Place des Vosges has a hidden secret and that secret is a rather fabulous hotel. Pavillon de La Reine is an ivy covered beaut of a builiding set back from one of Paris's most beautiful squares. 

When you arrive at Pavillon de la Reine, getting to your room suddenly appears not really that important. Entering from a small walkway off the square, you first encounter the secluded courtyard and the ivy-covered facade of the hotel. 

On entry to the hotel there are a couple more reasons not to hurry to your room. On your right is La Bilbliothèque, a cozy library room with contemporary beige walls and red accents that also serves as the breakfast room. And to your left is Le Salon, a lounge area with an honor bar finished with more historic touches: oil paintings, velvet curtains and a fireplace. Le Salon is where you can mix with other drunk geusts at 1 in the morning. 

The harmonious mix of modern and period design comes from Didier Benderli of Kérylos Interiors who gave the hotel a little zhuzh in 2017. Suite de la Reine is potentially the most luxurious with enormous darkwood doors that are framed in gold gilt, set on beige walls with series of drawings and other knick knackery accross the suite. Each room in the hotel has an individual color scheme and touches; canopy beds, more oil paintings or an antique desk. The hotel now has a spa, with a full range of massages and treatments, as well as a jacuzzi, steam room and very small gym but who seriously goes to the gym in a hotel in Paris? 

The only real problem with Pavillon de la Reine is leaving.

Pavillon de la Reine, 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris. Telephone: +33 1 40 29 19 19, www.pavillon-de-la-reine.com.