Saint-Germain-des-Prés has always been a district with a very specific charm whose mystery keeps amazing and inspiring artists and writers. In the heart of the 6th district of Paris, the stylish and trendy quartier Saint-Germain remains one of the most important places of the intellectual French life. It is in the vicinity of the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, the Pantheon, or the Latin Quarter. We now present to you the best hotels of this unique place in Paris.
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1) The Pont Royal hotel ***** – The excellence of the hotels
7 rue de Montalembert – 75007 PARIS
When you choose this hotel in the heart of Saint-Germain, you will dive into the most literary and artistic Paris you can dream of. Stroll along the adjacent streets where the best art galleries are gathered. Go explore the Seine’s banks and discover hidden treasures of culture.
These surroundings are the hotel’s major strength. Many shops and restaurants are part of the lively animation of the neighborhood. This unique atmosphere attracted the finest minds of the city.
However, the hotel keeps up with its environment thanks to its stylish and elegant decor, its mahogany paneling, and its softened lights. It sets up a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy one’s meal in a magnificent restaurant. The dining room has a view on a peaceful Japanese garden, enhancing the quality of your breakfast, the buffet of viennoiseries, and the French specialties at your disposal.
The breakfast is a faithful sample of the hotel’s restaurant. The latter is a creation of the famous chef Joël Robuchon. You can witness the kitchens at work, preparing the most refined meals, and you can even create your own menu and taste many courses with small portions.
What we like: The restaurant and the view on the Japanese garden.
What we love: The meals created by Joël Robuchon.
2) Le Bel Ami ***** – A tribute to the author Guy de Maupassant
7-11 rue Saint-Benoît – 75006 PARIS
In the center of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Bel Ami can boast of its exceptional location. It is in the heart of the district’s life, surrounded by cafés, pubs, and restaurants that smell of Paris, and among them the famous Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots.
This contemporary hotel welcomes you in a very modern decor. The refined rooms are fully equipped and perfectly comfortable. Besides, the relaxing spa proposes a large variety of services.
The hotel serves buffet breakfasts in a unique dining room, but you can also have your breakfast brought up to your room. Les Mots Passants is both the restaurant of the hotel and a pun on the name of Guy de Maupassant, who wrote the novel Bel Ami. Its colorful and warm decor is enhanced by the bay window and the natural light. Appetite is celebrated in this restaurant after this quote from Maupassant: “Of all passions, the only true respectable one seems to me to be gluttony.”
What we like: The surroundings, with a great choice of restaurants and pubs.
What we love: The restaurant “Les mots passants.”
3) The Académie Saint Germain hotel *** – Ancient and new era in harmony
32, rue des Saints-Pères – 75007 PARIS
Rooted right at the heart of the Saint Germain district, the Académie hotel is a beautiful 18th century mansion with an Empire-style decor. Next to famous antique dealers and famous art galleries, the hotel is the essence of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The ancient seat of the Duque of Rohan is located in an animated street, close to René Descartes Paris V University, and surrounded by fashion boutiques and famous cafés such as Le Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots.
Renovated with art, the hotel possesses a unique enchantment, leaving its beams and stones exposed. It comprises 25 rooms and 7 suites to enjoy Paris and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Every room is furnished with great care, and their exposed beams are typical of the left bank of the Seine. Although the decor and the atmosphere are from times long gone, modernity is not forgotten. Indeed, all the suites and rooms are equipped with a bath with balneo for a relaxing time you might enjoy with your partner.
What we like: The hotel’s decor.
What we love: The bath with balneo in every room.
4) Le Montalembert ***** – All the luxury of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
3, rue de Montalembert – 75007 PARIS
Half a mile away from the Musée d’Orsay, the Montalembert hotel proposes a sumptuous and luxurious background. Nestled in the Bon Marché, where you can find fresh and French products, the hotel displays its excellency and refinement. Around the hotel you will find many pubs and decorated restaurants, next to the Café de Flore 700m further on.
This charming place is the source of a refined and colourful atmosphere. The rooms are really elegant, highly decorated with a specific contemporary style, and include the nicest bathrooms. In the morning, you may savor a continental breakfast. The hotel has a welcoming restaurant too, which will present you gastronomic and innovative meals. Moreover, a business center and massage services are at your disposal during your stay.
In every room, brass lamps designed by Eric Schmitt highlight Jean-Pierre Godeau’s photos and Guiseppe Castigioni engravings. Following architect Christian Liaigre’s style, the bed covers of the most subtle colors ornate the hotel’s beds. In the same path, the bathrooms are in Cascais Marbles, chrome-plated, and furbished with large mobile mirrors besides the velvet robes.
The modern style allows you to have both comfort and high technology. The Deluxe rooms even manage to mix a Louis-Philippe style with contemporary elements.
However, the unique personality of the hotel is on the 6th floor, where there is an entire suite created by the designer Christian Liaigre. The furniture was made to measure from noble materials like sycamore wood. The choice of colors Liaigre likes so much is heightened by the sunlight and gives the suite its unique atmosphere.
What we like: The room’s decoration.
What we love: The suite created by Christian Liaigre.
5) Hotel d’Aubusson **** – A modern Versailles
33, rue Dauphine – 75006 PARIS
The Latin Quarter harbors an uncommon hotel, the d’Aubussoni hotel. It is a 17th century private mansion in the rue Dauphine, a famous street of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, right in the path from the Pont-Neuf and the Ile de la Cité, where the Notre Dame Cathedral stands. The hotel is adjacent to the café Laurent, where many intellectuals meet: it is a very important place for the literary life of Paris, and ideal to relax for a few hours, especially in the wonderful inner yard ornate with a fountain.
The d’Aubusson hotel decor, the furniture, the Versailles floors, the exposed beams, and the gigantic fireplace in Bourgogne stones tell us the story of the hotel. The stone pavements were smoothed by time and use and testify the building age. However, the hotel contains many other marvelous mysteries, such as the tapestries of the reception rooms.
The classic and luxurious rooms are all furnished with queen-size beds and include marbled bathrooms. Despite the surroundings and the atmosphere, the room’s comfort is not forgotten. There is an abundant breakfast, both cold and hot, from fresh products. You can have it served in the Tapestry room or brought up to your room.
What we like: The vicinity of the Café Laurent.
What we love: The Renaissance decor of the hotel.
6) l’Hotel De buci by MH – Paris under the Enlightenment
22, rue De Buci – 75006 PARIS
The 18th century spirit lives in this intimate and refined hotel. The De Buci hotel is a four-starred boutique hotel that seems to follow the traditions of the Century of Enlightenment. On the left bank of the Seine, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, between the Louvres and the Jardin du Luxembourg (Senate), the De Buci hotel’s location is ideal.
The hotel comprises 24 rooms and suites with a very Parisian style which can make you feel like a time-traveler. Despite the Renaissance atmosphere, the hotel is not old and every room is spacious with a large bed. On the last floor is the Madame de Pompadour suit, under the eaves, with exposed beams and a private living room. The suite enjoys a unique view on De Buci street.
The hotel also comprises an extraordinary tea shop. The different teas were selected for the hotel by Betjeman & Barton, a hundred-year-old famous tea house. The large panel is an invitation to travel in this magnificent place.
What we like: The decoration of the Enlightenment.
What we love: The tea shop and the large choice of teas.
7) Au Manoir Saint-Germain **** – the calm and intimacy of Saint-Germain
153, boulevard Saint-Germain – 75006 PARIS
In the trendy 6th district, the Au Manoir Saint-Germain hotel is located right in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, next to the most famous Brasserie Lipp. In front of the hotel you will see the Café de Flore and many restaurants and shops. After a 10-minute walk, you arrive in the Jardin du Luxembourg and its museums, palace, and the French Senate.
The hotel comprises comfortable and elegant rooms, whose charm and refinement will seduce you. The unique rooms are a nice cocoon to stay away from the agitation of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. They were completely renewed and ornate, with the best fabrics and more intimate and subdued light. The traditional furniture and the light decoration can only have you estimate how prestigious the place is. In the morning, the best breakfast awaits you in the dining room or can be brought up to your room. On sunny days, you can relax in a bright and comfortable patio.
What we like: The calm of the hotel.
What we love: The Brasserie Lipp just next to the hotel.
8) Le Saint-Germain-des-Prés *** – The spirit of the district
36, rue Bonaparte – 75006 PARIS
Located in one of the most wanted areas of Paris, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés hotel is a place of peace in the very spirit of this famous district of Paris.
It was built in the 18th century as a private mansion, and you can still observe several architectural details from this time.
With a very personal decoration, all the rooms of Saint-Germain-des-Prés include a modern marbled bathroom. French paintings hang on the walls and the exposed beams are part of this hotel warm atmosphere. The hotel proposes two different suites: the Flowers Suite evocates a flowery countryside, whereas the Coral Suite, ornate with warmer colors, reminds you of the seashores. The hotel keeps being ambiguous.
The breakfast includes fresh viennoiseries, cheese, and hot coffee every morning. At night, after you’ve visited the secrets and wonders of the neighborhood, you can relax and rest in the hotel’s bar, a warm and cosy place to drink in front of the beautiful artwork of the hotel.
Today, the Saint-Germain-des-Prés hotel remains unique, with its everlasting elegance, and participates in the prestige of the Rive Gauche.
What we like: The architectural style of the 18th century.
What we love: The two suites of the hotel, the Flowers suite and the Coral suite, and its marine atmosphere.
9) The Madison hotel **** – the beating heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
143 boulevard Saint-Germain – 75006 PARIS
The Madison hotel, in the Latin Quarter, is in a location that always inspired many artists. It is a four-star boutique hotel, stylish and contemporary with a touch of elegance and refinement.
The hotel comprises 50 rooms and suites just in front of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. This secret place of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is not far from the Café de Flore and the Café des Deux Magots. The dynamic district offers many pubs, art galleries, antique dealers, and never seems to calm down.
The large choice of rooms guarantees your satisfaction whatever your expectations. Some rooms have a perfect view on the district, and every room includes a private bathroom, clad in a very contemporary style.
Every morning, a continental breakfast is served in the dining room and its authentic decor. At night, you can relax in the exquisite bar and choose your drink from among a selection of wines, teas, and juices.
What we like: The hearty breakfast and the relaxing bar.
What we love: Its location in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
10) Verneuil Saint-Germain **** – Paris and literature
8, rue de Verneuil – 75007 PARIS
In the stylish 7th district, the Verneuil Saint-Germain hotel is the most refined. A few yards away from the center of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you will discover many cafés and French pubs, and among them the famous Café de Flore and the Café des Deux Magots. The Eugène Delacroix museum is only 600 meters away from the hotel. If you cross the Seine through the Caroussel Bridge, after less than ten minutes you will arrive in the Louvre and its magnificent collections. Finally, 700m away from the hotel is the Orsay museum, which used to be an important railway station.
The vicinity with antique dealers, art galleries, fashion shops, restaurants, cafés, and museums makes this alluring hotel the perfect place to enjoy Paris.
The rooms set up a romantic atmosphere and are fully equipped to make your stay in Paris comfortable. They are decorated in a contemporary style, having both light and modernity. You can have a hearty breakfast in the charming vaulted cellar of the hotel or enjoy it in your room with the view on Saint-Germain-des-Prés and share the moment with your companion.
If you roam the neighborhood you might meet one of the several writers, actors, or fashion designers who choose to live on the rue de Verneuil, one the cultural places of Paris. You may also see Serge Gainsbourg’s admirers since his house is in front of the hotel.
The Verneuil hotel is like a secret place of Paris, only known to those who were initiated to it.
What we like: the decor of the hotel.
What we love: The typical atmosphere of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the hotel.
11) Hôtel Louis 2 **** – A call for a trip
2, rue Saint-Sulpice – 75006 PARIS
The Louis 2, near the green Jardin du Luxembourg and the French Senate, is ready to make your stay unforgettable.
You can walk in the alleys of the Jardin du Luxembourg, a delightful park with a great fountain, tennis courts, chess players, children games, and pony tours. All these things make a stroll around the park pleasant and refreshing.
You can go shopping in the nearby streets like the boulevard Saint-Germain, the Carrefour de l’Odéon, the rue Bonaparte, or Saint-Germain’s market.
Near the metro station Odeon and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this little picturesque mansion, the most romantic hotel you can wish for, offers every accommodation of a high-standing hotel.
The hotel comprises 22 rooms and suites, illuminated until nightfall, that are the embodiment of calm and sweetness. Every room sets up a unique intimate atmosphere of red, or blue, or gold … They bask in the sun thanks to the hotel’s location on the Carrefour de l’Odéon. Sun and light have an important role in the hotel’s warm and comfortable atmosphere. The sunbeams illuminate even the living room through seven huge and old-fashioned bay windows.
The walls are adorned with sun-shaped eccentric mirrors, paintings, and sculptures from all around the world. The Louis 2 plays on eccentricity with “Rafaela,” a boat figurehead looming over the living room. It was brought back from Chile and sums up the call to travel of the hotel. The globes, the painting, a sculpture by Saly (whose original is in the Orsay museum) are just a few of the many unusual pieces of furniture in a hotel. The light is everywhere, as mirror lamps shine along the golden stairs.
Around the hotel the quiet charm of the left bank and the animation of Saint-Germain will satisfy everyone.
What we like: A very warm and luminous hotel.
What we love: The decoration of the hotel which takes us all around the world.
12) Relais hôtel du Vieux Paris **** – A travel through time
9, rue Gît-le-Coeur – 75006 PARIS
The Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris is a historic place, built in 1480. It was the property of the Duque of Luynes and the Duque d’O, and Pierre Seguier, Marquis d’O, lived here. In the ’50s and the ’60s, North American poets like Kerouac or Ginsberg stayed there. Those poets later created the Beat Generation.
In the Relais du Vieux Paris, you need no car because everything is close to you: the Seine, the Place Saint-Michel, the Flower Market, the cafés, and the restaurants. Those are the places that made Saint-Germain-des-Prés famous.
This enchanting district, almost a village, beside Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Orsay museum, will win your heart. The Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris is one of those places where past and present merge only to have the best of the two eras coming out.
This four-star boutique-hotel comprises 12 romantic rooms with exposed beams from the 15th century and 7 suites including 3 with a mezzanine under the roofs of Paris. All the bathrooms are marbled and the suite includes balneo bathtubs.
The Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris can propose you the suite “Privilège” with a relaxing living room and a bedroom. The bathroom is equipped with a Jacuzzi.
Writers, artists, musicians, or visitors, they all came seeking calm and inspiration in the Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris.
What we like: The hotel’s history and atmosphere.
What we love: The spacious rooms and the marbled bathrooms.