W PARIS - OPERA 4, rue Meyerbeer, 75009, Paris, 33-1-77-48-94-94; 91 rooms from $447 (€340); wparisopera.com. No eco-rating.
Baby carrots and dip. That was the surest sign that I was not in a Paris hotel, even though I was in Paris. At the newly unveiled W Paris - Opera hotel, this is the snack that accompanies the cocktails. And while the bar – and those manning it – seemed ready to receive a steady crowd of pretty young things on what was an ordinary Friday night, my guess is that locals and guests alike were patronizing venues that felt decidedly less glossy.