Literary hotels have been growing here and there in Paris and elsewhere in France for several years already. We owe them to Jacques Letertre. This literature and book lover has created hotels inspired by writers and their literary works. In Paris, there are already three of them.
The three literary hotels in Paris are: Le Swann in the 8th arrondissement, dedicated to Marcel Proust, hôtel Marcel Aymé in the 18th arrondissement, as well as hôtel Arthur Rimbaud, open in 2019 in the 10th arrondissement.
All these places have reopened – Le Swann excluded expected to reopen from July 19, 2021. Letertre says the décor of Le Swann does not look like Proust’s bedchamber in the Musée Carnavalet.
Each literary hotel is named after a writer or a flagship character. And in each establishment, each of the rooms is named after a character created by the writer the hotel is named after.
Literary hotels immerge their clientele in the literature universe. Books are displayed in each of them, and many books are made available to travelers. Literature hides in every corner of each literary hotel. The goal of La Société des Hôtels Littéraires? Making each guest take at least one book during their stay.
Literary hotels are all 4-star hotels managed by Best Western. Locally, partnerships are made with local producers whose produces fill the menus of each hotel. Each literary hotel is also twinned with an independent bookstore in their area.
The La Société des Hôtels Littéraires made the most of lockdown to start renovations in all hotels: new meeting rooms, gyms have been created, as well as suites, where they were lacking.
The latest literary hotel to have been created, the Jules Verne, recently opened in Biarritz. The next hotel of the group will be dedicated to a woman of letters. But its location has not been specified yet.