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13 rue des Beaux Arts, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75006, France

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    Sleeping with Oscar Wilde!


    “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.” — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), at Hôtel d’Alsace, a pension house, now L’Hôtel

    It was not the wallpaper that went; it was Mr. Wilde. We had the honor of spending five nights in the very room where Mr. Wilde spent his last years, following his release from a two-year prison term at Reading Gaol. And, then, because the wallpaper was going nowhere, Wilde passed into eternity from this room.

    Room No. 16 is decorated based on illustrations and descriptions of Wilde’s London dining room with wood paneling and scenes of peacocks strutting their way across the upper half of the walls on tooled and heavily impasto green leather. Some of these flamboyant birds seem to be kissing; because they are peacocks, without a peahen in sight, this nod to “the love that dare not speak its name” is welcome (see photo #5). The heavy wood furniture and marble-topped tables (one with a large flat-screen TV on one) fit the English gentleman’s club feeling. The true test of any hotel accommodation is how well you sleep. The comfortable mattress helps to pass this test with an A+.

    There is a small, planted terrace where we enjoyed our daily breakfast, courtesy of room service, each morning. At 18 euros per serving, we split the ample portions of croissants, baguettes, jams, cereal, coffee, orange juice, milk, and yogurt; we were satisfied. The Oscar Wilde Room is at the rear, facing north; it did not get too warm during the warm Parisian summer of 2008; the air conditioning worked well. I would suggest anyone considering staying here in the summer to reserve a north-facing, rear room (numbers 14, 16, 24, 26, 34, 36, 44, 46) to avoid the heat of the sun and the heat reflected from the buildings across Rue des Beaux-Arts.

    With only 20 rooms or suits, L’Hôtel falls into the boutique category. It is a pricey treat for a special occasion. Mick Jagger, Johnny Depp, and Keanu Reeves have all stayed here. L’Hotel trades on its historical association with Mr. Wilde. Photographs of the late 19th-century playwright and letters written by him to friends decorate the lobby; his likeness graces the very heavy key fob, as well as a plaque outside the front door. When Wilde lived here the establishment was called Hôtel l’Alsace, where the author of “The Importance of Being Ernest” left an unpaid tab in excess of 26,000 francs. Letters to Wilde asking for payment are framed and displayed in Room #16.

    The public areas are sumptuously decorated in a Second Empire style, with plush green and red velvets, trims of gold tassels, pedestal tables with black marble tops, brass wall sconces, cameo medallions, striped wallpaper edged with classical scene borders, even the publicly available computer tucked in a corner of the lobby’s sitting area looks right at home. All this over-the-top fantasy décor comes to us by way of designer Jacques Garcia.

    Following your refreshing, hour-long dip in the basement pool, with a stop in the steam room, you can slip into one of the plush bathrobes that comes with each room. You will need to reserve the use of this spa area with the front desk; massages, by reservation too, are also available. The complementary bath gel, bath oil, shampoo and conditioner are quite nice.

    The young, attractive staff is very attentive. I had reserved the room directly with the hotel because I wanted to be certain that we booked “la chambre Oscar Wilde,” therefore I was in touch with the hotel regularly. My e-mails were always answered promptly, including my request that L’Hôtel reserve us a table for diner at Le Jules Verne, the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower (see von.otter’s Paris Restaurant Tip : “Le Jules Verne: Dining in the Sky” for more). L’Hôtel does have its own restaurant, rated one star by Michelin. We would have eaten there but it was closed for the very civilized, traditional French, summer, month-long vacation.

    Unique Quality: The location of L’Hôtel is ideal. Situated in the middle of the 6th arrondissement on Rue des Beaux-Arts so much of Paris is within easy walking distance. The River Seine, to the north, is only few blocks away, with the Musée du Louvre a quick walk across Pont des Artists. To the south, at the corner of Boulevard St-Germain and Rue Bonaparte are the famous Café des Deux Magots and Café de Fleurs. Across the street from Café des Deux Magots is the church of St-Germain des Pres, as well as the St-Germain Metro stop of the yellow #4 line.

  • Oscar wilde- hide away-


    l'HOTEL, is one of my favorite holtels in Paris, when i can stay (suite 40) was Oscar Wilde's haunt.
    located in the heart of St Germain des Pres, Rue des Beaux Arts,Paris 06.
    within walking distance to Art Galleries, restaurants, theatres, chops and the famous cafes
    all of this and the daily fruit and veg market around the corner, if you are the DIY frugal tourist
    picnic style.
    The locals, very french upper class, very friendly and multiligual too...if you are the shy tourist
    type, please dare to ask....

    Unique Quality: Vey intimate, ideal for single travellers or honeymooners.
    also it has a very private SPA (in the basement, i personally never used it)
    Every room is unique, from bed linen to lamp shades, bathrooms and even tiles, curtains

    Directions: Metro : Odeon
    St Germain des Pres
    otherwise known as Quartier latin

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Visit the National Museum of Medieval Art

by Paul2001

This great museum is in an expanded complex that includes a medieval abbey(L' Hotel de Cluny) and ancient Roman bath from the 4th century. For some reason it does not rate highly on most tourists' itinerary inspite of the fact that it has quite possibly the greatest collection of medieval art in the world.

Les Grands Magasins

by OrlandoBR about Samaritaine

Before I find a picture of the Galleries Lafayette, the Samaritaine will have to do it. It is a shopping tip in its own right. The great Parisian department stores (as they say in French, "Les Grands-Magasins") are the G. Lafayette, Au Printemps (these two occupy, each, some entire blocks behind the Opera), followed by the Samaritaine and the Bazar de l`Hotel-de-Ville (BHV). If you saw that movie The Bourne Identity, you`ll recognize the open lounge of the Samaritaine and its view over the Pont Neuf, right Christine??

Discovering the architecture of Le Marais

by Jefie

There are several splendid works of architecture dispersed throughout Le Marais, ranging from Medieval houses to elegant 18th century mansions. Here’s an example of a short itinerary that will allow you to see some of Le Marais’s most remarkable constructions.

Start at the corner of rue St-Antoine and rue St-Paul, where you can see and visit St-Paul–St-Louis church. The cornerstone was laid out in 1627 and the first mass was celebrated by Cardinal Richelieu in 1641. When it was built, its 60 m dome was the highest one in Paris. A lot of its art work was destroyed during the Revolution, but there remains Delacroix's "Christ in the Garden of Olives" and Pilon's "Mourning Virgin".

From there, walk down rue St-Paul and turn onto rue du Figuier. At No. 1 du Figuier you’ll see L’hotel de Sens, one of the three remaining Medieval residences in Paris. Built between 1474 and 1519, it became the domain of King Henry IV’s ex-wife, Marguerite de Valois (better known as Queen Margot), where she lived a tumultous life of drunkeness and debauchery. It now houses the Forney art library.

Keep going on rue du Figuier and turn left on rue Charlemagne, which will then become rue de Jouy and then rue Francois Miron. At No. 11-13 Francois Miron sit two of the oldest houses in Paris, dating back to the 14th century. Both were heavily renovated a few years ago, but they have kept their stunning exterior appearance.

Keep going down the street until you come upon St-Gervais–St-Protais church. Construction of this church began in 1494 and was completed over 150 years later. The church itself is Gothic in style, but its facade combines three styles of classic architecture: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian.

At the end of the street, you can turn onto rue des Archives and go up a few blocks, until you reach rue des Francs Bourgeois. At No. 60 des Francs Bougeois is L’hotel de Soubise, a splendid mansion built at the beginning of the 18th century for the Princess of Rohan, where you can rest for a while before going on your next walk!


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I'm looking to find a hotel with spa facilities in the 200-260 euros price range. Can anyone recommend/comment on L' Hotel, 13, rue des Beaux Arts - 75006 Paris?


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Address: 13 rue des Beaux Arts, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75006, France