Instrumental in launching the novel concept of the Hôtels Littéraires is the collector and bibliophile Jacques Letertre. By dedicating each of his hotels to one of his favourite writers, this book lover seeks to share his passion with all his guests.
Born out of the social objective of making culture accessible to as many people as possible and thus contributing to the development of sustainable tourism as defined in the UNESCO 2030 Programme, the Société des Hôtels Littéraires has established itself as a company with a mission to turn a hotel stay into a literary and artistic journey.
The adventure began in 2013 with the inauguration in the 8th arrondissement of Paris of the Hôtel Littéraire Le Swann, dedicated to Marcel Proust. Success was immediate and projects followed one after another with the Hôtels Littéraires Gustave Flaubert in Rouen, Alexandre Vialatte in Clermont-Ferrand, Marcel Aymé in Montmartre and Arthur Rimbaud in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
In June 2021, the sixth Hôtel Littéraire in the series, entirely dedicated to Jules Verne, was inaugurated in Biarritz.
The decor of these four-star hotels, designed by Aleth Prime, pays tribute to the writer chosen via a variety of artistic approaches intended to provide an original cultural journey for guests. The rooms are personalised and illustrated, with quotes, books, and original watercolours by the artist Jean Aubertin, as a way of immersing guests in the distinctive worlds of the writers chosen.
Multilingual libraries of 500 books are available from which readers can help themselves, and original editions and rare copies are exhibited in display cases for those interested in publishing history and the bookbinder’s art.
Indeed, each Hôtel Littéraire has a space dedicated to exhibiting a carefully curated collection of artefacts pertaining to each writer. These include manuscripts, works of art and period objects set alongside contemporary creations by local artists who reinterpret images from the classics.
The life of each hotel is punctuated by literary evenings, awards ceremonies, artistic exhibitions and shows, making it a true cultural centre within its city or district.
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