A grand Parisian hotel near the Louvre
134 Rooms /43 Suites
For travelers to Paris, often the goal is to book a hotel in an ideal location for easy access to main attractions, and Hôtel du Louvre Paris, a Hyatt Hotel is one such place. If Mona Lisa could have seen where Hôtel Louvre Paris sits, she may have grinned from ear-to-ear — it’s right next to the Louvre in the buzzy city center.
Built in 1855, the luxury hotel is in line with Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s architectural design plan ordered by Emperor Napoleon III with cream-colored stone walls and ornamental iron window guards. The interior design follows in theme. A modest-sized lobby has a vaulted ceiling, dark green marble columns and a replica of the Louvre’s Venus de Milo at the top of the first staircase. (You can see the original at the famed Parisian museum just steps away.)
The two elevators leading up to the guest rooms are named after the views: one side is labeled Louvre, the other, Opera — and yes, most rooms overlook one of these iconic landmarks, while others gaze out at a quaint courtyard.
Every room is uniquely decorated to some degree; some feature neutral colors and sleek furnishings, others have patterned wallpaper and printed curtains. Framed pictures of the Pavilion and the Pantheon decorate some rooms. All are soundproofed, offer complimentary Wi-Fi, a mini-bar and a safe large enough to secure and store a laptop.
The suites are impressive, with luxurious fabrics and large floor-to-ceiling windows with show-stopping views. Inside the Pissarro Suite, which was inspired by artist Camille Pissarro’s impressionist paintings, you’ll find warm accents of amber against subtle gray walls. The grand view from the private Jacuzzi is that of Opera Garnier and beyond, and you could easily spend several hours in it admiring the beauty and charm of Paris.
The recently renovated Brasserie du Louvre embraces classical Parisian style, from the dark wood furnishings with gilded accents to the white cloths that cover the tables both inside and on the terrace. The latter also features glass walls that eliminate excess noise from passersby in this popular area. (The temptation to stop for a cup of French onion soup and glass or two of champagne increases when you sees terrace guests indulging. It’s also an ideal place to get a treat from the ice cream bar.)
And a glance upward to the ceiling will reveal golden frescos meant to symbolize and connect to the famous painters who created some of the masterpieces viewed inside the Louvre.
The brasserie is the Paris hotel’s main restaurant, open to the public and where hotel guests take leisurely breakfasts. Fare is undeniably French, but with a contemporary take on classics. Snack on oysters, sautéed prawns and snails. Feast on duck breast fillet, beef tartare and veal.
And while you could order fresh fruit or sorbet for dessert, it would be a shame to skip the crêpes suzette served with flaming Grand Mariner.
In the bar, the mood is set with dark red velvet, bohemian furniture and towering marble pillars. Weekly jazz concerts provide a chance to relax and linger over custom cocktails, French wine and, of course, champagne.