Hot-air balloons in the garden, leopard-skin carpets and a crazy link of seven chandeliers called 'Chaos' in the foyer tell you that the Saint-James Paris hotel is anything but ordinary.
This romantic three-story chateau-hotel in the exclusive 16th arrondissement was recently given a magical makeover by 'dream-maker' designer Bambi Sloan who transformed the former students' accommodation into one of the most appealing and luxury accommodation options in the City of Light.
Built in 1892, on what was originally the first aerodrome in Paris, it offers guests warm hospitality in its 48 suites and rooms; and as the private Saint James Club, welcomes members from some 180 prestigious clubs around the world.
Décor is whimsical, romantic and at times quite mad with hot-air balloon light fixtures that match decorative custom-made balloon-themed wallpaper, parquet and black and white checker-board carpets that mimic the marble tiles in the foyer with its grand staircase and dramatic black and white "My Fair Lady" style.
Guests will love the small romantic details such as tassel-trimmed cushions, Lanvin toiletries, breakfast scrambled eggs served in individual glass-lidded jars, masses of perfect rosebuds and convertible Smart car for rental. Utterly perfect and just oozing romance all over!
With new chef Virginie Basserot ensconced in the kitchen (formerly of The Crillon and The Bristol where she was premier sous chef with three Michelin stars), there is little reason to leave the hotel – except that the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower are within easy walking distance, as are the Museum of Modern Art, the Marmottan-Monet and Guimet Museums. It's the perfect place to call home while on a romantic Parisian honeymoon or getaway for two, and we utterly adore it – as will any couple after a luxury stay in the city of love.
The Saint James Paris is at 43 Avenue Bugeaud, 75116 Paris, Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 05 81 81.