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By Alexandra Taylor

The city of Paris is awash with enigmatic charm from the Bouquinistes (book peddlers) selling Parisian-style books and antiques along the Seine to the numerous blooming gardens and parks filled with enchanted lovers and sightseers alike. Every Parisian and even traveler shares a commonality in having their own favorite street, restaurant or quarter, which keeps them enrapt each time they return. The Left Bank, Rive Gauche, is synonymous with a vibrant ambiance, including lively markets and bustling cafes in the Latin Quarter. With the likes of students and tourists strolling through the narrow streets and indulging in delicious fare at a reasonable price, the Latin Quarter has become a safe haven for artists, youth and travelers who want to experience the vibrant allure of the city of lights.

Off the beaten path of the lively Latin Quarter, lies the Hotel Relais Christine, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World affiliate, positioned perfectly in the center of Saint-Germaine-des-Prés. The hotel, nestled behind a plush green courtyard and commanding wrought-iron grate, is inviting to each guest as if visiting an old friend. The luxuriously charming boutique hotel has managed to preserve the intimate-nature of the private residence that stood since 1231. Perfectly situated in the heart of the Left bank, the Relais Christine is located right off of the Seine and is a stroll away from lively restaurants, bistros and many of the city’s best sights. The gem of a hotel is richly decorated and features preserved details including dramatic vaulted ceilings and exposed wooden beams for a welcoming feel. The atmosphere exudes relaxation from the peaceful sitting room to the indulging spa, hidden in the cellar of the residence.

The authentic Louis XIII décor is seen throughout with a modern minimalist twist. The 51 rooms and suites range in style and size, offering chic décor and an unwinding experience. Some rooms offer private terraces and others overlook the colorful rear garden. The hotel features several suites and deluxe rooms, with splendid accommodations, with even an option of your own Parisian loft. All rooms include lavish amenities include L’Occitane products. Pamper yourself with a visit to the hotel’s spa, located under the 13th century stone vaults. For a moment of tranquility, relax in the cave-like Jacuzzi, sauna, or treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage or facial in one of the treatment rooms. For a romantic trip for two, consider the current Fall in Love in Paris hotel stay offer, including a trip to the Rodin Museum, a glass of champagne on the Ponts des Arts bridge, and breakfast in bed at Relais Christene. Offer valid through December 2012.

Stroll to your next destination or opt to take a bike tour at no extra costs. Wander the streets of the Latin Quarter en route to the Pantheon and enjoy a picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens or meander through the bustling markets of Rue Mouffetard for an unforgettable day. Taking a day trip outside of the city? Rent the official Relais Christene convertible SMART car for an adventurous afternoon at Versailles or admiring the gardens of Giverny. The conveniently located boutique hotel is a perfect destination for a relaxing weekend getaway.

Hotel Relais Christine
3, rue Christine – 75006 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 40 51 60 80
http://www.relais-christine.com

Originally published July 2012
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