Pavillon de la Reine
This gorgeous, Small Luxury Hotel is in the heart of the historic Marais district on the beautiful Place des Vosges. The intimate hotel has 30 rooms and 26 suites. The narrow entrance way through the seventeenth century building is stunning with a gated courtyard, topiaries, and an ivy covered facade with colorful flowers in hanging baskets.
The rooms are cozy and representative of the building's provenance. Poshbrood stayed in a Duplex room, which is a room on two levels. The main level was a small sitting room with a sofa, television, IPod docking station, bar, cocktail table and a nice window overlooking the hotel courtyard. The upper level was a luxurious bed with the finest linens, a chic and updated bath and plenty of closet space and another TV. The rooms often have the original wood beams incorporated into the room decor and the furnishings maximize the smaller scale of the 1612 era rooms. The hotel is beautiful and serene but also hosts many families. We met one family that was traveling with three generations to celebrate the grandparents' 50th anniversary.
The Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris was constructed on the orders of Henry IV, who did not live to see its completion. It was intended as a royal residence, but instead became home to many French aristocracy including: Cardinal Richelieu, Victor Hugo and Madame de Sévigné. We loved walking steps out the front door to the Place des Vosges that was the hub for many neighborhood families (with children much better dressed than ours!) With paths, a fountain, green space to run and surrounded by shops and cafes, the Places des Vosges park was as daily stop. For older kids (over 4 or 5) Pavillon de la Reine is walking distance to the Notre Dame, Ile de Saint Louis, the fabulous and semi secret Musee de Carnavale and the Picasso Museum.
The hotel also has a spa and fitness center. Breakfast is a delicious highlight served in the vaulted cellar room. We also enjoyed the "honesty bar" in the hotel lobby, lounging with a glass of champagne and admiring the beautiful art, books and furnishings and meeting other hotel guests.
The hotel has connecting rooms and suites for families, babysitting, 24 hour room service, children’s DVDs (in English), games, child-sized robes, cribs, rollaways, high chairs and a library.
Tip: Don't miss Creperie Suzette, a short walk from the hotel for a tasty and inexpensive meal. The ham and cheese, egg, ham and cheese and "Vosges" gallettes were delicious and filling. You may not leave this establishment without relishing a nutella crepe. Fantastique!
Room rates start at $430 a night. Check the website for specials and packages.