Villa Madame

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Address: 44 rue Madame, Paris, 75006, France

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

Ever so St-Germain: the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie.

This used to be a good-value budget secret, now it's rather less secret and a much heavier budget but it's got sophisticated urban charm down to a T. The Villa Madame was redecorated in 2009 by Michel Jouannet, who recently revamped [node:120198] in Venice, and it combines discreet luxury and the intimate approach that suggests you're walking into someone's private residence – a table rather than reception counter, fresh flowers, and the owner's collection of Oriental ceramics around the living room.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

On a sidestreet named after "Madame" de Savoie, wife of future Louis XVIII, it is beautifully placed for sunning and people-watching in the Jardins du Luxembourg, Great shopping and the St-Germain café scene nearby.

Bedrooms

The 28 rooms and suites are classic yet contemporary with pared-back lines and luxurious fabrics, I particularly like the velvet balloon back chairs found in different colours all over the hotel. There are framed fashion sketches and watercolours on the wall, lovely Hermès products in the bathrooms. For a romantic treat, go for one of the mansarded top-floor rooms with its own private roof terrace.

 

Public areas

Chic yet relaxed. Two spacious lounges with small tables for breakfast and sofas deep in cushions for books and boardgames.There's an open fire in winter, a Japanese-style patio garden for summer.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is served in one of the lounges. There is also Afternoon Tea and room service, and a good selection of wines and spirits at the bar, which organises unusual after work "cocktail games" two Wednesdays a month.

Service

Polite, welcoming multilingual staff.

Who stays there

Lots of couples; all ages and nationalities.

Price advice

Doubles from around 200 euros.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • The courtyard garden
  • Entirely no smoking except the garden
  • Sophisticated comfortable rooms
  • Central yet quiet St-Germain location
  • Lacks a separate bar area
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