Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra

A reinvented Parisian legend

The sophisticated and understated Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra has been an icon in the city since its debut in the 1860s, but unlike some of Paris’ palaces, this historic property is more discreet about the famous guests who have called the Haussmann hotel home. Le Scribe, as locals lovingly refer to it, was something of a mini Hollywood in its heyday, and, in addition to serving as the locale where the Lumière brothers held the world’s first movie screening, the hotel was as a permanent residence for legendary figures like entertainer Josephine Baker.

Conveniently located on the Grands Boulevards, in the Opéra district, 201-room Le Scribe places you within walking distance of some of Paris’ signature sights, like the Louvre and gilded Opéra Garnier. Fresh off a two-year renovation, the landmark hotel still exudes a sense of timeless glamour from the Second Empire, but now it’s sprinkled with contemporary touches that make the space feel more modern without losing the key elements that make it distinctly Parisian.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Nearly 20% of accommodations in the Paris hotel are suites, with the highlights being the split-level duplexes with soaring, 20-foot-high bay windows, and the 592-square-foot, top-floor Terrace Suite, which opens up to the calm inner courtyard.
  • The restaurant Rivages sits under a winter garden-style glass roof and features a centerpiece conservatory (soon to be filled with butterflies) and market-fresh cuisine inspired by seasonal Mediterranean fare found on the French Riviera.
  • Le Café Scribe is housed in a former Louis Vuitton boutique — the first in the city — and serves sustainably sourced coffee from specialty French roaster Terres de Café, tea from century-old Parisian brand Betjeman & Barton, and pastries from Paris-based pâtissier Hugo & Victor.
  • The horseshoe-shaped Le Bar du Scribe is a hotel staple (and was frequented by Ernest Hemingway and Marlene Dietrich back in the day) and shakes up a mix of classic and creative cocktails inspired by the flavors of the South of France (think lemon, thyme and violet liqueur).
  • The sense of loyalty from the team — some of whom have worked here for 30-plus years — translates to stellar service everywhere from the restaurant to the rooms.

Things to Know

  • Sleek communal tables in the luxury hotel’s living-room-style lobby are a popular spot for posting up with a laptop.
  • The small fitness center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym. You also can take your workout outside with the hotel’s freecross (a vehicle that’s an elliptical-and-bike hybrid) sessions.
  • The 24-hour room service menu nods to the restaurant’s Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with elevated dishes like roasted fish fresh from the Riviera, as well as French classics like a croque monsieur hot sandwich.
  • Le Scribe is a pet-friendly hotel.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Getting There
1 rue Scribe, 75009, Paris, France
CDG (28-45 min)   ORY (26-45 min)