Words by Hannah Freeman
Whether you’re looking for a weekend hideaway or planning that memorable anniversary break, Le Pavillon De La Reine ticks all the boxes. Set within Paris’ most fashionable district Le Marais, it offers a cosy, yet luxurious sojourn from which to explore the city of l’amour. All within twenty minutes of the Eurostar terminal too – magnifique!
With its five star elegance, Le Pavillon will seduce any guest whether you’re the gastronome who appreciates fine dining at restaurant ‘Anne’ or a well-being aficionado who prefers a pampering session in the intimate spa. History fans will also adore the setting; nestled away behind a discreet courtyard, the boutique hotel is mere steps away from Paris’ oldest & most charming, square, ‘Places de Vosges’.
The 17th century building combines chateau charm with contemporary chic – all bedrooms boast exposed antique timbered beams, a mixture of rich fabrics and wallpapers, alongside modern monochrome bathrooms complete with luxury products from Codage Paris. In addition, all the mod cons including wide screen TV, complimentary mini bar, wifi and most notably, impeccable room service – make it near impossible to leave.
Named after King Louis XIII’s wife, ‘Anne’ Queen of France, the acclaimed restaurant is headed up by award-winning Chef Mathieu Pacaud. Diners can enjoy candle lit gourmet French cuisine within a snug library setting or weather permitting, eat outside in the verdant courtyard sipping a crisp vin blanc. Refined seasonal dining with a modern twist is the best way to describe Pacaud’s style- every dish was a masterpiece of flavour and plating. The tasting menu is a treat not to be missed.
The Best Bit
For once it’s very hard to define ‘the best bit’- which could easily be attributed to the old style allure of the architecture, the exquisite dining, or the magnificent spa. However, it was the staff’s attention to detail, bonhomie & altogether impeccable service, from reception to check out, that gives Le Pavillon it’s reputation as one of the city’s standout boutique hotels.
The café society of Le Marais-just around the corner, plus shop ‘til you drop with the most fashionable French brands on your doorstep from local concept store Merci to our favourites Maje and APC.
While you’re there
Being proche de la Eurostar means there’s plenty of time to check out Paris’ cultural offerings before you head back home. So whether its visiting the latest exhibitions from ‘Van Gogh Starry Night’ at Atelier des Lumieres or the secret cocktail bar Little Red Door– a favourite drinking hole only the locals know, staying at Le Pavillon you’re in the perfect spot. Continuing on that theme, you can extend your getaway by booking Eurostar Business Premiere which provides all sorts of extra treats including in the London lounge, a new complimentary menu from the Cocktail London Cocktail Club.
The need to know
Address: 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris, France Rooms: 56
Rates: from €335 per room per night, based on two sharing on a B&B
Travel: Eurostar operates daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord with one way fares starting from £29 (based on a return journey)