Paris, France

La Belle Juliette

Rates per night from$179.18

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR152.73), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

La vie en rose

Setting

Central Saint-Germain

As lovely as Ladurée macaroons – and similarly coloured – La Belle Juliette hotel on Paris’ Left Bank leaves a sweet taste in your mouth. Soft pink decor, violet-hued paints and humbug-striped sofas adorn its salons and boudoir rooms, but for a taste of its socialite namesake’s penchant for the avant-garde, book into the new garden wing, a haven in bright colours and striking contemporary lines. French languor is the attitude here, with a bijou spa to soak and steam in, and a well-stocked champagne bar.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

45, including 10 suites.

Check–Out

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).

Rates

Double rooms from $179.18 (€153), 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.

More details

Continental breakfast is an additional €20 each. (Alternatively, stroll to one of the nearby pâtisseries.)

Also

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.

Please note

The spa pool will be closed for refurbishment works from 23 to 28 July 2018, inclusive; during this time the steam room will remain open and treatments will be available.

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.

Poolside

Tucked away in the basement spa, the miniature pool has a seductive grotto feel and a powerful artificial current to practise your swimming strokes.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

The hotel has a sizeable lift and common areas, and some of the upper-tier suites are roomy enough to be wheelchair accessible.

Children

The hotel's not ideal for youngsters, and definitely not for under-12s. There are no interconnecting rooms and extra beds are not available.

Food and Drink

Photos La Belle Juliette food and drink

Top Table

We like the cosy spot by the open fire: order chocolat chaud and snuggle up.

Dress Code

Dip into the hotel’s pretty palette of pinks, parma violet, purple and blue. Nothing’s too frivolous here – model gold lace, berry-bright velvets and a witty little hat.

Hotel restaurant

Le Clos Belle Juliette offers chic Mediterranean-style small plates, including tomato-and-mozzarella-topped crostini and platters of aged San Daniele ham, bresaola and assorted fine cheeses, alongside light, seasonal pastas and risottos – expertly prepared by globetrotting chef Flora Mikula and her team. Wash these down with cocktails and very good French and Italian wines. Breakfasts, served in the hotel's flashy salons, are true to their French roots: Le Boulanger de Monge bread, La Ferme d’Alexandre cheeses from Normandy, all-butter croissants and rich jams from Burgundy.

Hotel bar

Pull up a cherry-red barstool or sink into the hot-pink sofas in the hotel's cosy drinking quarters; bottles of fine champagne and a gold-edged bar add an air of decadence. The cocktail list is short but sippable, with a superb selection of herbal-tea-shaken concoctions, including a caipirinha with spiced rooibos. Equally enigmatic – and vividly hued – is the rococo Salon des Voyageurs, where guests can help themselves to a tipple from the honesty bar, stocked with beers, spirits and soft drinks. Next door, the Salon de la Musique has a piano and a collection of literary classics, should you wish to stage your own impromptu gathering. Take a glass of wine or champagne up to your room to savour with a long soak in the tub – it's what Juliette would have wanted.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 11am. Small plates are available whenever you feel peckish.

Room service

Have small plates (caesar salads, soups and plates of charcuterie, smoked salmon or cheeses) brought to your room round the clock (for a €5 tray charge).

Location

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Address
La Belle Juliette
92, rue du Cherche Midi
Paris
75006
France

Planes

A 20-minute drive away, Paris Orly is the closest airport, with good domestic links to most of France. UK and international flights land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, a 30-minute drive away. 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. Air France runs regular airport shuttle buses to the nearby Montparnasse station, a 10-minute walk away.

Trains

Montparnasse station, a 10-minute walk away, has connections to cities such as Bordeaux, Toulouse and Rennes (www.uk.voyages-sncf.com). The Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord is about 20 minutes away by car, or 25 minutes away on the metro. The hotel is well placed on the metro network, with stops on lines 4, 6, 10, 12 and 13 all within walking distance.

Automobiles

Paris is not a fun city to drive in. If you do decide to brave the traffic, the hotel can point you to parking spots close by.

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.

Worth getting out of bed for

Tucked away in the 6ème arrondissement just a stone's throw from Rue de Rennes' high-street shops, La Belle Juliette makes an enviable base from which to live out your Left Bank fantasies. Spend some time relaxing in the hammam and swimming pool, and of course, stretched out on the massage bed in one of the treatment rooms. Brush up on French history with a walk to Notre Dame and the Abbey of Saint-Germain des Prés on Rue Bonaparte. Stroll up and down the hotel’s own street, Rue du Cherche-Midi, exploring the boutiques and bistros. Leave your diet at the door and venture out to Pierre Hermé’s first pastry boutique; savour passionfruit macarons and light-as-air millefeuilles by Saint Sulpice's gloriously over-the-top fountain. Cross the Jardin du Luxembourg's serene, palm-fringed parterres for a night at the Théâtre de l'Odéon. Nearby, Le Bon Marché's three scintillating floors are a shopper's delight, sure to relieve any Parisian existentialist malaise you might pick up on the way.

Local restaurants

Les Garçons (+33 (0)1 45 49 08 59), a five-minute walk from the hotel at number 79, has blackboard menus, a lively crowd of loyal diners, and a chef that waits on tables. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Saint-Germain (+33 (0)1 42 22 56 565) on Rue de Montalembert is known for its elegance, both in terms of decor and cuisine. Follow in the footsteps of Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernest Hemingway, and visit the famous Les Deux Magots (+33 (0)1 45 48 55 25) at 6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Order omelettes and café au lait, or apéritifs and nibbles. Poets and artists have always loved La Closerie des Lilas (+33 (0)1 40 51 34 50) at 171 boulevard du Montparnasse. Lenin used to play chess with Paul Fort on the terrace.

Local cafés

Pause at left-bank institution Brasserie Lipp (+33 (0)1 45 48 53 91) on Boulevard Saint-Germain for a quick crème, cognac or sole meunière (take a box of matches home with you as a souvenir.) Café de Flore (+33 (0)1 45 48 55 26) at 172 boulevard Saint-Germain has a cocktail buffet involving champagne and petits fours. That alone is enough to get us there, but there’s also the lure of French snacks (onion soup, croque-monsieur, oeufs in various guises) and lipstick-red leather booths.

Local bars

Low-lit and lined in trompe-l'œil bookshelves and brick walls, the Prescription Cocktail Club on rue Mazarine has a sophisticated speakeasy feel. The drinks list is a serious read, but if you want to offload the burden of choice, give the bartender your preferred spirit and they'll dream something up. The intimate, shabby chic Castor Club on Rue Hautefeuille is similarly secretive. 

Reviews

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Carli Ratcliff

Anonymous review

I've always thought it unfair that the French have a reputation for being unfriendly to tourists. Thankfully the characters behind La Belle Juliette hotel could double as ambassadors for France’s tourist board. Nowhere have we experienced service like this: from the €2,000-a-night digs overlooking the Eiffel Tower to quaint country inns with Michelin-starred chefs in the basement.

Nothing is a problem for beautiful Juliette’s staff. Every request, however large or trivial, is greeted with a smile and a ‘pas de problème’ attitude. From the teeny: ‘A taxi, madame?’ – which elicits a clean car with a charming driver who’s been fully briefed on our destination and the fee negotiated, to the big: the all-important late check-out. No unspeakably snide glances or terse replies or exorbitant quotes in exchange for the trouble. Here, as we discover, such an appeal is met with good grace and a cup of tea in the garden.

The ability of the staff to maintain such joie de vivre is especially surprising considering that we are staying during Paris Fashion Week when the drama, urgency and bizarre nature of requests are at their peak. Polar bear needed for a photoshoot? The concierge phones Deyrolle, a taxidermy store on nearby Rue du Bac, to beg a full-size white-fur stuffed beast for the afternoon.

Named after an 18th-century socialite, the hotel is delightfully feminine, befitting of its muse, Juliet Récamier (yes, we have her to thank for the récamier sofa), born 4 December 1777. A voluptuous bohemian socialite, she nabbed herself a wealthy husband at just 15 (some say he was her father). Known for her artistic soirées, the Saint Germain des Pres hotel also hosts its own monthly musical gathering in her honour.

The hotel’s decor is dictated by Juliette’s loves and friendships, with each floor dedicated to a different chapter in her life. Designed by Anne Gelbard (who also creates fabrics for Dior, Balenciaga and Hermès), the lavender tones chosen for the lobby prove a welcome reprieve from Paris’ bustle. Little wonder the hotel is popular with radar-ducking editors and designers. Located on the Left Bank, on a quiet street of the bustling 6th arrondissement, the building is discreetly squeezed between foreign embassies and antique shops. This is the Rive Gauche of your imagination, a world away from the heaving boulevards of sweaty tourists stamping their way up St Germain.

There may be no views, and you could almost be anywhere, but with that anonymity comes serenity. As lovely as a selection box of Ladurée macaroons, rooms are styled with sugar-sweet shades – strawberry and raspberry, cherry-red and violet; and deeper darts of blackcurrant, chocolate and liquorice. And the pretty cake stands aren’t just ornamental – afternoon tea is a daily ritual. Pastries are supplied by the biodynamic bakers of Boulanger de Monge and at breakfast they are accompanied by a pot of Tea Forté tea – parfait. When a bowl of exemplary muesli is placed in front of us, Mr Smith and I gasp. We haven’t seen a wholegrain for over a week, and the notion that anyone would choose bird feed over a basket of wonderfully bittersweet pains au chocolat and buttery croissants leaves us positively perplexed.

By night, this pastry parlour morphs into the hotel’s bar, Le Talma. A grand piano is tucked into one corner, a mean looking salumi slicer in another. Despite being located near some of Paris’ best suppliers of heart-stopping artisanal charcuterie and cheeses, it’s a wonder the hotel chooses to serve snacks with an Italian provenance. Regardless of this swerve from nationalism, the room feels utterly French. Bookshelves line the walls, the piano is put to good use with concerts, which enhances the salon feel, and the small fireplace insures it is cosy in winter.

Our autumn visit sees the sun out and the doors flung open onto a small, gravelly garden. Afternoons appear to be frequented by Left Bank ladies for a spot of tea; at cocktail hour in flock well-heeled chain-smoking Brazilian business people, and British fashion editors poring over the next day’s show schedule. The passing parade means Mr Smith and I can indulge in Paris’ favourite past time, people-watching, with a glass of wine in hand and a salumi plate to pick at.

When we eventually stumble upstairs the elevator door opens to a black void. Mr Smith is falling all over me; it is not the Vouvray, or the aphrodisiac effect of the most romantic city in the world: it is the fact that there is no light. We eventually grope our way to the hushed lilac tones of our boudoir where a well-sized bathroom is illuminated by long windows that let in the City of Light’s golden glow.

A Nespresso machine, quickly becoming ubiquitous in boutique hotels the world over, earns snaps from Mr Smith who is so far struggling with the Parisian coffee. (Australians are notoriously particular about their blends and brews, even in France.) A 24-inch iMac, standard in every room, is another beloved amenity, and it makes researching dinner spots and museum opening hours the most pleasant chore.

While la Belle Juliette may not have an award-winning chef in the basement, there is a spa offering massages and a small subterranean pool. After investigating the local bistros, salons de thé and Poilâne, the revered bakery, I treat myself to a Claret Coquet foot therapy. I deserve my Parisian pampering: my hooves have copped a pounding from Mr Smith’s insistence we walk everywhere, and having had so many gastronomic temptations to investigate. Besides, we needed to clock up some serious kilometres a day just trying to counter all those calories. On that note, Mr Smith, do order us another cup of la Belle Juliette’s special hot chocolate with some of their financier cakes would you?

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 La Belle Juliette’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Front desk staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is lovely and the location is great. We loved our room and the steam room in the spa was a welcome treat after long days of walking. We definitely recommend this hotel.

Don’t expect

Bartenders at the outside bar were very slow. We sat there for 20 minutes – the bar was not busy – and finally left as we had to get to dinner.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Apr 2018

We loved

The well-appointed rooms and stylish interiors. The hotel is on a street packed full of wonderful cafes and restaurants.

Don’t expect

Great service in the hotel bar. Staff were inattentive and it lacked ambience and killer cocktails.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Feb 2018

We loved

The hotel was really charming and inviting. The decor was lovely, the rooms were updated, and everything was clean. The hotel is in a wonderful area, but it is very quiet at night, not ideal for younger people looking to go out. Close enough to the metro, and Rue du Cherche-Midi is lovely...tons of boutique shops, but definitely quiet in the evenings. Great shopping though and very safe.

Don’t expect

Lively night life.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Dec 2017

We loved

The area in Paris and the staff were so helpful and pleasant. The rooms are clean and the bathrooms are well appointed. The jets in the whirl pool are really strong and relaxed our weary bodies after a long and busy day in Paris.

Don’t expect

A bustling, large, chain-type hotel.

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Stayed on 15 Nov 2017

We loved

The beauty and size of the room and service from the staff.

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Stayed on 23 Sep 2017

We loved

The room and the general ambience of the hotel – very chilled and exceptionally friendly, not something Parisian hoteliers are famed for.

Don’t expect

Parking can be difficult. It's possible to park in the street, but very busy. Otherwise there are a few covered car parks nearby.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Sep 2017

We loved

The hotel was in a peaceful location in a good area. Nomrod café on the corner is good for a cheese board and Chablis. La Coupole is a legendary and excellent classic Parisian brasserie. Head to Rue de Buci for a choice of great places to lunch at, and a wonderful ambience

Don’t expect

The hotel to offer much in August – the bar was not open, the swimming pool was closed and it was very dead.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Aug 2017

We loved

Location in lovely upmarket part of Paris. Huge rolltop bath with a window looking out over the street. Great little spa and pool downstairs.

Don’t expect

No breakfast included, although plenty of nice boulangeries not far away. Room isn't huge in classic Paris style.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Jul 2017

We loved

The comfortable bed, having two bathrooms and a garden area for drinks, and being close to great shopping but still quiet. There are loads of good brasseries in walking distance and a superb farmers market on Sunday.

Don’t expect

Great food. Eat out!

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Stayed on 14 Jul 2017

We loved

The terraced garden, the resturant, the service, the room and the location. 

Don’t expect

A gym or a modern feel.

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Stayed on 29 Jun 2017

We loved

The location – close to VI and VII arrondissements, easy for buses, quiet street but lots of local restaurants.

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Stayed on 26 Jun 2017

We loved

The bedroom was beautiful. Perfect size for two. The hotel was a beautiful boutique. Very quiet and peaceful. The spa was perfect and lovely to visit after all the sightseeing we did in Paris. The staff could not have been more helpful, so friendly and any questions we had it was never any bother. They made the stay even more enjoyable because they were so pleasant. Thank you we would definitely come back again!

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2017

We loved

The rooms, the decor, breakfast in the garden room.

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Stayed on 17 Apr 2017

We loved

Location, staff, free wifi, breakfast. Go to Nakatani restaurant, a one star Michelin restaurant 5 minutes walk from the Hotel.

Don’t expect

Large rooms.

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Stayed on 4 Jan 2017

We loved

Small, lovely rooms; attentive staff. Definitely stop by Le Bon Marché just behind the hotel.

Don’t expect

Doors are being "slammed", there are no stopper for them so a bit noisy in the morning.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Nov 2016

We loved

The posh location, attentive staff and the risotto! Great shopping and cafes in the area. Enjoyed Lancetta and wished we had time to visit Trauma, a well reviewed restaurant across the street.

Don’t expect

To hear street noise outside your window. NEW windows were a pleasant surprise, we slept late everyday!

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Stayed on 20 Oct 2016

We loved

The hotel, the location, the concierge. The hotel made terrific dinner reservations, exactly what we asked for. They know the area and were so accommodating, friendly and welcoming.

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Stayed on 14 Oct 2016

We loved

The polite and extremely accommodating staff, the facilities in the hotel and the location. Go to Café Trama, Candelaria, and Nayaga Sushi.

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Stayed on 1 Oct 2016

We loved

The hotel was beautiful, the staff were very helpful and the location was great. Luxembourg Gardens are beautiful and easy enough to walk up to the river and cross for the Louvre and Notre Dame. We didn't actually use the Metro during our stay. Great Arrondissement ...will definitely return!

Don’t expect

Must learn to make a Mojito ...hahaha! I'm sure the baR staff can usually!! It was replaced promptly so no worries there!

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jul 2016

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