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
- Great location
- Fabulous and fun decor
- Very comfy beds
- Room cleaning done to a very high standard
- Most of the staff members were very accommodating and happy to help
- Breakfast and bar also very lovely
- Cute little swimming pool in the basement
- Great hotel room views
I would recommend spending slightly more to get the bigger rooms, they have great views and you also then get a full bathroom. It’s a boutique hotel so expect small, but they have really utilised the space well.
My boyfriend and I had a really lovely stay!
A lovely, unique boutique hotel that we would consider returning to in the future. Staff could be a little warmer in dealing with residents but we would still recommend the Monte Cristo for a leisure stay in the city.
This is a gem of a hotel in the Latin Quarter. The décor is exquisite. Our bedroom had a beautiful painting above the bed. The room was clean and tidy the bed was extremely comfortable with plenty of pillows. It was a nice touch to have our own coffee machine.
The room had a large bathroom with a double shower, plenty of towels and a lovely array of shower gels, soaps etc to use.
It was a bonus to have the use of a pool and sauna, especially after walking across Paris.
The staff were all very courteous and friendly. The breakfast was delicious, plenty of croissants and pain au chocolat! There was no rush as well you could take your time, again a beautiful lounge/bar area to relax in.
I loved this gorgeous hotel with 50 rooms which sits in Quartier Monge adjacent to Quartier Latin. At the time of writing it has been open about 8 months. It took 5 years to design and build. So much is bespoke to the Monte Cristo hotel. If you like rooms with character, style and mood-setting lighting then this is for you. If you like bright rooms with lots of natural light bouncing off the walls then perhaps not. Excellent service provided by attentive, experienced staff.
From the word go, this place is heavenly. Go there blindly and you will not be disappointed. I have stayed a few places in that category in Paris. This place functions like a five star. Their bathroom is perfect. Do get a room with a bath tub though. I did not drink at the rum bar although the staff offered a complimentary sugar cane juice. It is out if this world! The decor of chinoiserie, the collection of tropical birds and specimens in the lobby add touches of colour, the trompe œil background painting in each bedroom lend to an adventure.
The sauna and pool is a nice touch, with a waterfall in the pool. The peacock rattan chair could have you feel you are in Marrakech somewhere. The best of all is the staff. They are anxious to please, which in Paris is a rarity. They truly want you to have a good time. This was second trip. The first, I was there with my son and he thought it was the best place ever! And he has been places!
Like I said, go there blindly. It is a boutique hotel par excellence.
It is in the 5th arrondissement right by the Latin quarter. There is so much to see from the eclectic rue mouffetard, the jardin des plantes that had one of the best vintage zoo or menagerie, the jardin du Luxembourg perfect for strolling, boules, the little theatre and for sailing boats in the pond. The location could not be better. Monte Cristo is the kind of hotel you dealt to Leave in the morning and long to come back to at night. If you are not happy with your bedding, they provide you with a new one.