In-amongst the 5-star grandeur and dated decors of central Paris’ many famous establishments sits Pavillon des Lettres, the hotel that delivers romance, culture and historic flair in a cosy yet stylish package.
Founded on a unique literary theme, this small luxury boutique hotel dedicates each of its 26 rooms to a letter of the alphabet and a corresponding writer: from A for Andersen to Z for Zola. Language and literature is a recurring motif throughout the hotel, from the décor and in-house library, to the book (written by your room’s author) placed on your bedside table. Although the hotel caters regularly to everyone from businessmen to young families, it’s the ideal hotel for culture vultures wanting more from their hotel than just a place to crash.
A pleasant 2 hours and 15 minute train journey past rolling countryside is all it takes to get to the heart of Paris, and with Eurostar* passengers able to arrive only 30 minutes before departure, you can be sipping a martini at the hotel’s honesty bar a mere 3 hours after leaving London.
A quick taxi ride from Garde Du Nord will whisk you through the historic streets of Paris to the Pavillon des Lettres’ classically Parisian terrace façade. Nestled within a quiet road off the Faubourg St Honore - just a stone’s throw from the Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde and Jardins des Tuileries - the hotel is in an ideal location for ambles through the winding streets. A plethora of restaurants, shops and cafes are within a 5-minute walk.
Re-furbished in 2009 with the help of interior designer Didier Benderli, the hotel exudes a paired-back yet chic modernity – plush fabrics in neutral tones aplenty. With an intimate yet stylish lounge/breakfast area and winding staircase, the hotel offers a comfortable yet cool home-from-home vibe that can lack in larger corporate hotels.
The rooms, are light, airy and comfortable, and each one unique through subtle design touches relating to your author - including lines from their iconic works stencilled above the bed and on the glass door to the bathroom (where there are Molton Brown toiletries aplenty…). For those wanting the full romantic Parisian experience, book early to nab one of the hotel’s two top-floor suites, which feature breath-taking views of the Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais from your balcony.
FOOD & DRINK
The hotel offers a classic continental breakfast in the lounge, but if you’re feeling a little languorous you can order your coffee and croissant the night before to arrive straight to your room at no extra cost – suddenly that private balcony is looking even more appealing…
When night falls the lounge turns into an honesty bar, where you can settle in and show-off your mixing skills before heading out on the town. Looking for a bite to eat? You can’t get better than Jean-Georges’ French-Asian fusion restaurant Market, located just a short walk away from the hotel on the fashionable Avenue Matignon. The ‘white plate’ dessert sharing platter – featuring a modern re-imagining of French classics such as chocolate fondant, opéra, sundae, crêpe cake and crème fraîche cheesecake - is a must-try.
Pavillon des Lettres is a hotel full of personal touches that separate it from the rest. Whether it’s the complementary bike hire – perfect for a lazy afternoon – in-house library service that delivers books right to your door, or mini art exhibition that changes every 6 months, there’s plenty to inspire budding artistes.
WHAT TO DO
Tired of being the tourist? Blend in with the locals and book language lessons as part of your stay with the hotel’s exclusive summer collaboration with French tutoring company, French à la Carte.* Enjoy one-on-one lessons with your personal tutor and pick up some handy phrases for a more seamless stay in the capital.
With its central location, literary heart and home-from-home touches, Pavillon des Lettres is the perfect hub for culture-lovers wishing to eschew the larger establishments for that Parisian je ne sais quoi.
*Eurostar operates up to 21 daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord with one-way fares starting from £29 one way based on a return journey. Fastest London-Paris journey time is 2hr 15 minutes. Tickets are available from eurostar.com or 03448 224 777.
*Learn the language of love at Pavillon des Lettres is from €330 based on two sharing a one-night stay in a Superior Room on a B&B basis. Price includes a private two-hour lesson with a trained French a la Carte tutor. Subject to availability. Must be booked at least a week in. www.pavillondeslettres.com
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