The Relais Christine, Paris
The Relais Christine, located in the heart of Paris’ stylish Saint-Germain-des-Pres and near the romantic Latin Quarter, recently unveiled a new look. Set in a majestic early 17th century honey-stone townhouse that was was built on the ruins of the Austin Friars monastery, the boutique hotel boasts a pretty courtyard and private garden terraces surrounded by lush greenery.
After a two-year refurbishment, the Relais Christine, reminiscent of a lavish Parisian residence, is more refined and stylish than ever. It is now adorned with antique furniture, wallpaper and fabric by iconic brands like Pierre Frey, Hermes, Le Manach and Braquenie. The 48 individually designed rooms and suites blend vintage glamour with splashes of contemporary style. Meanwhile, the building’s old fireplaces, medieval vaulted ceilings and wood panelling are still retained for their old-world charm.
Lending an extra touch of luxury to the property is the Guerlain spa (relax under its beautiful 13th-century vaults), a jacuzzi, a sauna, and exclusive beauty and wellness treatments. The hotel also has a number of complimentary bikes available for guests if they want to pop over to a nearby bistro or art gallery. The hotel’s concierge can even help to arrange a Fiat 500 convertible for day trips farther afield.