Across the river from the historic literary hub of the Left Bank, the Pavillon des Lettres welcomes Moleskine-carrying travellers on a quiet street, secluded from the nearby Champs-Elysées. This four star boutique hotel is a bit tidier than the dives most writers imagine staying in, but it’s fairly priced considering the French President lives just one street down.
Each of the 26 rooms is named for a world-renown author, A-Z – mostly local celebrities like Hugo, Proust, and Zola, but Shakespeare and Kafka are among the imports that made the cut. Just take a look at the elevator buttons for the complete author list.
Rooms are decked out in subtle tones and clean furnishings, including glass doors on bathrooms with quotes from the room’s namesake. Selected passages are printed over beds, in case you should need a moment of inspiration – or you don’t feel like reading one of the books provided on each desk. The hotel offers three room categories, but be sure to ask for one facing the Eiffel Tower for an exceptional view from your balcony, where you have more elbow room to pen some of your finest work.
Luxuriate in Molton Brown bath products, the commentary iPad available from reception and the breakfast buffet featuring hot eggs and bacon and a fresh pastries and bread to mix with your own personal stash of butter and jam. A down-to-earth hotel that puts on no airs to be anything but cosy and welcoming.