Historical Traveller Reviews of Relais Christine Hotel
A Parisian Oasis
A frequent business visitor to Paris over many years, I have experienced the best in hotels that Paris has to offer - the Ritz, deCrillon, leBristol, etc. But my wife and I were looking for something smaller, less commercial and, no longer on an expense account, something less expensive. After much research, we chose Relais Christine for a short stay at the the end of January 2006. It was everything we were looking for - a great location, close to major attractions, good shops and a wonderful range of restaurants including both Michelin-starred and more modest ones, with a gracious and responsive staff, well-decorated and maintained public areas and guest rooms - all at a cost that was not inexpensive, but nonetheless represented good value in an expensive city. Already recommended to friends and now recommended to others without reservation.
Loved the Xmas decoration !
Simply perfect !
We spend a few days in Paris before Xmas and it was lovely, it was even snowing and the hotel was beautiful with the snow, the enlightened fireplace and the tree...it must be just as great in the spring or summer time ! The rooms are lovely and tastefully decorated, I did not know the place before, but I definitely will go back !
great botique hotel
If you want quaint and quiet with a great location this is the place for you. It's out of the way, hidden but once you emerge from Rue Christine, all of the left bank of Paris is right there! It was a ten minute, gorgeous walk to the Louvre and Notre Dame.
It's pricy and I felt it wasn't worth the value. The staff is efficient, friendly and helpful but not exhuberent. The rooms were a bit run down, the tv and radio's had some problems. The beds were rock hard. The view into the garden in our duplex room was fabulous but we found out that you can't get there as the garden is only accessed from certain rooms. The basement medievel dining room was great, although a bit too quiet and stuffy for 10 am. Wonderful, attentive service but we got the "OMG" stares from some of the other stuffy guests. The pastries are to absolutely die for and filled me up everyday (try the apple). The kids loved the rich hot chocolate and sausages.
The sitting room is fabulous and is a great place to chill after a day of walking. People were much more relaxed and having fun in a variety of languages. Cab drivers around town who spoke no English had no trouble finding it everytime we spoke the name. If you want romance, charm, quietness and character, this is a place for you.
Just returned from a 4 day stay at le Christine, our first stay at this hotel. We were in a duplex - sitting room and bathroom on the first level, bedroom on the second. The couple travelling with us also had a duplex, but it was not as "renovated" as ours. (Do not hesitate to ask to see another room if you feel your assigned room has not been updated.) Clean, nicely appointed, comfortable quarters with nice amenities. A helpful and cheeful staff who took care of our reservation requests and touring information. A truly lovely oasis that charmed us from the moment we arrived. Our small complaints? Both duplexes were far too warm, so we had to sleep with the windows open - even when we turned off the heat! In the other couple's bathroom, there was only the "half" door to protect the shower from spraying all over the floor (typcical in some hotels, but surprising here); our shower had appropriate curtains. Overall, however, a most delightful stay!
Great location, but an uneven experience
We booked this hotel on the strength of rave reviews on Tripadvisor, but found it to be an uneven experience. The hotel is wonderfully located and in a quiet spot. On the good side we booked a deluxe room directly with the hotel (E440.pn) overlooking the courtyard and had a large room with lovely bathroom and good bathroom products. We stayed 5 nights. The spa was lovely as was the breakfast, and the free internet a definite plus. On the minus side the restaurant recommended was next door, Restaurant Christine, and very ordinary. The one across the road was far superior. There was no tourist information and when we asked about tours etc we were recommended a private car and driver for a large amount of money. The only method of getting to the airport offered was a taxi (I arranged a door to door shuttle on the internet which worked well). I felt all the time that they must feel because we stay in a 5 star hotel we want that exclusive experience all the time which is not the case with us. I must say that the most negative thing about this experience for me was that I was covered in bites by the time I left. I don't know exactly where they came from but I have my suspicions and there were no mosquitoes.
Crazy about Christine
This was our third stay in the area and our first at this hotel. We found it delightful in all respects. Our room faced the garden with a private terrace, where we enjoyed coffee in the moning and wine in the evening. The room, while not huge, was very comfortable with easy chairs and a king-sized bed and lots of closet space. The bathroom, while small, had all the amenities and a great shower. It was very quiet and relaxing. The service was excellent and we never had to ask twice for anything. The hotel sent a bottle of champgane to help us celebrate an anniversary, and followed through on all reservations and arrangements promptly. The honor bar was a great touch -- a pleasant place to relax after a long day of touring, and the breakfast room, as described, was lovely and very medieval in feel. All in all, the very essence of Paris
We will definitely stay there again; it was more charming than the Hotel d'Aubusson, where we stayed previously.
Marvellous Service from this charming and boutique hotel
We were married in Paris at the beginning of August and my husband had booked the Relais Christine for our wedding night and the night after. He arrived to check in quite early (10.00am) as we were getting married at 4.00pm and he wanted to get ready. The staff couldn't have done more to help. They gave him the biggest possible room for the class we had booked, and sent up some champagne on the house. When we arrived before our wedding reception they informed us that they would arrange for us to have breakfast whatever time we surfaced the next day. The staff were so friend;y and accomodating to us during our time there that we had a delightful few days. We know Paris quite well and have been about 15 times in the last couple of years. This is by far the best hotel we have stayed in in terms of service, location (right around the corner from Notre Dame and Pont Neuf and in the middle of St Germain du Pres) and charm. The hotel is in a secluded location despite its proximity to the main sights, with a beautiful courtyard. The spa and gym are amazing - situated in the vaulted cellar of the building it is an oasis of calm away from the bustle of the City. We had such a wonderful time here we wouldn't hesitate to reccomend it and commend the staff and management for the amazing job they did in looking after us.
Paris charm at its best
This was my second trip to Paris, but my first stay at Relais Christine. On our first trip we stayed on the Right Bank at one of the more formal highly ranked hotels. I wanted to stay on the Left Bank this time and hoped the Relais Christine would offer a different flavor of Paris. Relais Christine is absolutely charming and Parisian in every way! I really felt like I had "seen" Paris on this trip. It is on a beautiful little cobblestone street with window boxes and bakeries all about. It is walking distance to just about everything. The rooms are very pretty and the bathrooms are a nice size with great amenities. We had two different rooms. Each was decorated very differently. If you don't like your room they are very nice about showing you others. The spa is beautiful, the breakfast room delightfully quiet and historic. I really feel like I saw Paris by staying in this charming hotel. If you like charm, this is the place. If you prefer hotels with standard furnishings and American service then perhaps Relais Christine is not the right choice. I highly recommend it and will return one day soon!
Nice Quiet Hotel in Heart of Paris
from A TripAdvisor Member
With the current dip in the dollar vs. the euro, I searched hard to find a somewhat reasonable, clean, above average hotel in Paris for spring break travel. At about 325 Euro per room this hotel did not disappoint. The Relais Christine was a charming, four star hotel in the heart of the 6th Arr., just off of Rue Dauphine, which proved to be a quiet haven in the middle of Paris. A quaint entry courtyard leads to well appointed lobby and nice rooms with split level sitting area and king size beds. The staff was most helpful, except that the concierge recommended a restaurant just around the corner (Le Espadon Bleu) which is owned by well known Parisian chef Jacques Cagna and which proved to be most disappointing...Very poor service and only average food. Overall, this is a great little hotel which is in a great neighborhood to experience true Parisian life with the Pont Neuf just around the corner and shops near Blvd. St. Germain within walking distance. Bathrooms are somewhat small but had great showers and towels with Molton Brown toiletries. We would definitely return here.
Charming Relais Christine
from A TripAdvisor Member
I returned to Relais Christine for my 3rd stay, this time taking my mother to Paris where she has not been in over 20 years and, IMO, has never really seen through her own eyes. So, positioned her in Relais Christine, in the dead center of Paris, just a block from Pont Neuf in the 6th. Relais Christine bends over backwards to please, and our rooms were on the 1st floor and had discrete access to the beautiful interior gardens. Excellent concierge services, wonderful breakfast presentation in what I can only describe as a catacomb, and a very welcoming lobby library with honor bar. I travel to Paris at least once a year, and Relais Christine is my favorite luxury boutique hotel. It is just so comfortable and perfectly located for walking anywhere in the city.
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Great location in Paris
You do have to be careful on some of the independent hotels. Charming can mean tiny. Great location can mean, right on a noisy street. The St Germain area (Latin Quarter) is such a great area to stay in, everything is walkable, great cafe's and shops nearby. Right next to Notre Dame, we even walked to The Eiffel Tower and The Arch (tho that was a hike). The Relais Christine is tucked away, on a quiet street, but right in the middle of everything, a block or two from The Seine. Lovely. September was great weather also for walking and touring. We also had no problem in Paris (not so in Italy) with everyone speaking English. We would try our broken French, and they seemed to appreciate the effort. The French were lovely and gracious. One negative, the taxi's are not always tourist friendly, learn the Metro.