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Hotel Highlights

  • Central but quiet Left Bank location
  • Historic building with charming details
  • Small but stylish rooms

Overview

The compact-but-chic rooms at Hôtel Verneuil in the neighbourhood of Saint-Germain des Prés may be Paris-size (read: très petites) but the updated historic style and cultural-hub Rive Gauche location are pure Parisian perfection.

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A box of chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hôtel Verneuil

Early booking: 10% off Long-stay offer: stay four nights or more and get 5% off

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

26.

Check–out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. If you’re arriving early or leaving late, staff will be happy to store your luggage.

Rates

Double rooms from $194.38 (€158), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates include free local and international calls, and WiFi; and exclude buffet breakfast (€16).

Also

The tiny but traditional lift is not for the claustrophobic… but taking the elegant original staircase gives you a chance to admire the stained-glass windows.

At the hotel

Concierge, free WiFi, free local calls. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, L'Occitane bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For the most space, book into a Deluxe Room. Their historic features (look out for the whitewashed beams crisscrossing the ceiling) combine pleasingly with the bright spots of colour in the top-quality furniture.

Packing tips

You won’t need to pack a book: they’re everywhere here. Their spines to the wall, they act as intriguing decorative flourishes… play literary lucky dip and read whatever anonymous title you end up pulling off the shelf.

Also

This is an historic building, and isn’t wheelchair accessible.

Children

Accepted, but this hotel is aimed at a grown-up crowd.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There's no restaurant on-site, but the breakfast buffet – the baguettes and croissants are from the nearby Dominique Saibron bakery – is served downstairs in the historic building's atmospheric vaulted cellar, with its stone ceiling and backlit book-filled alcoves.

Hotel Bar

The very cool library bar, just off the lobby, is a cosy, art-book-packed place to lounge, with a fully stocked drinks cart.

Room service

Snacks, sandwiches, soups and the like are provided 6pm–midnight by an external local service.

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Dress code

There's no need to dress up for breakfast… but feel free to break out your finery if you want to feel at home with the imperious bust of Marie Antoinette in the lobby.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Saint Germain district’s about as central as it gets in Paris. Hôtel Verneuil is just a short stroll from the Seine’s rive gauche, surrounded by galleries and antique shops, and opposite the graffiti-tribute-adorned former home of Serge Gainsbourg.

One of the must-see attractions, the Musée d’Orsay, is right on your doorstep. Originally a railway station, the museum now presents art from 1848 to 1914, as well as concerts, films and lectures (62, rue de Lille; +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14; www.musee-orsay.fr). La Pagoda cinema is worth a visit even if you don't fancy sticking around to see that night's film: it's a small and uniquely beautiful 19th-century building with particularly lovely painted flowers on its doors (57 Bis Rue de Babylone; +33 (0)1 45 55 48 48). For something rather different, check out the Musée Des Égouts De Paris, a walking tour inside the city's sewers (Face au 93 Quai d'Orsay; +33 (0)1 53 68 27 81).

If you like markets, you're in the right place. The Rue Cler is one of the city's most famous market streets: you'll find specialty food stores, patisseries, butchers, delicatessens, fishmongers, greengrocers, chocolate shops, cafés and more; the market is at its best Tuesday–Saturday 8:30–13:00 or 15:00–19:30. Another option is the Marché Saxe-Breteuil, a fresh food market open Thursdays, from 7am until 2.30pm (Avenue de Saxe; +33 (0) 1 45 11 71 11).

Local restaurants

Renowned as one of the top restaurants in the area (and the world), L'Arpège has an extensive menu but the stand-out dish is the Cévennes onion gratin complete with black truffle (84 Rue de Varenne; +33 (0)1 47 05 09 06; www.alain-passard.com). Another nearby gastronomic hot-spot is Le Chateaubriand (129 Avenue Parmentier; +33 (0)1 43 57 45 95; lechateaubriand.net). Head to the roof terrace at Les Ombres to take snapshots of the Eiffel Tower that will put all your friends' to shame… as well as try delicious new takes on French favourites (27 Quai Branly; +33 (0) 1 47 53 68 00; www.lesombres-restaurant.com). 

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Saint Germain chic

Hôtel Verneuil

8 rue de Verneuil, 75007, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Step from the Seine on the Left Bank, Hôtel Verneuil is tucked away on a picturesque quiet street in the 7th arrondissement, surrounded by galleries and antiques shops.

Planes

Touchdown at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, 37km from the hotel. Flights land daily from destinations around the world, including London Heathrow, Glasgow International and Belfast City.

Trains

Arrive by Eurostar at Paris’ Gare du Nord, 5km away: there are frequent daily services from London’s St Pancras, as well as trains from Brussels, Amsterdam and throughout France.

Automobiles

Paris isn’t a fun place to drive; if you do decide to arrive by car, there’s parking five minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Rosa Rankin-Gee , Parisian script tease

I am going to surprise Mrs Smith. Mrs Smith really hates surprises. These are the sentences wrestling in my mind. Every time I do this, I think it will be fun. Every time it’s about to happen, my face starts to sweat. Sunday is date day, but this Sunday’s going to be different. I force Mrs Smith out of our 20th arrondissement apartment two minutes ahead of me so I can sneak out a fe…
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Hôtel Verneuil

Anonymous review by Rosa Rankin-Gee, Parisian script tease

I am going to surprise Mrs Smith.
Mrs Smith really hates surprises.

These are the sentences wrestling in my mind. Every time I do this, I think it will be fun. Every time it’s about to happen, my face starts to sweat.

Sunday is date day, but this Sunday’s going to be different. I force Mrs Smith out of our 20th arrondissement apartment two minutes ahead of me so I can sneak out a few overnight essentials. Because little does Mrs Smith know – and I wish I could make this sound less sinister – she won’t be coming home tonight.

We métro it to the Champs-Elysées, and walk, arms tangled, past the stately greenhouse of Le Grand Palais and Chinese couples taking elaborate pre-wedding photos on the Pont Alexandre. Then we stop for a quick Martini blanc. I hope that if she’s a little drunk, she will be easier to manipulate.

‘Where next?’ asks Mrs Smith.
‘To the Musée des Beaux-Arts!’ I say breathlessly. (My nerves are soaring. That’s not where we’re going at all, at all. If she hates the surprise, will she hate me?)

It’s at the tip of Rue de Verneuil, a quaint Seine side street, all antiquarian piano shops and appointment-only galleries, that I angle Mrs Smith through the heavy glass door of Hôtel Verneuil. ‘But what are you doing? Where are you taking me?’ Mrs Smith thinks I have gone temporarily mad. ‘Trust me,’ I say. A line that usually has the reverse effect.

We take a seat in the dark, velvety reception and I check in for two nights. All the while, Mrs Smith has nervous giggles. ‘Why?’ she keeps on saying ‘Why?’ She is almost vibrating on her chair. I put my hand on her knee to steady her.

We’re handed a heavy gold key and take the snakeskin-lined lift to the third floor. The lighting is low and rich; we feel like we’re entering a broodier, soft-focus world where anything might happen. And it does. One of the first things Mrs Smith does when she enters the room is jump on the bed. Jump. On. The. Bed. Mrs Smith – a mature and cerebral writer-editor – is jumping on the bed, with her arms in the air, grinning and squealing ‘wheeeeeee’. Wow.

In Paris, the sweetest things come in small packages. Macarons, madeleines, caramelly canelés. The same can be said for Hôtel Verneuil. Don’t expect a Versailles-sized room, but hey, look how badly that ended for Louis XIV. Our room has whitewashed exposed beams and neutral walls, with cash injections of orange and turquoise. To the left of our bed is a Jenga-like stack of old French books with beautiful dip-dyed page ends.

The toiletries are L’Occitane, the sheets are silky, and out of our tall window we have a view of Serge Gainsbourg’s former home. No. 5 (that classic Parisian number) is adorned with a black-and-white airbrush mural of Serge’s jolie laide face as a 20-year-old. I ask Mrs Smith if she is happy. Normally, I’m banned from doing this. She thinks it’s a rude question laden with pressure. But this time, she just slides her arms around me and says ‘yes’.

Hôtel Verneuil sits at the centre of everything Paris is famous for. It’s sandwiched between the Seine and Saint Germain, at the heart of a formidable art-triangle: the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the independent galleries off Rue Bonaparte. You can walk anywhere that’s anywhere, in Eiffel Tower-high heels, and not feel the pinch. That first night, we vogue back from famed art deco bar La Palette in 4.2 minutes. We fold ourselves into thick starched dressing gowns, then into bed, and take photos of our feet for a friend starting – I kid you not – a hotel slipper Tumblr. The street below is dreamily peaceful, and the next morning, riding high on a wave of 10 hours’ sleep, we start the day with Dominique Saibron pastries in the 17th-century vaulted breakfast cellar.

Like I said, Mrs Smith and I live in Paris. Mrs Smith is a true old-timer: six years and counting. But that’s why going for a mini-break on the other side of the river is, well, important. We remember why we live here. It’s like being back on Erasmus, but better. We window-shop – in French it’s lèche-vitrine, to window lick – on the Boulevard, get crêpes to go and eat them leaning against Haussmanian limestone; we sneak copies of the IHT out of the hotel and into the Jardin de Luxembourg, and catch Annie Hall at Le Champo.

It’s a great place to burn through any bucket list. You can lock your love down on the Pont des Arts (though padlocks are old hat, so take a rugged bike chain or, as Mrs Smith suggested, handcuffs), or visit the Maison des Millésimes wine lair, manned on most days by a charming British boy called Daley. He can send you off with anything from a 10 euro Bordeaux to a 1,000 euro-plus Pétrus; and if you fancy bubbles in bed, he can put Billecart-Salmon on ice. There’s the triptych of great restaurants on the rue de Seine (Fish la Boissonerie, Cosi and Semilla); alternatively, you can have a liquid dinner at Paris’s first NY-style cocktail bar Prescription. After that, there’s always Montana’s, a nightbar with a notoriously strict door policy, where we ended up power-dancing until 4am. On, rather shamefully, a Monday.

After all, there was no need to worry about getting home. We tumble back as the birds start to sing, tip imaginary hats to Serge as we go past, and retreat into our sumptuous, Paris-in-a-heartbeat Hôtel Verneuil hideaway.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hôtel Verneuil's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was beautiful. Very Parisian experience. The salon on the ground floor was a great spot to regroup before heading out. I travelled with 2 friends so was able to see some of the rooms. Although mine was very compact, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom had a showerbath. One of the other rooms was larger and had windows out onto the street. The location proved to be very central and easy to explore Paris either on foot or via the metro. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The beautiful decor, comfortable bed, amazing bathroom in such a small space, personal attention and great breakfast.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on My 19-year-old daughter loved it.

We loved

We recieved a well-appointed room with super-comfortable bed. We thought the staff were esquisite. The hotel had a relaxed ambience and was understatedly upscale with a tasty selection of restaurants and food shops. 

Don’t expect

We spent so much time out on the town that we never woke up early enough for the hotel breakfast.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location was incredible and so close to all the galleries, bars/ restaurants and attractions of Paris. The room was quirky and amenities were top notch! The staff were helpful and friendly and breakfast was plentiful with lots of choice.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the lovely décor, very comfortable bed, great location on the Rive Gauche, easy walking distance to major attractions, and very helpful staff.

Don’t expect

The room was tiny, but that's just Paris!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The décor was beautiful, cozy and clean yet charming. Service was unobtrusive but very helpful. It's on a perfect, quiet street but very convenient to everything in Paris.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the shower room – really well designed and with generous products. The bed was also one of the best beds that I have slept in. The location was fantastic

Don’t expect

The lighting was not good, especially in the hallway – I had to use my phone to see the door. The keys are also quite stiff; a key-card system would be better at the hotel.

Rating: 6/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the great location, helpful staff and comfortable rooms.

Rating: 9/10 stars