Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
54 rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, Paris, France, 75004
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, History, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breakfast served in the tennis court and a bar for hotel guests only.
There's a small cellar fitness room and a billiard table.
Friendly and helpful.
Wide mix of ages and nationalities.
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- 54 rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, Paris, France, 75004
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Room Service
- Ile St-Louis