Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres | Paris, France | Last week while in Paris, I was invited to dinner at Le Resturant, in the Left Bank, and nothing is more tempting to me while in Paris, than Saint Germain de Pres. Le Restaurant is located at the main floor of one of the most famous hotels in Paris. L’Hotel has been a secret hideaway over the past two centuries. With quintessential French charm and glamour, L’Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Left Bank, amidst the cultural riches, bohemian soul and high fashion of St Germain-des-Prés. Oscar Wilde’s last home, and the heart of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, it has been remodelled by renowned designer Jacques Garcia. It is one of the original Hip Hotels and is home to the acclaimed one Michelin star Le Restaurant. Continue reading Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Hotel Bel Ami St Germain des Prés | Paris, France | So one of the three properties we stayed at during our last visit to Paris, was Hotel Bel Ami. This allowed me, believe it or not after having been to Paris over 10 times, to explore and live for the first time the Left Bank and the district of St Germain des Prés or 6th arrondissement, which I must say is now my favorite. The SOHO of Paris. Hotel Bel Ami is part of the Design Hotels group. A contemporary hotel with a welcoming and restful atmosphere.
Upon arrival we checked in to a Superior Room (16 to 23 sqm), but it was too small for both of us plus our Miniature Schnauzer Bruna, so immediately they upgraded us to a “Saint Germain” Suite (33 to 44 sqm). These Suites have an urban feel – “little apartments under the rooftops of Paris”, as the designer enjoys describing them. The furnishings and architectural details, sliding doors, tables, dressing table and mirror are inspired by the simple shapes of the furniture found in the traditional bookshops of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Very comfortable bedding (high bed base, thick mattress, mattress topper) comes as standard, together with natural duvets and a selection of pillows. The only thing I disliked about the Suite was the carpet and the fact that they had too many pieces of furniture for the size of the room, which made moving around a bit of a hazard. The things I liked the most were: Our two windows facing the charming rue St-Benoît, and the bathroom.
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The lobby is very quaint, modern and inviting to just seat, relax, read a book and have a coffee or cocktail. The Bar is contiguous where two Bulle armchairs set the scene of a peaceful haven in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with a private apartment feel.
Breakfast every morning was at Les Mots Passants, which was basic but good, offering a buffet and options a-la-carte. Vibrant colours shimmering under the light from a large bay window, book shelves holding a collection of art books, ceiling screens beaming down visions of Parisian life, together with a whole range of miscellaneous little objects such as you might find at home, come together to create a joyfully contemporary and welcoming atmosphere. The first morning we had breakfast there, but the following we went to the iconic Cafe de Flore, just one block away from the hotel.
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