Words by Konstantina Pyrnokoki
Photos by Xavier Béjot
With summer already in full swing and obligations still keeping some of us tied to the city, sitting by the river is the closest we’ll probably get to ‘lying on a beach’ for now. Every once in awhile, though, a lavish oasis pops up in the middle of the concrete. And just like most European cities, Paris has a way of keeping its most treasured gems a secret.
Hidden behind trees in the posh Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood, Hôtel Récamier may go unnoticed by the untrained eye. Surrounded by nature, the boutique hotel serves as a luxurious retreat right in the centre of Paris. Architect and interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot renovated this former family home into one of the most sophisticated hotels in the 6th arrondissement. The property owes its name to Madame Récamier, the famous muse who inspired the work of numerous writers and politicians in the 19th century.
Beautiful wallpapers, mirrors in elegant frames and a mosaic floor at the lobby welcome visitors to a stylish haven. Deniot has preserved the intimate charm of the home Hôtel Récamier once was through the cozy furniture and carpets in the living room and bedrooms. Its serene patio, equipped with bamboo sofas and wooden floor tables that look as if they’ve just been carved out of a tree, offers an ideal setting to collect your thoughts.
Promising tourists an entirely stress-free holiday, Hôtel Récamier’s relaxed atmosphere also gives locals an excuse for a much-needed ‘staycation’.
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