A narrow street running parallel to boulevard St-Germain and its cafés: the classic St-Germain street of publishers, students and antiques dealers.
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.
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.
The service is businesslike.
Who stays there
Mainly leisure travellers: lots of Americans.
There can be good last-minute reductions, if you are flexible enough to travel at the drop of a hat.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Lovely historic building.
- No air conditioning.