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Hotel Bel Ami, Paris, France
This elegant, four-storey hotel enjoys a privileged Left Bank location between the River Seine and boulevard Saint-Germain. It is one of five privately-owned properties in the heart of the capital belonging to the French B Signature Collection. A mild literary theming is apparent in the name (from a novel by Guy de Maupassant) and in the liberal use of art, fashion and travel books to dress the lobby, lounges and breakfast room. A small spa and the tranquil Café Bel Ami offering drinks and light meals add to the appeal of a five star boutique property that goes down well with international leisure travellers. Most stay three or four nights, appreciating the uniformed staff, civilised ambience and quality buffet breakfast.
Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, two famous Paris cafés where writers and artists gathered in the early 20th century, lie at the end of rue Saint-Benoît.
The Latin Quarter, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Louvre are all within a 10-minute walk.
By plane: flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is an hour's drive. Parking costs €48 per day. skyscanner.net
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 25-minute drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Well-heeled international travellers who like a smart, quiet and civilised sanctuary with plenty to see and do close by will love it here. Hotel Bel Ami is named after a 1885 novel by Guy de Maupassant, which was published in this neighbourhood, and the lobby has a collection point for donated books.
Service & Facilities
Guests have complimentary use of the Press Reader app which lets you download a wide range of newspapers and magazines.
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
Go for a room that faces the street - ideally one in the deluxe category that is on the corner of the building. The flat-screen television is framed with rectangular coloured panels reminiscent of a Mondrian painting, an effect echoed in white walls crossed with rigid black lines.
Classic, Superior, Executive, Deluxe, Suite, Studio, Apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A satisfying buffet breakfast is served in a large, bright room with à la carte dishes available for an extra charge. It includes decent scrambled eggs, bacon and mushrooms, plus quality pastries, cheese, charcuterie, yoghurt and fruit juices.
Café Bel Ami: French cuisine, dishes include foie gras, caesar salad and beef bourgignon. Buffet breakfast served daily, 7-10:30am.
Bar Bel Ami: comfy sofas and arm chairs, creative cocktails, wines and spirits. Open daily.