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Hotel Highlights

  • Buzzing restaurant and bar
  • A home-away-from-home feel
  • Eat at adjacent Joël Robuchon and Pierre Gagnaire

Overview

With its semi-hidden reception, art-filled rooms and open feel, the elegant Montalembert in Paris feels more like a private apartment building than a boutique hotel. Close to all the best Rive Gauche action, and some superb restaurants, it is ideally placed for a break in this most alluring of cities.

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Here's what you get for booking Montalembert with us:

A bottle of champagne in your room on arrival

Special offers

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

56, including four suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $269.33 (€200), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude the Continental à la carte breakfast (€25 each).

Also

Watch out for lively discussions and literary cocktails in June, when Montalembert hosts the Prix de la Romancière, a prize awarded to first-time female novelists.

At the hotel

Book and DVD library, WiFi, beauty treatments on request, laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod and dock, minibar with free bottled water, air-conditioning, L'Occitane toiletries, coffee machines (in suites).

Our favourite rooms

We adore the eighth-floor suites not just their photographer-friendly views of the Eiffel Tower, but for their wonderful, apartment-like feel. You’ll want to take the super-comfortable Christian Liaigre sofabed home with you. The Contemporary and Classic rooms, though of bijou Parisian proportions, are beautifully decorated. All come with huge windows for surreptitious people-gazing.

Packing tips

Bring your loosest skirts or trousers – with L'Atelier du Joël Rubuchon and Pierre Gagnaire's Gaya right next door, you’re going to want to seriously indulge.

Also

In-room massages are available with a day's notice in Deluxe Rooms and above. No one has a problem with you smoking in your room – this is Paris, after all…

Children

Children are very welcome at the hotel; free cots, extra beds (€80 for over-12s) and babysitting services (€30 an hour, plus €25 taxi fee) are all available. Le Restaurant has a dedicated children’s menu.

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Pet‐friendly

Small and well-behaved dogs are welcome, and will find a cosy dog basket, plate and bottle of dog shampoo waiting for them at Montalembert. The chef can prepare dog food on request, and dog-sitting and walking services can be organised.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Le Restaurant is where chef David Maroleau serves up wonderful Modern European cuisine – deep-fried eggs with a Parmesan emulsion, honey-glazed pork rib with purple chicory – to a chic crowd. The neutral decor of oak panels, cream walls and flooring allows the food to rightly take centre-stage.

Hotel Bar

The cosy bar buzzes between 6pm and 9pm most nights of the week, and is a relaxing place for a drink at any other time.

Last orders

The restaurant closes at 10.30pm, though you can carry on drinking in the bar till at least 1am.

Room service

Guests can order from a full menu between 12 noon and 10.30pm. After that, only drinks and lighter bites are available.

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Dress code

Think elegant and dark.

Top table

If it’s a sunny day or warm evening, ask for a table out on the terrace.

Local Guide

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Montalembert hotel – Paris – France
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Louvre (+33 (0)1 40 20 51 77), with its world-famous art collection, is a hop and a skip across the river; the Musée d'Orsay (62 rue de Lille; +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14), which contains many of the Impressionists’ great works, is equally close. Don't miss a chance to visit Deyrolle (+33 (0)1 42 22 30 07), a legendary shop just across the road specialising in rare and collectable taxidermy.

Local restaurants

Right next door to the hotel, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon (5-7 rue de Montalembert; +33 (0)1 42 22 56 56) is an elegant must-visit for culinary connoisseurs. Just a couple of minute’s walk away, Gaya Rive Gauche (44 rue Bac; +33 (0)1 45 44 73 73) is where superchef Pierre Gagnaire serves up delicious seafood at affordable prices.

Local cafés

The classic art deco interior of Café de Flore (172 Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés; +33 (0)1 45 48 55 26), which hosted most of the French intellectuals during the post-war years, has changed little since World War II. It’s still a great spot for a meal. Its rival Les Deux Magots (6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés; +33 (0)1 45 48 55 25) has an even more enviable literary heritage. Famous boutique teahouse Ladurée (21 rue Bonaparte; +33 (0)1 44 07 64 87) is renowned for its flavoured macaroon, but nearby choux-pastry upstart La Pâtisserie des Rêves (93 rue du Bac; +33 (0)1 42 84 00 82) have our hearts a-flutter with beautiful éclairs and Paris-Brests.

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Stylish St Germain des Prés

Montalembert

3 rue de Montalembert, 75007, Paris, France

A short walk from the shops and cafés of St Germain, Montalembert sits pretty between the bustling 6th arrondissement and the leafy residential streets of the 7th.

Planes

Montalembert is half an hour from both Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports. A taxi from Charles de Gaulle international airport to the centre costs about €50; buses and trains run regularly into town at a fraction of the cost. Both airports have links to line B of the RER (from Orly, take the shuttle bus to Antony); get off Cluny la Sorbonne, where you can change to metro line 10 to reach Mabillon, a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Trains

The Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord is a 15-minute taxi ride from the hotel. Using the metro, it’s a short hop on line 4 from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 10 minutes’ walk from Montalambert. Rue du Bac on line 12 is 200m away.

Automobiles

Montalembert is close to Boulevard Raspail and the Musée d’Orsay. There is a public car park at the street entrance that costs €35 a day.

Other

With separated bike lanes and quiet back streets, the Left Bank can be a pleasure to explore on two wheels. Hire a self-service bike from a Vélib station; there are several near the hotel. You'll need a credit card to leave the €150 deposit required.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Well, I can’t say that our weekend at the stylish Montalembert boutique hotel in Paris got off to a particularly brilliant start, with Mr Smith and I heading to St Pancras on separate Victoria Line tubes. We’re booked onto the last Eurostar into the French capital on the Friday evening and I am NOT risking missing out on a night at our chosen hotel. We both make it (me in plenty of …
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Montalembert

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Well, I can’t say that our weekend at the stylish Montalembert boutique hotel in Paris got off to a particularly brilliant start, with Mr Smith and I heading to St Pancras on separate Victoria Line tubes. We’re booked onto the last Eurostar into the French capital on the Friday evening and I am NOT risking missing out on a night at our chosen hotel.

We both make it (me in plenty of time, him by the skin of his teeth) and soon we’re pulling into Gare du Nord. Then it’s just a short hop on the Métro to St Germain and Montalembert, our home for the weekend. While I know Paris well, this is the first time we’ve stayed on the Left Bank and I’m really looking forward to exploring all that this quartier has to offer.

Montalembert, it transpires, is going to be the perfect base for doing exactly that. Everything about the hotel is refined and chic (personally, just the note I was looking to strike) in varying shades of grey. Even the so-tiny-it’s-barely-visible-on-a-map street doesn’t have room for any riff-raff. The hotel’s neighbour is destination concept restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and there’s really not much room for anyone else.

Despite the fact it’s past midnight when we check in, the high-ceilinged lobby is still buzzy and brightly lit (the restaurant and bar adjoin it in an open plan layout). We receive a warm and efficient welcome before shooting up to our room in one of those typically Parisian cage lifts, dropping off our bags and then immediately back out again in search of a nightcap. We settle for ‘nearest’ – the Café St Germain just round the corner on the rue du Bac – but spot several places on the nearby rue Jacob, which look like contenders for a suitably chic Rive Gauche drink. Mr Smith just needs to work on his detached air of existentialist angst first…

After a wonderful night’s sleep, we enjoy breakfast in bed at a very respectable 10.30am, and start to properly take stock of our surroundings. We booked a deluxe double, which gave us the choice of two styles of decor – contemporary (does what it says on the tin) or classic (a mixture of Louis-Philippe antiques and modern finishes). We felt the latter sounded more interesting, and are now feeling very pleased with our choice. As with most Parisian hotels, the dimensions are best described as ‘bijou’, but our room is undeniably stylish. The greys and taupes of the public spaces are continued seamlessly into the rooms, and are juxtaposed with the gorgeous antique polished-walnut bed and matching armoire, as well as the acres of crisp white linens that we are now rather un-chicly dropping croissant crumbs into. We’re up on the fifth floor, and our double window opens out onto a tiny Juliet balcony from which we can see the Eiffel Tower. The bathroom is also small but perfectly formed, although clever angles and sparkly surfaces distract you from its size – the zinc basin, mirrored walls and shiny marble really up the glamour factor.

By the time we tear ourselves away from our stylish cocoon there’s not an awful lot of the day left, but whilst Montalembert is smack bang in the heart of Left Bank antiques-ville, it’s also only a two minute walk to the Seine and straight across to the Louvre (if you’re culturally-minded) or the rue Saint-Honoré (if you’re after more commercial pursuits). We head for lifestyle emporium Colette, where we (almost literally) bump into Snoop Dogg, who is coming through the doors at the very same minute we go in – the backs of our heads definitely starred in more than one pap shot, and we wonder if this is the extent of our ‘15 minutes’.

Heading back to St Germain, Mr Smith is beside himself to find our route takes us via macaroon mecca Ladurée on the chic rue Jacob, and we stop for a tea in the stylish café opposite. Then it’s back to the hotel to chill out before dinner.

Our table in Le Restaurant is booked for 9pm, and we wander downstairs from our chambre into the compact but beautifully appointed dining room. Although it’s not particularly early, our fellow diners include several French families complete with cherubic, perfectly turned out enfants who behave impeccably throughout – Mr Smith and I wonder how we can ensure any future children of ours will behave anywhere near as well.

Though I had been slightly concerned that my veggie Mr Smith might not find the whole eating experience as enjoyable as I knew I would, I needn’t have worried. The menu turns out to be just as appealing for carnivores and carrot-lovers alike. As the dining room fills up with chic local couples, we enjoy chef David Maroleau’s refreshing take on Modern French cuisine, made with the highest-quality fresh ingredients, and wash it all down with a delicious bottle of Provençal rosé, as recommended by the charming maître d’. So, the food, the wine and the friendly service all get dix points from us, and we savour the fact that our stylish sleeping quarters are only floors above our heads – no inclement weather, no searching for a black cab – bliss.

Checking out the next morning, I can see why this hotel is a staunch favourite with fashion editors. It’s the hotel equivalent of an Armani suit; beautifully cut, not showy, but unapologetically classy – a work of art that also serves a practical purpose, We leave promising to return in the summer, when the outdoor terrace is the place to see and be seen. And, with that, we hop back on the Eurostar to St Pancras, on much friendlier terms by now. We even manage to get on the same tube home.

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 Montalembert's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel is in a great location: with the perfect use of space, friendly staff, and very comfortable beds. It was perfect for me!

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This was a great location for major sights, restaurants and bars.

Don’t expect

We found that the junior suite was quite cramped - payoff for location though. We were disappointed that the free 'bottle of champagne' was actually a half bottle.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the fantastic, attentive service. It's a great location.

Don’t expect

The rooms could be larger and brighter.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the hotel's position in St Germain.

Don’t expect

Reception was often staffed by only one person, and the air-conditioning wasn't very efficient.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the warm welcome, the elegant interiors, the discreet but exemplary service and the marvellous location.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We've been visiting the Montalembert for 10 years now. We love the location as it is perfectly placed for wandering around St Germain or walking across the river to the Louvre and beyond. We stay here when we visit Paris Photo at the Grand Palais which is a 20-minute stroll along the river. The hotel is perfectly placed for a visit to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon – expensive but fabulous food. Being on the Left Bank the rooms are not large but they are well laid out with comfortable beds. The bathrooms are small but well equipped. The service is generally excellent, the staff are very well trained, discreet and always willing to help. The breakfast is very good. We've not eaten in the hotel at lunch or dinner but the restaurant is always busy which must reflect the quality of the food. It seems to be a great place to meet for a business breakfast. The design has stood the test of time and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Fabulous hotel – staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Our room was small, but beautifully furnished and was very quiet. Wonderful stay at the Montalmbert!

Don’t expect

The shower tended to wet the whole bathroom; we tried to prevent this, but it seemed unavoidable!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly staff, rooms (typically bijou but nicely done), and the extensive Occitane toiletries replenished daily. They were happy to provide ashtray for smoker! It was an easy lovely walk to great shops and the Musée d'Orsay. A lovely neighbourhood.

Don’t expect

The very small bathroom had a shower that's not the most powerful in world, but clever use of mirrors and lighting made it feel more spacious (Deluxe Room).

Rating: 8/10 stars