This pre-Christmas visit was our second two night stay at this hotel in three years. Previously we had a ground floor room facing the pretty courtyard, but found it gloomy, so this visit asked for a third floor suite. This gave more light and an extensive rooftop view. The suite was over two floors,with stairs leading from the lounge and bathroom to the upper bedroom, a sort of mezzanine arrangement, so unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems. The queen-size bed was extremely comfortable, but the limited choice of TV viewing might stop us from making a third visit.
The staff were obliging, smart, competent and had an excellent command of English. The courtyard approach to the hotel was impressive, with a magical display of white Christmas lights. The foyer and lounge were warm and spacious with comfortable chairs, a chess set, a bowl of fruit and an honesty bar; a lovely gesture in this day and age. Returning from our long day of shopping in the early evening, we requested a massage and, although the spa staff had gone home, a masseuse returned to the hotel and gave my daughter a sports massage she thought the best she'd ever had. Meanwhile I sought out the sauna, but it was broken, so I soaked in their jacuzzi instead. The changing room was clean and warm. We had a continental breakfast in the hotel's spooky crypt the first morning, but went out for breakfast the second morning. This is quite a gentle hotel with an air of tranquility in the middle of bustling Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Relais Christine, built on the foundations of a 13th-century abbey, is your Left Bank peaceful haven. Behind the gate is a cosy world and an ambiance of fine antiques. The 48 guest rooms and suites, all individually decorated, are stylish comfortable, some of them with a private terrace on the garden. Enjoy a peaceful haven in the garden or unwind after a day of sightseeing in the hotel's spa with exclusive treatments. Bicycles are available for guests to use free of charge, as well as a convertible Fiat 500 for a small extra fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Christine Hotel Paris
- Relais Christine Paris