When traveling to Paris people have a variety of different expectations. From the dramatic, lavish, and often ‘grotesque’ feel of its landmarks, to the flirtation with romance, poetry and the arts, this is the city of enchantment. When I stepped into the Opera Garnier apartment I felt a wave of that incredible Parisian mystique. The apartment was filled with the sent of flowers coming from the fresh roses, lilacs, and orchids in vases scattered around the apartment. We were greeted by our two wonderful hosts, John and Regis,who are the owners of the company, “Special Apartments”, which specializes in providing luxury rentals throughout Paris.
The spacious two-bedroom early 19th century apartment is located between L’Opera Garnier and the beautiful Palais Royal Gardens. Decorated in a modern interpretation of the directoire consulate style, that adheres to the same period of the building itself, the design aesthetic is thoroughly impressive. The space dazzles with gorgeous crystal chandeliers and original artwork. Every detail from the oak parquet floors to the intricate ceiling moldings has been thoughtfully embellished. The bedrooms are fitted with comfortable beds, luxurious fixtures, and classic French furnishings with a modern twist. There are two marble bathrooms each with a shower and plenty of steaming hot water, something I truly appreciate in a historic property such as this.
Its also worth noting that the space is fully equipped for all of our modern needs. The kitchen is ready for the preparation of a feast with a modern stove, fridge and all of the necessary utensils. It has a dishwasher plus a washer and dryer. The front living space has a Bose sound system and flat screen television with a small library worth checking out.
Special Apartments also offer extra services if you so desire. For example, if you need reservations for a show, or want to take a specific tour, just give them a call. Need a transfer by taxi or chauffeur? Consider it done. When I had the opportunity to chat with the concierge, I found them to be very hip to whats new and exciting in Paris and full of valuable information for us thirsty for new experiences.