Hotel Pont Royal in Paris, with its strong literary connections, is a haven for creative souls. The lobby walls are adorned with framed photographs of renowned writers like Albert Camus and Oscar Wilde, setting the tone for a literary experience. Located in the artistic district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the hotel immerses guests in the rich history and ambiance of the Left Bank.
During the interwar period, the hotel’s bar was a gathering place for literary and artistic icons such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joan Miró, and Ernest Hemingway. This legacy lives on as the hotel’s mixologist, Frederic Maitre, creates delectable cocktails like the gin-based ‘Grant Green’ and Remy Martin style ‘The Duke.’ The bar’s atmosphere is charged with inspirations from the past, encouraging visitors to put pen to paper and conjure the spirits of the bygone era.
Aside from its literary heritage, the Pont Royal Hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. From our balcony on the seventh floor, room 705, we could see iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and the Grand Palais. Observing the buzz of city life from such heights was a soothing pastime, especially with a strong drink in hand. Evenings on the verandah were enchanting as the Eiffel Tower sparkled with lights, casting a romantic glow over the city.
Our room, while compact like many Parisian accommodations, provided ample storage space, an armchair, and a small table. The bathroom featured both a tub and a shower, ensuring a comfortable stay. Breakfast was served in the cozy Salon Mosaic, flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a Japanese garden. The buffet offered a wide selection, from fresh fruit and cheeses to eggs made to order.
For a delightful post-breakfast experience, we recommend taking your beverage of choice to the adjacent Salon Velin. This elegant sitting room is adorned with arc-shaped lamps, artworks reminiscent of Jackson Pollock by Martina della Rocca, and shelves brimming with books on various subjects. Glass-topped tables and plush armchairs and sofas create a welcoming ambiance for literary chats or quiet moments of introspection. Just beyond is The Signature Bar, exuding a vintage cigar bar aesthetic with its low leather armchairs and mahogany walls. On Monday evenings, jazz performances transport guests back in time.
Owners Denise Dupré and Mark Nunnelly, who also have properties in Champagne, Burgundy, and St. Barts, are planning a series of evenings with authors to pay homage to the hotel’s literary past. These events are set to commence in the autumn. With attractions like the Seine, the Louvre, and the Musée d’Orsay within short walking distance, the Pont Royal Hotel provides a centrally located base for exploring the city.
As for transportation within Paris, I rely on the efficient services of Blacklane, an international network operating in multiple countries. The company’s diverse drivers provide fascinating conversations, offering unique insights into different cultures and histories. During this journey, our chauffeur Karen shared intriguing anecdotes about Armenia, adding an enriching dimension to our experience.
Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Galerie Jantzen, a magical shop just a five-minute walk away. Prepare to be amazed by its treasures – but I won’t reveal more, as it’s best to discover it for yourself.