When C & I decided to spend time in Paris in 2013 – it was the first time we were both going as “grown ups” Meaning C had studied abroad in Paris while in high school and visited with his family – while I had backpacked in college & spent time with friends who lived in the city since. So as we embarked on planning our adventures in the city – we were both at a loss of where to stay. We knew we wanted to stay in St. Germain – and at the suggestion of his aunt and uncle we opt’d for Hotel Des Marronniers. Hotel Des Marronniers is a quaint boutique hotel situated set back from the road, accessed thru a vaulted entrance and hidden at the end of the beautiful courtyard. The hotel is a short walk from either the Saint-Germain-des-Près (line 4), or Mabillon (line 10) metro lines & the hotel will actually work to arrange a taxi/private car transportation for arrival/departure to/from the airport if needed.
The hotels interior is just precious. Brightly colored carpet and wallpaper guide you to your room. The hotel offers various room types, all of which are quintessentially French – meaning they are on the smaller side by US standards, but are impeccably decorated with beautiful textiles and linens. Below are photos from rooms we have stayed in during two of our visits. We don’t mind the smaller rooms – as our thought is you should be out exploring the city – coming home only to sleep or perhaps take a mid day nap (with the hotels central location a nap is an option)
Additionally, the hotel staff is uber friendly and makes it a point to learn your name each day. It is easy to do so as you turn in your key to the front staff and retrieve each time you come/go. While I initially thought this would be a pain, I came to quite enjoy it as it allowed us to both interact with staff – but also not have to worry about keeping up with our key and such while out and about.
One of the best parts of Hotel des Marronnier’s is the garden and tearoom located behind the hotel. The garden/tearoom is open to both hotel guests and to passers-by. It is quaint and had a decent menu. Should you chose to stay or not, it is a relaxing place to sit and rest and recap the day – it is accessible via the veranda until 11:30pm. Looking to wind-down inside – the hotel offers a quaint cellar/library – the area is carved from stone and has vaulted ceiling, large table, comfortable seating and a computer area.
While we didn’t snap photos (guess this means we will have to go back) – The hotel offers a breakfast buffet as well as table service, everyday from 7:30 to 11:00 am, and the Parisian breakfast can be served in your room on request. You know what they say “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” – and this statement couldn’t be more true when traveling. The hotel also offers nightly champagne/drinks and snacks.
We have found the area to be centrally located an close to some of our favorite spots for shopping, eating and sight seeing. More of that in a seperate post with our favorite spots in St. Germain. But for those wondering the proximity to some of the more known “attractions” visit here for a full list, and check out some of the most known below.
- Delacroix Museum: a 5-minute walk. Closed on Tuesdays.
- The Louvre Museum: a 10-minute walk. Closed on Tuesdays.
- Notre Dame Cathedral: a 15-minute walk. Open every day.
- The Orsay Museum: a 20-minute walk. Closed on Mondays.
- The Pantheon: a 20-minute walk. Open every day.
- Montmartre: 20 minutes by metro. Open every day.
- The Eiffel Tower: a 35-minute walk.
- The Champs Elysees: a 45-minute walk or 20 minutes by metro.
Note we were not compensated for this post in any way – just sharing one of our favorite spots and reasons we love it.