Refined St-Germain: a five-minute walk to the buzz of Boulevard St-Germain in one direction, the Jardins du Luxembourg in the other.
The 24 rooms are all different, with subtle fabrics, canopied beds and sunburst mirrors over each bed. Photos by young artists and 50s lamps contrast with Empire-style bedside tables and desks so that what could be terribly classical instead has the feel of a private home, and although some will perhaps find them too sober, I like the mix of classicism and contemporary artworks. Some rooms have close-up views of Eglise St-Sulpice and some can be paired together for families.
As soon as you go in through the door it feels a bit as if you have walked into an elegant private house. There's a cocoon-like boudoir-style drawing room and a small courtyard for sunning in. As for famous 18th-century beauty Madame Récamier, once painted by David, her bust is declined down the stairway in the manner of different contemporary artists – à la Christo, Buren, Saint-Phalle et al.
Eating and drinking
Staff are ready to serve you Afternoon Tea in the boudoir-like drawing room, summer drinks in the courtyard, and a hidden chef can prepare hot or cold meals to be served in your room.
There's a small basement fitness room.
Discreet but abundant staff put the emphasis on service while keeping an impression of seclusion.
Who stays there
Owner Sylvie de Lattre already has a faithful following, particularly with the fashion set, at her other two hotels (Hôtel de Verneuil and Hôtel de Thérèse) and no doubt some of them will be tempted here, along with old St-Germain literary faithfuls upgrading from its humbler past.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Elegant rooms
- Soothing pampered atmosphere
- Lounge lovely but small