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Paris hotel review: Le Pavillon de la Reine

Simon Calder’s Travel

A trendy boutique hotel ensconced in the heart of France’s capital, where a picturesque courtyard, spacious rooms, and intimate bar area – plus a Michelin-starred restaurant – come together to give to give a taste of refined Parisian life


An eight-minute walk from Paris’s Marais district, Le Pavillon de la Reine is a quiet bolthole in which to escape the city’s busy streets. It’s situated in the middle of Place des Vosges, a pleasant 17th-century garden square, though is just a stone’s throw from stylish bars, acclaimed restaurants and indie galleries, not to mention designer boutiques and quirky shops selling a range of collectible items.

Le Marais is one of Paris’s most coveted areas to stay, a favourite of literature lovers, art collectors and fashion heads hoping to enhance their wardrobes (it was a location of choice for French writers Victor Hugo and Colette). It’s convenient, too – just 25 minutes away from Gare du Nord railway station.

Discover a French country manor in the city
Discover a French country manor in the city (Le Pavillon de la Reine)

The vibe

The hotel gives off an elegant, relaxing feel – a peaceful haven amid the city madness – and the 17th-century building emanates opulence, from the Jacquard wallpaper emblazoned on the walls to the velvet soft furnishings. Perfect for couples who are already familiar with Paris and less inclined to sightsee than explore the labyrinth of independent shops.

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After a very simple check-in process, staff are close by to assist with whatever is needed by detached enough so not to intrude; the honest bar, found in a cosy nook off the main reception area, is an example of this. Should there be any queries about the room, assistance required with the fitness centre, or advice sought on where to visit, help is on hand.

Bed and bath

There are 50 rooms and suites, with even the smaller spaces a decent size. In a junior suite, which might overlook the inner courtyard – a view that looks like a postcard come to life, expect warm lightened and beam across the ceiling that give an old-fashioned charm. A huge bed to plonk yourself down on is complemented by a large, plump sofa (big enough for two to sprawl out on), there is a Nespresso machine and a big walk-in wardrobe. The bathrooms are stocked with Codage toiletries, which are infused with almond oil and shea butter.

Mirrors and art adorn the bold Suite de la Reine

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