The Hotel Astra Opera is in situated in Paris' 9th arrondissement, in the heart of the city's theater and business districts. The seven-story, 82-room hotel rises beside shops and restaurants, and is a quick walk to local attractions. With a simplistic, minimalist design and glass-roof lobby (with lobby bar and no-frills restaurant) the Astra is modern and up-to-date, but lacks the warmth and personality many might expect from a Parisian hotel. The hallways lack natural light, so combined with dark carpets and embossed floral wallpaper, they're extremely dark (especially at night). The rooms themselves are quite pleasant (albeit a bit plain), and feature modern conveniences such as iPod docks and large LCD flat-screen TVs. Bedside tables open into tiny mini-fridges, and fresh flowers in the rooms add a welcoming touch. The bathrooms are sleek and pretty with granite countertops, but are extremely narrow. The on-site business center, meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, and location near the business district make this a nice choice for those traveling for work, but the proximity to popular sites make it a good choice for couples as well.