Set in an old private mansion on an atmospheric street facing the back of St-Sulpice church, a stone's throw from the Jardin du Luxembourg, this petite hotel wins accolades for its location. Eclectic and African art mix with Art Nouveau and Asian furnishings, wrought-iron banisters, and ornate moldings to reflect the district's bohemian energy.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're expecting all the ultra-modern conveniences you may be disappointed. Although the hotel has all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, its old fashioned allure is its biggest draw.
The rooms themselves, set around an ivy-clad courtyard (facing either courtyard or the back of recently cleaned Saint-Sulpice church) are understated—and a bit dated—with Provençal fabrics, vintage wooden furnishings, and sisal carpeting.
YOU SHOULD KNOW No mini bar in rooms.
Clean, compact bathrooms have marble vanities and mosaic tiles, with luxury Fragonard toiletries.
The small lobby has its own antique charm, enhanced by a small wood-burning stove and plush velvet chairs for enjoying a coffee or a drink from the small honesty bar.
Complimentary coffee and tea available in the lobby all day.
A copious continental buffet breakfast is served at café tables in the glass-roofed breakfast salon.
A few minutes from the Saint-Sulpice metro line. About a 10-minute walk to Luxembourg RER station, direct to both airports. This is a superb location in the heart of Saint-Germain, across the street from Saint-Sulpice church, minutes from the Jardin du Luxembourg, and in the midst of great shopping, dining, and all the many perks of this storied Parisian neighborhood. A short walk to Notre Dame cathedral, it's also within easy walking distance of many of Paris's most visited sights.
Minutes from the hotel, Le Comptoir du Relais is a favorite small bistro, outdoor dining, a big mirrored menu of the day, with plenty of fresh bistro salads, a wonderful country terrine, and hot dishes done with bistro king Yves Camdeborde's usual flair. Get there at noon or before to snag a table for lunch; reservations for dinner should be made in advance. Tiny Le Timbre ("postage stamp") is a wonderful little find, serving up high-quality bistro fare in a charming atmosphere. For great pastry, you're in a good place, both Mulot, a Paris institution, and rockstar pâtissier Pierre Hermé are minutes away.
Freddy's Wine Bar serves great natural wines and delicious small tapas plates for snacking, or you could try the more upscale La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels for a good wine selection. For cocktails, Tiger is a stylish place to sip a yummy craft cocktail.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Repeat guests love the fact that they can rely on this small, homey hotel staying exactly as they remember, with plenty of old fashioned Parisian charm, friendly service and an enviable Left Bank location in the heart of Paris.