Famous Paris Hotel Begins $50 Million Restoration

In September, the historic Concorde Paris Opera will re-launch as the Hilton Paris Opera. In advance of its conversion, the 125-year-old hotel has commenced a $50 million enhancement and restoration project, Hilton Worldwide announced yesterday.

Plans include a grand entrance hall adorned with frescoes, Corinthian colonnades and original balustrades. Upon completion, the hotel will offer "a modern blend of history and glamour," according to Hilton, which said the property will have 268 guest rooms across five floors, seven meeting spaces totaling 5,435 square feet and a new bar inspired by French fashion designer Christian Lacroix.

"We are delighted to be welcoming this legendary Parisian hotel to our Hilton Hotel & Resorts portfolio," Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. "At the heart of one of the world's most popular destinations, Hilton Paris Opera will offer leisure and business travelers a unique experience through its contemporary design and Hilton service for which we are renowned."