I recently spent a literary weekend break in Paris exploring the haunts and hangouts of Paris’ glittering literati. From cafes and cemeteries to bookstores and Bouquinistes I utterly indulged my inner bookworm. This alone made it a weekend to remember but our library themed suite made it the Man Booker prize winner of brilliant weekends! Read on for details…
The base for our Paris weekend break was a luxury suite in converted bookstore in Le Marais. Paris Boutik La Librairie is one of the quirkiest boutique hotels in Le Marais and the perfect book inspired bolt hole.
Paris Boutik La Librairie
La Librarie is a unique combination of luxury boutique apartment and a real Marais bookshop. From the outside it’s a bookshop with the original shop front window displaying all sorts of books. Step inside and you’ll find a stylish apartment with every kind of home comfort.
Time Magazine described La Librairie as one of the most Instagramable suites in Paris. I wouldn’t disagree…
Old wooden ceiling beams, a comfy sofa (which doubles as a second bed) and a huge squashy king-sized bed give the suite a cosy feel. High quality bedding and plush furnishings make it a Parisian home from home.
Bookshelves line the walls and are packed with every type of book from paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction and biographies to massive tomes. There’s enough reading material to last a literary lifetime and plenty of reading lights to help illuminate the 2 a.m. page turners. The seating area has cool comic book art on the walls and the dining table and chairs are perfect for lingering over morning coffee and croissants. A flat screen TV and Bose sound system will entertain and there’s free Wi-fi.
The Kitchen and Bathroom
A fully equipped kitchen corner with glasses, crockery and cutlery, is home to a sink, fridge/mini-bar stocked with a selection of drinks, microwave, kettle and Nespresso coffee machine. Tea, coffee and herbal teas are supplied. We were also treated to a VIP welcome with Champagne and chilled champagne flutes.
Imagine cosying up in La Librarie surrounded by a lexicon of words, glass of bubbles in hand and getting lost in the pages of a good book. The suite is totally sound insulated so you’ll not be disturbed in this haven of peacefulness. In fact, you probably wouldn’t want to ever leave this literary land of loveliness.
Le Marais is one of my favourite areas of Paris to wander around. La Librarie is in a quiet road less than two minutes-walk from some gorgeous cafes, Boulangeries and restaurants. Paris’ oldest covered food market Marché des Enfants Rouges, which we discovered on our Secret Paris Food Tour, is also very close.
The little lanes of Le Marais are nearby with Place des Vosges, the Picasso Museum, Jewish Quarter and the area’s concept shops and boutiques ripe for exploration. You could do what we did and spend time exploring the city’s written heritage on our literary weekend break in Paris.
About Paris Boutik
David Lécuiller, formerly of L’Oréal, devised the idea to bring new, stylish life to Paris boutiques that had closed down. I love the idea that the original purpose of the boutique has been retained to give a unique and quirky place to stay. La Librairie was designed and decorated by Paris CKA, qualified hotel designers and it shows. Everything has been carefully thought out with superb attention to detail and a touch of luxury.
Paris Boutik has two concept one-room hotels. You already know about La Librairie but for foodie types there’s a renovated duplex grocery shop L’Epicerie laid out over two floors in Paris’ cool Bastille neighbourhood.
How would you like to indulge your inner bookworm and sleep amid 4500 books and manuscripts?
La Librairie : 12 rue Caffarelli, Paris 3. Metros near to La Librairie are Temple and Filles du Calvaire