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
Parking on site
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Flamboyant chateau and members club in the heart of Paris with a Michelin-starred restaurant
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.