La Belle Juliette
- Style La vie en rose
- Setting Central Saint-Germain
As lovely as Ladurée macaroons – and similarly coloured – La Belle Juliette hotel on Paris’ Left Bank leaves a sweet taste in your mouth. Soft pink décor, violet-hued paints and humbug-striped sofas pair perfectly with a place that takes its high tea and soufflés as seriously as the 19th-century socialite it was named for.
Need to know
- Rooms 34, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $256.81 (€187), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Continental breakfast is an additional €20 each. (Alternatively, stroll to one of the nearby patisseries.)
- Facilities Spa, petite courtyard attached to the restaurant, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iMac. Deluxe rooms and above have Nespresso machines.
- Poolside One of the hotel’s secret weapons is the unexpected little basement spa and mini swimming pool.
- Check–out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children The hotel's not ideal for youngsters, and definitely not for under-12s. There are no interconnecting rooms and extra beds are not available.
- Also Be warned, there will be some round-the-clock disruption for guests on weekdays while the Lazarist monks next door build a new residential home for older members of the order.
- Please note The restaurant is closed for refurbishment until February 2014, but breakfast and room service are still available.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room 107 is a romantic junior suite on the first floor with a dusky-pink complexion and a stately roll-top bath (a perfect setting for a Parisian proposal scene). Room 306 is the smallest and cutest Classic room. The dark shades – deep royal blue and sea-green – give it a more masculine feel, and it’s tucked away on the third floor: peaceful and private.
- Packing tips Candy-pink beach shorts/bikini for the spa; something dramatic for descending the ornate spiral staircase in style (silk or satin for Mrs; crisp tailoring for Mr). Leave plenty of space in your suitcase – Rue du Cherche-Midi is dotted with discerning boutiques.
- Also Save room for teatime, when the cake stands all but groan under the weight of gorgeous gateaux. Twice a month, the hotel hosts a musical mélange in the restaurant-cum-salon. The spa menu takes its cues from ancient Chinese medicine. Pick your pampering ritual according to which bits need TLC. Sore feet? Have the Peking at Your Feet soak, scrub and massage. Tired paws? Go for Happy Hands.
Food and drink at La Belle Juliette
- Hotel restaurant Le Talma isn’t your average restaurant – you’ll dine beside a baby grand and a gold harp, with plenty to distract you from your plate: ruby-red chairs, antique globes and books, and tiered cake stands. (There’s also a scattering of hot-pink chairs and tables on the little courtyard.) Breakfast is true to its roots: Le Boulanger de Monge bread, La Ferme d’Alexandre cheeses; lunch looks to Italy – expect burrata, ossobuco, radicchio salad and the ilk.
- Dress code Dip into the hotel’s pretty palette of pinks, parma violet, purple and blue. Nothing’s too frivolous here – model gold lace, berry-bright velvets and a witty little hat.
- Top table Outside on the courtyard if it’s warm. Inside, we like the cosy spot by the open fire: order chocolat chaud and snuggle up.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 7am and 11am; lunch is 12pm–2pm; the bar dispenses drinks from 7am ’til 11pm (or midnight, on Fridays and Saturdays).
- Room service Have small plates (salads and snacks) brought to your room between 7am and 11pm.
- Hotel bar Sample cocktails and cicchetti at Le Talma Bar, a typically colourful and cosy corner of the hotel.