The Home of Honoré de Balzac in Paris
Built for the director of the Paris Opera in 1853 and once home
to 19th century French writer Honoré de Balzac himself,
the hotel is reminiscent of town houses of that period.
Shining Example of Parisian Chic
Still a haven of peace and a shining example of Parisian chic,
the luxury Paris hotel, Hotel Balzac, is a blend of the elegant and
the modern - an aesthetic feat deftly carried out by an interior
designer who re-worked the sumptuous neo-classical decor with
precious, vibrant tones.
The luxury Balzac Hotel invites you to share in its elegance and
French 'art de vivre', which is teamed with a personalised service
provided by several 'Golden Key' concierges and the latest in
The Spirit of Honoré de Balzac
The history of luxury Hotel Balzac reads like a novel. In
the beginning of the 19th century, French banker Nicolas
Beaujon commissioned the architect Nicolas-Claude Girardin to
create a 'folie' for him on the considerable land attached to his
principal residence. The result was a pleasure palace built at the
intersection of the present day rue Beaujon and rue Balzac and
known as 'La Folie Beaujon'.
This 'folie' was regarded by contemporaries as extraordinary and
was built in an exotic style with a large central pavilion
anchoring four attached apartments.
After Nicolas Beaujon's death, this well-known establishment
evolved and changed hands several times before becoming home to a
'salon' for epicureans and champagne lovers.
Honoré de Balzac was enchanted by its atmosphere and in 1846
acquired the property to give to Countess Ewelina Hanska, who he
married in May 1850. He spent his last days in the house and
died a few months later without ever having paid the purchase
Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European
literature who wrote almost 100 novels and plays collectively
entitled 'La Comédie Humaine', which presents a panorama
of French life in the years after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in
His writing influenced many famous authors, including the
novelists Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave
Flaubert, Marie Corelli, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, and Italo
Calvino as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels.
Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue
to inspire other writers.
Balzac's spirit lives on in the luxury hotel where collections
of antique books as well as lithographs depicting the writer, and
scenes from his work can be found.