Some things are a perfect match: Paris and literature, the Left Bank and—Hotel Montalembert. And not merely because Nancy Mitford said so, though she did! In her pre-war classic, ‘The Pursuit of Love’, she has Fabrice telling Linda, ‘Je m’excuse, Madame, for not taking you to the Ritz, but I have a feeling for the Hotel Montalembert just now, that it will suit your mood this morning.’ We think it will suit your mood too.
A favourite with artists and writers since its inception in 1926, the elegant Hotel Montalembert stands in the heart of the fashionable and cultural St Germain des Prés district—home of artists and writers, art galleries and antiques, style and shopping, not to mention the leafy Jardin du Luxembourg, the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. And with its warm, intimate atmosphere and art-filled rooms, it feels just like a private apartment building.
Hotel Montalembert was in fact the first five-star hotel on Le Rive Gauche, and with just 50 guest rooms—10 of them suites—it is believed to be the source of the ’boutique hotel’ appellation. And now interior designer Pascal Allaman has worked his magic in what is termed a ‘gentle makeover’ in rich, dark woods with touches of gold, leather, bronze, wool and wild silk. The aim? ‘To add warmth, to give guests the impression they’re sleeping in a Parisian pied-à-terre,’ he says. Bespoke furniture includes ebony headboards, Art Deco inspired desks, armchairs and lamps, raw teak ceilings against Carrara marble and Bizzaza mosaic walls. It all adds up to the perfect combination of contemporary design and cosy ambience.
The Montalembert has plenty of natural attractions, including top-floor suites with stunning views of the rooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. In all rooms there are two styles to choose from: contemporary, with Christian Liaigre furniture, and classic Louis-Philippe style, with modern accents. All offer sumptuous furnishings and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks with Bose sound systems, while the ensuite bathrooms feature state-of-the-art chrome fixtures, marble floors and L’Occitane toiletries.
One of the highlights is the cuisine: the Montalembert’s in-house Le Restaurant serves wonderfully flavoured dishes by chef David Maroleaud. The four main categories of ingredients—Terre, Mer, Végétal and Soleil—are available in either dégustation or gourmet portions. The elegant decor of oak, cream walls and floors, and a white Carrara marble bar forms a neutral backcloth for the exceptional cuisine—and if the weather allows, you can lunch or dine al fresco on the terrace.
In addition to the fine food in Le Restaurant, Hotel Montalembert is next door to L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a magnet for culinary connoisseurs. A few minutes walk away is the restaurant of another superchef, Pierre Gagnaire at Gaya Rive Gauche.
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