This being our first family holiday in the amazing city of PARIS - the Relais St Germain could not have been a better choice. Its location is absolutely brilliant, right in the heart of the buzz of the Rive Gauche, at an intersection dotted with cafes, bistros, meandering lanes where you would discover the quaintest shops and patisseries (highly recommended - MULOT - just a 3 min walk from the hotel). Bonus - very efficient wi-fi connectivity that helped us keep in touch with the world. Our family of 4 (one adult child, and one teenager) stayed in the Marcel Proust (room #32), and the Ernest Hemmingway (room #22) rooms - amazing decor and lavishly comfortable. We landed in the midst of an unprecedented heat-wave in Paris (over 32 degrees Celsius), and were grateful for the super-efficient air-conditioning! The team at the Relais - at least those we met - is excellent - namely Stana, Philippe, Anna. Plus the super-efficient bistro gentleman who served us breakfast every morning (except our final morning) at the Le Comptoir cafe. The first day we arrived - we had a late lunch there, and met him for the first time. When asked what's good - he said "everything is bad" ... ahhh ... a brilliant introduction to the French sense of humour!
On meals - our first lunch at the Le Comptoir was great - we over-ordered (compared to the modest croque monseiurs that other tables were having) - our order included an onglet of beef, two beef chateubriands, a platter of assorted charcuterie etc!
We went on to a few hits and misses for our meals in Paris over the 4 nights we were there. HIGHLY recommended is the CHEZ L'AMI JEAN at Rue Malar (within 15 mins walking from the Eiffel Tower) - brilliant x 3! The chef there is Stephane Jego, and he used to work with Yves Camdabord of Le Comptoir. If you want something different to the usual bistro fare - go there - novel Basque combinations in a traditional bistro setting!
A major MISS - the Relais L'Entrecote (at Rue St Benoit) - purportedly a 50-year (or more) restaurant that serves only ONE dish - beef entrecote, with what others claim to be an amazing 'secret sauce' - sorry we were extremely DISAPPOINTED. Beef was stringy and powdery, and for the price, we would have fared much better elsewhere.
We have fallen in love with Paris - and are determined to return in the cooler seasons (though unlikely again in the summer as the weather was blistering). Thank you, Relais St Germain!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Paris, between the Sorbonne and Saint Germain des Pres, Relais Saint Germain perpetuates the literary and gourmet tradition of the latin quarter while offering its own complete art de vivre. The Hotel, the bar with its hors d'oeuvre, the brasserie during the day and the gourmet restaurant at dinner dinner time, contribute to a unique and outstanding range of services. Our ambition is to offer our clients personalized rooms in a family(style environment while giving them a taste of our vision of luxury a la francaise. Relais saint Germain is your choice location with is sophisticated and convivial ambiance. Because Paris is a "moveable feast" our rooms are dedicated to the writers who contributed to the legend of the capital : Honore de Balzac, Antoine Blondin, Hemingway, Joyce, Proust, casanova, Francois Sagan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Relais Saint Germain Paris
- Relais St Germain