Tucked away down a narrow back street on the Left Bank, Hôtel Relais Christine sits behind wrought-iron gates and a pretty courtyard on the site of a former medieval abbey. Rich in period features including dramatic vaulted ceilings and wooden beams, the hotel also has a delightful spa, a cosy lounge and outdoor garden. Very convenient for the district's legendary cafés and fashion boutiques the hotel is also an easy walk across the river to the Louvre or Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame.
The atmosphere of Hôtel Relais Christine is like that of a dignified country house, peaceful and relaxing. The sitting room, with wood panelling and painted portraits, comfy armchairs and a roaring fire in winter, is an ideal spot for total relaxation. There’s even an honesty bar for guests to help yourself to as though at home.
Just as atmospheric and comfortable are the 50 rooms and suites, which are tastefully decorated in rich warm hues with a number of suites benefitting from a garden terrace. Guests can choose between the high ceilings and tall windows of the rooms on the first floor or the romance of the attic duplexes. Decor ranges from romantic prints to more graphic minimalist stripes.
The hotel has managed to preserve all the intimacy of the private residence it once was with a large, flower courtyard that buffers the hotel from noise; some rooms that even overlook the private sheltered garden at the back.
A buffet breakfast served in the vaulted cellars of the restaurant is good start to a day’s sightseeing before returning to the Hôtel Relais Christine for a soothing massage at the spa.