With 2 books and lots of articles under my belt, I love discovering Paris literary connections. The new literary-themed boutique hotel, Pavillon des Lettres, (a cousin of the Pavillon de la Reine, which I adore) allows you to immerse yourself in the work of a favorite international author.
Twenty-six rooms are named for as many writers, from Hans Christian Anderson to Baudelaire, Shakespeare, Tolstoy and Zola. Decor is modern, with ties to the room’s author, such as wall paper bearing text.
Want to commune with more than one scribe? Read a contemporary novel on your room’s iPad, or cozy up to the library fireplace with a book from the hotel collection.
The bar is the place to discuss story arcs with a friend; or mine the city for character ideas as you stroll the nearby Champs-Elysées.
Mind you, ideas don’t come cheap: doubles from about $375.
Where do you enjoy literary connections in Paris?
Paris has many sophisticated places to stay. Now add 4**** Banke Hotel, near Galleries Lafayette, to the list: classic architecture, parquet floors, luxury fabrics, fabulous views, and a variety of room sizes and configurations, including 18 suites.
And the deal just got sweeter: a Paris hotel agency I work with is offering 7 nights for the price of 6 (rates from 172 euros) and a welcome gift from Galeries Lafayettes until Oct 2012.
Let me know if I can help you arrange your stay!
Hôtel du Dragon was a serendipitous discovery. Walking along the narrow rue du Dragon this spring, I noticed a partially shaded window at street level, with very contented people sitting on the other side.
Once inside, I understood why: the foyer has a welcoming, relaxed vibe, with traditional wood beams and upholstered furniture, soft lighting, and a friendly staff. Upstairs, the 29 rooms are simple and spacious (my favorites look onto the quiet street); each has a newly renovated private bath.
There is a patio, a piano room, and lots to discover in the Saint Germain-des-Près neighborhood. One drawback (for some) is that there is no elevator. These aren’t luxury accommodations, but the location, size and price (128 euros for a double) make it an excellent value.