Hotel Le Pavillon de la Reine is a hidden gem in the centre of Paris. Words by Selma Day.
The romantic Le Pavillon de la Reine is located right in the heart of the Marais, with all the city's major attractions just a short stroll away.
Find it in a hidden enclave just off the charming and historic Place des Vosges.
All the cool little shops, art galleries and bistros of this picturesque district are on your doorstep.
And that's not to mention the quaint Jewish quarter and the Musée National Picasso-Paris.
But the real charm of this 17th-century ivy-clad mansion, with its pretty courtyard, is the feeling of being in a cosy country hotel in the middle of the city.
Some rooms have exposed beams, large mirrors and antiques, while others have a more contemporary style.
The Library lounge is where it all happens on the food and drink front. It changes its nature throughout the day.
In the morning, guests can enjoy breakfast in cosy corners of the room, then throughout the day pour themselves a drink from the honesty bar.
For lunch and dinner, it becomes a charming restaurant. It was recently revamped to become Restaurant Anne – named after Anne of Austria, wife of King Louis XIII, who stayed here for a while.
Overseen by chef Mathieu Pacaud, the restaurant serves up an innovative, seasonal menu with classical roots, complemented by an impressive wine list.
When you’ve explored the delights of Paris, you can relax in the spa, which features two treatment rooms, a gym, jacuzzi and steam room or enjoy an aperitif in the courtyard.
But once you’ve discovered this hidden gem, you may well not venture out at all. For it has all the history, architecture, food, wine and romance that Paris is famous for under one roof.