Review of Hotel Le Pavillon, Paris, France
Tucked away from the street in a plant-filled courtyard, the charming Hotel Le Pavillon is an oasis of calm in the centre of the prestigious, bustling 7th arrondissement of Paris.
Once a monastery, the building has now been converted into this welcoming boutique hotel, with 15 rooms individually designed to a high standard.
Our comfortable and stylish room was full of quirky details. There was a literary feel to the décor, with Alice in Wonderland cushions, antique maps on the walls, and bedside tables designed to look like antique copies of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. The pretty ensuite shower room featured a sink carved from stone.
Other features of the room included classic French-style furniture, a seating area, and a welcome tea tray, with Fairtrade organic teas from Oxfam.
Despite being right in the centre of Paris, the room was exceptionally quiet and peaceful – and the beds were the most comfortable we've ever slept in. All the mattresses in the hotel rooms are unique Theravital electromagnetically neutral mattresses. These are designed to relieve back problems, and provide optimum sleeping comfort for an excellent night's sleep. And they worked!
Guest health and wellbeing is very important at the hotel. Special filter technology throughout the building ensures the air is clean and pure – which is good to know when you're staying in the heart of a busy capital city.
Natural and ecological materials – such as stone walls and wooden floors – have been used to create a calming environment. Ecological cleaning products are used, and guests are informed at check-in that the tap water is drinkable, so reducing the need for plastic bottles. In fact, the tap water is vitalized water, with the same pure quality as spring water.
Three of the rooms have been adapted for guests with electro-sensitivity – or for anyone wanting to reduce their exposure to electromagnetic radiation, or needing a digital detox. These rooms are WiFi and 4G free, with special curtains to block out radiation.
Information in the rooms encourages guests to enjoy an eco-friendly stay by being responsible with water and electricity use, using public transport and separating waste for recycling. The latter is easy, as there's a bin in the room for any items that can be recycled.
Breakfast is a feast of organic foods, with many locally produced items. We treated ourselves to freshly baked bread and croissants, a range of cheeses and homemade jams, free-range eggs from Normandy, and organic honey – which comes from a beehive in southern France that is sponsored by the hotel.
There was a huge selection of different fruit juices, as well as a big bowl of oranges and a juicing machine for making freshly squeezed orange juice.
Limitless organic Fairtrade coffee and a range of teas are also on offer. A sign reminds guests to avoid food waste by only taking what they need.
The breakfast room is as atmospheric and distinctive as the guest rooms, with exposed stone walls, plush seating areas and colourful decoration. In sunny weather, guests can take their breakfast outside into the delightful courtyard garden. This is a green haven, filled with plants that are watered with harvested rainwater.
Stepping out from the garden, you find yourself in Rue Saint-Dominique – a lively and typically Parisian street that's packed with boulangeries, boutiques and bistros, as well as cafes and little specialist shops selling gifts and home wares.
Clearly visible at the far end of the street is the Eiffel Tower – and this iconic monument is within easy walking distance of the hotel. Also within walking distance is the Musee d'Orsay, the River Seine, and the Champs-Elysées.
The hotel is very well connected to the rest of Paris too, with La Tour-Maubourg Metro station just a few minutes walk away. The whole area felt extremely safe and pleasant – which was important for us, as two female travellers, as it meant we could head out after dark to explore.
Hotel Le Pavillon is part of the independent Green Spirit Hotels group – a family-run business with four hotels in Paris, all run with a passion for environmental sustainability and guest wellbeing.