PAVILLON DE LA REINE

Luxurious ivy-clad mansion in the chic Marais district.

YOU’D BE HARD PUSHED TO FIND a prettier Parisian setting for Pavillon de la Reine – a tranquil, ivy-covered 17th century mansion tucked behind Place des Vosges in the chic Marais district. 

Built by Henry IV, this impossibly pretty square was once a literary gathering place for the likes of Racine and Molière. Now beautifully restored, it’s one of those utterly special spots where you can stroll past bistros and antique emporia, and watch Parisians relaxing en famille at weekends.  

Reached through an archway on the north of the square, luxurious Pavillon de la Reine feels more like a country chateau than a city townhouse. Clad in cascades of ivy, its box hedges, flower baskets and garden courtyard lend an air of leafy seclusion. Inside, historic features are everywhere – from the big stone fireplace and flagstone floors in reception to the wood panelled lounge, with its log fires in winter, tapestries and oil paintings. 



Hit the spot
In the historic Marais quarter, tucked behind Paris’s prettiest square. 

Bedtime
Take a superior double overlooking the inner courtyard. Room 47 is the most romantic suite, with its beamed ceiling and four poster.  

Be savvy
Rooms are intimate rather than huge – but hugely comfortable.

Be smitten
Pretty, plush, Parisian.

French flair

Contemporary French flair has matched these historic surrounds with chic interiors and a pleasingly understated style. Bedrooms vary from the traditional – with beamed ceilings, four posters and walls covered in rich Toile de Jouy – to airy, split level duplexes with double height windows and a decidedly modish feel. It’s worth splashing out on a superior double room overlooking the pretty courtyard.

You might find burgundy walls or a purple sofa, black chandeliers, walls dressed in embossed shades of cream and gold, or framed monochrome prints. Silken plaid curtains, tasselled lanterns, velvet cushions and flatscreen TVs add cosseting touches. Unexpectedly roomy marble tiled bathrooms, come stocked with Molton Brown body care bottles.

Outstanding breakfasts win plaudits galore from guests, as does the honesty bar in Pavillon de la Reine’s plush lobby lounge, with its oil paintings and plum coloured drapes. It’s a great place to gather for drinks in the evening. Welcoming staff provide impeccable service and are ready to help with spot-on restaurant recommendations nearby.

This haven of civility in a wonderful corner of Paris is within walking distance of many big city attractions, with the cool Marais district on your doorstep. You’re ten minutes from the River Seine, with excellent Metro connections nearby. 

Sit beneath the trees in colonnaded Place des Vosges, idle away an hour or three in one of the corner cafes listening to the musicians playing in the cloisters, or watch Parisians at play in this captivating corner of Paris. It’s hard not to be charmed.

Le Pavillon de la Reine was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Dining in
Enjoy a first-rate petit déjeuner in Pavillon de la Reine’s new ground floor breakfast  lounge beside the flowered courtyard.

Dining out

You’re surrounded by great restaurants here for nights out  – among them the three Michelin star rated L’Ambroisie right on Place des Vosges. Also close by are Chez Janou (Mediterranean bistro), Gaspard de la Nuit (traditional French) and Café Baci (contemporary Italian) on rue de Turenne. A little further away are George (modern French with views of the Pompidou centre) and Mon Vieil Ami, an Alsatian style bistro on Ile St Louis by the Seine.
 



Where?
Le Pavillon de la Reine.

What’s cooking?
Brilliant breakfasts, with oven-fresh pastries and other goodies.

Top table?
Overlooking the leafy garden courtyard.

See & Do
Don’t miss the Picasso Museum, housed nearby in Hôtel Salé, a lovely 17th century mansion.  You’ll find works by Cezanne and other grand masters as well as Picasso’s personal collection. Further afield you’ll find Notre Dame, the striking glass pyramid of the Louvre,  the dome of  Sacre Coeur in hilltop Montmartre, boat rides on the River Seine and the Pompidou centre. The Bastille Opera House is also close by.

Shop

Bijou boutiques line the streets of the Marais, so you’ll want to give your plastic a workout. Head for Joséphine Vannier’s exceptional Chocolaterie for her delicious chocs.

Spa
Pavillon de la Reine’s new cellar Spa is due to open early in 2009, complete with treatment rooms, gym, steam room and jacuzzi.

After dark
You’ll find plenty of late-night bars in the Marais district, and some good local cafes on Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine just around the corner. Les Caves St Gilles is a great tapas style bar 200 yards from the hotel, while Le Cab is a trendy bar-nightclub next to the Palais Royal.

Dates
March
See who’s strutting the catwalk with their latest creations at Paris Fashion Week.

June
International musicians convene in Paris on Midsummer’s Day for the Fête de la Musique.

July
Vive la Révolution! Celebrate the events of 1789 on Bastille Day (14 July)  – France’s big national holiday.
GETTING THERE

Parking
There is free guest parking.

Trains
Gare du Nord station (for Eurostar) – 2km.

Taxis
EUR 20 from Gare du Nord or EUR 70 from the airport.

Airport
Paris Charles de Gaulle – 25km.



Rooms and suites
28 rooms and 26 rooms

Special features
All rooms have air conditioning, wi-fi, personal safe, flatscreen TV, bathrobes and slippers. Bathrooms are stocked with Molton Brown body care bottles.

Also…
Some suites have walk-in wardrobes, two bathrooms and even a mini kitchen where you can rustle up some in-room eats. 

ESSENTIAL INFO


Rates guide
EUR 370 – 460 (rooms) and EUR 520 – 830 (suites)

Open/closed
Open all year.

Check-in
2pm

Check-out
Midday

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast
Buffet breakfast is served until 11am.

Room service

Available 24 hours.

Children
Welcome. Children can stay free of charge in their parents’ suite.

Pets
Dogs are welcome by arrangement.

Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms

Languages

English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

Wedding license?
No

Your contact
Yves Monnin – general manager
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