Located one minute from the chic Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Place de la Madelaine, Champs Elysées, Petit Palais and Grand Palais where FIAC is held every year and Musée Jacquemart-André, Hotel Pavillon des Lettres is one of the most romantic, underrated and chicest hotels in Paris.
Its particularity and uniqueness lie in its identity: its dedication to literature. Its room and suite design is spectacular. The boutique hotel Pavillon des Lettres has twenty-six ultra-luxurious rooms including Superior Rooms and Junior Suites, displayed on six floors of a typically-Parisian façade building. These rooms honour illustrious authors and poets including Charles Baudelaire, Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Marcel Proust, William Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, and Ovide among others. Yes, Pavillon des Lettres is a place for intellectuals and sophisticated book worms.
Vanessa Jacquiot, General Manager of the hotel tells the story of the hotel to Art is Alive and how the authors were selected: “Le Pavillon des Lettres, opened in January 2011. As a sister hotel to the much-loved Pavillon de la Reine in Place des Vosges, it shares the same owner, management and designer. Also sister hotel to Hotel du Petit Moulin on Rue du Poitou and now Hotel Le Saint.” These other spaces maintain an excellent reputation for visitors around the world too.
“There are only 26 rooms: each one dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and a writer – from Andersen to Zola. Lines from a poem, play or text are an integral part of the design in every room – hand-stencilled above the bed. The French authors have been selected according to the preferences of the Owner and the Architect / Designer, Mr Didier Benderli from Kerylos Interieurs.” Vanessa adds.
Colours and materials contrast and work together at the same time. Tones of maroon, grey and subtle touches of orange make for a perfect combination. Light also plays an important part in reaching that level of elegance, a certain sense of plenitude and zen. Hotel Pavillon des Lettres is a peaceful haven in the middle of Paris.
Carefully selected quotes by these world-famous writers decorate the walls of the rooms and breakfast area. They’re an invitation to meditate and re-read the full masterpieces by these authors. Books by each writer is on bedside tables as a nod to their genius. In the Proust room, guests will be able to enjoy a small madeleine. A Fornasetti umbrella basket by the entrance blows a discreet sense of luxury. Attention to details at Pavillon des Lettres is high, and the references to the authors are fantastic.
Pavillon des Lettres remains a discreet retreat in the busy heart of the 8th arrondissement. The stunning building and property offer classical-luxury mixed with high comfort, from incredibly smooth beds, impeccable bathrooms with large bath tubs, and Molton Brown toiletry products, to air conditioning, minibar, free Wifi, large TV screens and fashion magazines in each room. Balconies offer fantastic views over the Paris landscape, yet the rooms are extremely calm and noise-less.
What’s the inspiration behind the history and its architecture? “To keep the Parisian spirit in every details. Didier Benderli has created subtle, sophisticated interiors, that are very French and very modern.” Vanessa contiues adding that her favourite French author is Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary specifically).
Designed by Didier Benderli, interiors at Pavillon des Lettres are classically French, stylish and graceful. Benderli describes his interiors here as an alliance of the arts – combining literature, painting and sculpture in a subtle dialogue. Colours and materials contrast each other and work together at the same time, “creating physical interpretations of the pleasure of reading”.
The Salon is a ‘bijou’ place for a lovely breakfast in the morning, a quiet drink from the honesty bar or a browse from the hotel’s library. The accompanying terrace is very nice and quiet too.
Warm, welcoming and friendly, Pavillon des Lettres’ staff are extremely professional, discreet and nice. They can answer any request and that makes a huge difference with other locations in the French capital. Pavillon des Lettres feels like a true home away from home. For further exploration of Paris, a number of bikes are made available for guests to use at no extra charge which is an amazing and rare option.
The links with authors and poets obviously attracts artists and creative people as guests. Did any artists stay at the hotel before (painters, sculptors etc.) and has it served any fashion shoots in more recent years? “Pierre Gaucher. Many shoots have taken place at the hotel, but many are confidential or for private use.” Pierre Gaucher is a contemporary sculptor who mainly works with metal.
“Our Architect is responsible for sourcing our artworks. Our books are chosen by Galignani Bookshop, the most historical bookshop in Paris.” Situated at 224 Rue de Rivoli, the book shop is an institution. It sells books in French, English and specialises in Art History mainly.
Visual arts including photography, painting and literary works are at the heart of Pavillon des Lettres’ positioning. Two or three times a year, the hotel stages remarkable exhibitions. In the past, Reading Wild, Lecture Mon Amour; Parcours Culinaire by Sophie Gassman and Ombre (Shade) by Baptiste Lobjoy are some of the exhibitions presented at Pavillon des Lettres. It’s a way to complement the literary references dotted across the hotel but also bring guests to the amazing location.
Vanessa’s 5 top-things to do while in the area?:
– Current exhibition at Le Grand Palais
– Musée Jacquemart-André
– Shopping at Le Village Royal CITÉ BERRYER
– Early run in le Jardin des Tuileries
– Go on the top of the Arc de Triomphe and enjoy the view
What are your favourite (current) art exhibitions in Paris? “Pablo Picasso & Alexander Calder at Picasso museum! Also I love Atelier des Lumières now with Van Gogh.”
Pavillon des Lettres is the incarnation of the boutique hotel, delicate, luxurious, peaceful with blue-chip attention to details and professional staff, it’s the ultimate place to book for a romantic trip to Paris and the exploration of the numerous neaby museums.