Three centuries after the foundation of the Saint-Denis college of the Grands Augustins by Saint-Louis in 1231, the vast town mansion now housing the Relais Christine was built.
Within a stone's throw of the Louvre and Notre-Dame, the hotel is located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-PrÃ©s, a bustling district famous for its intellectual and artistic circles. The names of Baudelaire, Hugo and Musset, and later Picasso, Sartre and Eluard are among the many associated with it. Tucked in at the end of the narrow street from which it took its name, the Relais Christine is a haven whose peaceful atmosphere in enhanced by its pleasant garden and flowers.
This delightful and secluded luxury hotel has succeeded in preserving the privacy of the home it once was. Its comfortable and welcoming rooms, the quiet atmosphere of its lounge and honesty bar, and its personalized service make it a restful and friendly place to stay, on a par with the best Parisian establishments.
The Relais Christine Hotel is in a prime position on the Left Bank, in the heart of the delightful Saint-Germain-des-Près district. Just a stone’s throw from the Jardin de Luxembourg, the Pantheon, Notre Dame and the Louvre, the hotel is ideally situated to take advantage of the upmarket cafés and restaurants of the Latin Quarter at night.
Visitors who want to savour the history of Paris will love the Relais Christine Hotel. Situated in a converted abbey which dates back to the 13th century, this is one of the most historic luxury hotels in Paris. The high-ceilinged rooms now offer luxury hotel accommodation and fabulous antique furnishings. A cobbled courtyard leads to the impressive double-door entrance. Beyond the reception area is a wonderful lounge area which would grace any country home. The portraits over the log fire lend a cosy atmosphere to the salon, with its informal honesty bar. The gym is worth a visit just to enjoy the ancient stone cellar with its domed ceiling and stone-built walls. In the cool Spa area there is a sauna, Jacuzzi, massage and body parlour – a far cry from the austere life of the monks!
Top-notch service permeates this luxury hotel with a concierge, 24-hour room service, guest computer, laundry and valet parking. Although there is no restaurant in the hotel, the area is renowned for its cafés and restaurants, giving plenty of choice dining nearby.
The 51 rooms and suites are all unique, some with wood-panelled walls and generously-stuffed armchairs, others with toile fabrics and dark wood antiques. Decorated throughout in Louis XIII style, the beds are comfortable and the décor is pleasing. The bathrooms manage to have 21st century plumbing but are still in keeping with the historic building. There are also a number of suites which enjoy private terraces and garden views. This luxury Paris hotel offers a comfortable home-from-home atmosphere, devoid of crystal chandeliers and glossy marble floors, but luxurious in its own inimitable style.
Saint-Michel / Odeon
Business: Business centre,Non-smoking rooms.
In-room amenities: Air-conditioning,Designer toiletries,Dvd/cd player & library,Flatscreen tv,Minibar,Room service,Safe,Separate showers in some rooms,Turn-down service,Wifi.