The hotel is tucked away in a tiny alley of Rue Dauphine, in the heart of the sixth arrondissement of Paris. The Christine is a charming establishment found in a surprising former palace set in a flower-filled courtyard. The special charm of this hotel is apparent as soon as one walks in: it occupies a part of the former 13th century 'Grands Augustins' convent and the first impression one gets is of being surrounded by ancient stonework before being immersed in the soft tones of the reception area. With its 'Nouvel Empire' style, the hotel is very popular among Americans staying in the capital. It is suitable for families and couples.
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In the heart of the 6th arrondissement, a 5 minute walk from the Odéon metro station on line 4 and less than 10 minutes from Saint-Germain-des-Prés. There are direct connections to Châtelet and Les Halles, from where you can take RER line B towards the Parisian airports. Expect an hour and a half for Roissy and less than an hour for Orly.
This establishment is proud of its 'friendly' size and has only a few rooms. The interior is inspired by the English country style found in the works of Jane Austen and has broken away from standard designer trends, except for some of the bathrooms that have been redone in a more modern style. In short, the quaint setting with a very high level of service is true to the 'Spirit of Saint Germain'.
On the third floor, between the small stairways and hushed corridors that lead to an interior courtyard, you will find the junior suites with a mansard roof. Decorated in different tones and colours, they retain the traditional style displayed in the main sitting room. However, the bathroom is a lot more modern and includes numerous amenities. This makes for a rather nice contrast. For example, junior suite 72 is done in shades of red, which creates a subdued and highly romantic atmosphere. The small bathroom includes a little window under the mansard roof to let in natural light, a typically Parisian feature.
The superior and deluxe rooms are equally nice, but they are obviously a lot smaller. However, the true gems of the hotel are suites 16 and 17. They occupy the ground floor, are long and narrow, and open onto a private garden: it's like having a corner of countryside in the centre of Paris, amazing. The bathrooms here are very clean and boast stylish tones.
Located in a cobbled street that has all the charm of a medieval lane, the Relais Christine lies behind a large door that entices guests to enter into the lush green courtyard. Beyond the courtyard, whose unsettling tranquillity contrasts with the bustle of the Odéon neighbourhood, one arrives at a small wooden reception desk. The style is reminiscent of an upper class 19th century drawing room, possibly bringing to mind novels by great romantic authors or even Sherlock Holmes. It has heavy and comfortable armchairs, wooden bookshelves, muffled wall-to-wall carpeting, a large fireplace with a roaring fire in winter, and a chess set, for some intellectual stimulation... After all, this is the neighbourhood of publishers and writers!
The clientèle varies but is mainly composed of American and English tourists. There is one constant feature: in the sitting room everyone speaks in hushed voices, as required in this type of establishment.
Food and drink
The Relais Christine restaurant is absolutely exceptional. Located in the 'cellars' under the vaulted ceiling of an ancient 13th century convent. The soft lighting and polished stonework make for a very peculiar atmosphere, romantic even, which can't leave you indifferent.
The room is exclusively used for breakfast and there are numerous salty and sweet specialities on offer. The bread and the pastries, such as the croissants and chocolate buns, are made by Moisan, a famous 'organic' baker in Paris. The obviously freshly pressed fruit juice and table service both confirm the high quality of the hotel.
The Relais Christine is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
An underground spa has been installed in the basement and although it lacks natural light, the stone vaults in this particularly old section of the building have been cleverly used, and there is a very pleasant little space with a sauna and a tub for water massages. The gym is also quite nice, despite being entirely closed in.
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