The historic building that houses the Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra, a 4* retreat in a choice corner on Toulouse’s Capitole square, has been many things during its long history.

This ‘Pink City’ hideway served as a monastery in the 17th century, and became a ‘school of revolution’ following the tumult of 1789. More recently it was home to the Opera Dance School of Toulouse, from where its gifted pupils could hot-foot it across the street to perform at the illustrious Théâtre du Capitole.

In 1980, it was once again transformed, and has since become perhaps the most famous of luxury boutique hotels in Toulouse.

As locations go, it is hard to beat – just a couple of minutes from the metro station and a ten-minute walk down to the Garonne river – plus it boasts views overlooking the bustling main square lined with cafés and restaurants.

Beyond the famed red-brick walls you are immersed in an elegant, refined atmosphere, where bland and muted modern interiors are outlawed in favour of joyful colour schemes and lavish furnishings. From gold sofas and deep blue chaises in the bar (inspired by the Venetian Carnival) to red velvet and sun yellow soft furnishings framed by scarlet walls in the bedrooms and suites, this is a place where de trop is never enough! It’s no accident that the feel is ‘theatrical’ and showy, which adds to the magic.

The opulent rooms range in size from 16 to 35sqm, bedding measures a comfy 140x190cm or 150x200cm and all have a bathroom with bathtub. There are suites, too: Deluxe Privilege rooms including a Junior Suite with Patio while a Red Suite has a living room area. One suite has a terrace while three Junior suites have a view of the Capitole square. All other suites overlook the courtyard or the pink tiled roofs of Toulouse.

Relaxation comes in the welcoming form of a spa and sauna in the basement, with treatments available including foot or hot stone massages. Hotel guests have free use of the sauna and hammam.

The magnificent bar

Breakfast before heading out to explore the city are copious, while later, a pre-sortie evening drink at the mirrored, richly-carpeted bar is a must. As for dinner, your gastronomic needs are covered in style by the adjoining restaurant “Les Jardins de l’Opéra”, which is independent from the Hotel but shares a same light-filled courtyard. It serves exquisite haute cuisine from the expert hand of chef Stéphane Tournié, whose Michelin star guarantees ‘une cuisine d’une grande finesse’!

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