The Hotel Review: Pavillon des Lettres, Paris
12 Rue des Saussaies, 75008 Paris, France
Review: Val Jones
This luxury boutique hotel is a hidden gem tucked away in the 8th Arrondissement, close to the Arc de Triomphe, walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and too many other tourist attractions to mention! This literary hotel has 26 sound proofed rooms and suites all dedicated to French and European writers with a literary theme with each room featuring quotes from writers stencilled onto the walls. We stayed in the ‘Hugo, room named after Victor Hugo.
As we entered the hotel we were met by the polite and friendly receptionist staff who checked us in with ease without having to put our French to the test too much as she could speak perfect English. We were immediately impressed by the contemporary and stylish décor in the library/bar area to our right and the reception to our left, seating was plush running the length of the library an impressive fireplace and bookshelves complimented the area.
As our room wasn’t quite ready we left our luggage in safe hands and headed off to make the most of our first time in Paris, making our way straight to the Eiffel Tower having first secured a map and directions from our helpful receptionist.
After an amazing day sightseeing and taking in a wonderful boat trip we headed back to the hotel and was immediately shown to our room which we thought was beautiful at first sight.
With a King sized bed taking up a large portion of the room, modern bathroom and washrooms flanking each side, stylish French doors opening up to a small balcony at the back of the bed and further French doors in each of the bathroom and washrooms, with cream drapes covering all windows and doors to give that feeling of sophisticated luxury.
The complementary water left for us was welcome, and a mini honesty bar was available should we required further drinks. Other room facilities included a flat screen TV with cable channels, free wifi, and toiletries, bathrooms robes and slippers.
Our stay was on a bed and breakfast basis, with the added bonus of complementary afternoon tapas included, this was served in the library together with an honesty bar for drinks with a notice to help ourselves to measures you would have at home! This pre-dinner snack gave us the opportunity to chill, enjoy the hotel and take in the sites of the Parisian evening whilst sitting on the outside terrace.
The hotel also boasts a literary room service with an extensive book menu catering for all tastes, with something for everyone, although we didn’t take advantage of this service due to the length of our stay we though it was a fab idea.
Our sleep was very peaceful to say we were in the centre of Paris and weren’t disturbed at all, dare I say we slept 12 hours, not a usual occurrence, but one I would love to repeat!
Breakfast was a relaxing, efficient experience and took our time enjoy, helping ourselves to the buffet choices from eggs, cheeses, meats and fruit whilst being served coffee and toast, we loved the literary feel of the room.
Stays at Pavillon des Lettres from €199 per room per night based on two sharing on a B&B basis.
To book : www.pavillondeslettres.com; +33 (0)1 49 24 26 26
Paris Excursions: isango!
Should you decide on an excursion try a cruise on the River Seine, we did and found it very interesting! There are many more tourist attractions along the river than I would have thought! and the commentary was very informative, giving us lots of information that otherwise we just wouldn’t have known. The boat was comfortable with pleasant staff, seating inside and out plus a bar where we collected our complementary glass of champagne, highly recommended!
isango! offers a Seine River Cruise £17.41 per person. This one hour tour departs daily and includes a one-hour tour with audio commentary and a glass of champagne. For more information, or to book, visit: www.isango.com
Airport Transfers: Blacklane
Blacklane, the global chauffeur service, provided the airport transfers. The company serves more than 50 countries, 250 cities and 500 airports worldwide with English-speaking drivers. All-inclusive Business Class rates from CDG to Paris city center are about €80 and are guaranteed when you book.
All airport pickups include a driver meet-and-greet and up to one hour of free driver wait time. Drivers automatically adjust your pickup time if your flight’s arrival time changes. To book, visit blacklane.com.
Airport Parking: Manchester Airport
Holiday Extras offers trusted parking services at all major UK airports. To book airport parking at the Short Stay T3 at Manchester Airport from £73.99 for eight days, visit HolidayExtras.com or call 0800 1313 777. Price searched on June 5 for arrival on July 14.