A quick walk from the Museé d'Orsay and the Louvre sits an intimate and tastefully decorated boutique hotel in the heart of St-Germain. The service is professional, and creature comforts abound: cozy duvets, a lovely lounge, and a generous morning buffet in an attractive vaulted stone cellar. As a romantic alternative, enjoy breakfast in bed while you decide whether to walk toward Notre-Dame, the Luxembourg Gardens, or historic Café de Flore—all a short distance from the charming establishment's quiet street.
This small hotel a loyal business clientele, so be sure to book ahead.
Small rooms make the most of this 16th-century building's beamed ceilings and intimate volumes. Rooms are small, to be sure, but the handsome decors, featuring plush furnishings, original artworks and prints, and the highest quality fabrics and woodwork, make them feel more cozy than constricting.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Even the deluxe rooms are on the small side, so if you're more than two people, consider connecting rooms.
Recently renovated bathrooms are compact but spotless and elegant, in beige marble with attractive fixtures.
With the air of a private club or library, the charming lobby was specifically designed for lounging with a newspaper (provided) or a drink from the honesty bar. In winter, the fireplace is an added draw.
A delicious continental breakfast is served in a classically Parisian vaulted wine "cave," an atmospheric stone basement that's so well lit you'll hardly know you're underground.
A small honesty bar is just the thing for a nightcap or glass of wine in front of a roaring fire.
A few minutes walk to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station serving line 1, Paris's fastest and most central line. On the Batobus boat taxi, a few minutes away at the Quai de Malaquais, you can take a boat to all of Paris's major tourist sights, hopping on and off all day for 13 euros.
Tucked away in a charming courtyard just around the corner from the hotel, at Treize Bakery the old south meets Paris in healthy (and just plain yummy) comfort foods, two delicious juices of the day, and a fabulous range of 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. Just down the street on rue Jacob, Ladurée's super-cozy upstairs tearoom takes you back to 1830s Paris.
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
Discreet, quiet, homey, and with exemplary service, this is the kind of secret address frequent visitors to the city like to keep to themselves, and its stellar location really is icing on the cake.