L'Hôtel

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Address: 13 rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 75006, France

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.7

Naughty but nice: the cult St-Germain literary hotel that was Oscar Wilde's last abode.

Only somewhere really confident could get away with simply calling itself "the hotel" but l'Hôtel does it with aplomb, basking in its literary glory, its celebrity visitors, its over the top decor and a stunning historic building, where all the rooms open off an extraordinary central rotunda, just ripe for some sort of romantic farce. Oscar Wilde died here in 1900 (when it was the simple Hôtel d'Alsace), Borges stayed here in the 70s and 80s, so did Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, L'Hôtel was a louche part of swinging 60s Paris, before being brilliantly redecorated by Jacques Garcia as a sultry, deeply fashionable, luxury hideaway.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.6
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
5
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Arty St-Germain, with its art school, galleries, pavement cafés and designer boutiques and an easy walk across the Seine to the Louvre.

 

Bedrooms

Staying here is all about immersing yourself in fantasy. Twenty sumptuous cocoons rich in silks, velvets and mahogancy, swags and tassels, range from "mignon" and "bijoux" (read tiny but gloriously romantic) to larger "chic" and the penthouse "apartment". The bedroom where Oscar Wilde died fighting a battle with his wallpaper is now a suitably strutty affair with peacocks on the walls, another is furnished with the mirrored Art Deco bedroom suite of music hall star Mistinguett. Other rooms vary from mahogany rich Napoleon III, Neo-Classical stripes and Venetian brocades to the Marco Polo with Chinoiserie motifs.

Public areas

Cossetted clutter with an intimate salon; Neo-Classical reliefs and faux marble in the rotonda.

Eating and drinking

L'Hôtel has its own restaurant, called Le Restaurant, naturally: a decadent affair of red velvet and leopard spots, serving up acclaimed, creative cuisine. There's also a clubby, library style bar.

 

Leisure facilities

A gorgeous mini swimming pool and steam room in the cellar that you can reserve for your own private use.

Service

Discrete but helpful, used to meeting customers' whims.

Who stays there

Jet setters after a Left Bank slant rather than conventional Champs-Elysées luxury, fashion folk and film stars, lovers and honeymooners.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

Pros & Cons

  • Sybaritic setting.
  • Restaurant closed in August.
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