Hôtel d'Angleterre

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Address: 44 rue Jacob, Paris, 75006, France

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.4

Period charm as diplomatic old England meets literary St-Germain.

There are several hotels on this dignified historic street in St-Germain but this one stands out both for what it is today and its place in world history. In the 18th century the building was the British embassy, where the Treaty of Paris recognising American independence was drafted – and signed just up the street at No. 56. Later, it became the Hôtel Jacob, an inexpensive boarding house where lots of American writers holed up. Today, the number of rooms have been halved and it's a calm and civilised refuge with the whiff of good breeding. A word of warning: there are at least three Hôtel Angleterres in Paris, be sure to get this one not the others.

 

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

A narrow street running parallel to boulevard St-Germain and its cafés: the classic St-Germain street of publishers, students and antiques dealers.

 

Bedrooms

The 27 rooms are all different – even the doors, some of which were clearly made for the tall and skinny. Many have beams and fireplaces and eclectic antiques. Junior Suite 23 has a rather 40s feel , with pastel tones, a lounge (with extra sofabed) and a simply colossal stripy marble bathroom; room 14 was where Hemingway stayed in 1921 and room 12 is for four-poster romantics.

 

Public areas

The entrance hallway has recently been repainted and is bright and welcoming, leading to a small paved courtyard with outdoor tables. There's a living room on the ground floor and breakfast room at the front, complete with grand piano. There is a lift but it's worth taking the stairs just to admire the listed grand staircase with its beautiful wrought-ironwork.

Eating and drinking

Unusually, continental breakfast is included in the price.

 

Service

The service is businesslike.

Who stays there

Mainly leisure travellers: lots of Americans.

Price advice

There can be good last-minute reductions, if you are flexible enough to travel at the drop of a hat. 

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • History

Pros & Cons

  • Lovely historic building.
  • No air conditioning.
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