Whether you’ve got something to celebrate or you simply fancy some French style inspiration and escapism, why not jump on a train and whizz over to Paris for a night in one of the capital’s most cultured boutique hotels?
Let’s just say that Paris is always a good idea. We are so utterly privileged to have such ease of access to this magical city – via a quick and sophisticated train which takes just over two hours from the heart of London. I’ll never quite get over the surreal feeling you have when stepping off at Gare Du Nord, to the hustle and bustle of a Parisian lunchtime – having only left London after breakfast.
Now hotels in Paris are aplenty. You really can stay in the finest luxury here and if you’re after 5 star then you will find it. Yet you’ll also find it in every other form too– from the grand traditional hotels with hundreds of rooms and Michelin starred dining rooms, to the subtler sophisticated boutique places where you feel entirely at home when you step through their door. Find somewhere great and you’ll go back again and again – a Parisian pied a terre magically appears in your life.
Le Pavillon des Lettres just might be one of those places. Set in an ideal location off the Faubourg St Honoré in the favourable 8th arrondissement, it is the sister hotel to Pavillon de la Reine in the Place des Vosges and Hotel du Petit Moulin on the Rue du Poitou. It is the perfect hotel for those who love to walk a city – and what a city Paris is to walk. Whether you want to pace the nearby pavements for luxury shopping at its most divine, or you want to walk for miles along the Seine then nip into the Jardin des Tuileries, you’re in the right spot.
The hotel has 26 rooms, one dedicated to a different letter of the alphabet, and a writer. We stayed in Rousseau, and indeed Jean – Jacque’s finest works were placed thoughtfully on the bedside table for a little late night reading if we so desired. The top floor houses two spectacular suites; each boasting unrivalled views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais, for those who want to really splash out.
An honesty bar in a hotel is a wonderful touch. It sets the tone between guests and management, and Le Pavillon des Lettre’s salon area instantly surrounds you with a warming welcome. Pour yourself a strong drink, pick something indulgent from the hotel’s library and while away the early evening in front of the roaring fire. Alternatively, you can simply sip away whilst watching the world go by outside the window.
A 20 minute stroll away from the hotel was a restaurant we’ve been wanting to try for months. Ellsworth certainly didn’t disappoint and we feasted on everything from beef cheeks, to chicken liver parfait and endive salad. Their bread is out of this world, as was the glass of bubbles with which we sat and toasted life as we ate.
Mornings at Le Pavillon des Lettres are as relaxed as you want to make them. There’s an excellent buffet breakfast laid out and wonderful French coffee to fuel you for the day. Alternatively, you can take Room Service in bed if your nose is stuck deep in a recent literary discovery.
Small but perfectly formed, Le Pavillon des Lettres is luxury at its most cosy. It’s the ideal spot for couples, friends and literary fans to gather, to stay and to enjoy the marvellous city.
For more information and booking visit the Le Pavillon des Lettres here.
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