Hotel Saint Andre des Arts

St Germain des Pres, Paris, France
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Hotel Saint Andre des Arts

St Germain des Pres, Paris, France

A bohemian hotel with brilliantly retro rooms and a sensory spa in the heart of Paris' artistic hub, walking distance from the top attractions

A bohemian hotel with brilliantly retro rooms and a sensory spa in the heart of Paris' artistic hub, walking distance from the top attractions

Saint-Germain-des-Prés has been the favourite hangout of Paris's trendy youth and creative community for decades, loved for its independent bistros, boutiques and artisanal vibe. Behind its 18th-century façade, Saint André des Arts conceals a suitably colourful character. The group behind one of our favourites in Paris, Hotel Baume, enlisted interior designer Chloé Nègre to revive this former artist's residence with the feel-good power of nostalgia. She skilfully used the spirit of the 1960s and '70s, a golden era in colour, music and design, to create this unconventionally cool hotel.

Move over Scandi-chic - these playful pop-art interiors are for the maximalists, and you won’t find a flat-pack within these walls. The 30 pristine bedrooms are decked out in bold colours, clashing patterns and pieces of iconic designer furniture; bright orange Tam Tam stools by Henry Massonet and the signature cylindrical side tables of Anna Castelli Ferrieri are just the start. But it’s by no means style over substance: beds are sumptuously comfortable, modern amenities come as standard, and quiet rooms (even above the street) guarantee a great night's sleep. There’s a soft rock-and-roll soundtrack throughout, an underground spa to relieve your senses, and an elegant sage green breakfast room/bar to start and end your day in. And in between? You’re a short walk from the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Seine, and perfectly placed to sample the city’s famed cuisine and café culture.

Highs

  • Location: situated in a buzzing central neighbourhood that Parisians love, and close to the main sights
  • The tranquil Wellness Area in the cavernous stone cellar is heavenly after a full day of sightseeing
  • Staff are friendly, professional and eager to help with your trip itinerary
  • We loved the little extras: warm sweet treats on arrival, handmade chocolates in the room, a hotel-branded travel bag on departure
  • There are cosseting rooms for 2 or connecting suites for families; everyone is welcome

Lows

  • There are uneven floors throughout this old building, so watch your step
  • They only serve breakfast; for the rest of your meals you've got Paris' gourmet delights on the doorstep
  • The bold retro theme won't be to everyone's taste, but we love how unique it is
  • Only two rooms (a Superior and a Deluxe) have bathtubs

Best time to go

Paris is a great year-round destination, and each season brings its own charm. July and August can get uncomfortably hot, and make a note of fashion weeks throughout the year, as these can cause prices to spike.

Our top tips

Take a break from sightseeing to unwind in the Wellness Area. The whirlpool tub massages sore muscles, the lighting is atmospheric and the air is scented to your preference for total sensory relaxation. Since i-escape guests get an hour for free, it would be silly not to!

Great for...

City Style
Family
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 30 rooms
  • Breakfast + bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Laundry Service
Room:

Rooms

The 30 rooms are spread over four floors, identifiable by a different retro colour scheme (coral, duck-egg, mustard and sage). Mid-century tables with scalloped stems, velvet armchairs, and chrome nightstands are undeniably chic, while the soft furnishings are coordinated in rich trio-tones. They all feature the same sinkable queensize beds, gleaming ensuites, smart TVs, Nespresso machines and local chocolates, so your decision will be based on how much space you want.

Parisian hotels are known for having petite rooms, unless you're willing to spend a small fortune, but even the Classic Rooms here have a decent sense of space thanks to high ceilings. Categories range from the Cocoon Rooms, recommended for solo travellers or stays of up to two nights due to their snug size, up to the spacious Prestige Room that can sleep a family of four in reasonable comfort.

I loved leaning out the tall windows of my Executive Room to watch people go by on the street below. I could even glimpse the Eiffel Tower in the distance. I also really liked the two top-floor Deluxe Rooms, set in the eaves. The sloping ceilings gave them extra character, and the view across neighbouring rooftops to Notre Dame was the pièce de résistance. This pair of rooms is accessed through a private door, so they're great for a family.

The tiled bathrooms are compact but stylish, with rainfall showers, shiny chrome hardware, fluffy towels and delicately scented Naturals Remedies toiletries. Some rooms have separate loos and shower rooms, and two rooms (a Superior and a Deluxe) have bathtubs.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Each morning, a continental breakfast is laid out in the bar. The simple buffet includes a selection of mini pastries, crepes and bread, jams, honey, granola, fruit salad and fresh juices, plus scrambled eggs, sausages, and mushrooms for warm options.

There's no restaurant onsite, but Saint-Germain-des-Pres is bursting at the seams with Paris' trendiest cafes, lively bars and most authentic bistros. The team will provide you with their top recommendations and will happily book you a table. You must try La Jacobine, a casual and cosy eatery opposite the hotel. It's a popular spot and seating is limited, so you can expect to wait a bit even if you make a reservation, but their famed onion soup is well worth a little patience.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • You're in the heart of the city, so Paris' finest museums, galleries and attractions, like the Louvre, Musée de l'Orangerie, and the Panthéon, are all reachable by foot
  • Admire the Gothic architecture of Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle, only a 5-minute walk from the hotel
  • Stroll to the Jardin du Luxembourg to join locals as they read or snooze in the sunshine
  • Visit the spectacular Palais Garnier opera house, which inspired the Phantom of the Opera; there are guided tours and regular ballet productions
  • Unwind with a massage or a soak in the hot tub in the Wellness Area
  • Go shopping in the tiny bookshops, fashion boutiques, design studios and ateliers of the Saint-Germain-des-Pres district
  • Rent a Velib bike (found all over the city) and explore the streets on two wheels
  • Pick a cafe, take a seat outside, and people-watch in Parisian style

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Cycling
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Theatre

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome at the hotel, and staff are very accommodating. There is a choice of interconnecting rooms, and some suites have sofabeds for extra guests.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

There's a Family Room made up of two connecting Superior Rooms, sleeping up to 5. The Prestige Room can connect with a Classic Room to form a suite for up to 6 people. A pair of Deluxe Rooms on the top floor are accessed through a private door, which is a good choice for families of 4 with older kids who can have their own room. Note that teens will need their own room as they cannot sleep on the sofabeds.

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

  • High chairs
  • Baby bedding
  • Bottle warming
  • Baby bath
  • Kids books and toys

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

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Location

Hotel Saint Andre des Arts is in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, in between St Germain des Prés and Jardin du Luxembourg, on the Left Bank. The closest metro station is Odeon (line 4), about a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

By Air
Charles de Gaulle (north Paris) and Orly (south) airports are the closest.

From the Airport
Both airports are about 30 minutes from the hotel, via RER B and line 4 or line 10 (change at St Michel Notre Dame).

By Train
If you prefer to travel overland, the Eurostar connects from London St Pancras to Gare du Nord in an astonishing 2 hours 15 mins. From Gare du Nord take the metro line 4 to Odeon.

By Car
We wouldn't recommend driving here; parking in Paris is a pain, and public transport is pretty near perfect, so leave the car at home.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Paris-Orly Airport 15.5 km ORY
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 37.2 km CDG

Other:

  • Beach 249.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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