Sometimes we discover little “heavens of peace” in the middle of a hectic city. This was exactly the case when I bumped into “L’hotel de l’Abbaye”, located in the center of Saint Germain de Pres in Paris.
Some years ago, as I was strolling around looking for different hotels than the usual big “palaces” on the Rive Droite, I discovered a peaceful, unpretentious boutique hotel with a beautiful backyard where its clients can have their breakfast in the morning. Of course I wanted to get a feeling about this place, so I ordered a “Mariage and Freres” tea and I ended up staying there the whole afternoon. Not only the staff was smiley, but also service oriented. For a couple of hours I felt I was not in the middle of the hustle of Paris, but sitting in a charming little garden in the French countryside.
L’Abbaye used to be a meeting place for famous actors living in Saint Germain, some of them used to rent a room there for the whole year. Nowadays, the charm and history of those days remains in the atmosphere of this boutique hotel.
In case you were asking yourself, the “house” is at walking distance from the “Jardin du Luxemburg, the worldly renowned “Cafe de Flore”, the luxury boutiques and the amazing restaurants like “Le Comptoir du Relais” or “Pizza Chic”, on the corner of the street.
So if next time you were wondering where to stay on the “Rive Gauche” and you are looking for a different feeling from the big luxury hotels, you have the answer: “L’hotel de l’Abbaye”