Paris is the beating heart of France and has been our base for the last couple of months. All our travels started in Paris and that is why the city of light and love now feels like home. The last time we did a longer stay in Paris it was to get some exclusive insights on what to do. This time we scooped around for luxury hotels in Paris. Hotel Recamier is one of those hotels that made it on Tourist Exclusive.
Facing the Saint-Sulpice church, being in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près, next to Palais du Luxembourg and a few blocks from quartier Latin makes hotel Recamier a really good starting point to explore Paris. The church that you can see from some of the rooms became famous when it appeared in the movie ‘the Da Vinci code’. The area of Saint-Germain-des-Près has everything that makes Paris so desirable. It has art galleries, fashion boutiques, famous cafés etc. and they are all within walking distance from the hotel.
Besides this marvelous location hotel Recamier is still family owned. If there is one thing we love it is a small hotel where we can feel at home. The owner Sylvie de Lattre has that Parisian class and knows exactly what travelers want. She has lived all over the globe and started her first hotel in Paris 12 years ago. She sold her first hotel and now owns 3 hotels. Her son runs one of the other hotels that we also visited.
The styles are all different in the three hotels. Hotel Recamier has a very elegant and classy feel. Interior designer Jean-Louis Denoit gave it a very warm and homey feeling. It took about a year (opening in 2009) of refurbishing and redesigning before the beauty could be shown to the public again. The style is eclectic, with a mix of 20th century decorative styles on a “directoire” basis. Each floor has a color theme and slight variations: black and white, red, grey/blue, greyish green, yellow and gold. The small lounge has been arranged like a garden veranda, with lots of mirrors. The accent has been put on high quality and details: custom designed accessories for the rooms and for instance Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes. All 24 rooms are different hence the color theme of the floor. The different types of rooms can be found here.
After enjoying our room for a bit, we went downstairs for the complimentary coffee and tea that they serve in the afternoon. In summer, you can take a break on their lovely patio. We already mentioned that this is family owned and it something we can see reflected in the service. Holding the door open, helping with the suitcases and being polite, those things show you that the staff really cares. After we think that service is one of the most important things when you are on a trip.
When you are looking for a hotel in Paris with an elegant and chic style that is small, with good service and has a good location book a room in hotel Recamier.