If you are just like us, one of the pilgrims that eagerly wants to walk the magical streets of Parisian Left Bank and feel the atmosphere and charms of the historic and bohemian Saint-Germain-des-Prés, then Hotel Montalembert is the excellent place for your stay. Located right in the heart of this iconic quarter, some 800 meters away from the legendary rendezvous points – Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots and the Brasserie Lipp, this five-star property presents a perfect base for exploring all the treasures of Paris. Built in 1926, Hotel Montalembert is the oldest five-star hotel on the Left Bank and one of the rare Parisian hotels that managed to preserve its original spirit, even to these days. This is the hotel where you can experience all the nuances that made Parisian Rive Gauche what it is – the soul of the French capital.
In 2016, Anne Jousse, the owner of this remarkable hotel, decided that it is the right time for, in her own words, “a gentle renovation”. She further explained: “This hotel is ingrained in its neighborhood. It is the hotel of writers and artists. So we wanted to preserve this spirit, particularly for the restaurant whose customers are primarily local regulars.” Anne Jousse called upon interior designers Pascal Allaman and Géraldine Prieur to redesign and enhance the interior spaces. Allaman was responsible for the restaurant, bar, rooms and suites, whilst Prieur transformed the entrance and lobby spaces. Behind Montalembert‘s historical facade, now is hidden a very modern hotel, with 50 bright and luxurious rooms designed primarily with comfort in mind. What differs Montalembert from many hotels with the similar capacities is a perfection in its execution – everything here, from the interior colors to the quality of the materials used is simply a top-notch! The rooms and suites, elegantly wrapped in silk curtains made by Pierre Frey and with amazing woodwork in Ebony, Carrara marble and Bisazza’s mosaics, are luxurious but never ostentatious, which is a rather difficult feat to achieve.
To us, the Hotel Montalembert, despite its prestigious location and adequate five-star rating, never felt like just one of the many Parisian luxury hotels. It felt like a place with a soul, warm and homely. We were delighted with our Champagne Suite that more than met our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed its modern and smart design, the beautiful views over the historic buildings of the incomparable Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Suite with Champagne
Dining experience in Montalembert is also something that we gladly recommend. There are four main categories of dishes: Terre, Mer, Végétal, and Soleil, available in either “dégustation” or “gourmet” size, with monthly change of the whole selection.
The décor of the hotel’s restaurant is elegant and intimate: white Carrara marble is also present here, this time combined with dusky rosewood woodwork and a dark hardwood floors. Whether you decide to dine inside or outside, it is really easy to enjoy in its intimate atmosphere. Its terrace is so beautiful and while enjoying your impeccably made lunch or dinner, enchanted with a view, there is a good chance that you will suddenly feel like a character from Woody Allen‘s instant-classic “Midnight in Paris”.
Indulge yourself in Parisian favorite pastime – people watching from a terrace
Art lovers will appreciate the hotel’s closeness to the Louvre museum, the Rodin Museum and the Musée d’Orsay, while the ones that want to find out more about French history may enjoy the visits to the nearby Les Invalides palace. Left Bank is a home to numerous historical monuments, like the spectacular church of Saint-Sulpice, second largest in the capital of France after the Notre Dame, and the church of former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Right across the river, you will meet the Parisian most popular shopping district, rue Saint-Honoré. The city’s oldest department store, Le Bon Marché is also in a walking distance from the hotel.
Even after the renovation, hotel Montalembert manages to keep the spirit of some bygone era, with its elegant design, posh attitude and overall sense of timeless luxury.
Address: 3 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 45 49 68 68
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