Jet Set: Relais Christine Paris

I have been a francophile for as long as I can remember, but my two trips to Paris have really taken my obsession with all things French to a new level. As such, I am already dying to go back to Paris and am working on convincing Fabian to come with me in March to shop one of the antique fairs I visited on my trip in October. Travel is such a huge source of inspiration for me, both in a personal and professional sense. I see these trips as an investment in my personal and cultural enrichment and as a way to continue developing my eye. Part of what makes me a good designer is that I constantly expose myself to different places and as such, get out of my normal realm, fine tuning my eye to see and understand details I may not have been exposed to otherwise.

I’ve considered staying in an apartment in the 7th Arrondissement again on our next trip, which I did and loved on my last trip. It was so fun living like a local, going to the local coffee shop and bakery every morning. Croissants don’t count when you’re on vacation! However, I recently came across Relais Christine, in the St. Germain de Pres (6th Arrondissement) and it is tempting me to stay in a hotel. From the beautiful facade with its ivy covered walls, chic awnings, and Juliet balconies to the newly renovated interiors which are swathed entirely in Pierre Frey fabrics, this stunning property has made it to the top of my list! I’m not completely sure what to do, though. If you’ve happened to stay at Relais Christine in the past, I’d love to hear about your experience. What is your vote– should we rent a cute apartment or stay at Relais Christine?


{Photography via Relais Christine}

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  1. Hi Paloma…it is lovely and tempting with those gorgeous fabrics and it’s in a great little nook of the city, but the restaurant is TERRIBLE!!! Terrible food, terrible service. Just don’t eat there. We live there part-time and over the years, I have collected an entire list of quaint hotels if you’d like, I can forward to you. Apartments Actually and Haven in Paris both have great apartment options as well as airbnb.

    1. Would also love to have the name of those apts
      I would like to travel there w/a friend but want a very safe neighborhood and very comfortable
      Bedrooms .
      Thank you

  2. I’ve just bookmarked this place as I’ve fallen in love with the rooms! I say stay here and let us know all about it!

  3. I really enjoyed staying at the Relais Christine. We also stayed at an apartment in the Marais the last time we were there so both options are great. I doubt you would eat at the hotel while you are in Paris so don’t let that hold you back. The rooms are on the smaller side though so opt for a larger one. Also the rooms that open to the back garden are lovely. The staff was very helpful and the self-serve bar was very cozy.

  4. I agree that many of the guest rooms are smallish and our room did not have a good view but we did not request a view. The garden rooms are lovely. We found the staff very helpful and the location is good.

  5. Have stayed a Relais Christine many many
    times….. it is wonderful….. u would love it….. agree with
    Others that a room overlooking the garden is
    less noisy than others……we only ate breakfast, and thought
    That was all they offered?! If u are only going for a couple
    Of nights, a hotel is a great option, we like the interaction
    With the wonderful staff. Having had that said,the last 2 years
    we now stay at Relais Saint Germain, about 5 minutes from
    Christine….. it is where the Le Comptoire restaurant is….. and it
    is great……we are actually here right now!
    Restaurant tips would be Septime and Saturn, both
    Fantastic…… it is a good thing that the
    Luxembourg Garden is 5 minutes away….. off for
    a much needed walk….. cheers!!

  6. Hello Paloma, it’s LaCreasa. I’ve been following your blog ever since we returned from Paris in October and have enjoyed it immensely! I agree with the others, if you have not stayed at Relais Christine spend a few nights there, you will love it and walk away with much inspiration. The rooms can be a bit on the small side but are incredibly cozy. We only ate breakfast there as well and found it to be something we looked forward to every morning as it is served in the oldest part of the building and the original stone walls and fireplace add such a wonderful ambience. I think they date to the 17th century.
    Hope Tate is all better!