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
Everything is just right here. Yes, it is not a bargain, but the value is excellent. When you arrive by car in front of the hotel you know you are in the right place. It breaths the athmosphere of a small chateau, and not only outside and in the lobby but the rooms as well. Welcoming and friendly staff who will do almost anything to make your stay a memorable one. What else? A great bar, good restaurant and yes, even a spa. Add to that a metro station almost at touching distance and the picture is perfect for a long and romantic weekend in Paris.
I have rarely/never experienced such an attentive staff! The attention to details in this hotel is amazing both in the room, bathroom as well as in the lobby, staircase, bar, and restaurant. The location is another great thing about this hotel. One finds it very pleasing and it makes moving about a piece of cake. The Bar Le Bibliothèque and the restaurant are worth an extra mention, the atmosphere is quite soothing. Trully a unique hotel and a must stay.
Booked two rooms there for my mother-in-law’s 80th Birthday. Both rooms were upgraded to suites through ClubCorp. The hotel, suites, restaurant and bar were simply awesome. One of the best if not the best places I have stayed at, very impressed!