|Guest Rating: 9.0 / 10|
In the stylish district of Saint Germain des Près, Hôtel Recamier is found nestling among the trees on the sleepy Place Saint Suplice. A small hotel for the capital city with just twenty-four guest rooms, it has reopened after a thorough renovation and facelift.
It is the renowned interior designer Jean Louis Deniot who is responsible for the revamp, and unusually for many city hotels, the hotel has ended up with a totally individual design in each room. He has also gone for one theme per floor. Working within the space of the Parisian Left Bank (La Rive Gauche) to the south of the River Seine, we are not talking about the space that somewhere with an enormous entrance hall and gigantic sitting room affords; this is Bourgeois home intimacy and he has done a fantastic job in creating somewhere comfortable and classically elegant, all the while giving some lovely details that are neither minimalism nor ridiculously exuberant.
Rooms have iPod docks for connecting to the LCD TV, beautiful fabrics on the canopy beds and chairs on which to kick back. There is a choice of rooms with bathtub or walk-in shower and view of the Place Saint Sulpice square. On any floor, the two rooms with this view can be put together to transform them into a suite. The bathrooms have Fragonard amenities (a French perfumer) and Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes, as well as hair-dryers.
Breakfast is available (both a buffet and an express option, the latter being hot drink, 2 pastries and a fruit juice), as is complimentary afternoon tea, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks served between 4 and 6pm. There is no restaurant for the evening meal, but this is Paris and there are plenty of excellent recommendations.
Everything that makes Paris what it is, is within easy reach. Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Montmartre.
Nearby restaurant recommendations:
La Maison du Jardin, small bistro, Mediterranean-style, good value.
La Cigale Récamier- elegant and traditional Parisian, nice outdoor dining in summer, speciality is soufflé.
Le Café Odéon- new, outdoor and modern brasserie in the Place du Théatre de l'Odéon, under the theatre arcades, small menu, modern food, cafe style.
La Méditerrannée- mainly seafood on the beautiful Place de L'Odéon, opposite the theatre.
Le Comptoir du Relais- Chef Yves Camdeborde's tiny 'neobistro', impossible to book, but try your luck (first come first served on the outside terrace).
Le Bistro de l'Alycastre- Owners Jean-Marc and Virginie charm visitors with modern French cuisine within charming décor, with a few outdoor tables along the Place du marché.
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"Madame Silvie was not only a picture of parisian chic but a most fantastic host and she was wonderfully supported by a terrific staff. Rooms were spotless and breakfasts and afternoon teas. were terrific . At their recommendations we had some very good dining experiences."
"The location was very central and within walking distance of all that we wanted to do. Without a doubt we would stay at Recamier again."
"Many hotels have the odd good room that they include on their website, and the rest are tired, pokey and depressing. Not so at Hotel Recamier. Refurbished in 2009, every room was beautifully decorated and a pleasure to be in. The continental breakfast was simple but fabulous. (The specialist butter they offered with the baguette was sublime.)"
"The location is perfect - overlooking Eglise St Sulpice. It is in a quiet corner of the square and all the windows are double glazed. So you will sleep uninterrupted and in comfort. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. St Sulpice is a very central part of the left bank."
"Beautiful hotel in wonderful grounds. The room we had was very spacious with a lovely view over the moat and the gardens.
The staff were very attentive without being pushy. Room service was excellent. The restaurant is superb, the choice of food, wine and cheeses is excellent."
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It is not easy to find hotels in big cities with a level of individuality to each room, and moreover with a warm feel that tells every guest that they are important. We were pleased to discover Hôtel Recamier and realise that it had been achieved here. Do not expect guest rooms to be big, but this is not an issue. They are well-appointed, and the design is superb. It is clear that the owners have dedicated themselves to a fantastic little hotel in a fantastic big city.