It was Sunday and our third week in Paris. Time was passing like a sand in an hourglass- from sipping hot chocolate in Café de Flore and dinner at Chezz Julien to dancing on the Pont St Louis and watching sunset; endless walks from Avenue Foch, Place Victor Hugo to Parc Monceau, or from Lily Wang terrace to Les Invalides and Eiffel Tower… Days were melting into nights while we were carefully observing Haussmannian buildings and Mansart‘s architectural masterpieces throughout the “City of lights”. Our driver was taking us to the Place des Vosges, one of the oldest and the most beautiful squares in the Marais district. We were staying for the second time at Pavillon de la Reine, the magical townhouse that dates back to the 17th century, a time when Place des Vosges was a fashionable and expensive square to live in for the Parisian nobility. The hotel is privately owned by the Chevalier family that also own Pavillon des Lettres and Hotel du Petit Moulin.
The square is the ideal departure point for a walk in the Marais
On our way we saw many visitors strolling on Place des Vosges under the arches or along the paths of the central garden, taking time to admire the beautiful facades of red brick, many art galleries and museums. In the neighborhood, many mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries have been transformed into internationally renowned museums, like Musée Picasso Paris which displays a wide range of the works of the world famous Spanish artist, Musée Carnavalet dedicated to the history of Paris, Maison de Victor Hugo … We arrived at number 28 in a private stone courtyard of an old Parisian townhouse, just next to the corner of Rue de Béarn which was immortalized in the movie “Something’s Gotta Give“ when Jack Nicholson wanders at night and longs for Diane Keaton.
When we walked through the double glass doors we felt like we traveled trough time. The library wrapped in rich brown shades and velvet materials captured our attention. With intimate seating, stunning furniture, original oil paintings and orchids everywhere it looked very inviting. We decided to visit it in the evening and relax by the large stone fireplace or in the garden with a glass of wine from the honesty bar.
The interiors are a brilliant combination of antiques and sleek contemporary comfort- sophisticated and stylish. The general spirit was to preserve the style of the Place des Vosges while leading towards modernity.
The hotel’s 56 individually-decorated rooms and suites, as well as the entire ground floor were designed by Didier Benderli of Kérylos Intérieurs. Each room is different in its elegance thanks to choice of fabrics and colors, tall mirrors, wooden chests, and modern furniture of dark wood. Our deluxe room was very cozy and uniquely designed- beige and golden tones of velvet antique furniture perfectly matched the wallpaper adorned with beige leaves. Complete décor has very sophisticated and luxurious feel. We had a beautiful view overlooking the inner garden and it was very calm and peaceful.
Junior Suite Prestige
Suite de la Reine is Pavillon de la Reine’s most spacious suite, spanning 860 square feet
Every day during our stay we enjoyed a perfect breakfast in the lounge which is served from 7 till 11 am. There is no restaurant but 24-hour room service offers an eclectic menu. The hotel is surrounded by atmospheric cafés and restaurants, full of locals. Our suggestion is to dine out at the fabulous 3-Michelin-starrred l’Ambroisie, situated just a short walk across the Place des Vosges at number 9.
Pavillon de la Reine, covered in greenery and red geraniums, with its beautiful garden attracts the most sophisticated guests, mostly from the United States and Great Britain. Passers always cautiously and fearfully stop and make a few steps towards the yard to admire this unique place. The charming and elegant hotel is also very inviting for international artists and intellectual elite who find it inspiring and relaxing, but most importantly very private. It is not surprising that John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, Michael Fassbender and Jared Leto were staying here, as well as celebrated designers Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier.
All guests have access to the new Spa de la Reine by Codage, with gym, jacuzzi and hammam. There are two peaceful treatment rooms and a dedicated menu of new treatments especially created for Pavillon de la Reine. Treat yourself to a selected facial and one of the massages- Swedish, Indian or Indonesian. Here, everything can be tailored to your specific needs.
The hotel rents bikes and iPads at no extra charge. It also offers free on-site parking, a true rarity in Paris.
Hôtel le Pavillon de la Reine
28, Place des Vosges
T. +33 140 29 19 19
Vesna Filipovic for Fashionela