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HÔTEL BLC DESIGN RELAIS DE PARIS 4 rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris +33 1 40 09 60 16 www.lesrelaisdeparis.fr/fr/blc-design/

SAINT JAMES PARIS 43 avenue Bugeaud, 75115 Paris +33 1 44 05 81 81 www.saint-james-paris.com

Left: Sleek white hues and oversized wall art at the BLC Design Hotel. Above: Lounge area at Pavillon d’Amour, a romantic new addition to the Saint-James Paris.

PAVILLON D’AMOUR, SAINT JAMES PARIS One of Paris’ most charming new châteauhotels, the Saint James Paris (extensively refurbished in 2011), now offers two exclusive garden pavilions for guests in need of a little more intimacy and indulgence. The Pavillon d’Amour (Love Pavilion) is the honeymooners’ ultimate retreat, boasting a private spa with two massage tables and a steam room, as well as a kitchen, living room and bedroom spread over a generous 80 square

metres. As for the rest of the hotel, the décor is romantic – with a touch of the eccentric. Over in the main building, each of the hotel’s 48 rooms and suites has a unique décor, the work of eccentric Paris-raised interior designer, Bambi Sloan. She has stayed true to the building’s 1892 heritage, with Napoleon III-style furnishings, herringbone parquetry and lashings of antiques throughout, but has injected a contemporary mood too, with bursts of bold colour and patterning. The hotel’s approach to customer service is a blend of château-hotel exclusivity with privatehome intimacy: discreet yet attentive. Enjoy the

inspired setting of your room – each suite is inspired by historic or fictional characters including Eliza Doolittle and René Magritte – or take in the hotel’s many facilities, including the chandelierdecked visual chaos of the lobby, hot air-balloons in the garden and a library that also serves as an intimate bar. At the restaurant, enjoy generous French cuisine by renowned chef Virginie Basselot; the tasting menu is worth splashing out on. There’s also an intimate bar, a Gemology Spa, private function rooms, and tailored services from the concierge.

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Rendezvous en France 2013  

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