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Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux
Ranked #17 of 1,803 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 February 2013

I have been saving this review for a while as I had a hard time composing words to describe my stay. Let's begin by saying, isn't it every girl's dream to stay in a castle/chateau? Well, this is exactly what my boyfriend did. He found the only chateau in the middle of Paris for us to stay. I was exceptionally happy when he surprised me as we arrived in Paris and pulled up to this magnificent property. Grand old chateau building, with a grand fountain in front. The hotel/chateau is gracefully decorated not to lose it's traditional charm, but also has some artistic touches. When walking in, the red, black and white majestic staircase make you feel as if you are truly royalty claiming a piece of Parisian history. My boyfriend, who is part of the reciprocal club was automatically upgraded to a jr suite, which was quite large. Huge bedroom, skylight, traditional bathroom and large lounge area (had a forest theme to it, but nicely done. Not tacky). Nice toiletries as they were Lanvin. We also were sent a complimentary bottle of white wine on ice. We also experienced the breakfast buffet in their restaurant dinning room, which was quite classy. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to try out the spa, or have a drink in their library bar, which I did see though, and did look spectacular. The service was excellent, as the front desk was polite, and helpful. The general manager did email to follow up, which was nice of him. The chateau is renovated, but still has old charm, and very refined. I would recommend this hotel to everyone, and would love to come back again. On one last sentimental note...this is the place my boyfriend proposed to me... "every girl's dream to be proposed in a chateau/castle happened to me here." Thank you Saint James for the grand setting, by the staircase. When I think of Paris, I will always have the Saint James, and a memory of a lifetime as I felt like a princess living the life of renaissance royalty. My fiance, and I will be back.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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YvesMonnin, Directeur général at Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2013

Dear Jia,

Thank you very much for this very touching review! We are delighted you felt our setting and the atmosphere we provided were right for this very unique moment. We all send our wishes for a lifetime of happiness and look forward to welcoming you and your future husband back to celebrate the many anniversaries to come while treating yourselves at the Gemology spa, the library-bar or the restaurant by Virginie Basselot! Please consider the Saint James your home in Paris.

Yours sincerely,
Yves Monnin, General Manager

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Reviewed 27 February 2013

We spent a couple of nights here just after New Year and after having experimented with various Parisian hotels I can't believe I've only just around to staying at the Saint James. Driving through the gates (already an unusual phenomenon in central Paris) and parking slap bang in front of the door to have staff scurry around collecting your bags is a good start. The place has a cool history and the hot air balloon theme runs throughout the property as a subtle reminder. As we were staying with our young son, we had a two room suite somewhere high up and enjoyed having not only a lovely bathroom but also a second bath in the bedroom which was amusingly decorated by criss crossing bits of the "Eiffel Tower", it was a fun scene. The room albeit freshly renovated was, however, a bit stuffy, the ceiling was low and there wasn't an awful lot of natural light. The biblio bar, by contrast, was a great place to relax and enjoy a mini burger and a good G&T after a long drive to Paris. Staff were always charming and subtle and ever present in the background. Where some Parisian hotels are a bit snooty, this one was almost too relaxed, I was dismayed to see an arrogant looking businessman with his feet on the table and no one batting an eye. Otherwise, we loved staying here and will happily return.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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YvesMonnin, Directeur général at Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2013

Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay at the Saint James Paris with your family and for taking the time to post this very kind review. We are glad our décor and services were up to your expectations. I don't know if we are "the best" but be sure this is what we aim at and work for on a daily basis! For your next stay we will be glad to show you rooms on other floors, as each of them is unique. I am confident we will find the absolute perfect fit for you!

Yours sincerely,
Yves Monnin, General Manager

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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We stayed at the Saint James on February 14 for a few days. As you enter the gates of the property you get impressed by the beauty of the building and the fabulous fountain in the front. The hotel is surrounded by a wall which makes it more exclusive and protected from the outside traffic. The residential location (16 district) was perfect for us since we did not want to be in the middle of the tourist areas. It was nice to experience Paris from a local point of view. Avenue Foch, home to many of the City's wealthy residents, elegant buildings, bakeries, shops, metro and taxi are walking distance from hotel. 
The location is perfect as it is only a 20 minute walk to the Arc de Triumphe and Champs Elysees. The staff of the hotel was very kind to us. We were professionally greeted at the front desk. We were given an up grade for both of our rooms to 2 beautiful junior suites. My husband loved the Nespresso coffee in the room. The sheets, towels and toiletries are of top quality as the decor. The bathroom was large and very comfortable. It is a very intimate refined hotel. We did not miss any of the other more luxurious alternatives in Paris. The concierge was excellent giving us maps, booking dinners and calling for taxi cabs. The library is gorgeous and it is a great place to chill after dinner. We had great drinks every night until late hours. Even though we did not use it, the hotel has a great size gym and spa.
I sincerely recommend this hotel to anyone that appreciates antiques, refinement and an intimate atmosphere. 

Antonella
Global Travel Int.
North Palm Beach - Florida

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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YvesMonnin, Directeur général at Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2013

Dear Antonella,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for this great review. A true testimony by a luxury travel professional like you is very valuable for us. We all look forward to welcoming you and your husband back and are at your disposal should you choose to recommend our Relais & Châteaux property to your clients.

Yours sincerely,
Yves Monnin, General Manager

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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Let me start saying that it is a beautiful hotel. French decor to the max, a chateau in the middle of Paris is a great and inspiring idea. The rooms are evocative. We stayed for New Years with our kid. It's not a kids friendly hotel but we did not mind as much as the concierge attitude. It can ruin the whole experience. I understand they are French but I am European too and I still think costumer service should be a priority for such an expensive hotel. We wanted a good restaurant to celebrate my husband's birthday, they ask for price and gave them an $80 per person budget, not bad ah, we'll they send us to this touristic horrible place, of course I forgot to say my husband is American so here is so much for the stereotype of thinking all American tourists only like Burgers & fries. If you are a couple and have a clear idea where to go for eat and fun... Go for it, but if not just book someplace else.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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YvesMonnin, Directeur général at Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2013

Dear Madam,

Thank you to you and your family for choosing to stay with us over the New Year. We are glad you liked the crazy-chic décor of our little château. I would like to point out that we actually are a kid-friendly hotel, from the specifically designed amenities we offer them during their stay, to the outdoor games they can enjoy in our garden in Summer (and this is very unique in Paris), the themed activities we organize for them during brunch once a month, without forgetting our mascot, “Pilou” the cat, the friend of our young guests. I would like to apologize for not having clearly understood your expectations about the restaurant reservations and that our choice did not meet your expectations. However, as you can read in many reviews on this site, our concierge team is largely praised by our clientele and they are known for their extensive knowledge of truly authentic restaurants and bistros throughout the city. We would be pleased to welcome you back, with the hope that you might change your opinion about our team during another stay. I stay at your disposal for any further information in the meantime.

Yours sincerely,
Yves Monnin, General Manager

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Reviewed 11 February 2013

We had a fabulous stay we had at the Saint James Paris - every aspect exceeded our most optimistic expectations. First, each member of the hotel staff went out of their way to make us feel at home and to meet our requests and needs. From the cheery reception we received each morning at breakfast, to the friendly “bonne journee” we received as we headed out each day, and the warm reception we received on our return, everyone was delightful and responsive. Our very special thanks go out to Head Concierge Christian Garot, whose performance was truly amazing. He found the perfect restaurants for us every night, including one evening in which he miraculously obtained a table for us at Frenchie’s, and, at the very last minute, he managed to secure us the best view table in the Jules Verne restaurant for our farewell to Paris lunch. During our last trip to Paris we stayed at the Ritz in a wonderful suite, and it was a great experience, but we truly prefer the elegant, town house style, beauty and comfort of the Saint James. We really did feel like pampered house guests of a famous Duke. We hope to return to the Saint James Paris very soon.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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YvesMonnin, Directeur général at Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2013

Dear Madam,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay at our Relais & Châteaux property and for taking the time to post this wonderful review. We are truly glad to have exceeded your expectations, as it is our aim to make each of our guests feel at home (even if the famous Duke was not there to greet you personally!).
Christian, our entire team and I look forward to welcoming you back soon and to becoming your home in Paris.

Yours sincerely,
Yves Monnin, General Manager

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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Spot on! Best hotel I have stayed in Paris. The building itself is worth the staying, from the charming restaurant and bar to the front and rear gardens: fantastic outset in one of the best residential neighbouroud. The Champs Elysee are 20 minutes walk and Victor Hugo nearby offers a wide range of restaurants and shops.
The rooms are spacious and clean with comfortable beds and outstanding bathroom. The breakfast is also very good with a wide range of selection; have not tried the restaurant but heard very good reviews
The staff is very helpful although the presence of some trainees was noted. The concierge could have been a bit more helpful but I guess this being in line to the city standard....
Great hotel in a great location suitable both for couples and business travellers that can also benefit from the in house restaurant and gym. Strongly recommended

Room Tip: Room facing the back gardens are preferrable although all very nice
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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YvesMonnin, Directeur général at Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2013

Dear guest,

Thank you so much choosing the Saint James Paris and for this very thorough review. We are very honored you considered your stay with us the best in Paris so far. Be sure our entire team looks forward to serving you again in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
Yves Monnin, General Manager

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Reviewed 2 February 2013

We just found by chance this hotel which looked rather nice. Its strength are 1°) the service, everybody is exceptionnally friendly,not always used to that in Paris. 2°) decoration and interiors are spectacular and authentic. 3°) it is quiet. OK some weakness: its location!!But with lots of taxis around this problem was noy a very serious one.
All in all a marvelous stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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YvesMonnin, Directeur général at Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2013

Dear Guests,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to post this very kind review. We are glad you enjoyed this first stay with us and already look forward to welcoming you back to our "crazy chic" home in the truly French 16th arrondissement, with its many boutiques, restaurants and museums located at a short walk.

Yours sincerely,
Yves Monnin, General Manager

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Address: 43 Avenue Bugeaud, 75116 Paris, France
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Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#9 Family Hotel in Paris
#9 Spa Hotel in Paris
#14 Business Hotel in Paris
#14 Luxury Hotel in Paris
Price Range: £299 - £679 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Saint James Paris - Relais et Chateaux 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A few steps from the Champs-Elysées, the Saint James Paris is a 100-year old château surrounded by its own private garden, offering a unique experience of grandeur and intimacy, classicism and extravagance. Each of the 49 spacious suites and rooms exudes its own atmosphere. This eccentric family home also offers a mythical library-bar, a restaurant with one Michelin star - Chef Jean-Luc Rocha, a one-of-its-kind terrace in the garden, and a spa in partnership with Guerlain offering treatment rooms, steam-rooms and fitness. A member of Relais & Châteaux. ... more   less 
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