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Hotel Montalembert, Paris, France
This smart, eight-storey residence close to Rue de Bac is an ideal place to tune into the finer side of life in Paris. Opened in 1926, it is one of five privately-owned properties in the heart of the capital belonging to the French B Signature Collection. These include the nearby Hotel Bel Ami with a spa and fitness centre that can be used by guests staying at the Montalembert. With just 50 rooms and a small restaurant, it is an intimate and distinguished home-from-home with attentive staff and carefully composed rooms with the very best furnishings. Most guests are international, staying three or four nights at this prestigious Left Bank address with plenty to enjoy close by.
There's a moneyed bustle in the surrounding streets with well-dressed shoppers and upscale stores selling antiques, designer chocolates and the latest fashions.
Located in the 7th arrondissement, you can see all the city sights within a 25-minute walk - including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.
By plane: Flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is 1 hour's drive. Parking costs €40 per day. skyscanner.com
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 30-minute drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Cultured travellers who appreciate a calm atmosphere and well-heeled shoppers will enjoy it here. Period features from the original building include tiny lifts and a staircase with marbled steps and opaque glass windows.
Service & Facilities
The general manager, who also runs the nearby sister property Hotel Bel Ami, visits every morning to talk to guests.
- Free Wi-Fi
Some Deluxe Rooms on the seventh floor look out over the city, while the Montalembert Suite has a view of the Eiffel Tower. The rooms here are so composed and flawless, it's like sleeping in the bedroom and bathroom sections of a high-end department store.
Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Montalembert Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, pillow menu, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A quality à la carte continental breakfast is served with proper coffee, fresh juice, fruit salad, organic yoghurt and top-notch pastries. Signature cocktails feature a Rive Gauche Sour made with hibiscus liqueur and champagne, plus there's a good choice of spritzes.
Montalembert Restaurant: classic French cuisine, menu du jour from €38. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, Mon-Fri for lunch.
Montalembert Bar: cosy library lounge, serving elegant cocktails. Open daily, 12pm-1am.