Opéra Garnier

Discover the Opéra Garnier

Historic monument near the Hôtel Impérial

The Opéra Garnier, formerly known as the Paris Opera, is an exceptional monument and a powerful symbol of the capital. Its majestic appearance makes it a place to visit in its own right, whether or not you wish to attend a performance. Its rich history adds to its prestige, and since its creation the Opéra has hosted some of the finest ballets and opera performances of the moment.
The Opera House also houses a library containing over 600,000 documents. You can visit the Opera House to discover its riches and magnificent ornaments.
Your hotel, close to the Opéra Garnier, is an ideal base from which to discover it.

The Palais Garnier, an architectural masterpiece

Opened in 1875, the Opéra Garnier was built on the initiative of Napoleon III. The young architect Charles Garnier won the ambitious project in a competition. Blending several styles, the building, mainly Baroque, caused controversy at the time of its creation, but today it is a constant source of wonder. The interior is immense and richly decorated. Redeveloped to accommodate the building, the square is now a pleasant and festive place, where music often resounds during the day.

Attend the most famous ballets

During your stay in our hotel near the Opéra Garnier

An emblem of classical dance, the Paris Opera ballet selects only the best dancers for its exceptional ballets. With almost 200 performances a year, the ballet offers a varied programme of the highest quality. Today, works from the 18th century rub shoulders with romantic and contemporary pieces. Swan Lake remains one of the best-known ballets, but there are many others to discover during an unforgettable evening, thanks to your hotel near the Opéra Garnier.


Plan your visit to the Opéra Garnier

Tours of the Opera House enable you to discover the many areas of the building, including the Subscribers' Rotunda and the Grand Staircase, as well as the temporary exhibitions. Guided tours provide an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the history and architecture of this exceptional building over a period of 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. Tours are free on Heritage Days, however, as they are subject to the vagaries of performances in normal times.