Hôtel Le Saint

Paris, France

Encapsulating Saint-Germain's sophisticated style is no easy feat, but Le Saint pulls it off with aplomb. Opened in 2016, this elegant four-star hotel is still a relative newcomer in Parisian terms, yet feels effortlessly well-established with understated design, peaceful rooms and window-box-bedecked Juliet balconies.

Location

8 / 10

Saint-Germain remains one of the most appealing quartiers for a relaxed break. Buildings on quiet rue du Pré aux Clercs, set back from Boulevard Saint-Germain, have changed little over the centuries with their creaky shutters and pastel-hued boutiques. Great shopping can also be found nearby at the city's oldest department store Le Bon Marché, a 10-minute stroll south. More cerebral pursuits await at the Louvre, Musée Rodin and Musée d’Orsay – all of which are within 20 minutes' wander.

Style and Character

9 / 10

Le Saint was created by sensitively converting three separate hotels into one. The warren-like flagstone-and-tile lobby sets the tone. It's closer to the rambling reception rooms of a countryside château than a city-centre pied-à-terre, with a mix of antiques and modern classic furnishings. The panelled lounge is a particularly cosy spot to sit by the fire in winter, or enjoy a cocktail in summer. Throughout the 54 rooms and suites, original 19th-century features are harmoniously combined with contemporary fabrics and prints.

Service and Facilities

8 / 10

A small steam room and elegantly kitted-out gym (including a WaterRower) are hidden in the basement. Spa treatments are on offer in a small wellness room, and there are bikes to borrow to explore the city. Staff are welcoming and the housekeeping team are particularly friendly, although by offering a sit-down check-in or check-out the reception can get overwhelmed at busy moments.

  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Fitness centre
  • Steam room/hammam

Rooms

8 / 10

Making peacock-print wallpaper remarkably subtle requires a dab design hand. Each room at Le Saint is unique, varying in style from romantic doubles with crushed-velvet headboards to calm suites dominated by muted colours such as teal or dusky orange. Balconies aren’t just reserved for the prestige rooms, so ask when you book. All rooms have simply marvellous white-on-white marble bathrooms and near-silent air-conditioning.

Food and Drink

9 / 10

The restaurant's name does it a disservice. Kult might be a clever play on culte in French, but to anglophones it hints at a Kardashian-esque aesthetic that isn’t helped by magenta roll-back chairs and fragranced candles. It's a shame, as the food is superb and excellent value (mains around €30/£28). 

The second misnomer is the appearance of Asian spices and flavours on the menu. Chef Stephan Bernard previously worked with Thierry Marx at the Mandarin Oriental, but influences are subtle – a citrusy timut pepper sauce with a Culoiseau chicken breast and the slightest hint of wasabi in a beurre blanc. Other dishes are classics that play cleverly with colour and texture. I was particularly impressed with a garlic-spiked gazpacho and snails freed from their shells, encased in croquettes and served with a parmesan foam.

Cocktails (try the Saint with bergamot liqueur, St Germain and champagne) and breakfast are served in the same space. The latter is a generous hot-and-cold buffet running the gamut from avocado toast to smoked salmon.

Value for Money

8 / 10

Double rooms from €295 (£265) in low season; and from €430 (£386) in high. Breakfast from €25 (£22). Free Wi-Fi.

Access for guests with disabilities?

All areas are accessible to guests with limited mobility. Adapted doubles have generously sized wet rooms, although there are slight lips on the doorsteps.

Family-Friendly?

Very. Activities for little ones aren’t a box-ticking exercise here, with everything from interconnecting rooms and babysitting on request to special kids’ outings to play hide-and-seek in the Tuileries.

3 rue du Pré-aux-Clercs, 75007 Paris, France.
00 33 1 42 61 01 51
Rooms from £ 236
per night
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