du Louvre has always had a reputation as a hotel of character and it has attracted
many distinguished guests of social, political and artistic importance throughout the
years and has played host to lots of important receptions and official functions.
In 1897 the impressionist Camille Pissarro took up residence at this Paris hotel and
it was here, looking from the windows of his rooms that he created several of his great
paintings of Paris, and today people now get a chance to enjoy the rich history and can
get to stay in the suite known as the Pissarro Suite.
The author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was also inspired by the atmosphere of the hotel and
hence why the Hotel du Louvre is featured in many of his Sherlock Holmes novels, and even
today this point is remembered as there are many Sherlock Holmes associations that gather
at the hotel.
It was in 1910 that Sigmund Freud first visited the hotel and then returned several times
whilst writing his thesis on the childhood of Leonardo e Vinci called Un Souvenir
d'Enfance de Léonard de Vinci. The major theme was his interpretation of the smile
of Mona Lisa, which is probably the most famous painting in the World and is displayed in
the Louvre Museum, which is directly opposite the hotel.
Over the years things have changed even more and there are now only 177 guest rooms and
suites, with additions such as a fitness centre, etc, plus they have all the up to date
technology and modern amenities that we would expect from a luxury
hotel, but the ambience, plush interior, rich decor and the attentive staff all make
this just as desirable a hotel as it was well over 100 years ago.