Hôtel Odéon Saint-Germain
13 rue St-Sulpice, 6e, Paris, 75006, France
Though a convenience hotel at heart, exposed stone walls and original wooden beams give this 16th-century building on a pretty street a typical Rive Gauche character. Designer Jacques Garcia's generous use of luxury materials imbues it with the distinct opulence of St-Germain-des-Prés, with top-notch service and an excellent location thrown into the bargain.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Those with reduced mobility be aware that the volumes here are tight, including in the elevator, which does not service every room.
Rooms are minuscule, even by Parisian standards, but luxe taffeta curtains and draped wall hangings, velvet headboards and upholstery, and plush carpeting in rich regal colors—makes them feel plush and cozy instead of crushingly tight. There are no real views to speak of and rooms can be dark.
YOU SHOULD KNOW In the smallest rooms you'll be hard pressed to find space for your luggage. If you can afford to upgrade, though you won't get tons more space, it's worth it.
Like rooms, tiled bathrooms are tiny, but handsome and well appointed, with enough shelf space and luxury toiletries from L'Occitaine.
A small reception area and lounge, with exposed stone and a majestic fireplace, is decorated in royal reds and purples, with plenty of plush seating for settling in with a drink from the honesty bar while people watching out the front window.
A good continental breakfast offers high-quality versions of the usual suspects: croissants and viennoiserie, yogurt, cereals, jams, fresh juices, cheese, toast, eggs, and ham served in the opulent main floor breakfast room.
Know that there are some fabulous bakeries within steps of the hotel, starting with Gérard Mulot, almost across the street (we love the burnt-orange tart). At Pierre Hermé, Paris's best-known pâtissier, a few blocks over on the Rue Bonaparte, you can pick up some breakfast pastries or a couple of his renowned macarons and head to the Jardin de Luxembourg if the weather is fine.
A small honesty bar offers champagne, wine, and spirits all day long.
5 minutes from the Odéon and Mabillon metro stations, and an 8-minute walk to the Luxembourg RER station, direct to both airports. This is a stellar location on the chic Left Bank in the heart of Saint Germain in the midst of plentiful upscale shopping and dining and within walking distance of the Jardin de Luxembourg, the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Latin Quarter, Saint-Sulpice church, Notre Dame, and much more. It's also a pleasant area to just stroll and window shop, a favorite Parisian pastime.
You're definitely spoiled for choice in this neighborhood, where small gastrobistros rule the day, starting with Le Comptoir de Relais (1-minute walk). Nearby Aux Prés is helmed by star Parisian chef Cyril Lignac. Semilla is an absolute favorite for its friendly vibe, fresh and plentiful dishes. All require reservations, and are within minutes from the hotel.
You're definitely spoiled for choice in this neighborhood, where small gastrobistros rule the day, starting with Le Comptoir de Relais (1-minute walk). Just down the rue de Seine, Semilla has an excellent wine list.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This small hotel has done wonders with a small space, and if you can snag a bargain, which is quite doable in certain seasons, it makes an elegant, very comfortable—if compact—base in the heart of glorious Saint Germain.
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