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Hotel Recamier 3.5

6th Arrondissement (St-Germain-des-Pres and Luxembourg), Paris, France

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  • Located on the Left Bank next to the Church of Saint-Sulpice
  • Walk to charming Saint-Germain neighborhood and Luxembourg Gardens 
  • Early 20th-century bourgeois townhouse with sumptuous interiors
  • Thoughtfully decorated contemporary rooms with plush beds, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks
  • Ample breakfast buffet (for a fee) with hot and cold items
  • Lobby bar and evening room service
  • Free afternoon tea with soft drinks and snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • No fitness center, sauna, or steam room
  • Breakfast is expensive and no lunch or dinner served
  • Rooms do not have coffeemakers and some are shower only    

Bottom Line

The boutique Hotel Recamier is an elegant, intimate choice that's a short walk from the shops and cafes of Saint-Germain. The hotel is on Saint-Sulpice Square, next to the Church of the Saint-Sulpice, the site of a major plot development in "The Da Vinci Code." Superbly designed interiors and 24 lavish rooms with plush beds and stunning design are complemented by an excellent breakfast buffet (for a fee) and free afternoon tea service. The Recamier is a good choice for well-heeled travelers. A simple but stylish boutique vibe can be had at nearby Hotel le Clos Medicis for less cash, though rooms won't be quite as chic.

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Contemporary boutique hotel with intimate feel    

The Hotel Recamier is housed in an early 20th-century stone building, once a former bourgeois family home. The Recamier is named for Juliette Recamier, an early 19th-century society beauty who hosted salons of leading literary and political figures, and the hotel fits in with the exclusive air of the neighborhood, and has a gracious and intimate feel. The hotel's interiors are crafted by French designer Jean-Louis Denoit. The elegant entryway has a black-and-white tiled floor and color photos on the wall. A small lobby-level sitting room features a circular sofa, fresh flowers, and a forest-green carpet, while an adjacent salon has a brown velvet sofa, a shelf with books and art objects, and a fireplace with an African bust on the mantle. Guests can also relax with a book or a drink on the small garden terrace. Guests gather at breakfast and for the free afternoon tea service. The Recamier tends to attract well-heeled travelers and couples who appreciate the hotel's quiet Left Bank location and gracious feel. 


Near chic Saint-Germain and Luxembourg Gardens

The Hotel Recamier offers a quiet location on the Left Bank in the 6th Arrondissement. The hotel is on Saint-Sulpice Square next to the Eglise Saint-Sulpice, the 17th-century church featured in "The Da Vinci Code." The Saint-Sulpice Metro station is a three-minute walk northwest of the hotel and the northern edge of the Luxembourg Gardens is a two-minute walk south. The Recamier is in the charming and chic Saint-Germain-des-Pres area with its numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops. The Marche Couvert covered market is a 3-minute walk north, the famous Le Deux Magots and Cafe Flore cafes are a seven-minute walk north, and Le Bon Marche department store is a 10-minute walk west of the hotel. The Latin Quarter and Sorbonne University are about a 10-minute stroll east of the hotel, while Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle Church, and Ile de la Cite are all about a 12-minute stroll northeast. The Louvre and Rue de Rivoli shopping are a 20-minute walk north. The area with Montparnasse Cemetery, Montparnasse Tower, and Gare Montparnasse train station is about a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk southwest of the hotel. Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 35-minute drive northeast of the Hotel Recamier, though this can vary greatly depending on traffic.


Sharp, modern rooms with plush beds, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs

The 24 all non-smoking rooms at the Hotel Recamier are situated on six floors. Rooms come in Classic, Club, Deluxe, and Tradition categories, and range from 151 to 323 square feet, so some rooms are small, but not particularly small by Paris hotel standards. The boutique rooms have a contemporary look with classic elements that create a sophisticated feel by utilizing many vibrant patterns. Rooms feature elements like crown molding, textured wallpaper, vintage furniture, gold sun mirrors, pottery lamps, and original artwork and photographs. The color palette is warm, with shades of brown, rust, gold, tan, beige, and cream predominating. Rooms are clean and quiet and get decent natural light. Views are mostly of surrounding Parisian rooftops, though some rooms have views of the neighboring Saint-Sulpice Church. Rooms all feature in-room safes (laptop compatible), minibars with premium snacks and drinks, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and flat-screen TVs with international channels and integrated iPod docks. Rooms do not have coffeemakers. The plush beds feature thick mattresses dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets. Some beds feature a canopy. Most bathrooms are spacious, and all are clean and well lighted with ample counter space. All feature bidets, heated towel racks, Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes and slippers, and premium bath products. Some bathrooms do not have bathtubs.


Breakfast buffet, free afternoon tea, and room service    

As a small property, the Hotel Recamier has few amenities. It has no sauna, steam room, or fitness center, although it does have an in-room fitness machine at the front desk for use in the larger rooms. The staff will also recommend nearby health clubs for guests who want a complete workout during their stay. The Recamier serves an ample breakfast, featuring eggs, smoked salmon, ham, cheeses, fresh fruit salad, croissants, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fruit juice. It is not included with room rates. Breakfast can be taken in the room, and the hotel also has room service until late, featuring fare like omelets, cheese platters, and various fish dishes. The lobby-level sitting room has a small bar, and in the late afternoon the hotel hosts a free tea reception with soft drinks and snacks. The hotel also has airport transfer (for a fee), in-room massages (for a fee), nearby underground parking (for a fee), a 24-hour front desk, and public computer for guest use. The front desk staff can arrange restaurant reservations, provide shopping and sightseeing tips, and help book museum and attraction tickets. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 

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3Bis Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, Ile-de-France 75006, France

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