Le Saint Hotel
Le Saint Hotel, on the Left Bank, does have a smattering of saintliness to it. But it’s not the kind of place to brag. This is a low-key, understated boutique hotel that lets the service and the interiors speak for themselves; they’re admirable, both.
Pulling up outside, Le Saint Hotel looks like it jumped out of a picture book of Paris; creamy walls, white shutters, and leafy green window boxes galore. It was once a private mansion and it’s retained that je ne sais quoi of a much-loved, much-monied home. Head inside, and the warmth of the welcome wraps around you. Helped happily with a short stroll to the Lounge Saint Vincent, with its gleaming nutty coloured wooden floors and mismatched, yet plump and elegant chairs. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long journey with a drink, and the promise of another.
Upstairs, meanwhile, the rooms offer other pockets of heavenly rest in the bustle of the 6th arrondissement. Cool, calming colours are used throughout, with black and white art here, an accent wall of colour-coordinated floral wallpaper there. Bath products by Barnabé Fillion are lined up neatly in the black and white bathrooms, which are given a little rough luxe elegance from the odd wooden accent, like a mirror frame or an exposed beam.
While the restaurants of chez Paris beckon come dinnertime, Le Saint Hotel’s Kult offers a delicious alternative. Cosy, yet glamorous, the picture-perfect purple-accented dining room is a sleek spot to enjoy a petit plate of foie gras or king crab with minty pea cream, confit potatoes and sea urchin mayonnaise. And the wellness room by Olivier Lecocq, with its full range of treatments, is another incentive to stay within the chic, civilised walls of Le Saint Hotel. Really, why would you ever want to leave?