This is one of those lovely Left Bank hotels that’s Parisian to its core. Housed inside a hotel particulier (townhouse) with a courtyard garden, Relais Christine is tucked away on a quiet street in the very heart of the Saint Germain district. Named for Henri IV’s daughter, the boutique hotel has been welcoming guests since 1979, but more recently, it’s announced the completion of a makeover.
In-demand designer Laura Gonzalez was commissioned for the room-by-room renovation which lasted four years and touched all corners of the hotel. Inspired by the history of the site (the ancient College of the Austin Friars Abbey, which no longer exists), Gonzalez also mixed décor and styles from different periods; think 18th century chinoiserie, designer chandeliers, and furniture from vintage markets. The goal was to showcase the finest French craftsmanship.
Each of the 48 guest rooms was individually decorated and feature Carrara marble bathrooms plus fabrics and wallpaper by renowned French brands (Pierre Frey, Hermès, Le Manach and Braquenié). Note that there are suites large enough to accommodate families, and some open onto the garden.
A hotel highlight is the Guerlain Spa, situated in the vaulted cellar that dates from the Middle Ages. This oasis has a completely new look thanks to designer Laura Gonzalez. Think Ananbô panoramic wallpapers, natural woods, and wall-mounted lighting with shades by Dedar for Hermès
A member of Small Luxury Hotels, the Relais Christine is the sister property to Saint James Paris—a chateau in the 16th arrondissement with an excellent restaurant, garden parties, and décor by designer Bambi Sloan.