Scribe Paris Opera by Sofitel
What We Love
- The quintessentially Parisian murals, sculptures and historic wall texts
- The on-site Keirao spa, complemented by inroom Hermès bath amenities
- You're within walking distance of the famed Opéra, Galeries Lafayette and the shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
What To Know
- In classic Sofitel fashion, you'll have impeccable comfort — but expect little in the way of idiosyncrasy
- This is the heart of Paris: Think wide boulevards and bustling traffic, not quaint cobblestone streets
- Perfect for business travelers and families
- From July 1 2015 a $4 city tax, per person, per night will be collected at the property (over 18s only).
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
French interior designer Jacques Grange is responsible for the look of these rooms, which combine a classical elegance with all the comfort of modern amenities. The foyer is impressive, hung with large crystal chandeliers and equestrian sculptures in homage to the Jockey Club, founded here in the 19th century. The restaurant and bar offer ambient and cozy spaces on deep, comfortable sofas. Meanwhile, murals in the hotel corridors celebrate the luminaries who trod these floors in times past: the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev, dancer Josephine Baker and the Lumière brothers, to name a few.
Bed and Bath
With 213 rooms and 13 suites ranging from superior to luxury and prestige, there is a large array of comfort on offer. Rooms are carpeted and quiet, in graceful tones of beige, cream, brown and apricot. The cherry on the cake is the Sofitel MyBed, which offers a dreamy night’s sleep with duck down mattress toppers and duvets. Bathrooms are standardized in gray marble and white tile, and all offer bath and shower facilities with lavish Hermès accessories.
You don’t need to go far to eat well. The light and spacious in-house restaurant, appropriately named Le Lumière in homage to the Lumière brothers (who screened their first film here), is in the inventive hands of Michelin-starred chef Sebastien Crison. The 1 T. Rue Scribe tearoom offers such delicacies as house-smoked salmon and foie gras, or you could go for some honey from the hotel’s own rooftop hives. And when you need to work off the gourmet indulgences, the hotel has a fitness center and a spa, complete with Jacuzzi, hammam and massage rooms.
In the Area
Even if you’re not a fan, the proximity of Paris’s prestigious 19th-century Opéra Garnier means a visit is almost obligatory; check out the famous ceiling decorated by Marc Chagall. This area is running over with chic boutiques; you’re a stone’s throw from Paris’s most famous department store, the Galeries Lafayette, and a few minutes’ walk from the wall-to-wall designer boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. The Palais Royal, on the Rue Saint Honoré, houses a historic theater as well as an elegant park. But if you really want greenery at the heart of this city, head over to the Jardins des Tuileries for a walk among sculptures by such artists as Rodin, Henry Moore and Jean Dubuffet.
How to Get There
We stayed at this hotel for four nights. It was absolutely perfect! When we arrived we were a bit crazed because we arrived by metro and it took us forever to find since we had no wi-fi or map of the area. Hotel reception was super helpful and brought us fruit infused waters to cool off with to start. The hotel is perfectly situated near the opera house, museums, gardens, amazing shopping and plenty of cafes nearby. Our room was spacious and modern and even though some parts of the hotel are still under construction, it didn’t affect us at all.
We aren’t fancy people and needed basic help of concierge and they were very friendly and super helpful—helping us with a trip to Versailles, plotting out our other days, restaurant suggestions, etc. They just seemed so happy to help, no matter what. In fact, everyone that we encountered was incredibly friendly and professional. It was a pleasant surprise to find that breakfast was included for our stay as well—and it was delicious! There was soooo much variety—all the French and American basics plus warm soups, even smoked salmon and salads—everything you can imagine in a beautifully appointed dining room with a very attentive wait staff..
Finally, what I most appreciated is that they treated everyone equally. We were in a standard room, we weren’t walking around with Gucci shoes and bags, we weren’t making reservations at high end restaurants, but it didn’t seem to matter to anyone. There was no snobbery or pretentiousness at all. Thank you, staff at Sofitel, for making us feel so welcome!
went back to le scribe after the refurbishment .things changed for better. rooms have now more space for wardrobes. breakfast place is not anymore in a dark basement but on the nice are on the ground floor. spa are is newly done and the gym is decent. finally we have a very interesting “new” hotel in the Opera area.