On Nov. 10, the new place opened up, a classic Haussman townhouse in the 8th arrondissement, an area also home to the Champs-Elysee and the Arc de Triomphe. The hotel has 26 rooms, each devoted to a letter of the alphabet and an international writer corresponding to said letter. Shakespeare, Baudelaire, and Rousseau are among them, with quotes from each scrawled - in French - on the walls. To translate them to English, guests can boot up their room's dedicated iPad, which is stocked with bestsellers and daily papers, as well as music.
For the more paper-oriented reader, the hotel's library, which also has an honor bar, is stocked with the works of all 26 featured authors. They are, in addition to the aforementioned trio: Andersen, Calderon, Diderot, Eschyle, Flaubert, Goethe, Hugo, Ibsen, James, Kafka, La Fontaine, Musset, Nerval, Ovid, Proust, Queiroz, Tolstoy, Urfe, Voltaire, Woolf, Xenophon, Yeats and Zola.
Through Feb. 28, the hotel is offering rates starting at 300 Euros. For information, visit http://www.pavillondeslettres.com.
Photo: Pavillon des Lettres