So many times, I have wandered through the winding streets of the Left Bank in Paris and passed the handsome exterior that houses the Esprit St. Germain. The alluring dark navy facade with romantic gas lamps flanking the large curtained windows intrigued me what was within. I was seduced without having even stepped inside. When it came time for my first mother/daughter trip (read my post here) to Paris, it wasn’t difficult to pick Esprit St. Germain – I just knew it would make a lasting first impression on my daughter.
I was glad I did. Esprit St. Germain just oozes charm inside and out. For me, it is the quintessential chic, intimate Parisian hideaway.
Esprit St. Germain was originally a private residence housed in an 18th century building. After the owners purchased the townhouse and the adjacent building, they opened the hotel in
2004. An extensive renovation took place in 2007 with designer, Didier Benderli, who also worked his magic on the beautiful Pavillon De La Reine in the Marais and Hotel Des Lettres.
As one of the few five star hotels on the left bank, the 28-room Esprit St. Germain has all the right ingredients to qualify as the perfect Parisian boutique hotel. The location could not be beat with all my favorite restaurants, cafes and boutiques within a three-block radius (although stopping inside the many chocolate and macaroon shops along the way made it appear much farther). The fact that the hotel is across the street from the Vanessa Bruno boutique -a favorite haunt – was a bonus. The ambiance: chic and discreet yet low-key unlike some right bank hotels. The decor: stylish but understated – think warm leather, rich fabrics (plus a little faux cheetah print) in muted tones. The service: incredibly friendly and accommodating. The staff addressed us by name immediately upon settling in as if they have known us for years.
Rooms To Get:
The classic rooms are stylish, comfortable and equipped with all the latest gadgets you need but are teeny-tiny even at the superior level so you may have to curb your shopping for lack of space to put your bags. We spent a night in the much more spacious suites and would recommend opting for these accommodations which feature a spacious living room and separate bedroom. Request a street-facing room (the better to see when new Vanessa Bruno merchandise comes in). The top floor rooms have original beams, providing lots of charm. The penthouse suite, with its own private terrace overlooking the rooftops, is worth the splurge if available.
What We Loved:
- The location. Esprit St. Germain is situated in the middle of the quiet side street, Rue. St. Sulpice (off Place St. Sulpice and its church) and centrally located just steps from Jardin du Luxembourg (with its own Angelina cafe), boutiques and restaurants. It is also conveniently equidistant from three metro stations – St. Sulpice, Odeon and Mabillion. I might add that you are in chocolate and macaroon apex here with shops at every twist and turn.
- The staff. A hotel is as good as its management and Esprit’s team outperformed with their personal service. The amiable manager, Francesca La Mastra, was always there with a big smile at breakfast to assist us with suggestions as we mapped out our day and her advice was always spot on.
- We looked forward to the daily delicious pre-game breakfast in the mornings and afternoon tea to rest our weary feet in the Library Lounge. A complimentary bar of snacks (including jellybeans for my daughter) and drinks awaiting us after long days of touring and shopping was much appreciated and made this feel like our home (albeit a really nice Parisian one) away from home.
- Hanging out in either of the two cozy lounges, one with a fireplace to warm up in the colder months.
- The small but well equipped spa, gym and sauna is worth checking out!
- Some of the great cafes, boutiques and restaurants in the hood (check them out here).
Right now, Esprit St. Germain is offering a free complimentary night November through December 26th (some black out dates apply). That plus some added Virtuoso perks through our partner, Classic Travel, below make this too alluring to pass up. What are you waiting for?
Stay 4 nights for the price of 3.
Superior room: Eur 1.290 for 4 nights, double occupancy (save Eur 430)
Stay 5 nights for the price of 4.
Superior room: Eur 1.720 for 5 nights, double occupancy (save Eur 430)
Stay 6 nights for the price of 5.
Superior room: Eur 2.150 for 6 nights, double occupancy (save Eur 430)
With only 28 rooms, Esprit St. Germain books up FAST, especially their coveted suites.
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
– Choice of red or white wine in room on arrival with a plate of assorted French cheeses, baguette and crackers
– Departure gift of Butter cookies from famous bakery Poilane and bottle of mineral water
– Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
Check out availability, specials and rates here.
Images courtesy of Hotel Esprit St. Germain
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Esprit St. Germain
22 rue Saint Sulpice,
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