Behind the ultra slick website for L’Hotel lies details of a hotel that seems sumptuous, stylish and thoroughly Parisian.
I have fallen in love already.
Originally part of the palace of Queen Margot, the building which is now L’Hotel was made into a Pavillion d’Amour, or a Pavillion of Love, in the early 19th Century.
“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us must go. I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.”
Oscar Wilde took up residence at the end of the century, and lived at L’Hotel till the end of his life – though at the time, it was called Hotel Alsace. Room No 16 where is where Wilde died a century ago, now decorated in green with a peacock motif.
By the 1960’s, L’Hotel was the place to stay in Paris, with every famous visitor to the city passing through from Salvador Dali and Princess Grace, to Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. This was also a home away from home for the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), who stayed here many times in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
This is the Apartment suite:
Which has its own balcony:
L’Hotel’s heyday has continued unbroken ever since; a major refit at the end of the 1990’s by the renowned designer Jacques Garcia. This saw the private pool and steam room installed in the caves, the creation of the courtyard in the restaurant, as well as a complete overhaul of all the bedrooms and public space.
And the private steam room and Roman bath can be booked for couples’ private use…
13, Rue Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris
Tel : +33 1 44 41 99 00
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