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Paris Hotel Highlights its Literary Connections

The Hotel Pont Royal in Paris is a haven for creative souls, thanks to its strong literary connections. The lobby of the hotel is adorned with framed photographs of renowned writers like Albert Camus and Oscar Wilde, creating a literary atmosphere. Located in the artistic district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history and ambiance of the Left Bank.

During the interwar period, the hotel’s bar was a popular meeting place for literary and artistic icons such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joan Miró, and Ernest Hemingway. This legacy continues today, with the hotel’s mixologist, Frederic Maitre, serving delicious cocktails like the gin-based ‘Grant Green’ and the Remy Martin style ‘The Duke.’ The bar’s ambiance is full of inspiration from the past, encouraging visitors to write and imagine the spirits of the bygone era.

In addition to its literary heritage, the Pont Royal Hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. From the balcony of room 705 on the seventh floor, guests can enjoy iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and the Grand Palais. Observing the bustling city life from such heights is a soothing experience, especially with a strong drink in hand. The evenings on the verandah are enchanting, as the Eiffel Tower sparkles with lights, casting a romantic glow over the city.

Our room, though compact like many Parisian accommodations, provided ample storage space, an armchair, and a small table. The bathroom had both a tub and a shower, ensuring a comfortable stay. Breakfast was served in the cozy Salon Mosaic, which is flooded with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a Japanese garden. The buffet offered a wide selection of food, including fresh fruit, cheeses, and made-to-order eggs.

For a delightful post-breakfast experience, we recommend taking your drink of choice to the adjacent Salon Velin. This elegant sitting room is decorated with arc-shaped lamps, artworks reminiscent of Jackson Pollock by Martina della Rocca, and shelves filled with books on various subjects. The glass-topped tables and plush armchairs and sofas create a welcoming environment for literary conversations or quiet moments of reflection. Just beyond is The Signature Bar, which has a vintage cigar bar aesthetic with its low leather armchairs and mahogany walls. On Monday evenings, jazz performances transport guests back in time.

The owners of the hotel, Denise Dupré and Mark Nunnelly, who also own properties in Champagne, Burgundy, and St. Barts, have planned a series of author evenings to pay tribute to the hotel’s literary past. These events are scheduled to begin in the autumn. With attractions like the Seine, the Louvre, and the Musée d’Orsay within walking distance, the Pont Royal Hotel is the perfect centrally located base for exploring the city.

When it comes to transportation within Paris, I rely on the efficient services of Blacklane, an international network that operates in multiple countries. The company’s diverse drivers provide fascinating conversations, offering unique insights into different cultures and histories. During my journey, our chauffeur Karen shared intriguing anecdotes about Armenia, which added 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.

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