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Le Pavillon des Lettres

Address: 12 Rue des Saussaies

Neighborhood: 8th Arrondissement

City: Paris

Phone: 011-33-1-49-24-26-26

Website: www.pavillondeslettres.com

Expert Review

Only 26 rooms – one for each letter of the alphabet – make up Le Pavillon des Lettres, the tiny 8th arrondissement literary hotel that opened in November 2010. The sleek establishment claims many of the same offerings as its sister property, the posh Pavillon de la Reine in the Marais, including an honesty bar, free Wi-Fi for guests, and a concierge who will arrange airport pick-ups, theater tickets, and restaurant reservations, among other services. Didier Benderli (a protégé of designer Jacques Garcia) patterned the hotel’s neutral palette of beiges, coppers, and creams, but the most distinct design element revolves around the written word: Each lettered room corresponds to an author of the same initial (“H” for Hugo, “V” for Voltaire), and quotes from the writer’s famed works are scribed onto the walls. Fittingly, French language volumes of the corresponding author’s pieces rest on the nightstands, but travelers may also boot up the room’s dedicated iPad (free to use during their stay) to read some of literature’s greatest hits.

Tags: luxury | expensive | trendy | boutique

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