Esprit Saint Germain

Paris, France

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

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    Left Bank charm, service par excellence

Why we choose Esprit Saint Germain

Exactly what you dream a five-star Parisian boutique looks and feels like

  • Two complimentary open bars with Champagne, wine, soft drinks and coffee
  • Packing and unpacking service
  • Some rooms have original 18th century beams

Esprit Saint Germain is designed to feel like a home—but much better. With an intimate 28 rooms, it’s warm and cozy while still maintaining a decidedly Parisian feel. But the home-like atmosphere is more than décor; it’s an attitude that starts at the door. When you arrive, you’re greeted as if you were a long-lost friend and encouraged to sit by the fireplace with a complimentary drink. It’s a nice change of pace from the anonymous feeling that accompanies most travel.

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We suggest

You’ll need one of the larger rooms if there are two of you, or choose the romantic top suite for a luxurious take on a Parisian garret.

What you need to know about the hotel

Esprit Saint Germain is a smartly decorated hotel with a perfect location and highly personal service

  • The penthouse suite has a sliding door onto a private terrace overlooking the St Sulpice Church and the rooftops of Paris
  • The top-floor fitness center—with a steam room and sauna—can be yours alone for an hour during the day
  • There are two lounges: The Library Lounge is ideal for sipping a drink, and the Fireplace Lounge is a teatime favorite

Esprit Saint Germain was a private home during the 18th century, and the current owner wanted the same warm, “home away from home” ambience for guests. It does indeed ooze with Left Bank charm, yet it also runs like a well-oiled machine.

As one might expect in a boutique hotel, the 28 rooms and suites are small but perfectly outfitted. Luxe touches include leather, rich fabrics and slate bathrooms, while up-to-date technology such as flat screen TVs and iPod/iPhone docks also make inconspicuous appearances. There’s no restaurant onsite, so you can’t head downstairs for a bite to eat, but you’ll enjoy access to a variety of drinks all day (and night).

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We suggest

Ask at the desk for dining recommendations. You’re spoilt for choice in Paris, but a little insider knowledge will steer you away from the tourist traps and into authentic establishments where Parisians choose to eat.

Where is it and what's nearby

Spot on location in the heart of super chic Saint Germain des Prés

  • The hotel’s Jardin du Luxembourg neighborhood hangout, Café de Flore, was second home to Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus and other Bohemian intellectuals
  • Gourmands should head to Fauchon, an exotic world of food with more than 20,000 products from around the globe
  • Paris’ biggest tourist draw is the Eiffel Tower, where you can take the elevator or stairs to an observation deck with unparalleled views

People who like the Left Bank will love Esprit Saint Germain, which is located on a small street in the upscale Saint Germain des Prés area. It’s close to boutiques, fantastic restaurants, les Jardins du Luxembourg and the Church of Saint Sulpice. We recommend hoofing it around the district: It’s a five-minute walk to Notre Dame Cathedral, a 10-minute walk to the Orsay Museum and 15-minute walk from the Louvre.

How to enjoy Paris

From the iron pinnacle of the Eiffel Tower, to the white stone domes of the Sacre Coeur and the multi-colored pipes of the Centre Pompidou, Paris is not short of iconic and instantly recognizable architecture

  • The Louvre is a must, though be warned it is staggeringly huge, you could easily spend a day, a week, mooching through its echoing galleries
  • For art on a more intimate scale, visit the Musée Rodin: the sculptor’s exquisite mansion is home to The Kiss and sits within gorgeous gardens
  • Head out of town to visit the Château de Versailles where the treaty that ended the First World War was signed in the lavish Hall of Mirrors

To feel the essence of Parisian romance, explore the winding, lantern-lit streets of the Marais, and sample the menus of Art Deco bistros and restaurants that twinkle below their Michelin stars. For cobbled alleys and stairways you’ll want to photograph, head to Montmartre. When your feet begin to complain, continue sightseeing from the comfort of a Bateau Mouche and enjoy the river-eye view of Nôtre Dame and Pont Neuf.

To truly indulge in the art and joy of shopping, you really need to step inside the Galeries Lafayette. The wares of this upmarket department store are stunning, but browsing can be tough when your eyes keep being drawn to the fabulous domed atrium and lavish balconies. For prêt-à-porter chic, head to rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, where you’ll find France’s leading fashion labels including Chanel, Hermès and Dior.

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    When to visit Paris

    Visit in July to witness the spectacle of the Tour de France when the city’s most famous street, les Champs-Élysées is transformed into a race track for lycra-clad skinny men. The party atmosphere throughout the city is palpable – the French love their cycling – and the final stage of the greatest cycle race on earth is celebrated by all.

  • You need to know

    There’s no restaurant inside the hotel.

  • We say

    Our favorite Left Bank hotel in Paris—a true gem.

  • A word from the hotel

    Some of our favorite places to eat out in Saint Germain are: Le Chardenoux des Prés, Restaurant Ralph’s, Le Christine, La Méditerranée, Le Vagenende, Casa Bini, Chez Fernand.
    Francesca La Mastra, General Manager


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with Esprit Saint Germain, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Choice of red or white wine in room on arrival with a plate of assorted French cheeses, baguette and crackers
  • Departure gift of Butter cookies from famous bakery Poilane and bottle of mineral water

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A peek at some of our favorite rooms and suites

Penthouse Suite with Private Terrace


Laurence Tafanel

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