Hôtel du Jeu de Paume

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

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

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
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
2.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

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.

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.

Who stays there

Wide mix of ages and nationalities.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Ile St-Louis location
  • Amazing architecture
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