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“ The wall paper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One of us has got to go” were the last words of Oscar Wilde who slumped into an eternal sleep at l’Hôtel in 1900. The style of room N° 16 where he died and the most wanted, recalls his home in London decorated with green coloured walls and inlaid gold peacocks. Tucked away in the historic quarter of Saint Germain des Prés in the left bank, once part of the palace grounds of Queen Margot, daughter of Henry II and Catherine de Medici, L’Hôtel is the chosen place for many celebrities and stars wanting to get away from it all.
The simple entrance with a carved silver head of a ram is the only sign to this place and had I not been looking for it I would have never known that this is a hotel. The sculpture represents Aries, the astrological sign of Guy Louis Duboucheron, one of the former owners. A sense of peace and tranquility set in almost immediately on entering the lovely lounge that opens into an impressive atrium with sparkling chandeliers on all floors, the predominant neoclassical style blends in effortlessly with modern luxury, marking the unique theatrical masterwork of Jacques Garcia, top Parisian designer who renovated l’Hôtel in 2000. I love relaxing in the elegantly decorated bar along which are lined with pictures of celebrities who visited this place including Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Mick Jagger and many more. So, if you are looking for place to meet up in an intimate surroundings then L’Hôtel is the perfect place… At the far end old books and pictures of Oscar Wilde add to the intimate ambiance of the lounge. The drinks are as tempting as those books on the shelves…. and if you are undecided simply ask for the deadly house concoction cocktail N° 13 is top of the list. The restaurant serves very good French food. An inventive menu orchestrated by the head Chef Julien Montbabut definitely is worth a try. Now here are the images…