10 Best Hotels in Saint Germain des Prés, Paris
Saint Germain des Prés is the elegant area in Paris’s 6th Arrondissement surrounding the former Abbey of Saint Germain des Prés, which was founded in the 6th century and is one of the oldest churches in the city. It’s borders are the River Seine to the north and the rue du Four to the south, within which are some of Paris’s most famed cafes, and some exceptionally charming squares. There are also a number of very nice hotels, so choosing the 10 best hotels in Saint Germain des Prés is quite a challenge.
Saint Germain des Prés is also known for its cafes and the chatter that’s happened here. It was the centre of the existentialist movement, and home to the École des Beaux-Arts. And is where Oscar Wilde spent his final days, strolling the streets and lamenting. Much to appeal has sprung up here as the decades have passed, art galleries, theatres, more cafes and restaurants, and now it’s a popular area for visitors, and there’s a lot to see and do without leaving the arrondissement.
If you think Saint Germain is for you then to help you choose where to stay our Gurus have curated a list, ranging from the Christian Lacroix designed Le Bellechasse to the superbly located Hotel Verneuil, a recently refurbished gem.
The Best Hotels in Saint Germain des Prés for a City Break
The Hotel Le Saint is an elegant 22 room hotel on a beautiful Haussmann designed boulevard. The rooms are themed, but all are luxurious, and the Kult restaurant is well regarded, specialising in reworked French classics.
The Relais Christine is a truly elegant, 27 room hotel not far from the banks of the Seine. It’s tasteful to a ’t’, and peaceful with it, with lovely gardens and an excellent buffet breakfast. This is a wonderful place for couples, but they also have some excellent family suites.
The Hotel Verneuil’s 26 rooms are cosy and well lit, and the decoration includes books and antiques. There’s also a cosy sitting room and a breakfast room in the cellar. The location is excellent and the atmosphere is welcoming, relaxing and homely.
The most Romantic Hotels in Saint Germain des Prés
It’s difficult to think of a hotel more iconic or romantic than L'Hotel. The decor has been much updated since Oscar Wilde lived, and died, here, but the fabulous circular atrium remains, and if you can bear the tristess you can stay in the room where he expired beyond his means. There's also a divine candlelit plunge pool, perfect for romantic assignations, and Michelin-starred Le Restaurant, one of the city's most popular places to dine.
Once a private home, the Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon is now a 34 room hotel beautifully decked out. The richly coloured bedrooms are elegant yet cosy, as is the little cellar bar. The atmosphere is that of a private house, with TVs only on request and room service instead of mini-bars.
The best hotels Saint Germain des Prés for Flaneurs
If your Paris plan is to play flaneur in the Café des Deux Magots or the Café de Flore, both favourite haunts of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre, and stretch your legs in the Luxembourg Gardens, then one of the best hotels in Saint Germain des Prés for you might be the Hotel de L'Abbaye, with its sophisticated suites, chic salons, fragrant conservatory breakfast room and charming, leafy courtyard.
The best Boutique hotels Saint Germain des Prés
Designed by Christian Lacroix, Le Bellechasse is a remarkable riot of colour and pattern, with exotic murals and frescoes aimed to make you think of the Roman era. Before laid his hand on it this was a simple townhouse hotel with boxy rooms a few steps from the Musee d'Orsay, but now it’s an artistic experience in itself.
The hotel Le Placide a relatively new offering, with 11 chic, contemporary, colour-themed bedrooms, a peaceful courtyard and a charming lobby, which is designed to look something like a boat. Bruno Borrione, associate of Philippe Starck is the man behind the decor, and here he’s favoured rosewood, mirror, chrome, velvet and stone.
Or, at the traditional end of the boutique scale try the romance of the Hotel d'Aubusson, which occupies a handsome, 17th Century honey-coloured stone townhouse with a grand coach entrance, a pretty courtyard and the popular Café Laurent.
The best hotels Close to the Luxembourg Gardens
As well as the gardens and the Abbey of Saint Germain des Prés, the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay are also close by, as are the Eugene Delacroix museum and the Mundolingua languages museum. So there’s really a lot to be getting on with round here. If you like the idea of being close to the gardens, the Hotel Recamier is a good choice, with 24 classic chic rooms in a calm, intimate setting sheltered somewhat from the hustle and bustle that surrounds it.
The best hotels in Saint Germain des Prés for gastronomy
The Hotel Montalembert is a stalwart boutique hotel - it was the first in Paris - which offers guests a choice between modern and classic rooms and access to a cosy library, a ‘fireplace lounge’ and an excellent, fashionable restaurant.
The best hotels Saint Germain des Prés for Great Value
If you’re here to sight see the best hotels in Saint Germain might be the Hotel Saint Vincent, a great value option in a quiet street.
If there’s nothing for you on our list of the best hotels Saint Germain des Prés you might want to consider our Guru’s pick of the 10 best hotels in the Latin Quarter, next door, Or our recommendations for 10 hotels in Paris with Character? or one of our Paris Hip Hotels x13? Or you could expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Paris.
10 Best Hotels in Saint Germain des Prés
Hotel Le Saint Paris 22 rooms from £295Local exploring - This Left Bank location is an ideal base for getting to know Paris.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of characterTraditionalRecommended by - Michelin Travel
Original detailing and elegant interiors behind a beautiful Haussmann exterior in a quiet left bank location. Themed rooms feature an array of furnishings and fabrics, with the emphasis on traditional luxury. Kult restaurant offers reworked French classics and more exotic fusion fare. See More
Relais Christine Paris 48 rooms from £312Local markets - Good for local colour.SpaSights nearby - Well located for major sights.TraditionalRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors, Michelin Travel
Nestled on the Left Bank in a peaceful area not far from the banks of the Seine, the small luxury five-star Relais Christine is a relaxing retreat that gives guests a true taste of classical French style and romance. Lovely gardens and excellent buffet breakfasts. Perfect for a romantic break. See More
Le Bellechasse Paris 33 rooms from £295City Style - A flamboyant hotel that puts aesthetics before all, the chic choice in the elegant 7th arrondissement, on the Left Bank.Great walks - This arty area is full of quirky galleries, historic monuments and pretty parks- head out on foot and discover Paris.Designer - Interiors by Christian Lacroix.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel, Tablet
Enjoy the riot of colour, pattern and fresco in a remarkable Christian Lacroix-designed hotel. Fun and frivolous, the rooms are comfortable and unique. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace or in your room, before stepping out and exploring the city. A few steps from the Musee d'Orsay. Good value. See More
Hotel Verneuil Paris 26 rooms from £210Local exploring - Wonderfully located for exploring the city, plus the conceirge will orchestrate priority passes to Paris' top sites.City Style - Spectacularly renovated 17th-century townhouse, surrounded by elegant streets and art-drenched cafés.Sights nearby - Wonderfully located with Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Les Invalides and the Seine within a few minutes walk.Full of characterRecommended by - I Escape, Frommers, Tablet
L'Hôtel Paris 20 rooms from £282Gourmet - Famous Michelin starred Le Restaurant and the chic Le Bar.Sights nearby - Just across the river from the Louvre.5* Luxury - The smallest 5* hotel in Paris.Swimming Pool - Small plunge pool.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
Iconic, small, five star hotel where Oscar Wilde once lived on the Left Bank. Flamboyant interiors by Jacques Garcia, Michelin starred Le Restaurant and the popular Le Bar. Comfortable and romantic rooms are dark and intimate - the perfect luxurious bolthole in the heart of Paris. See More
Hotel Montalembert Paris 54 rooms from £280City Style - Masterfully crafted design by Pascal Allaman and Géraldine Prieur with Pierre Frey silk curtains and smart Bisazza tile mosaics.Writing a novel - Every June the hotel hosts the Prix de la Romancière, a prize awarded to first-time female novelists.Lively area - In the heart of the Left Bank.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Michelin Travel
Hotel de Saint-Grégoire Paris 20 rooms from £209Local exploring - Spend time exporing this area, teaming with historic cafes, innovative museums and architectural masterpieces.Great walks - Just two minutes from the famed Luxembourg Gardens, head out for a stroll.Romantic - Good for couples.Traditional
Hotel de L'Abbaye Paris 44 rooms from £260City Style - Sumptuous suites with courtyard views, champagne reception and opulent interiors- not to mention the designer post code!Sights nearby - Saint-Sulpice's late Baroque parish church, made famous by The Da Vinci Code, is just a five minute walk away.Views - The Duplex suites have lovely views over the rooftops of Paris from the terraceHouse party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Hotel Recamier Paris (Saint Germain des Prés) 24 rooms from £236Exclusive offerCity Style - An elegant townhouse turned boutique with achingly chic interiors by Jean-Louis Deniot, in the ever glamorous Saint Germain.Sights nearby - Visit the 17th-century Eglise Saint Sulpice, one of Paris' largest churches, and home to the Delacroix frescoes.Local markets - Take a morning walk in the Rue de Buci market.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Michelin Travel
Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon Paris 34 rooms from £243Sights nearby - Musee d'Orsay within walking distance.Lively area - In the heart of the Left Bank.TraditionalRecommended by - Sawdays, Michelin Travel
This romantic and intimate, formerly private, Parisian home is decked with plush fabrics, stylish interiors keeping tradition and elegance the main focus. Wallpapered rooms are small but delightful in their unique and comfortable charm. Prime location near St Germain and the famous Rue du Bac. See More
Le Placide Hotel Paris 11 rooms from £234Romantic Break - This uber chic hotel is an ideal grown up getaway for two, with romantic touches such as rose petals on the bed.City Style - Bruno Borrione's design plays with light, colours and materials to carefully craft an experience like no other.Designer - By Bruno Borrione from the Philippe Starck firm.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers
A stylish and intimate boutique, in the heart of fashionable Saint-Germain. The eleven colour themed rooms (larger than you average Paris hotel) are bathed in natural light. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in bed or in the charming courtyard. Perfectly placed for a glamourous weekend away. See More
Hotel d'Aubusson Paris 49 rooms from £321Writing a novel - Café Laurent has been the gathering place for literary giants (Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Camus) since the eighteenth century.Total relaxation - Shed the stress of the Paris streets with a massage in the comfort of your plush room, or read a book in the leafy courtyard.Local exploring - The heart of cultural Paris, surrounded by famous cafes frequented by all the greats, museums and show stopping shopping!Sights nearby - A scenic ten minute walk towards the river brings you to Notre Dame Cathedral, a Paris must see!Recommended by - Frommers, Michelin Travel, Fodors, Great Small Hotels
17th-Century honey-stone townhouse turned luxury hotel. Ideally situated on the Left Bank of the Seine, this period-style hotel is smart and well run. Comfortable rooms are decked with quality furnishings and exposed beams. Enjoy a drink at the Piano Bar or on the quiet patio. See More