Concorde Saint Lazare

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by wanderer 2005 on February 8, 2005

The Hotel Concorde Saint-Lazare is an historic hotel in Paris' opera district. The hotel, which opened in 1889 and was originally named The Grand Hotel Terminus because it was connected by a suspended walkway to the Gare St Lazare, was the epitome of luxury back in those days. The hotel originally had 500 rooms, but no room had a bathroom. Bathrooms were down the hall and shared. The hotel has since been remodeled to have 300 rooms, all with private bathrooms. The walkway to the train station is still there, but the entrance to the walkway has been replaced by the front desk.

The hotel was built in record time of 15 months. The artist who painted all the walls and ceilings, felt very rushed by the architect Juste Lisch, that he got revenge by painting one of the angels on the walls, differently. He painted one backwards, with his bum showing. His way of telling the architect how he felt about him.

The hotel is in a perfect location, a 2-minute walk from Opera Garnier and shopping. The hotel lobby is listed as one of France's historic monuments. There is one restaurant, Café Terminus and one lounge, The Golden Black Bar which has a nice happy hour, 7 days a week.

My room was on the third floor, overlooking Rue Saint Lazare and a pastry shop. I slept with my window open so I could hear the Paris traffic below. The Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps is a 5 minute walk and there are plenty of shops in between the hotel and the shopping center. Lunch or dinner is a must at Café Terminus. Look for my lunch review. It was wonderful!

Concorde St Lazare
Paris, France
33-1-40 08 44 44

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