The graceful stone archway of this 17th-century city mansion in St-Germain-des-Prés was the original entrance to the Saint Germain Abbey. Now, after an inspired top-to-toe renovation, completed in 2017, you'll feel like you've landed in the height of Left Bank style—a lingering sensation throughout this captivating boutique hotel, whose centerpiece is a charming courtyard with lush greenery (and a complimentary mobile phone for use throughout your stay).
Street-facing rooms on the fourth and fifth floors have views over the Paris rooftops. Don't worry about street noise, all the rooms are as quiet as can be.
Decorated in chic, soothing colors, enhanced with sleek blond wood, rooms vary in layout and size (the superior rooms are worth the extra cost for the additional space), but are all sensitively arranged for maximum space and maneuverability. Stylish accents include original prints and vintage-inspired lighting. All rooms offer tea and coffee-making facilities.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Those planning to book the fifth-floor suite should know that the elevator stops at the fourth floor, so they'll need to climb a (rather charming) set of stairs. But don't worry about luggage, the accommodating staff takes care of that.
Spotless marble tiled bathrooms sport either a large walk-in shower or a tub with shower, plus heated towel racks, plenty of shelf space, and luxury bath products.
Friendly service and a copious buffet breakfast with a bounty of fresh pastries, morning charcuterie, fruit, and cheeses make this worth the price.
Be sure to check the hotel's frequent package offers, which may include anything from complementary breakfast to a half-bottle of champagne on the house.
The cozy, superchic bar is so delightful it even draws locals for a relaxing glass of wine or champagne by the fire in winter or out on the charming patio in summer.
Saint Germain is a shopper's paradise, from the fabulous Bon Marché, and its gourmet food grocer, La Grande Épicerie, to the scores of one-off boutiques lining pretty much every street, shoppers will feel they've landed in heaven. So will chocoholics... who'll find more than a dozen world-class chocolatiers within 10 minutes of this hotel. Besides the flagship of pastry guru Pierre Hermé (72 rue Bonaparte), you've got Jean-Charles Rouchoux (rue d'Assas), Henri Le Roux (rue de Bourbon le Château), Patrick Roger (across from Saint-Sulpice church), Jean-Paul Hévin (rue Vavin), Maison du Chocolat (rue du Sevres), Pierre Marcolini (rue Scribe), Franck Kesterner (across the Luxembourg gardens) and that's just a start!
A few minutes from the Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station, servicing line no. 1, Paris's central line, and Mabillon metro station. The Rue Jacob is the kind of Left Bank street that defines Paris chic. Home of a slew of high-end boutiques—and steps from the lovely Place de Furstemburg—you'll also find the most charming branch of the famous Ladurée at the end of the street (do not miss the upstairs tearoom) and cafés, restaurants, and shopping galore just steps away. A quick walk to the Jardins de Luxembourg on one side and the Seine on the other, just hop across the nearby Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge and you're at the Louvre.
A minute walk from the hotel, Semilla Bistro is a Parisian favorite for lunch and dinner, and Freddy's Wine Bar, just next door, is perfect for a glass of wine and small gourmet tapas plates. We also love Fish, just across the rue de Seine. At nearby Treize Bakery, hidden in a secret courtyard, the south meets Paris in healthy comfort foods, two delicious juices of the day, and a range of yummy desserts. For a more gourmet experience a few steps away, Ze Kitchen Galerie, and its more casual sister, KGB (Kitchen Galerie Bis) are hallowed neighborhood institutions.
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
We liked this hotel before, now, after a spot-on renovation, we love it. And we think you will too.