There is something about Paris boutique hotels that’s very different from other hotels. Intimate but not too small, comfortable and luxurious without the lux price. A personal style that fits into a neighborhood without taking over.
We love staying at Paris boutique hotels and I must admit one in particular and we return to it every time we go.
The neighborhood of St. Germain des Pres is one of my favorites and so far my favorite neighborhood to stay in. It’s genteel chic. There are galleries, antique shops, book dealers, and fashion boutiques. The area oozes French culture. Jean Paul Stare, Simone de Beauvoir and their existential compatriots hung out here. It is said to still be the area for artists and intellectuals. I don’t know as though I spotted any, not sure I could tell unless I listened in on their conversation.
The famous brasseries of Paris are there – Café de Flore, Brasserie Lipp, Café des Deux Margots. We ate in Brasserie Lipp and found the food not spectacular, but it was fun to be with the understated “see and be seen” crowd. And Café de Flore was not particularly welcoming and since it was swarming in cigarette smoke we moved on. Cough, cough… You find your own places even if you were French you would find your own favorites.
Our favorite hotel to date is Hotel des Deux Continents. We stayed in an interior room, which was very quiet, and on another visit, a room facing the street. I preferred the street facing room. The rooms are small and very nicely decorated. The windows with a view open it up to seem larger. I also like the street view so I can poke my head out the window for a quick personal weather report. (What and how much are people wearing?) Plus the view was beautiful.
Its' sister hotel, right next door is Hotel des Marronniers and is very popular.
The neighborhood is clean and elite and old and beautiful.
I’ve always been intrigued when passing by Hotel des Saints-Peres on the Rue des Sts-Peres. It dates back to the 17th century. The garden was a favorite of my favorite American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Besides her enormous body of poetry she translated Charles Baudelaire’s “Les fleurs du mal” into English. Baudelaire’s books are classics of French literature.
There are so many other popular neighborhoods to try as well.
Ille St. Louis (4e)
A friend and his wife from Holland love Hotel des Deux- Iles. It’s a quiet hotel without being removed from the action.
Tour Eiffel (7e) is a neighborhood that looks interesting. Quiet and upscale residential. Some say they feel like a Parisian staying here. Highly rated and very popular is Hotel Relais Bosquet.
Latin Quarter (5e) is a lively neighborhood with students and various people. We stayed in the very comfortable and pleasant Les Jardins du Luxembourg.
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