For pure French flavor, head to this intimate hotel hidden away in a leafy neighbohood between the Boulevard St-Germain and Rue du Bac, which repeat guests like to consider their little Parisian secret. The hotel's Old World elegance is enhanced by original antiques, quality French fabrics and wallpapers, and all those little touches that make you feel discretely pampered.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is not a hotel for those seeking an upscale contemporary look. Though the hotel was recently renovated, it remains steadfastly, and charmingly, in another century.
Sumptuous, antique-accented rooms are compact, and sometime made more so by the busy prints and voluminous fabrics. But everything is elegant, spotlessly clean and cared for. Four of the rooms have beautiful spacious terraces overlooking the courtyard, a highlight of this hotel.
Rooms facing the interior courtyard have a charming view of greenery, and even flowers in the warmer months. Even if you don't have a terrace—though it's well worth the splurge if you can swing it—you'll still benefit from the view.
Though decorated in the traditional style, the spacious bathroom's are totally contemporary, with either a tub-and-shower combo or both tub and walk-in shower. With luxury bath products, plush robes and slippers.
A small but cozy lobby opens onto an outdoor patio, where you are welcome to enjoy a drink, coffee, or your breakfast should you so desire.
A lovely continental breakfast is served in the 16th-century vaulted stone cellar—which also contains the bar and lounge—characteristic of the 16th-18th-century buildings in this area. This one is on the larger side, and decorated with lovely plush seating areas and banquettes, where guests feel like spending a relaxing moment rather than rushing off to sightsee.
A limited menu is available for a light lunch here or in your room, though, with all the great dining choices nearby, we recommend this only in a pinch.
A 2-minute walk from the Rue de Bac metro station; five minutes to Gare de Musée d'Orsay RER station, direct to Versailles. For anyone who loves the Left Bank (and, honestly, who doesn't), this is a prime Saint-Germain location between the sixth and seventh arrondissements close to museums, shopping, and fabulous dining. It's also within minutes of many of the places high on your list—the Musée d'Orsay, Musée Rodin, Notre Dame, etc.—through Paris streets that are a pleasure to behold. Even in this handsome residential neighborhood that's close to the bustling Blvd. Saint-Germain and Rue de Bac, coming back to this quiet hotel tucked away on a tiny street feels a bit like coming home.
You're definitely spoiled for choice in this neighborhood, where small bistros rule the day, starting with Le Ferme Saint-Simon, a clubby stalwart a minute from the hotel, favored by businessmen and ladies who lunch. Nearby Aux Prés, helmed by star Parisian chef Cyril Lignac, has a good value lunch menu, and just down the rue de Seine, Semilla is an absolute favorite for its friendly vibe, fresh and plentiful dishes, and excellent wine list. All require reservations.
Though not exactly a bar, you won't get a more classic Parisian experience than at the Cafe Flore, a couple minutes from the hotel. But if it's cocktails you're after, head to Tiger, for a truly top-notch drinks experience. We also love Freddy's Wine Bar, across rue Jacob and the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels for a superb glass of natural wine and a great variety of small plates.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A quintessential Saint-Germain hideaway, but in a luxe traditional style of decor that not everyone will appreciate. However, everyone will appreciate this charming lodging's location and warm yet discrete service.