Hotel review: Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain, Paris

The Ultimate Parisian Boutique Hotel

When it comes to Parisian hotels, the newly opened Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain ticks all the boxes. Great location, inspiring interiors, airy bedrooms and a chic, cozy bar to relax in after a hard days sightseeing.

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The building itself is both beautiful and steeped in history. Once home to the writer James Joyce, its vibe is elegance with a modern edge. A true boutique hotel, it matches friendly service with unique décor and feels a million miles away from the anonymous chain hotels you find in any capital.

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A major draw is the interior design by Parisian designer Didier Benderli. As inspiring as it is unique (you’ll want to redecorate when you get home) it’s stuffed with wood panelled walls, luxe marble and rich patterns, creating a comfortable yet chic feel. Oh and it’s perfectly situated in the chi chi Left Bank – you are just a walk over the Seine away from the Louvre and Champs-Élysées.

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Rooms and facilities

The rooms are airy, calm and, by Parisian standards, spacious. Relaxing rather than intimidating, they have views over the cities roof tops. The spa is a welcome addition (and rare for a boutique Paris hotel). Beautifully designed, it boasts a yoga room, fitness room plus a hamman, pool complete with jets to pummel away stress and a treatment menu by local brand CODAGE Paris.

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Food and drink

On mini breaks most hotel guests venture out for authentic, delicious food and drink, but at the Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain the restaurant and bar are so good you can stay put. Restaurant Les Parisiens serves fresh seasonal product with complex flavours but simply presented. If you can, try and catch a glimpse of the dashing chef Thibault Sombardier. The breakfast is beautfully done – but don’t expect a belly buster.

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Hotel highlights

The author James Joyce lived at Pavillon Faubourg Saint-Germain and his namesake bar is a must visit. Velvet banquette seating, killer cocktails, atmospheric lighting and a mix of hotel residents and chic locals creates a real buzz.

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What to do nearby

Visit the nearby famed Café Flore, one of the oldest coffee houses in Paris, or wonder down to the Seine and marvel at the multi million euro houseboats and pop up food stalls. Cross the river and you are in Paris’s bustling heart – shops, museums and art galleries.

Best for 

Those who want a dose of wellness with their city breaks. Romantic breaks or mother daughter shopping trips.

Starting rate is €350 (£298) in a Classic Room