The 5 most Mythical Hotels

1) L'Hotel

This intimate hotel is one of the mythical hotels in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its impressive spiral staircase, the baroque and at times even downright theatrical decoration of the rooms, the private pool under the arches and the bar make for a meeting place where artists, actors and Parisian personalities contributed to the legend of this hotel where Oscar Wilde lived in 1898.

interior of a room at L'Hotel

2) Regina

This upscale establishment opened in 1900 for the World Expo. The family that owned it had been working in hospitality for several generations. Its art nouveau interior, a symbol of French luxury, was used as a backdrop for many a film. The Regina faces the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Gardens. All the fashionistas stay here during Fashion Week.

room at the Regina

3) Le Bel Ami

This hotel is named after the eponymous well-known masterpiece of 19th-century French literature by Guy de Maupassant. It is one of the landmarks of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, like Café Flore, Les Deux Magots and Brasserie Lipp, which is just a short walk from the hotel. The recently renovated hotel’s contemporary style embodies the intellectual and bourgeois French spirit.

lounge at Le Bel Ami

4) Le Pavillon de la Reine

Set back slightly from place des Vosges this hotel is named after Anne of Austria, who stayed here. It is perfectly suited to guests who prefer peace and quiet, discreet luxury as well as the lively and genuine spirit of Paris. This four-star hotel has 54 rooms and suites. Its beautiful ivy-covered façade and sheltered garden allow you to participate in neighbourhood life, for example as you walk past children on their way to school.

family suite at Le Pavillion de la Reine

5) Hôtel du Nord

In 1938 Hôtel du Nord, along canal Saint-Martin, acquired legendary status thanks to the film that Marcel Carné made here. Although you can no longer rent a room here it is still a mythical hotel in the minds of many movie fans and Parisians. It reopened 10 years ago as a pleasant bar-restaurant with a crowd of regulars and tourists.

restaurant interior of Hotel du Nord


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