This Paris neighborhood is a favorite among locals and in-the-know travelers, and now it has a gorgeous hotel

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a quintessential Parisian neighborhood, with artist-frequented cafes, cobblestone streets, and Haussmannian architecture.



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Christophe Bielsa/Courtesy of Hotel Bel Ami

paris has lots of beautiful hotels — including those with great amenities, five-star service, and Views of the Eiffel Tower. But one quality that travelers often overlook as they search for their Parisian home base is the neighborhood. In Paris, the ins and outs of everyday life happen within a small radius of your front door. The morning croissant comes from the bakery around the corner, the camembert for the afternoon picnic from the Cheese factory down the street, and his evening drink at the restaurant two blocks away.

In a city that prides itself on its walkability and location, your neighborhood is everything; it’s set the tone for your entire trip.

A Neighborhood of Artists

Tourists tend to they go to the neighborhoods that surround the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, but informed travelers, and Parisians themselves, head to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a neighborhood of artists.

In this neighborhood on the Left Bank of the Seine, the narrow cobbled streets are lined with Haussmann-style buildings that have long defined Parisian architecture, and you can wander in and out of art galleries, museums, and parks before enjoying a espresso in Flora Cafewhich has been frequented by artists for centuries, from Ernest Hemingway in the 1920s to Sharon Stone and Jack Nicholson in the 1980s.

An art-inspired boutique hotel



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Christophe Bielsa/Courtesy of Hotel Bel Ami

Just down the street from Café de Flore (and the equally famous the two wizards Cafeteria). Hotel Bel Ami. Housed in a former printing press dating back to the 18th century, it is packed with books that pay homage to its history and interiors with the work of contemporary artists as an ode to the great minds and creators who have inhabited the neighborhood for centuries. .



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Christophe Bielsa/Courtesy of Hotel Bel Ami

The self-proclaimed “art-inspired hotel” showcases fun touches like the solid glass circle behind the concierge desk and the cozy Silvera bubble chairs at the entrance. Each of the property’s 102 guest rooms continues the artistic theme, with pops of color and pattern tastefully added to each room. Those looking to make Saint-Germain-des-Prés their home for more than a weekend can explore one of the hotel’s spacious apartments, which have multiple bedrooms, laundry facilities, kitchenettes, and in some cases, an outdoor terrace. free.



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Alexis Narodetzky/Courtesy of Hotel Bel Ami

Every morning, guests of the Hôtel Bel Ami are greeted with a full organic breakfast, including freshly squeezed juices, homemade bread and a large selection of hot and cold breakfast items. The meal is enjoyed in the light and airy Password reset, which is lit by a wall of windows facing the city streets. Guests can also enjoy food in the comfort of their room or to take away.



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In the evening, tapas paired with an extensive drinks menu sets the tone for a night in Paris.

The property has a small gym and an on-site sauna that is available on demand, as well as an extensive spa menu which is based on the searched products of flamel housea skincare company rooted in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.



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Celebrity-frequented cafes and Michelin-starred restaurants

There’s something about Saint-Germain-des-Prés that draws creatives, from luminaries like Pablo Picasso to modern stars like Johnny Depp. Flora Cafe Y the two wizards hold the title of neighborhood cafes with the most star-studded history, but for an authentic French brasserie experience, head to Lipp Brewerythat it is a self-proclaimed “Parisian institution” (and we have to agree).

In addition to historic establishments with a history dating back to the 1800s, the neighborhood has a thriving food scene that includes several Michelin-starred restaurants. A few blocks from the Hôtel Bel Ami is the Michelin star hotel Armani restaurantwhich falls under the arm of the luxurious fashion house Armani, and exclusive, mainly vegetarian Yoshinori.

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