Hôtel du Jeu de Paume

54 rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, Paris, France, 75004

Price from: £217

Hôtel du Jeu de Paume

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#56 of 80
expert-rated hotels in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
2.5
2.5
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
3
3.0
Service:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, History, Romance, Shopping

Expert review of Hôtel du Jeu de Paume

Anyone for tennis? An atmospheric hotel on the Ile St-Louis?

I love this hotel as it's typical of the surprises you can find hidden behind Paris's historic facades. Entered through a massive porte cochère, the hotel is centred around an astonishing triple-height, half-timbered jeu de paume (real tennis court) built in 1634, when the marshy Ilot Vaches was being developed as an aristocratic residential area. When the game fell out of fashion, it became a warehouse before being rediscovered and turned into the lounge and breakfast room.

Location: 

Literally in the centre of town on the busy main street of the Ile St-Louis. It's a beautifully preserved historic district, yet also has numerous restaurants and small food and gift shops.

Bedrooms: 

Although they don't quite match up to the drama of central tennis court, the 30 bedrooms had a welcome redecoration in the summer of 2010, with crisp, stylish finishes and a modern art theme, after Matisse, Tamara de Lempicka and so on. Be sure to ask for one that opens off the gallery around the tennis court reached by glass lift, rather than those off a courtyard to the side. The hotel also has two lovely apartments overlooking the street.

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Public areas: 

The former tennis court is by far the most spectacular part of the hotel with exposed beams and a glass lift rising up through the centre, and it now contains the breakfast room, while there's a more traditional lounge at the front. There's also a small courtyard garden.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast served in the tennis court and a bar for hotel guests only.

Leisure facilities: 

There's a small cellar fitness room and a billiard table.

Service: 

Friendly and helpful.

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Who stays there: 

Wide mix of ages and nationalities.

Pros: 
Amazing architecture
Ile St-Louis location

More information on Hôtel du Jeu de Paume:

Price from:
£217
Type:
Hotel
Address:
54 rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, Paris, France, 75004
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Ile St-Louis

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