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Paris’s first literary hotel appeals to visitors with a taste for letters at Pavillon des Lettres
The Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore is terribly smart. It’s not showy like the Champs Elysees or Rue de Rivoli; it’s a quietly luxurious stretch that’s home to the Hermes and Lanvin flagships, Lancome’s headquarters, the Elysee Paris (the President of France’s home) and more of this ilk.
Just off this most iconic and opulent of Parisian streets sits the Pavillons des Lettres, on the quiet Rue des Saussaies. It’s a small but nearly perfectly formed little five-star hotel. The owners seem to have felt it needed a thrusting theme in order to appeal and they settled on a nice one: letters and literature.
Using each of the 26 letters of the alphabet, the 26 rooms and suites of the hotel pay homage to a different star of French and international literature – from poets to novelists. Decorator Didier Benderli was brought in to give the hotel its literary edge without allowing it to descend into tackiness – and this he does well. My room was dedicated to Cervantes; and there were his works within, as well as quotes on the wallpaper.