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Traditional French elegance, cultural history, and jazz
The Hotel d'Aubusson has been a scene since its beginnings as a manor house in the late 17th-century. The hotel’s 21st-century incarnation embraces the building's history. Guests enter through the original oak porte-cochere, and the lobby glistens with golden light reflected off vintage mirrors, parquet floors, genuine Aubusson tapestries, and fine marble. Visitors may lounge before an enormous marble fireplace with hot chocolate or a cocktail from the Cafe Laurent bar.
Cafe Laurent has been a literary hotspot since 1690, enticing great philosophers and thinkers such as Diderot, Voltaire, and Rousseau. Ensuing generations of artists and intellectuals congregated there -- including Sartre, Camus, and Simone de Beauvoir in the 1940s. Today, Cafe Laurent hosts weekly literary evenings, and there is live jazz several nights a week. The building's long history is palpable, from the courtyard pavers -- worn, stone slabs that look to have seen centuries of foot traffic -- to the lobby ceilings, with original, exposed wooden beams. The Hotel d'Aubusson encompasses the feeling of Paris through the centuries, while still managing to offer maximum comfort.
In the history-steeped Latin Quarter, on a street dating back to 1607
The Hotel d'Aubusson sits on Rue Dauphine, Paris' first linear street, constructed in 1607 by Henry IV. In the heart of the bohemian Latin Quarter, the neighborhood feels like old Paris, surrounded by artists and galleries, restaurants, and shops. Nearby is the oldest-standing bridge across the Seine, The Pont Neuf, and the Louvre is just across the water. The metro and high speed railway are convenient -- Saint-Michel metro station is about a five-minute walk, and Eurostar Gare du Nord is about 20-minutes away by metro -- which puts all of Paris and its surroundings at guests' feet.
Gorgeous modern rooms with traditional touches and Hermes toiletries
Rooms at the Hotel d'Aubusson are beautifully decorated in shades of brown with colorful textiles, interesting rug and wallpaper patterns, and armchairs in fantastic graphic fabrics. Some beds have a non-traditional "canopy" treatment that harkens back to the building's earlier life as a rich Parisian's mansion. Everything is of the highest quality, including the Hermes toiletries and deep, marble soaking tubs. Rooms have minibars and safes, and come equipped with technology: big, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, DVD players, and U.S.-compatible wall sockets. Some guest rooms have balconies.
Free afternoon tea, hot and cold breakfast buffet, cultural events
The Hotel d'Aubusson serves afternoon tea and scrumptious pastries to its guests every day at five o'clock. Guests can have continental breakfast brought to their rooms, or head down to the lovely breakfast room -- an elegant space with an exposed-beam ceiling and golden lighting -- for the extensive hot and cold buffet or an a la carte feast. The bar at Cafe Laurent hosts weekly sessions with famous French writers, continuing its long literary tradition, and several times a week there is live jazz on the premises. Guests can enjoy lunch and dinner at one of the many restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood. Meeting rooms are extraordinary, with skylights, antiques and paintings, parquet floors, and state of the art technology.
The 49-room Hotel d'Aubusson is a luxury boutique hotel in what was formerly a 17th-century stately home. Located in Saint-Germain des Pres, the Hotel d'Aubusson epitomizes the Paris experience, with its elegant courtyard garden and intellectual past. The hotel has a literary tradition stretching back to the 1700s, when it began drawing coffee-sipping writers and intellectuals, and continuing to this day with weekly literary talks. Rooms are stylish and sophisticated, with Hermes toiletries, sumptuous textiles, and cool modernist takes on canopy beds. The Hotel d’Aubusson is the place to stay for an unforgettable Paris holiday.