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TravelPod Member ReviewsPavillon de la Reine Paris
As we walked through the entrance, the father of an American family asked us,
"Is this a five stat hotel?" "
Yes, it is"
"Well, it's very beautiful inside."
Yes, indeed. We got upgraded to a two bedroom suite with a living room, powder room and separate bath. Nice digs.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Pavillon de la Reine Paris
Best in the Marais
I have stayed at the Pavillon de la Reine about a half dozen times over the course of the last 5 years. This is easily the best hotel in the Marais, one of the oldest and most beautiful districts of the city. The hotel is in prime pedestrian turf -- a short walking distance to the great Marais shopping, the Seine, Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter -- but it adamantly retains an otherworldly quality, almost as if one were staying in the quiet, French countryside rather than in the heart of Paris.
Discretely hidden on the magnificent Place des Vosges (my favorite square in Paris), you enter the hotel through a lovely, private courtyard. Once inside the historic townhouse that forms the hotel, it is all understated elegance, with rooms decorated in a demure, but charming French country style. In fact, some may be disappointed that they are paying top Euros for a hotel that is the antithesis of the kind of glitz you will receive at the George V. But that is exactly what attracts some to call the Pavillion their Paris home away from home: little pretentiousness, and an emphasis on understated, almost clubby like environs and service. Further, some, especially Americans making their first visit to Paris, may find some of the rooms here tiny. (Especially true in the Marais, which because of its historic fabric, there is no room to build spacious hotels.) But I find even their smallest rooms very thoughtfully and beautifully planned, with good sized bathrooms.
Service is very amicable and obliging. On my last stay here, the concierge secured a table for us for five at Tour d'Argent on the same day...quite a feat. Still, this is not the place to stay if one is looking for total pampering of the more typical 5 star hotels. For example, the hotel has no restaurant (it does have great 24hr room service, a delightful breakfast room housed in the wine cellar, and a clubby gallery to sip wine or cocktails). But probably the hotel and I are of the same mind: why would anyone in their right mind go to Paris to eat in a hotel? (If the Pavillion de la Reine is out of your budget, and you want to stay in the Marais, try the very good Villa Beaumarchais Hotel).
We Will Always have Paris
We were entranced by the gorgeous and historic setting. The location is supreme and quiet luxury abounds, just steps from wonderful cafes and restaurants, that appeared to be frequented by locals and visitors, in harmony.
The rich upholstery and furnishings in the inviting lounge, where guests serve themselves drinks, was a pleasure to enjoy alone or as a meeting point, before and after dinner.
The staff are extremely professional and helpful, especially in making reservations and advising. We speak MINIMAL French (we did try
Stayed here in December 04 after being let down at the last minute by a company(---) that was meant to book us an apartment in the Place des Vosges. This hotel was so helpful and managed to find us a room last minute. We had champagne on arrival - it was my grandmother's 84th birthday weekend - and all the staff were very helpful. They even have an 'honesty' bar in the lounge where you help yourself and write down your drinks. We loved our stay - the courtyard is beautiful and the area is fantastic. We could not fault the service at the hotel and the staff treated us wonderfully.
Just got back from Paris 4nights 5 days (jan 12-17) with my best friend.
Arrived at this hotel without a reservation - showed us 3 great size rooms gave us a good price.
Hotel is gorgeous the grounds are beautiful and most importantly the people that work there are most accomodating. Especially when it comes time for suggestions; advice; directions; reservations - they do everything to help you and show you which way to go and what to do... they all speak fluent english - and very very nice.
I highly recommend Ozguer he is FANTASTIC in recommending restaurants and places to go. (He works Friday nights at the hotel late night shift and saturdays the late night shift).
Nicolas at the front desk is very very cute and very nice!!
There is a great sitting/ fireplace room to your left when you walk in for a nice quiet drink -very peaceful but also very relaxing after an entire day of walking and sight seeing - its the perfect Rest & Relaxation Hotel.
As far as our room - for two girls who require lots of space to get ready, our room was perfect. Huge bathroom double sinks - marble bath- gorgeous! very well kept and clean - big closets and windows in the bathroom and sitting room.
Definitely recommend staying here its the worth the price.
Great Junior Suite
We spent a week at the Pavillon, and we loved it. We chose a charming small suite with windows fronting an inner courtyard, after having seen several. The room, the service and the lobby (with its honor bar and handsome library) were perfect.
The concierge and front desk were incredibly helpful, helping with reservations and (when we had a minor medical emergency) hospital referrals.
I've been to Paris perhaps 50 times in the last 15 years, and this is by far the best hotel that I've spent time in: luxurious without being over the top. Our only caveat is to make sure that you get an appropriate room, since some appear small. This isn't so difficult so long as you give the hotel a call to discuss this in advance of your stay.
My husband and I spent a week in Paris at the Pavillon last October, just a few words: perfect location, perfect size and perfect service.
Marais is a lively district in Paris, full of small and trendy shops, art galleries and cosy restaurants and cafes. The Hotel has just the right size to make you feel at home, with all the conforts of a high quality hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful, always ready to advice on excellent food and drink addresses.
I am sure the hotel contributed very much to make our week just perfect!
Comfortable hotel in historic area
I found the booking system slightly inconvenient as the hotel required my credit card details to finalise the reservation after their initial confirmation by e-mail. They were not prepared to accept my number by phone, and their e-mail facilities did not appear to have any security protection. The only solution was to fax the details, a slight irritation, since I do not have this facility at home.
On arrival at the hotel my luggage was whisked away from me in an efficient manner and delivered to my room. The public areas of the hotel were very well presented and consisted of the main reception, a room with an honesty bar, a small study cupboard containing a computer, and the breakfast room in the basement. There did not appear to be any other on-site facilities such as a gym or pool, which might be expected of a four star hotel.
My room was clean, fairly modest in size (335 Euro per night), but finely decorated in an antique French style and contained a large comfortable double bed. A small poorly tuned television was provided with a wide variety of channels. One small gripe was that the battery power in the remote control was low so it was not possible to change channels very often while lying in bed. A small porcelain dish was provided for coins together with a wrapped display of fruit, which looked decidedly tired with mould growing on some of the grapes.
The wardrobe could have benefited from a few more hangers for my shirts, and the internal mirror door would have been more convenient if it had been secured to the wall. The room had a large window that overlooked an inner secluded courtyard decorated with plants. There was a more attractive outer courtyard, where the hotel entrance was located, which provided a more welcoming view to the hotel.
The bathroom was well planned and there was a separate room housing the toilet. I was slightly disappointed that there was no dedicated shower room, but the shower attachment in the bath was adequate and well configured to avoid major water spillages onto the wooden floor. There was a useful pair of scales provided to monitor the effects of French cuisine.
A few more staff on duty in the breakfast room could have avoided unset tables or others which were full of used plates from the previous occupant. I had the simple continental breakfast at 20 Euro, which consisted of good quality orange juice, cereal, bread, butter and marmalades, and coffee. I think it was slightly expensive, and I saw many other establishments, nearby, offering breakfast at a much lower price.
The hotel was well situated in the place des Vosges and secluded from the heavy traffic. The surrounding areas are affluent, and it felt safe to walk the streets either during the day or night. Many of the major monuments of interest were close by, and Bastille metro station was convenient for the Eurostar as no changes of line were required.
For the single traveller I found the hotel lacked any "atmosphere", but did provide very clean facilities that were reasonably comfortable, but not over luxurious for the price. My particular room (no 61) was located next to the service lift which kept waking me up in the early hours of the morning. Perhaps this would not have been a problem for business travellers making a very early start, but as a tourist, I wanted to sleep until at least 8.30 am! To ensure my return I would have to make sure that I was not allocated such a room again.
After spending four enjoyable nights in Paris, my bags were efficiently and safely stored away until I was ready to collect them, and return to London. All in all, the Pavillon de la Reine can be described as expensive, well presented and comfortable hotel that just requires some refining to its attention to detail.
Stayed at the Pavillion for 3 nights in August. The Hotel is very comfortable, the air conditioning fabulous. The staff EXTREMELY helpful, and the breafast, either hot or cold buffet lovely. There may be cheaper, but this is the BEST hotel we have stayed in Paris. Check their own web site for special discount offers.There is a restaurant Coconnas No. 2 place des Vosnes directly opposite across the square next to the arch exit from the square, who serve a very reasoble but lovely French meal with very pleasant waiters(ress)
Great boutique hotel
There are a few fancier hotels in Paris, but why would you want to stay in them? The Pavillon de la Reine is located on the beautiful 17th century Place des Vosges in the heart of the Marais which is a location some might consider "off the beaten path" but is well within the heart of the city. The hotel itself is an ivy-covered building at the back of a courtyard with perfect little rooms that are fresh, tastefully and simply decorated and welcoming. The bathrooms are spacious with wooden floors and marble baths. The staff is extraordinarily helpful, friendly and english-speaking. The room service was great. Overall, staying here you feel totally at ease and completely taken care of. We would absolutely stay here again and again.
Charming Third Choice
First of all it is in a wonderful, interesting and safe neighborhood with several excellent and reasonable restaurants within three or four blocks. The staff was multi-lingual and very friendly and helpful. The public reception areas while small were warm and hospitable.
The rooms were small. Ours was a bi-level (larger and more expensive) that required negotiating a narrow staircase continually as the bathroom was on the lower level. Not a hotel you would choose for the view.
The hotel requires using the metro which is several blocks away.
All in all, the hotel doesn't warrant the hype it receives.