Pavillon de la Reine
As if being able to call the Place des Vosges home for a few days weren’t enough, the Pavillon de la Reine really does deserve its reputation as one of Paris’ most romantic, cosiest hotels. It’s set back off the square, from whose loggia drift the sounds of counter-tenor aria or Beethoven piano sonata. A recent revamp has given the communal areas a chicer appeal, with soft-grey carpets, white-gold panels and burnt-orange devoré walls; the 54 bedrooms have been updated, too, and a very tempting Carita spa and hammam installed downstairs. The Victor Hugo suite offers the most space; all 54 rooms have been recently refreshed by Jacques Garcia protégé Didier Benderli. It’s the sort of hotel it’s all too easy to hang around in, sipping cognac from the honesty bar; when you do make it outside, you’re a walk from all the bars and restaurants of both Marais and Bastille.