Indulge. It’s worth it. Yes, I’m referring to the Paris boutique hotel – Le Pavillon de la Reine. And, I did, and it was totally worth it! This is all about my stay and Pavillon de la Reine review.
This luxury 5-star hotel sits back from the arcades on the Place de Voges in the heart of the Marais district. Dating from the 17th century, the hotel feels more like an elegant mansion, one you might expect to find in the French countryside. A classic courtyard reveals the stately hotel whose façade is cascading with lush green ivy. It’s quiet, secluded, and tucked away from the busyness of Paris.
So, go on, indulge, it’s totally worth it.
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Le Pavillon de la Reine & Spa – Small Luxury Hotels of the World
- quality and comfortable rooms
- prestigious location
- hotel restaurant – cocktail hour and breakfast
Pavillon de la Reine History and Location
Le Pavillon de la Reine is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Paris – Place de Vosges. Nestled in the side streets of the charming Marais neighbourhood in the 3rd arrondissement, the Place de Vosges is the oldest square in Paris.
This elegant 17th-century square is ringed on all sides by arched walkways and red brick buildings. Perfect symmetry with only two exceptions: the King’s Pavilion and the Queen’s Pavilion – now occupied by the Pavillon de la Reine hotel.
Paris locations don’t get more picturesque or charming than this. Commissioned in 1604 by King Henry IV, Place de Vosges is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Paris.
The distinctive red-brick and cream limestone mansions once owned by nobles and royals make a quadrangle. Tall elegant fountains sit in each of the four corners and rows of neatly trimmed, linden trees border the perimeter of the arches and arcades. It’s secluded and sophisticated, yet relaxed.
Le Pavillon de la Reine Review
Walk through the private interior courtyard, past the hidden garden, and you won’t hear a sound. It’s a secret oasis in Paris, one you’ll have all to yourself.
Step inside this boutique hotel and oh, la, la. That’s right- it’s that good. The interiors by Didier Benderli of Kérylos Interiors expertly mix Old World touches like fine antiques and artwork, gilded mirrors, marble fireplace, and exposed wood beams with contemporary-styled furnishings. The end result is perfection and yes, indulgence.
My Room at Pavillon de la Reine
I always love the anticipation of swiping your room card and getting that first glimpse of your hotel room. First impression – wow!
A sweet scent of a fresh fragrance of floral aroma hangs in the air like a classic French perfume. The walls and ceiling are covered in a soft toile fabric almost like cashmere to the touch.
I’m immediately drawn to the window with a view of the inner courtyard below. The room is lush, lavish, luxurious, and indulgent – and I love it!
My room, on the 4th floor, was on the top floor of Le Pavillon de la Reine (or in North America the 5th floor). It was a two-story suite. On the main level were the entrance hall, bathroom, and living space with a sofa, chair, and desk.
The modern bathroom offers French-made Codage products, bathrobe, and slippers. It was those small touches that eased my jet lag.
The upper floor is a large space with two dormer windows and a large king-sized bed with premium bedding. Large built-in storage is hidden behind a panelled wall that has enough space to tuck away your suitcase and all of your belongings. The upper bedroom is a quiet oasis and afforded me a peaceful night’s sleep.
This luxury boutique hotel offers 56 rooms each featuring a different style and décor. In-room amenities are everything you might expect- flat-screen TV, iPod docks, air conditioning, Nespresso machine, and tea kettle.
Other hotel amenities include:
- Car park with valet service
- Shuttle service
- Spa de la Reine includes treatment rooms for massage, facials, and body treatments
- Free iPads and Wi-Fi during your stay
- Bike rentals at no extra cost
Breakfast, and much more
Start your day with a scrumptious buffet breakfast. Choose from a range of pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, cheeses, and smoked salmon – plus scrambled eggs, crepes, sausages, and bacon.
The library, lounge, and exterior courtyard are a buzz of energy at cocktail hour where drinks and snacking menu from its restaurant are served to both hotel guests and those made through reservations for non-guests at the hotel.
Le Pavillon de la Reine Reviews
Overall, this hotel is ranked 4.5 stars (Google reviews) and the positive reviews have given it praise for:
- exceeded expectations
- location second to none
- the vibe of the hotel – very elegant, French, and Instagrammable
There are a few not-so-favourable reviews stating that staff are not friendly and welcoming and the room size (basic room) is small for Paris standards.
Place des Vosges: Things to Do
Place des Vosges is a coveted spot in the city for romantic strolls and exclusive boutiques, art galleries, and dining. Parisians, especially on weekends, go to Place des Vosges to enjoy a relaxing day. Strolling the square steeped in history, reading on a park bench, or maybe even having a lazy picnic sprawled out on the lawn.
Here are the top things to do near Le Pavillon de la Reine Hotel:
- Tour the home of Place des Vosges’ most famous resident, Victor Hugo, the author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
- Find a secret garden called Jardin Saint-Catherine Grand Veneur to admire its peaceful and beautiful surroundings
- Visit Hotel Sully, the residence of a former minister to Henry IV features a pretty garden
- Go antique shopping in Le Village Saint-Paul an area known for boutique shops and galleries
Best Nearby Restaurants
Le Pavillon de la Reine features its own Restaurant Anne, a Michelin-starred dining experience. Indulge in a delicious menu offering and book your reservation here.
Beyond Restaurant Anne, there are many top restaurants mere steps from Le Pavillon de la Reine. Here are some recommended ones to try:
- Carette – one of the best cafés in Paris
- Ma Bourgogne – sit under the arcade terrace and enjoy classic French cuisine
- L’Ambroisie – fine dining in an elegant setting makes this a great choice for that special dinner
- L’Olivier – sit under the arcade terrace of Place des Vosges and enjoy a meal at a reasonable price
- Café Hugo – the perfect spot for a weekend brunch
Proximity to Popular Paris Landmarks
Le Pavillon de la Reine hotel is central to the best landmarks in Paris making this the ideal hotel:
- Le Marais neighbourhood – 10-minute walk
- Seine River – 10-minute walk
- Notre Dame Cathedral – 20-minute walk
- Louvre Museum – 25-minute walk
- Latin Quarter – 25-minute walk
- Saint-Germain neighbourhood 35-minute walk
Nearby metro stations include Saint-Paul (line 1), Bastille (lines 1, 5, 8), Chemin Vert (line 8).
More Paris Inspiration
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Paris is a city filled with romantic and enchanting places to explore. Ile Saint Louis is a must-visit spot, with its picturesque streets and charming shops. If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day that is off the beaten path, the secret covered passages like Galerie Vivienne or Passage des Panoramas are a hidden treasure trove of shops and cafes that offer a glimpse into the city’s past.
For the most romantic hidden places, head to the peaceful and secluded hidden gardens like Square du Vert-Galant or the Place des Vosges. Another hidden gem is the Luxembourg Garden, where you can relax in the beautifully landscaped park or take a leisurely stroll through the winding pathways.
Paris streets are full of character and charm, offering endless opportunities for exploring and discovering the city’s secrets. Take a stroll along the Seine River, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the city and its iconic landmarks. Embark on a Seine River cruise, where you can sip champagne and marvel at the city’s breathtaking architecture from a different perspective.
As a Holidaymaker
I loved my stay at Pavillon de la Reine. It’s one of those stays that will leave a long-lasting impression. They make sure your experience is unforgettable. Every fine detail in this boutique hotel is carefully selected with that in mind. It’s perfect for travellers looking for a quiet but central location in Paris who appreciate the finer things in life. Indulge yourself – it’s worth it!
Thank you to Le Pavillon de la Reine hotel for gifting me with a stay. As always, the opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend something if I absolutely love it. This hotel is exceptional and highly recommend it.