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
if you make a stop in PARIS, you have to try SAINT JAMES .
It's an old and delicious place, a little castle, and you can enjoy a very good cuisine.
The new chef de cuisine is perfect. The dégustation menu is excellent.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about the St. James, Paris? The hotel is luxurious without being ostentatious, the service is stellar and the room was wonderful. We dined in the Michelin Star restaurant one evening and its an experience you’ll never forget. The restaurant is also the breakfast room - what a place to have breakfast!
The hotel is in a quiet corner of the prestigious 16e, in its own private gardens and just a few minutes walk to the Avenue Foch, and from there it’s a straight road up to the Arc de Triomph, maybe a 10 minutes stroll away (you can see it clearly all the way down the Avenue Foch) so the location is ideal. Also there’s a metro literally 2 minutes away.
I particularly loved the Library Bar which is charm itself and beautiful lit in the evening.
The hotel has an atmosphere of quiet privilege and if you’re after something like that in Paris I highly the St. James.
Imagine you lived in a mansion full of friends. That’s what it’s like staying at the St. James. The pictures don’t do it justice. When I arrived at my suite I was so impressed with the skylight, it’s such a nice amenity. The room was spotless and the beds were comfortable. Downstairs the bartenders are hilarious, and made my time as a solo traveler a very sociable experience. I will always stay at the St. James when I come to Paris.
This hotel is just lovely. Lovely to look at and stay in. An oasis from a busy day and a treat to come back to. This review starts before we even arrived as we had great email communication ahead of time. We were getting in at noon from a long day of travel and I was hoping to be able to at least use the spa before check in if possible. They assured me we could and offered to have room ready early, but not guaranteed, which is understandable. We were greeted warmly, checked in then enjoyed hot chocolate in the library bar until our room was ready shortly thereafter. We were upgraded to a gorgeous room! It was the perfect little hideaway to sleep off some jet lag. The Library bar is a cozy respite and the ideal place to end your day. The hotel was cloistered and peaceful. Decor fun and frivolous. People friendly and helpful. So, an idea, I really love staying at luxury hotels that are historic, intimate and interesting (Omni Bedford Springs, Inn at Little Washington, Chateau Lake Louise) but really couldn't afford to spend the whole 8 days we had in Paris here to be honest. So we spent our first 2 nights here (should have done 3!) on the days we didn't have a lot planned so we could sleep in, relax and enjoy. So live a little! Money well spent!
The building is stunning, the neighborhood is quiet and safe. The metro is 2 minutes away. The staff is incredibly nice and helpful, the ambiance is very unique and special. While being old, they’ve also managed to work in every modern convenience you would expect. The Saint James is top notch.