- Style Classic Parisian elegance
- Setting Stylish St Germain des Prés
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 56, including four suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $328.95 (€242), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast at €25 each.
- Facilities Book and DVD library, WiFi, beauty treatments on request, laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod and docking station, minibar with free bottled water, air-conditioning, Molton Brown toiletries, coffee machines (in suites).
- Poolside There is no pool at Montalembert.
- Check–out Midday, though a later check-out can be arranged subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Kids are very welcome at the hotel, and cots, extra beds and babysitting services (€30 an hour, plus €25 taxi fee) are all available. Le Restaurant has a dedicated children’s menu.
- Also Dogs are welcome at the hotel, and no one has a problem with you smoking in your room – this is Paris, after all…
In the know
- 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 Montalembert proudly recycles everything it can.
Food and drink at Montalembert
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 midday and 10.30pm. After that, only drinks and lighter bites are available.
- 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.