. It was really great! Rooms nicely furnished, very clean, comfortable bed. The fruit plate I ordered ahead was perfect and we ate the fruit for three days. Breakfast was the standard (very good) European breakfast. They gave us a discount on breakfast because we made our reservation directly with the hotel instead of a consolidation service. (I always book directly with a hotel - can get good rates and much easier to change or cancel.)
Wow! This is one impressive hotel with sumptuous pleasure-laden décor everywhere you turn. It was hard to be in the lobby without turning your head around to appreciate one nook, then another, and wanting to check out other hidden gems. It’s been a convent, a school of dance, etc. before it was turned into a 50+ room boutique luxury hotel right along the Place du Capitole, a huge square which is considered the center of the city. But what’s interesting is that the entrance to the hotel is inside the compound since it’s the hotel’s brasserie occupies the front façade facing the square. It’s only three floors, with one small lift and the staff are super-friendly. Check-in is a breeze. You can take the beautiful spiral staircase as an alternative.
Your room keycard is attached to a large and heavy brass knob. The room we got was a semi suite, with a work room after the front door, foyer, and wardrobe cabinets. It has two armchairs, one large and one small, a desk and seating bench, mini bar, large mirror, coffee maker. It leads into the bedroom with its own TV set, and separate rooms for the toilet and the shower-sink. The walls are all in deep red fabric, wooden panels are all in dark brown. There’s a second set of wardrobe cabinets at the far end of the bedroom. There are enough electrical outlets, enough accent lighting. The shower-sink area is quite large with good-looking marble. It also has a close-up mirror which my wife appreciated. My major complaint was the very heave desk bench and two footbenches which had wooden corners and you had to be careful not to hit your knee – painful. The bed was also a tad large for the bedroom space and at one side, you had to do a wiggle to avoid the aircon wooden vent cover when you turned in.
Breakfast was decent –there were breads, pastries, juice, coffee, jams, cold cuts like cheeses and hams, and hot foods like bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs.