The 7 Best Hotels in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, brims with bookshops and literary cafés
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, brims with bookshops and literary cafés | © GM Photo Images / Alamy Stock Photo
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1 July 2019

Saint-Germain is the kind of Parisian neighbourhood made for a trip spent browsing bookstores and sipping on something hot (or bubbly) in literary cafés. These hotels offer bases, luxurious and quirky, for that quintessential Left Bank experience.

L’Hotel

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The guest rooms at L’Hotel feature luxurious fabrics | Courtesy of L'Hotel / Hotels.com

Built in 1828 by Célestin-Joseph Happe, L’Hotel is where Oscar Wilde spent the last of his days. One of the smallest five-star hotels in the city, it has just 20 guest rooms, each one spruced up to sumptuous perfection with luxurious fabrics chosen by the world-renowned interior designer Jacques Garcia. It also has a beautiful outdoor dining area, an indoor hamman pool and a sauna steam room.

Relais Christine

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The Relais Christine is close to many of Paris’s best attractions
The Relais Christine is close to many of Paris’s best attractions | Courtesy of Relais Christine / Hotels.com

Relais Christine is a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Saint-Germain. Featuring cosy velvet fabrics, artisanal woodwork and antique relics, its recent renovation strives to honour the historic ambience of the private residence it once was. The 48 rooms and suites are adorned in 18th- and 19th-century toile de Jouy print, made famous by the palaces of Marie-Antoinette and Empress Josephine. You can recline on regal canopy beds and soak up the splendour of Carrara marble bathrooms in preparation for a visit to the spectacular vaulted spa and private flower garden.

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Artus Hotel by MH

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Artus Hotel by MH’s guest rooms are not devoid of colour | Courtesy of Artus Hotel by MH / Hotels.com

As one of the quirkiest boutique hotels in Saint-Germain, Artus Hotel by MH offers 27 stylish rooms that are ambitiously decorated in a style modelled on the trends of the 1950s. If you’re looking to plunge yourself back into the district’s glorious post-war past, and soak up its famed artistic energy, then Artus Hotel is the place for you.

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Hotel Montalembert

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Hotel Montalembert is a five-star boutique hotel | Courtesy of Hotel Montalembert / Hotels.com

Nestled within a Haussmannian building, and located just an eight-minute walk from the Musée d’Orsay, Hotel Montalembert is a five-star boutique hotel that celebrates artistic creativity by exhibiting original Art Deco artwork. Recently refurbished, the hotel combines the classy sophistication of rich ebony wooden furniture, Carrara marble, Bisazza mosaic and silk curtains handcrafted by Pierre Frey and Hermès with a modern and cosy atmosphere.

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  • Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame

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    The Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame is close to the Notre-Dame Cathedral | Courtesy of Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame / Hotels.com

    If you’re after a basic but comfortable hotel, the Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame is a great option. Located just a five-minute walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral, the highlight of this modern hotel is the huge rooftop lounge, with its summer bar and stunning views. The ground-floor suites feature private terraces that gaze out across the quiet, green courtyard, and the best rooms on the upper floors offer unrivalled views of the Eiffel Tower. The rooftop terrace also offers wine-tasting sessions.

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    Madison Hôtel by MH

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    The guest rooms at Madison Hôtel by MH are warm with a hint of sophistication | Courtesy of Madison Hôtel by MH / Hotels.com

    The Madison Hôtel by MH is an authentic Parisian lifestyle hotel, on a charming square opposite the Église de Saint Germain des Prés, on the neighbourhood’s main boulevard. There are 50 elegant rooms and suites in this four-star hotel, which aims to create a home-away-from-home ambience. There’s a warmth to the interior design, too, with a theme of subtle beiges running throughout the hotel.

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    Hotel Bel Ami

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    Hôtel Bel Ami is named after Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel
    Hotel Bel Ami is named after Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel | Courtesy of Hôtel Bel Ami / Hotels.com

    Hotel Bel Ami pays tribute to the rich literary past of Saint-Germain, long associated with writers and philosophers, and the birthplace of existentialism. The hotel is tucked away on a quiet side street, in what used to be a 19th-century printing press. The interior design of the newly refurbished bedrooms also honours this past. There is a focus on no-clutter minimalism: rooms are furnished with just a bed, desk and bookshelf, to inspire the simple pleasure of reading or writing.

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    These recommendations were updated on July 1, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.