I don’t like modern houses – they have no soul
— SULLY PRUDHOMME
An historical building
At 54 rue Saint-Louis en l’Île between the two branches of the Seine nestles the four star Hotel du Jeu de Paume. The hotel lies behind a discreet porch at the end of a paved courtyard where three centuries ago sounded the steps and shouts of the racket-sport enthusiasts of the time.
The Hotel Jeu de Paume owes its name to the historical site in which it is located: the last seventeenth century royal “jeu de paume” or “real tennis” court in the capital. It was built in 1634 by Louis XIII, a keen player who practiced enthusiastically. Matches were played here until 1747. After that the craze for the game declined and the court was converted into business premises.
Two centuries later in 1987 the majestic three hundred year old beams and stonework caught the eye of architect Guy Prache. He decided to build a hotel while retaining the character of the vast hall which is listed as a French Historical Monument.
Once through the door you find yourself in a monumental space organised into secluded, private areas with contemporary decor. Furniture, works of art and items of décor carefully and tastefully selected to entwine the centuries and their styles together in a bold and comfortable ensemble, in an authentic spirit of understated luxury.
The Hotel Jeu de Paume exudes a homely warmth, inviting you to relax on a sofa to leaf through the papers, exchange confidences in the refined atmosphere or have a quiet meeting only for the cognoscenti…