Hôtel Bel Ami

7-11 Rue Saint Benoit, Paris, France, 75006

Price from: £158

Hôtel Bel Ami - suite

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#3 of 80
expert-rated hotels in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
5
5.0
Bedrooms:
4.7
4.7
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, People watching, Relaxation, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Hôtel Bel Ami

Buzzy designer style hotel in a converted St-Germain printworks.

When this place opened in the 1990s as a chic design hotel firmly aimed at the fashion set it was perhaps just a little too cool for its own good. Since then, I think it's actually improved, there's an undeniable buzz about this place, yet it's also warmed up, both colour-wise and in the genuine welcome, with attentive service, comfortable sofas in the lobby and an all-day bar and café.

Location: 

It's hard to find a better St-Germain location than this: shops, art galleries and the social hub of the Flore, Deux Magots and Lipp on boulevard St-Germain at the end of the street.

Bedrooms: 

The 114 rooms come in different spice colours (think cinnamon, cumin, etc) and clean modern lines and have all recently been refreshed; "orange" rooms are more trad, "ivory" have a 60s touch. Some rooms have very large windows – from the building's days as a printworks (but with double double glazing to keep street noise out); others on the rue Apollinaire side have views of the Eglise St-Germain-des-Prés; fourth floor rooms are mansarded. For a special occasion go for one of the four two-room suites, which take a nod at St-Germain's arty heritage: I particularly like the artist's "atelier" (No. 419) – a sort of chic vision of bohemia with dark parquet, cowskin rug and art books.

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Public areas: 

The ground floor has real ambience, with plenty of places to sit, long concierges' desk and glimpses of St-Germain action outside.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast is served in the agreeable BA Café – with a bright café-style decor and a huge choice including classic croissants and eggs and bacon. You can have light meals, drinks and cocktails all day in the BA Bar, which is also a meeting spot for Parisians, and there's also a room service menu.

Leisure facilities: 

There's a very zen Payot spa and a fitness room. Piano bar in the bar every Thursday to Saturday and a jazz or classical concert on the first Thursday of the month.

Service: 

Lots of eager reception staff, all of whom speak French, English and at least one other language. I was impressed by how they seemed genuinely keen to meet the different needs of each guest.

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Who stays there: 

Over half the clientele are Anglophones, though you'll also find plenty of Japanese. A favourite with the fashion trade, it also makes a real effort for children, with special family packages and the possibility of either adding an extra bed or interconnecting rooms.

Price advice: 

Breakfast is a steep 25 euros, so try to get a deal with breakfast included. Also look out for special offers for advance booking, longer stays and packages with spa treatments.

Pros: 
Great location
Buzzy atmosphere

More information on Hôtel Bel Ami:

Price from:
£158
Type:
Hotel
Address:
7-11 Rue Saint Benoit, Paris, France, 75006
Free tags / Keywords:
Jazz
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
St-Germain-des-Prés

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