Discreet, personal, romantic
Permanently closed 3 Rue Christine Paris, France 33-1-40-51-60-80 www.relais-christine.com
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At a Glance
Tucked away on a quiet side street in the bustling sixth arrondissement, the Relais Christine, a gem of a boutique hotel, was renovated in 2017, with brilliantly and boldly reimagined interiors.
- The four Garden Suites with shaded patios and a shared leafy garden
- The wellness space, located in vaulted rooms that date to the 13th century
- The excellent location, in walking distance to the best Left Bank shopping, the Jardin du Luxembourg and the quays of the Seine
- The friendly service that imbues the hotel with a personal, laid-back atmosphere
Relais Christine Review
From the moment you turn into the serene courtyard of the Relais Christine, a boutique hotel tucked on a side street of the sixth arrondissement, you feel like you have been let in on a secret. The bustle of St.-Germain-des-Pres turns into a hush as you cross the cobblestone street and arrive at the foot of the handsome, honey-colored hôtel particulier.
Perhaps it is the hotel’s origins as an Augustine monastery coming to bear, but Relais Christine feels immediately peaceful and intimate—as well as undeniably Parisian. Since the 1980s, the hotel has been owned by the Bertrand family who knows a thing or two about Parisian icons: they also own Angelina and Brasserie Lipp, as well as sister hotel Le Saint James near the Arc de Triomphe.
But when it came to renovating Relais Christine, they brought on the young, up-and-coming designer Laura Gonzalez and gave her carte blanche to transform the classic interiors as long as they remained très français. The resulting mix of fabrics, styles and patterns is bold and confident. The lobby-lounge has been re-conceived in an open floor plan, but with plenty of stylish sitting nooks, including a lovely library, where oversized coffee-table books are stacked on velvet ottomans.
The whole thing is an explosion of color—mustard yellows, sea greens, crimson reds—but broken up with an antiques table here, a curved fauteuil there, it somehow works. Gonzalez worked exclusively with French designers, so for instance if you fall in love with the fantastical patterned wallpapers, you can always visit Pierre Frey up the road.
Of the 48 guest rooms and suites, 30 have been completely renovated. As with many Parisian boutique hotels, entry-level rooms are snug but elegant, done in a more subdued color palette, with touches of gold, grey and rose. It’s worth splurging for one of the larger room categories, however, as some come with a separate sitting room. Romantics will love the duplex suites with a skylight right above the bed. Wallpapers, headboards, light fixtures and even the marble in the bathrooms differs from room to room and none of the layouts are the same, but all come with Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso makers and Fragonard amenities.
Note: The Garden Suites have French doors that open onto a patio complete with loungers, and which overlooks a small garden (the four Suites share the green space).
Francophiles who love the Left Bank and appreciate the setting of a deeply stylish, personal boutique property will love the Relais Christine. And even though you can reach most everything on the Left Bank on foot, the hotel offers bikes (complimentary) or the rental of a Fiat 500 for trips further afield.
Who Should Stay
Stylish couples and travelers who prefer to be based on the Left Bank and who appreciate the setting and style of a smaller boutique hotel (and can forgo amenities like room service at 2am).
Don’t miss making a reservation at Kitchen Ter(re), the third restaurant headed by William Ledeuil, of Ze Kitchen Gallery fame. Also recommended is Le Christine, a charming, modern bistro with an excellent wine list that is literally next door to Relais Christine.
Read Paris Upon Arrival to discover what not to miss in the neighborhood around the hotel.
- Simone Girner
Indagare Plus Amenities
- 85 EUR credit per room per stay to be used on a treatment at the Guerlain spa. Not available on product purchase. Credits of multiple-room bookings cannot be cumulated. Credits are lost if not used during the stay.
- Complimentary Breakfast
- Upgraded Room Category on Availability at Check-In
- Late Check-Out on Availability
- Complimentary WiFi Internet Access