3 rue Christine, Paris, France, 75006
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, History, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Relais Christine
Sitting behind iron gates at the end of a paved courtyard, the Relais Christine really does have the feeling of a civilised private home – or a rather grand one. You'd hardly believe there are 51 bedrooms here, and although it's right in the heart of Paris, the calm atmosphere is closer to a small country house hotel than grand hotel bling.
A great St-Germain location on a very quiet side street; there are plenty of nearby restaurants, good shopping and Musée du Louvre and Latin Quarter sights an easy walk.
Inviting bedrooms are all different and frequently updated, varying from suave minimalist chic to florals, with air conditioning, good firm beds and plenty of wardrobe space. Some bathrooms are in wood and marble, others are in smart beige mosaic. I prefer the high-ceilinged lower floors, although some people love the attic duplexes, which have a living room (some with sofa bed) and a staircase up to a beamed mezzanine bedroom. Reserve early for the two suites with French windows opening directly onto the small lush garden.
The spacious reception hall, with lovely ancient painted beams, leads into a genteel, panelled drawing room with portraits and armchairs, and an open fire in winter, where you can help yourself from an honesty bar.
Buffet breakfast is eaten in vaulted cellars – last traces of the 13th-century Abbaye des Grands Augustins.
A lovely spa was created in the cellars a couple of years ago and for once doesn't feel like an afterthought, with Payot beauty treatments and massages, moodily lit jacuzzi and a good-sized gym. A convertible Smart car is available for clients, as well as four bikes.
Helpful, friendly staff, happy to book restaurants.
The hotel has lots of fans: Americans head the client list, followed by Australians, Canadians and Brazilians, with many return visitors.
Prices vary according to room size; look for special packages with breakfast and spa treatments included.
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- 3 rue Christine, Paris, France, 75006
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Room Service