Hotel de Lauzun
Magnificent Hôtel de Lauzun is one of the very few hotels particuliers (private mansions) that retain their rich carved, painted, mirrored and gilded interiors from the time of Louis XIV.
The mansion is a 17th century interior and exterior architectural jewel. It is the only private mansion on Ile St Louis that can be visited. It has been recently restored while being preserved as its last private owner left it at the end of the 19th century, with the gold detailing and ceilings of the 17th century, combined with the exuberance of the 19th century.
Hotel de Lauzun
- Location : 17, Quai d’Anjou (Métro Sully-Morland line 7)
- Special dates only
- Duration : 1h30
- Price : 20€ (includes right of speech and entrance ticket)
The Hotel de Lauzun is much more than yet another aristocratic mansion in Paris. Ravishingly luxurious with outstanding painted and gilded interiors, the house is the last example of a seventeenth century Grand siècle building one can visit on the île Saint Louis.
The tour will recount the building’s long and fascinating history as well as architectural features and decors. Indeed, the mansion was first built by an important family of Louis the 14th era, but soon after, it was quickly bought by the Duc de Lauzun, a prominent and rich member of the king’s court. The place is then famous for housing numerous parties and orgies.
In the nineteenth century the mansion is heavily transformed and parted in many different apartments.
One of the most illustrious tenants was Charles Baudelaire. The well known author would write in there many of his poems and host his famous club of artificial paradise.
The hotel de Lauzun now has belonged to the city of Paris since the start of the 20th century. After serious renovation, it shows some the most beautiful rooms with original decor coupled with 19th century transformation. The main part of the hotel has now become a kind of Villa Medicis for researchers from around the world.