Hôtel Monte Cristo
What We Love
- An Insta-ready cabinet in the lobby, filled with tropical bird taxidermy
- The heated indoor pool
- Lacquered chinoiserie in all guest rooms
- Period-style portraits by artist Christo Debusschere
What To Know
- There is no restaurant on the property, though the bar does serve breakfast
- The hotel’s own monogram is scrawled on everything from the silverware to the carpets
- With 12 hours notice, the hotel can arrange for a babysitter
- Free WiFi
Literary Latin Quarter bolthole inspired by the peripatetic adventures of Alexander Dumas—with a hint of the tropics
Unfurling a series of rarities for the City of Lights—Paris’s first rum bar; an underground swimming pool—this whimsical hermitage is a feast for the eyes. Here, young local design duo Pauline D’Hoop and Delphine Sauvaget mix East Asian opulence with 19th-century bourgeois: rooms are fantastical cocoons inspired by specific scenes from literature, decked out in velvet furniture, terrazzo-tiled Napoleon III-style bathrooms, tasseled lamp shades, and antique mirrors. The hotel’s rum bar, 1802, is flanked by a canopy of palm trees and takes cues from Dumas’s ancestors, who were rum producers in the Dominican Republic. It stocks over 500 varieties, including vintages created just for the hotel, and a dedicated cellar master can talk you through the specifics. After an action-packed day of sightseeing, no spot is more inviting than the hotel’s secluded spa, bordered by a thicket of exotic plants (in-room massages can also be arranged).
In the Area
For a chlorophyll fix, head to nearby Jardin des Plantes, France’s most significant botanical conservatory first established as a medicinal herb garden for Louis XIII. The hotel borders Paris’s Latin Quarter, arguably the French capital’s coolest neighborhood where trendy bars share street space with Roman relics, age-old universities, Art Deco theaters, and even the city’s largest mosque (inspired by the Alhambra itself). When mealtime strikes, choose from reputable neighborhood restaurants like Foyer Vietnam, a Vietnamese canteen that slings noodles and spring rolls.
How to Get There
The lobby looks like an antiquarian literary bookshop, the bar offers scores of rare alcohols, the rooms are perfectly clean and interestingly decorated, and the swimming pool is excellent. Something really novel.
A unique and stylish hotel in a fantastic, accessible location. Perfect for a short city break as a couple exploring Paris. Close proximity to local restaurants, cafes and parks. 15 or so walk to major transport lines.
Monte Cristo is a lovely chic hotel. We had a great stay. The decor is fresh and young. The bathroom was very large with a rain shower. The room is small but very well laid out. The breakfast was lovely fresh food served as a buffet in the bar. Staff is very polite and nice.
A new experience in Hotel comfort ! The was comfortable with a super clean Bathroom with modern fittings . Breakfast was a treat with such a variety of delicacies . All the staff , professional and friendly .When in Paris , stay at THE MONTE CARLO .
Good prestations with à sauna, a long swimming pool, a sympathic rhum bar, a confortable bedroom (except this time, as we went 3 times in this Hotel, due to a bad plastic bed protection) and a large and various breakfast