Need to know
45, including 10 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. A baby cot (free) for under-2s, can be added to the Superior Rooms upwards, and the Duplex Suite has a single sofa bed for a child to sleep in (free).
Double rooms from $180.95 (€160), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.53 per person per night on check-out.
Continental breakfast is an additional €20 each. (Alternatively, stroll to one of the nearby pâtisseries.)
Following in Juliette Récamier's footsteps, La Belle Juliette delights in supporting up-and-coming artists. In the garden-view rooms, look out for ethereal photos from the PHPA project, inspired by overnight stays at the hotel. The bar has a revolving programme of exhibitions too.
The hotel restaurant is closed every August.
At the hotel
Spa, steam room, lounge, courtyard terrace, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iMac, minibar with free bottled water. Deluxe rooms and above have Nespresso machines.
Our favourite rooms
Spreading out from a grand central staircase, each floor has a distinctive feel, inspired by the ever-present Juliette’s colourful personality. The first floor’s romantic Junior Suite has a dusky-pink complexion and a stately roll-top bath (a perfect setting for a Parisian proposal scene). Decorated in deep royal blue and sea-green, the third floor’s Deluxe Room is peaceful and private, with a more masculine feel. Looking out over the garden, Duplex Garden Suites have Sixties-screen-siren stylings, decorated in blue-and-grey tones, with a mod dressing table and industrial-chic stairs leading to an upstairs bedroom.
Tucked away in the basement spa, the miniature pool has a seductive grotto feel and a powerful artificial current to practise your swimming strokes.
La Belle Juliette's hideaway spa is small but perfectly formed; with a bit of advance warning, you can ask to have the little pool and steam room to yourselves (ask for poolside candles and champagne for a truly indulgent treat). The treatment menu takes its cues from ancient Chinese medicine. Pick your pampering ritual according to which bits need TLC. Sore feet? Have the Peking at Your Feet soak, scrub and massage. Tired paws? Go for Happy Hands. DIY touchy-feely types can also learn the ropes from an expert massage therapist.
Candy-pink beach shorts/bikini for the spa; something dramatic for descending the ornate spiral staircase in style (silk or satin for Mrs; crisp tailoring for Mr). Leave plenty of space in your suitcase – Rue du Cherche-Midi is dotted with discerning boutiques.
The hotel has a sizeable lift and common areas, and some of the upper-tier suites are roomy enough to be wheelchair accessible.
The hotel's not ideal for youngsters, and definitely not for under-12s. There are no interconnecting rooms and extra beds are not available.