5 rue du Pré-aux-Clercs, Paris, France, 75007
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Hôtel Saint-Vincent
Home from home is a hackneyed phrase and probably often a misused one – after all if you wanted to be at home then you wouldn't be staying in a hotel – but if home means living in an 18th-century hôtel particulier, then the Saint-Vincent fits the bill. The elegant stone mansion was converted into a comfortable hotel in 2008, with a grand carriageway entrance and elegant bedrooms. It's a beautiful, relaxing hideaway, though some may find it too calm, but there's plenty of cafés and restaurants for action nearby.
Classic Left Bank: a quiet street yet perfect for the café terraces and fashion boutiques of St-Germain, the antiques shops of the Carré Rive Gauche and the Impressionists at Musée d'Orsay.
The 22 bedrooms are all different but combine contemporary and Napoleon III touches, decorated in warm browns, golds and burgundies, with high ceilings, sweeping curtains and subtle lighting. I prefer the noble second- and third-floor streetside rooms, some with tall floor to ceiling windows than darker interior rooms. The top floor is mansarded, while three duplexes have bathrooms reached up a small stairway. The spacious two-room suites have herringbone parquet floors, antique desks and period marble fireplaces.
A fine carriageway entrance leads into a glazed courtyard lobby and comfortable drawing room with a real fire in the winter.
Generous breakfast includes croissants from Gérard Mulot and fresh fruit salad; cooked eggs are an extra. Drinks can be served all day in the lounge.
There is a fitness room.
Staff are helpful and multilingual.
A wide mix of nationalities stay at this hotel.
Look for promotions from mid-July to the end of August (for stays of three or more nights). The same owners also run the simpler Hôtel St-Thomas Aquin next door, which has a similar sense of style for lower prices.
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- 5 rue du Pré-aux-Clercs, Paris, France, 75007
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed