One of the world's most legendary hotels, The Ritz has been synonymous with luxury since it first opened its doors in 1898. In the 1920's, literary expats like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway frequented the hotel and later referenced it in their works (Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night). Today the hotel even boasts a bar named for Hemingway, who was said to have 'liberated the Ritz' after the War.
15 Place Vendôme
It was in Room 16 of this legendary Left Bank hotel that Oscar Wilde quipped from his deathbed: "I suppose I shall have to die above my means". Today the hotel highlights this literary connection with the Oscar Wilde Suite, which features the author's unpaid hotel bill mounted on the wall.
Wilde would be glad to know that the wallpaper he so famously disliked ("My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.") has been replaced. In fact, the entire hotel has undergone extensive renovations in recent years, making it one of Paris' most luxurious boutique hotels.
13 Rue des Beaux Arts
Tucked away at the edge of Montmartre, this elegant hotel is a local favourite thanks to its rooftop bar with Eiffel Tower views. The Terrass also boasts an unlikely literary claim to fame: it was here that Hans and Margeret Rey began the children's stories that would later become Curious George.
12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre
The Pavillon Des Lettres
Though somewhat lacking in literary credentials, this four star hotel near the Champs Élysées offers a piece of bohemian Paris in one of the city's wealthiest neighbourhoods. With each room named after a famous author, The Palvillon pays tribute to literary greats, from Anderson to Zola. All around the hotel, you'll see quotes and famous passages from their books and subtle nods to literature
12 rue des Saussaies
Cafe La Rotonde
As the centre of Bohemian Paris shifted from Montmartre to Montparnasse at the start of the 20th Century, artists like Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall began to frequent La Rotonde where they brushed shoulders with Russian revolutionaries and later with Alice Prin, the singer and artists' model known as 'Kiki' or the Queen of Montparnasse. During the interwar period, the Surrealists took over along with American expat authors and members of the Lost Generation including Authur Miller, F. Scott. Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, as well as George Gershwin.
Restaurant - Le Polidor
You may recognise this hole-in-the-wall from Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. In the film, it's here that Owen Wilson's character first meets Ernest Hemingway. Located in the Latin Quarter, this historic restaurant was one of the author's many haunts as it was popular with the intellectual set of his day. Over the years, everyone from Victor Hugo to James Joyce has dined at Le Polidor and it's fair to say that the cuisine hasn't changed much in that time (nor have the facilities - the toilet is 'Turkish style', which basically means a hole in the floor with foot prints to stand in).
La Closerie des Lilas
One of several Montparnasse cafés favoured by artists and intellectuals at the turn of the century - Paul Verlaine and Emile Zola and Charles Baudelaire were regulars. After World War I, La Closerie became a regular hangout for American expat authors. Here Hemingway worked on The Sun Also Rises and read Fitzgerald's manuscript of The Great Gatsby.