Added to that were the nostalgic yet contemporary décor, friendly and helpful English speaking staff, organic foods, yummy breakfast and snacks, cozy common areas, and wonderful small basement level spa with sauna and swimming pool (extraordinary in Paris).
Our attractive rooms, while under 200 square feet in space, were stylish and comfortable with individual temperature controls and modern amenities including iMacs. Street facing windows with double curtains invited the winter light to brighten the rooms and make them seem larger. This was a winning jewel of a property where we would be pleased to stay again.
Class Of Accommodation A four star boutique hotel
Concierge Guillaume Grangeon
Connectivity There was complimentary WiFi everywhere in the hotel (no password or login were required). We also had access to the internet with the iMac in our rooms which was sometimes more convenient and quicker than pulling out our laptops or mobile devices and connecting to the internet.
General Manager Eric Bourquin
Handicapped Access According to a spokesperson, the entire property was made for the comfort for people in wheelchairs. Two rooms were designed specifically to be handicapped accessible.
Length Of Stay Three nights
Location On the well known rue du Cherche Midi in the Latin Quarter
Owned and managed Mr. and Mrs. Moncelli
Pets Allowed No
Size The 34-room property employed 30 staff. Several buildings had been joined to form the five story hotel.
Year Opened-Renovated The hotel first opened after extensive refurbishing in 2011
The interior of the property was designed by Ann Gelbard, a decorator known in France for Home Couture. Fireplaces added ambiance to the breakfast and bar areas. The hallways and dining room were chilly enough for a sweater. The common areas were pretty. In addition to a small elevator there were spiral wood stairs which we often used to make our way down from our rooms. The spa was meant to remind visitors of Juliette’s time in Italy.
The bathrooms on the fourth floor were designed as an homage to the bathrooms of the Hotel Bourienne, a large private house in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. The bathroom in Room 408, had diamond shaped patterns of large beige and green marble; tiny beige and gold tiles on the upper half of the wall and in the bathtub and shower enclosure which had a handheld shower and a rain shower. Plastic curtains kept the water within the enclosure. The bottom half of the walls was covered by large ecru colored tiles. A single sink took up the rear of the bathroom. A built-in frameless mirror occupied the wall above the shower rounding the walls on either side.
In addition to the bed in the center with the built-in headboard, Room 303 had light gray walls, wood floors, recessed lights, two black and beige striped armchairs and a matching armless chair facing the table where the iMac was located with pull out drawer, keyboard and mouse. Instead of curtains there were pull down shades for the windows.
Room 408 had pale wood floors, walls with old style moldings in blue gray, tall ceilings, recessed lights, wall bed lamps, checkered burnt red and black double curtains, burgundy armchair and matching armless chair. A narrow lacquered wood table taken up mostly by the iMac computer, and its pull out drawer with wireless mouse and keyboard, occupied the side of the room opposite the foot of the bed.
One afternoon the lounge area adjacent to the breakfast room was closed for a private function so instead of ordering from the small items menu and snacking downstairs I requested an Italian cold cuts platter from room service. It was served with lettuce, one cherry tomato and four thin carrot slices. It arrived 10 minutes after I ordered it. The restaurant was scheduled to reopen at the beginning of 2014.
Facilities La Belle Juliette Spa and a dining room where breakfast and light snacks were served.
Fitness Center And Spa There was a basement level 80 square meter spa with a Turkish bath, unisex shower and a small swimming pool. Although the area was unstaffed there were plenty of towels and toiletries (shower caps, shampoo, body lotion, bathrobes, and slippers) and a blowdryer. To use the steam room, it was necessary to request in advance that someone at the front desk it turn on. I found no way to call from the spa to the front desk.
I enjoyed the spa during my stay at the hotel. At the end of a day of walking it was nice to swim a few minutes, and spend time in the steam room. It was one of my favorite features of the hotel.
Spa treatments required advance booking. I had the soothing Season Beauty Massage, the Claret Coquet Method. The Chinese influenced 75 minute treatment included argan oil with a seasonal blend designed to promote specific health benefits. There were five types of blends: spring or green, summer or pink, autumn or white, indian summer or yellow and winter or black. The spa manager who administered my treatment learned the therapy from a Lyon based woman who had studied acupuncture in Peking. After I completed a questionnaire she invited me to the treatment room where she began the soothing massage spreading argon oil with cistus essential oil over the entire body and face.
Pool The small swimming pool was 4 meters by 3 meters in size and about 1.5 meters deep. There were three lounge chairs in the pool area. There was a button in the pool that appeared to be for current generation. Colored lights added ambiance to the pool area.
Date Of Review December 2012
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Service Our rooms were serviced twice daily. Staff we met spoke English, were friendly and willing to assist when we asked for help. Samantha, welcoming and kind, checked us in. Our luggage arrived in our respective rooms minutes after she showed us around.
At the front desk, Jean-Baptiste Chazelle and Guillaume Grangeon were especially service oriented. Jean-Baptiste helped us with restaurant reservations and a spa confirmation. In the dining room, Scidam Annasley Mamuhewa and Yohann Montes were attentive. Spa manager Priscilla Morain was well informed and pleasant.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes