History of the Hotel : who was Théodore de Banville ?
A great friend of Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire and Théophile Gautier, the poet and playwright Théodore de Banville gave his name to this romantic Paris hotel.
Nicknamed "the poet of happiness", Théodore de Banville was an emblematic figure of French poetry and one of the most eminent poets of his time. Having frequented the most non-conformist literary circles, he opposed mainstream and realist poetry, focusing instead on the cult of beauty and the search for purity. Saddened by the excesses of Romanticism, he proudly erected its values to restore its image. He was thus a major influence of this movement and also a precursor of Parnassus, a movement quite close to Romanticism.
Just like the poet, the Hôtel de Banville seduces by its beauty and purity, by the refinement of its lines, the charm of its interior decoration and its warm atmosphere. It is a hotel full of stories and poetry, for lovers of aesthetics.