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A beautiful boutique full of distinctive details
The Relais Saint-Germain is housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, with a typical Parisian cream-colored façade; dark gray, slanted roof; and flower pots in every window. The hotel's striking lobby, which features wooden beams and stone walls offset by red-lacquered doors and gold accents, sets the mood for an upscale and unique stay in a posh area of Paris. In a nod to the area’s rich literary history, the boutique’s rooms are each dedicated to a famous writer who captured the singular character of Paris in their work, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Honoré de Balzac. While it has a decidedly romantic vibe, this boutique is also a good pick for families, as most rooms are big enough to fit in a sofa bed for a third guest.
Between swanky Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the bustling Latin Quarter, within walking distance of the Louvre and Notre Dame
The Relais Saint-Germain is located in the area between tony Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the lively Latin Quarter, offering easy access to the best of both neighborhoods: Upscale shopping along famous Boulevard Saint-Germain, and dining and nightlife in the Sorbonne area are just a couple of short blocks away. There are also several top attractions within easy walking distance, including the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Sainte Chapelle. The Odéon metro stop is just two blocks away, making it a convenient location for those looking to explore other sights further afield.
Large, stylish rooms with unique decor and high-end amenities
The hotel’s 22 individually decorated rooms all feature elegant, stylish furnishings and rich, colorful fabrics. Unique details -- such as wooden beams, curated libraries, and lovely antiques -- add to the charm. The rooms are all quite large by Paris standards, and most feature a small sitting area with a table and chairs. All but the single and double rooms can fit in a sofa bed for a third guest. Big windows let in tons of light, but also some street noise when left open, so light sleepers may want to request a room on the top floors. Great amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars stocked with high-end drinks and organic products.
Bathrooms are spotless and feature marble countertops and Anne Semonin toiletries. A few even have separate shower stalls and tubs -- but most are a bit on the small side.
A renowned restaurant and great services -- but no fitness center
The Relais’ most outstanding feature is arguably its acclaimed restaurant run by the hotel's owner, celebrity chef Yves Camdeborde. Le Comptoir serves traditional brasserie dishes with a twist. It’s a popular dining spot, and reservations are highly encouraged, but guests staying at the hotel have priority booking. Next door, L’Avant Comptoir is a casual stand-up bar serving charcuterie, hors d'oeuvres, and wine. The Relais also offers a wide array of great services, including in-room massages, babysitting, and room service provided by Le Comptoir. But some guests might miss having a fitness center on-site.
Owned by celebrity chef Yves Camdeborde, this upscale boutique is focused on food and culture. On-site restaurant Le Comptoir is a destination unto itself, and guests get priority when booking one of its coveted tables. Large, stylish rooms feature unique decor and distinctive details inspired by literary greats, as well as luxe amenities that include stocked minibars and Anne Semonin toiletries. The Relais Saint-Germain also offers a convenient location within walking distance of posh shops, great restaurants, and popular attractions such as Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre. But the hotel does not have a fitness center, and some bathrooms are small.