L'Hotel - a taste of Oscar Wilde

Posted by Paris Popcorn On 8:18 PM

I just happened to stumble upon L'Hotel while taking a walk along the Rive Gauche – and what an enchanting find!! Other than the cozy-chic vibe one gets just by walking inside, what makes it really special is that it's the place where play writer, novelist and poet Oscar Wilde spent the last year of his life and consequently, it's also the very place where he died. It was also a frequent hang-out for Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges until the 80's.

L'Hotel is a luxury 5 star boutique hotel with only 20 rooms - each room done up completely different with its own character and style. There is even a room called "the Oscar Wilde" which is made up in a traditional English style and it even features framed letters from the hotel staff urging him to pay his hotel bill (which he never lived to do).

This year (2008) Harpar's Bazaar declared it as winner of best urban hotel in the world and its restaurant "Le Restaurant" has been awarded one Michelin star!

This is another fabulous example of Paris's hidden gems that simply makes you understand why some of history's most renowned artists chose these specific spots and found their inspiration. If you're not going to book a room there, then it's a great place to just go for a drink at their snazzy bar (dress cool though!) - there is definitely something crazy but beautiful about this hotel.

It is situated in the heart of the cultural and artistic center of Paris and a stone throws away from St Germain at 13 rue des Beaux-Arts in the 6th arrondissement.