Saint James Paris – Relais & Chateaux
What We Love
- Lovely outdoor garden and terrace
- The spa is in partnership with Guerlain
- The atmospheric bar, stocked with thousands of books
- The hotel has a parking area (rare in the city) and a Smart car convertible for guests
- In-room toiletries by Guerlain
What To Know
- A city tax of $3/2.25€ per person per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- The hotel is in the posh 16th Arrondissement, a residential area that's west of the city center but an easy metro ride from the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower
- The Saint James is also a private club, so guests share the fitness room, spa, restaurant and bar with members
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
You’ve probably visited a chateau or two in Paris, but staying in one is a different story. The only hotel in the City of Light with official chateau status, the Saint James Paris combines panther-print walls and flea market finds with a smattering of Directoire chairs and Napoleon III decor. The hotel has just 48 guestrooms, but since it’s also a private club, it has an impressive array of facilities including a Guerlain spa and a restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef.
Bed & Bath
Behind the stately façade, the interiors are anything but staid. Design-loving travelers will drool over the work of Franco-American designer Bambi Sloan, a whimsical mix of imperial-chic and bold colors that take the hotel far, far away from any images of fusty chateaux. Sloan visualizes fantastical spaces with humor and joie de vivre. One guestroom has an Asian theme, decorated with blue and white Chinese porcelain; another is decidedly masculine, resembling a Magritte painting, with light fixtures made of derby hats and walls covered in shirt fabric. Another plays homage to designer Madeleine Castaing.
The modern updates to the interiors haven’t forsaken the hotel’s history. The wallpaper depicts the hot air balloons that used to take flight from the chateau’s park, and the whimsical lights leading to the spa are shaped like balloons. New landscaping has added balloon-like arbors to the garden, the perfect spot for a summer meal. In fact, Michelin-starred chef Virginie Basselot keeps a garden plot from which she plucks herbs and vegetables for her kitchen. Take a seat in the library bar and you’ll sense the hotel’s proud ties to tradition. Like a private gentlemen’s club, the wood-paneled drinking den is filled with leather armchairs and gilt-framed portraits.
In the Area
The Saint James is in a quartier known for its concentration of museums, so take your pick. Gape at Monet’s waterlilies, sans the crowds, at the little-known Musée Marmottan, or get your fix of elegant Asian art at the Guimet. Also nearby is the Louis Vuitton Foundation housed in a striking building designed by Frank Gehry in the the Bois de Boulogne. For gourmet tacos and killer cocktails (served in a hidden, speakeasy-style bar), head to Candelaria, a hot spot in the upper Marais. Burn off your croissant intake with a jog through the nearby Bois de Boulogne, the largest park in Paris. Classic Parisian sights are a short metro ride away, including the Champs-Elysées. While you peruse the shops, make sure you stop at a Ladurée tearoom for a taste of the legendary macarons.
How to Get There
Our family had an absolutely delightful stay at this amazing Château Hotel. The staff were simply wonderful, and the service was exceptional. We are especially grateful to the wonderful waitstaff in the restaurant, and to Messieurs Christian, Max, and their colleagues for their courteous and detailed attention to our needs. We would encourage anyone to stay here to experience Parisian excellence.
The St. James Paris is a treasure! We stayed here during a Valentine’s trip to Paris. We were looking for a luxury hotel off the beaten path and choose the St James because of its impeccable reviews and since we’re Relais& Chateaux members.
Everything about the St. James is a fairy-tale dreamscape, fit for kings and queens! In a previous life, this brilliant chateaux was home of the world's first hot-air-balloon airfield (the wallpaper and many whimsical decorations pay homage to this heritage)! The hotel still carries the same grandeur and whimsy. But “grand” hardly goes far enough to describe this Belle Époque beauty!
It's hard to pick which of its story-book trappings we liked best: there's two hidden villas by the gates as you enter (yes! there's actually a gated property in the middle of Paris, who knew!); our gorgeous suite; the awesome hotel foyer or the bar built into a Hogwarth-like library! Every feature of the hotel takes luxury to a next level.
The staff are fantastic, and in particular, Thomas at the front desk is a gem. He genuinely cares about each guest’s comfort and happiness, not only at the hotel but also through their activities in Paris. And the cutest staff member is Monsieur Perdú (the house cat)!
All of the rooms are unique and memorable. We originally booked a standard room but were upgraded as R & C members. Our suite was beyond phenomenal, and really was more like a small apartment. The suite opened into a large winter garden with a transom roof and an elegant garden seating area. A level of stairs lead to a wonderfully sized living room with velvet sofas. A second set of stairs lead to the partitioned bathroom, with water closet on one side and a luxurious 4-piece to the other. The master bedroom had a nice seating area and beveled windows overlooking the Paris skyline!
Our only regret was that our stay was so short. We would have loved to visit the Guerlain spa and two hammans. Instead we sipped delicious muddled cocktails in the bar and wandered the incredible grounds!
We loved our stay at the St. James and look forward to visiting again when we're in Paris!
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Fabulous hotel! l The concierge was excellent went above and beyond and were truly excellent. The breakfast was beautiful and the service was excellent. The rooms were beautiful and well appointed. Would highly recommend this hotel
The Saint James Paris is like staying in a members only private club. The Chateau is set in its own private park. Our suite was large and bright with lovely furnishings. The Michelin starred restaurant is excellent. There is a charming outdoor garden where cocktails lunch and dinner are served. The staff is very attentive and helpful. This is a Relais & Chateau quiet oasis in busy Paris. Magnificent!
We've gotta admit it, we've fallen in love with Saint James, staying there when we visit Paris for work and pleasure. We've stayed three times now and brought our best friends here in Jan for their Christmas present.
The hotel, which is situated in the original Mayor of Paris's townhouse is more like a county chateaux in the middle of the city. Just 5 mins from the Avenues Des Champs Elysées, the hotel has its own gardens and a large entrance driveway within a large walled courtyard, giving the place a really private and exclusive feel.
Rooms are exceptional quality and all very quirky. Wonderfully, we were upgraded to a one bed suite for my partner's birthday last Aug, which was a wonderful hub for the little party we had on Sat night with new friends we'd met - tunes were blasting and drink was flowing, and the arrival of guests was no problem for the hotel - everyone is treated as member of an exclusive private club. In fact, the hotel DOES have its own club and attracts a very glamorous and executive type of guest in the day adding to a very classy feel. There are few tourists here - most of the people in the bars and restaurant are Parisiens, so you get a real sense and experience of the city here.
As has been noted, the concierge is EXCEPTIONAL. Nothing was too much trouble and they helped with some very unusual and tricky requests. They also made some inspired suggestions for bars and restaurants, really 'getting' our vibe and making the best suggestions that we loved. They also got us in to some world class restaurants at short notice, which even Amex Platinum Lifestyle Services couldn't do.
When we visited again in Feb, we emailed to request rooms overlooking the front of the hotel (as we'd not had that aspect before) - they duly obliged and those rooms are the very best - huge windows, great view and high ceilings - you really feel like 'lord of the manor' in those rooms, getting the feel for how the gentry lived long ago. The sun poured through most of the day and the windows open to create two Juliette balconies.
The hotel sits on the grounds of Paris's very first airport where air balloons were launched. So, the air balloon theme runs throughout the decor - a quirky and original touch to this hidden gem of a hotel. Sssshhhh, let's keep this place between us, eh?