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In Paris's wealthy 16th arrondissement, near the charming neighborhood of Passy
The sprawling grounds of this chateau-hotel make it feel much farther out of the city than it actually is -- it's about a 10-minute drive to the Eiffel Tower. Most guests here do bring a car, though, and valet parking is available for free. For those who don't have a car, there are two metro stations nearby, the Porte Dauphine and Victor Hugo.
The 16th arrondissement is a wealthy area of Paris known for housing important museums like the Claude Monet/Marmottan Museum and the Palais de Tokyo. The quiet and charming neighborhood of Passy has many hidden streets to explore by foot.
With a sweeping private entrance surrounded by green lawns and an impressive fountain, the upscale Saint James is a rare find in Paris -- in fact, the 19th century manor is considered the only chateau-hotel in the city. It's fitting that the hotel is located in the wealthy 16th arrondissement (and yes, valet parking is included). The 48 rooms and suites are large by Paris standards, and decorated in plush luxurious fabrics. But the common areas are more impressive -- especially the black and white grand staircase on the main floor. The terrace is a beautiful spot for lunch on a nice summer day. And there's also a small fitness center, a spa, and a gourmet restaurant. The rates here are steep, but guests who want to experience luxury in Paris (and can afford it) should give the Saint James a look.