Blue Skies over Relais Christine
On my recent trip to Paris, I split my time between the Saint James Paris and Relais Christine, and for me it was a winning combination. But it’s Relais Christine that felt most like home. It’s an ideal spot for a weekend in Paris.
The left bank chic lobby at Relais Christine
Located in a converted mansion on a quiet street in the 6th arrondissement, Relais Christine is the heart of all the action in St-Germain-des-Pres (my Parisian neighborhood of choice).
Seating areas in the common areas at Relais Christine
The hotel is small, chic and charming, with only 51 rooms and suites, each of them a bit different. The property has the same owners as the Saint James Paris, so this intimate left bank property has the same relaxed yet refined service standards.
I loved the slanted roof of my junior suite at Relais Christine
I stayed in a lovely junior suite with étoile fabric on the walls. I liked the separation of space between the bedroom and living area and non-cookie cutter vibe. When I toured the property and saw other rooms, some were more modern in design. All had been outfitted with modern bathrooms, although the styles varied from room to room. I found the variety appealing.
The welcome amenity was this lovely fruit bowl
There isn’t a traditional hotel bar at Relais Christine, but it’s not really required because of the hotel’s location– there are so many bars and restaurants a few steps away. The common area featured strong wifi, and an Honor Bar where guests can help themselves to a tipple or glass of wine.
The bedroom of my junior suite at Relais Christine
The bedroom was both cozy and chic, with ample closet space. I felt like I was living in a real Parisian apartment, only with a great concierge to help me make dinner reservations.
Left: Argan bath amenities Right: the cozy but modern bathroom in my junior suite
My bathroom wasn’t large, but it had dual sinks and a great showerhead.
The suites at Relais Christine would work well for a family
All my Paris faves were within walking distance from Relais Chrisine. There’s a Mariage Frères tea salon literally around the corner and a Ladurée a few blocks away on Rue Bonaparte. I walked to both Notre Dame and Musée d’Orsay after enjoying breakfast at the hotel.
Left: peeking into a few different rooms Right: some bathrooms have more modern styling
A whimsical room with a pop of color at Relais Christine
Relais Christine has suites that would work for families and couples, but also had great non-suite rooms that would work for solo travelers.
Left: a modern bathroom at Relais Christine Right: dual sinks in a junior suite
It may be intimate, but Relais Christine has everything you need, including a very nicely equipped gym and spa in the basement.
Work off those carbs in the Relais Christine gym
The breakfast spread (included in the room rate) was lovely, and had made to order hot items as well as a variety of meats, cheeses, and gorgeous pastries.
Breakfast at Relais Christine
Breakfast at Relais Christine is served in this cozy and atmospheric cellar
the breakfast buffet at Relais Christine
There will be carbs, this is Paris!
I didn’t try the apple tarte tatin, but it sure looked delicious
All guests are welcome to use the Relais Christine loaner bikes, which is nice. A few of the suites had patios with courtyard gardens, which would be really nice if you’re staying more than a few days.
A night view of one of the garden suites at Relais Christine
Relais Christine is a gem of luxury hotel on the left bank.
Blue Skies above St. Germain at Relais Christine
Room rates at Relais Christine start at $459
3, rue Christine – 75006 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 40 51 60 80
Fax: +33 (0)1 40 51 60 81