HISTORY OF THE PONT ROYAL

HOTEL PONT ROYAL, PARIS

History of the Pont Royal, 5 stars hotel in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

HOTEL PONT ROYAL

Once upon a time...

The history of the Pont Royal Hotel in Paris 7th disctrict, a 5 stars hotel in the heart
of the Latin Quarter in Saint-Germain-des-Prés


Take a trip back in time with us 


Frequented by renowned writers and free spirits, stories abound at our historic hotel. Discover them all here, by dates.

 

            

1923


The Hotel Pont Royal opened in 1923 by Mr. and Mrs. Desgardins (Parents of Lucie Soalhat) in order to convince their son-in-law not to move to Venezuela.

1940-44


The hotel was occupied by the government from 1940 to 1944. During this period, Robert Soalhat created the Bar of the Pont Royal (located in the basement of the building), famous for its frequentation  to the writers of the editions “Gallimard”, “La Table Ronde” and “Le Seuil”.

The bar will be frequented by: Roger NIMIEZ, Jacques LAURENT, Antoine BLONDIN, called “les HUSSARDS”, Romain GARY, Alphonse BOUDARD, and Jean Paul SARTRE and Simone de BEAUVOIR (tired of being bothered by tourists at the “Café de Flore”, they decided to come at the Pont Royal). The hotel will then become one of the most famous “literary” places in Paris.

1946


In 1946 the hotel has some renovation works as construction of connecting rooms and renovation works on the basement of the building. Thanks to this work, the hotel was able to organise some meetings and literary cocktails.

1953


Renovation work on the sixth floor.

1958-1989


From 1958 - 1989, Robert Soalhat was the manager of the Pont Royal with his two sons Pierre and Jacques, his daughter Monique, and son in law Jean Pierre Chabert. 

1963


In 1963, Robert Soalhat died; the hotel will be managed by his two sons. After the death of Pierre in 1989, Jacques decided to sell the hotel.

1990-2014


From 1999 – 2014, Hotel Pont Royal became part of a French collection called “Hôtels et Résidence du Roy”. Majour renovations were engaged during 2 years in 1999.

2015


Last renovations were made in 2015 by Maranatha group, newly owners since Mr. Leroy passed away.

2020


Part of Accor hotels since February 2020, Hotel Pont Royal combines all the facilities of a chain group, its loyalty program ALL, and the charm of a boutique hotel.

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