Upon entering this hotel, you find yourself in the kind of English cottage setting that could grace the pages of a Lewis Carroll novel, somewhere between a perfectly real building and the product of a colourful imagination. There is nothing imaginary about the fact that the Relais Saint-Germain exists, though, proudly nestled away in an asymmetrical 17th century building with walls at all angles. This shortcoming is limited to the 17th century architecture, though, because inside, the facilities of the Relais make it every inch a 21st century establishment. The dimensions are small, with everything adjusted to fit exactly into the available space. The hotel is the property of Yves and Claudine Camderborde, a chef and his eclectic wife who has ambitions as an interior decorator. Yves rules the roost at the neighbouring restaurant, Le Comptoir, which has made the hotel a popular port of call with intellectuals and the Parisian fashion world. The Relais Saint-Germain boasts a perfect central location at the heart of the Left Bank area, and is surprisingly original (in a purely positive sense).
- Well located
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