This Paris Hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés Feels Like a Hidden Parisian Home

As soon as you step inside Relais Christine in Paris, you are transported to a secret haven surrounded by small paved courtyards and the sounds of nature, all while being just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

The luxurious boutique hotel is located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the most iconic neighborhoods on the Left Bank of Paris. So, you’re within easy reach of the city’s famous landmarks, from the Seine banks to the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. And after a day of exploring, you return to what feels like a chic Parisian home. 

This former private mansion has been beautifully restored and renovated, blending classic French design with contemporary materials and a touch of whimsy. The design is a brilliant fusion of antique and modern, thanks to the expertise of interior designer Laura Gonzalez. The 48 rooms and suites are spacious and luxurious, each featuring high ceilings, magnificent wallpaper, and original fabrics that evoke the feeling of an opulent private residence. Some rooms even have terraces overlooking a lush garden, providing a serene escape from the city.

Even the bathrooms are a luxurious treat, with some lined in marble and others adorned with colorful mosaics, offering the perfect place to relax and pamper oneself. In addition, all rooms come with thoughtful amenities such as Marshall Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines, and Diptyque products. 

And for an even more indulgent experience, guests can retreat to the Guerlain Spa, where they can unwind and relax under the vaults of a former 13th-century Cistercian abbey, complete with a sauna. The spa offers a range of treatments and massages, using products from the famous Parisian beauty brand Guerlain to pamper and rejuvenate guests after a long day of sightseeing.

Adding to that homey feel, the hotel features cozy lounges with inviting spaces to lounge, including private seating areas, warm fireplaces, and quiet nooks. Guests can start their day with a delicious buffet breakfast and continue indulging in tasty snacks. The hotel also offers the added convenience of an honor bar, where guests can enjoy aperitifs. These lounges are open for guests at all hours, providing a perfect retreat for early birds or night owls. 

Ultimately, the Relais Christine—a member of Relais & Châteaux since 2022 — is a gem: a luxurious boutique hotel that embodies the soul of Paris and the mythical neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. While here, you’ll feel like a local but get treated like a time-honored guest.

Top Takeaways:

Location: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France

Rating: Five-Star

The Vibe: Regal luxurious elegance with a modernist’s touch.

Food + Drink: The croissants are warm and flakey at Relais Christine, where each morning from 7AM – 11AM, the hotel serves up a sumptuous buffet spread. Viennese pastries, breads baked fresh on the premises, and locally-sourced organic ingredients, including honey harvested from the hotel’s own garden are waiting to be indulged in. For those seeking a more classic breakfast experience, the continental option is available for 28 Euro. And for those who prefer a leisurely morning, room service is available 24/7, so you can enjoy your breakfast in bed at your convenience. The Relais Christine also offers bistronomic menus of restaurants Le Christine and Chez Fernand from 12PM – 2PM and 7PM and 9:30PM. 

Amenities: The Guerlain Spa provides visitors with luxurious treatments and massages. Lounges throughout the quarters offer guests with cozy spaces to unwind. Complimentary valet parking in the hotel’s private garage, charging station for electric cars, including Tesla. Complimentary WiFi, concierges 24/7, and room service 24/7. Complimentary rental of bicycles and tandems. Rental of a convertible Fiat 500 S at extra cost.

Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: The space is steeped in history, luxury, and modern elegance. We especially love the Guerlain Spa, located under the vaults of a former 13th-century Cistercian abbey.

5 Nearby Attractions: Notre Dame Cathedral, The Latin Quarter, The Seine River, Sainte – Chapelle, The Louvre. 

Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? Saint-Germain-des-Prés district is filled with independent cafes, restaurants, and shops among charming cobblestone streets. ​​Le Potager des Halles, a cozy bistro located on Rue de Buc offers seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine. While Le Petit Cler is a cozy wine bar located on Rue Cler, serving up an extensive wine list paired with tasty small plates.

Rooms: 48 rooms.

Pricing: Chamber Cosy (standard) – 430 to 590 euros; Deluxe Room – 560 to 850 euros; and Suite Terrasse: 1300 to 1900 euros.

Closest Airport: Charles de Gaulle International Airport. 

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