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  • Where to Stay in the ‘Pink City’: Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra

    The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is one of the most popular hotels in Toulouse, and it’s easy to see why: this lavishly appointed four-star boutique hotel exudes charm and character. The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is ideally located in the heart of Toulouse on the famous Place du Capitole and offers a fabulous base from which guests can explore the highlights and monuments of the ‘Pink City’ with ease.

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    Welcome to the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra

    My arrival to the historic Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is less than graceful. I try to tetras myself and an extra-large suitcase into the hotel’s revolving doors without much success. On the verge of abandoning my suitcase altogether, I notice an entrance I hadn’t seen before. Managing to regain some semblance of composure, I walk through another entrance into the lobby of the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra.

    There’s a wooden staircase that curls upward, thick white pillars, plush blue velvet chairs, and floral wallpaper with matching curtains. The decor is charming. While checking in, I’m asked if I’ve been to Toulouse before. I haven’t. The hotel receptionist very kindly gives me some brochures with tips for enjoying the very best of Toulouse.

    The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is gloriously opulent, and its seventeenth-century style makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. There are theatrical props throughout, including a stunning theatrical gown in the stairwell.

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    History: Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra

    The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra has a long and exciting history. Amid the Renaissance period in the seventeenth century, the building sheltered a monastery. In 1789, it evolved from a monastery to “Lycée de la Revolution” – the school of revolution – and just a few years later, the Opera Dance School of Toulouse. In 1980, the hotel was refurbished and redesigned as a four-star boutique hotel, Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra. Today guests can experience all the charms of the hotel’s past in a luxe setting.

    Deluxe Room

    My room is Opera Red with Toile de Jouy wallpaper. It feels very French: dark wood, plush carpets, and heavy drapes extenuate the hotel’s historic allure. There’s a little chocolate on my pillow, which I eat without hesitation before bed. The bathroom is spacious and has a shower and a bath – my favourite. The bedroom is warm and cosy and is tempting me to take a nap. But first, the spa.

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    The Spa

    Terre de Jade is the spa of the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra, and offers a range of treatments, from energising massages to revitalising facial treatments. Guests can also book reiki sessions and wellbeing coaching. Be sure to indulge in the complimentary sauna access but remember: the spa isn’t open on Sundays or public holidays. You don’t want to miss out of a sauna and spa treatment.

    Dinner and Drinks

    There’s no restaurant at the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra, but that doesn’t mean there are no dining options. The hotel’s room service comes from the nearby Brasserie de l’Opéra, which includes vegetarian and vegan options. Better yet, visit the Michelin-starred Les Jardins de l’Opéra, which shares a courtyard with the hotel, for an exceptional gastronomic experience.

    After dinner, sink into the velvet armchairs and plush sofas for an aperitif at the hotel’s elegant bar, before retiring to your room.

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    Mahala Wallace stayed as a guest of Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book this incredible holiday contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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