The somewhat sedate hotel scene in Paris’ Opera district is gradually blossoming thanks to a handful of notable properties that are shaking things up. The Hilton Paris Opera is the area’s newest resident, which housed in a 19th century landmark building created by French architect Juste Lische in 1889, was the former Grand Hotel Terminus. Restored by London-based hospitality design firm, Richmond International, furnishings are modern and discreet, making way for the hotel’s majestic centrepiece, Le Grand Salon. Here, the room’s soaring ceilings and hand-painted murals have been preserved, while monumental chandeliers, vintage furniture and a backlit ceiling add texture, warmth and drama. Ensconce yourself in the cosy Le Petit Bar or simply head to your room, which - including the 900-square foot Maria Callas suite – are among the most luxurious in the city.