After our active yet peaceful holiday in the Dordogne, I was looking forward to one more night in Paris before jetting of to America. A couple weeks prior, Gregory serendipitously passed by Hotel Recamier one day on his way to our realtor's office, almost missing it because it was so hidden and blended in with the rest of the apartment buildings.
We are about to buy a gorgeous top floor apartment with a balcony, overlooking St Sulpice. Kitty corner to our apartment is one of the 6th arrondissement's loveliest, most luxurious and secluded four star boutique hotel, Hotel Recamier. If you're looking for a unique, quiet, upscale, romantic vacation, look no further.
Paulo Rodriguez, the assistant manager, took excellent care of us and acted as a superb face for Hotel Recamier. We were truly blown away by his hospitality and attention to detail and his knowledge of myself! He definitely did his research on me and what I do. That made me feel even more welcomed and like family. He placed us in the one of the best rooms - the Club Room - which had unrivaled views of my favorite church, St Sulpice.
A Little History
The decor of Hotel Recamier was inspired by Juliette Recamier, the original French socialite. While I do not like the word socialite because it has lost its true meaning, I don't mind using it in this case. Juliette was an incredibly beautiful, sensual woman who held fashionable salons, welcoming the most highly esteemed political figures, famous artists and literary masters of all time. The Recamier residence resided in a remarkable townhouse on Rue Des Saint Peres. As you step into the hotel, you can immediately feel that Hotel Recamier was inspired by Recamier's elegance and vision she held for her residences. I must also comment that there is a lovely woodsy and floral scent that lingers in the hotel. :)
Check In /The Room Our whole experience at The Recamier from start to finish was glorious, made all the more joyous by the superb reception and subsequent CRM tended us by the magnificent assistant manager, Paulo. The room was lovely, spacious, beautifully appointed, and peaceful. Gregory enjoyed the bed so much he refused to get up and join me for the fabulous breakfast! The dark chocolate bar and personalized note was a lovely 'welcome home' touch.
The tub was HUGE and worked perfectly for Gregory. I appreciated the thick, soft towels given I have very thick hair. The robes were good too, though I do wish they weren't always one size fits all. I guess that's one of the key differences between a 4 and 5 star hotels right? I drown in these huge robes ;)
Please enjoy the hotel tour below :)
The only con I can think of regarding the room was the lighting. Getting them to properly work in the room was slightly tricky, given Gregory ran into the bathroom door at night, ha!
Breakfast was beautiful and a feast for the eyes. Fernando of Sri Lanka was such a lovely presence to have around. I love getting to know everyone in a hotel and their origins, always intrigued by the diversity that makes up the hotel staff.
Amenities Unique amenities available at this truly special hotel include daily complimentary afternoon tea complete with cookies and cakes in the attractive and cozy lounge bar, and the option to have a state-of-the-art rowing machine delivered to your room.
Room Service (featuring small cold/hot dishes only) - Being in the heart of Paris, there is an abundance of restaurants outside your front door!
Bar/Lounge (open from 11 am to 10:45 pm)
Laundry/Dry Cleaning service - I recommend just using your local laundrette.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go If you're looking for ultra privacy and a romantic getaway, I couldn't recommend Hotel Recamier enough. Please tell them I sent you. With only 24 rooms, you will feel extra cozy (without feeling intrusion) and part of the hotel family. It really is a tucked away gem in the heart of the 6th arrondissement. If you're in the area, I recommend you dine at Le Bon Saint Pourçain. Luxury Bistro dining at its finest. T