Saint James Paris

A lavish Paris chateau
For more than a century, Saint James Paris was once a private mansion catered to scholars of famous Parisian universities as a residence through the Thiers Foundation, funded by the widow of former French President Adolphe Thiers in tribute to her husband. In 1992, the historic gem opened its doors with a bold, design-forward look that still embraced its past.

While the outside looks like a countryside chateau, the interiors by designer Bambi Sloan are decked out in vibrant, extravagant furnishings that are simply a joy to behold — the eclectic mix includes a graphic black-and-white lobby, individually designed rooms, a very clubby bar filled with leather-clad books and chairs. Saint James Paris is the only chateau-hotel in proper Paris, and sits on a corner within the heart of the 16th Arrondissement, a residential area with easy Metro access.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • In the chateau's original dining room, you will find Bellefeuille, which looks like a winter garden. The open kitchen trots out seasonal dishes featuring organic vegetables from the owners' estate south of Paris.
  • The galley-shaped library bar to the left of the dining room is decorated with Persian rugs, velvet and leather club armchairs and, a telltale of its scholarly past, towering bookshelves filled with tomes from the Paris hotel’s boarding house days.
  • In the summer, the green gazebo in the garden hosts The Terrace, a restaurant and bar with a great view of the chateau.
  • Pamper yourself at Guerlain Spa, which comes with three treatment rooms, an extensive gym, a hot tub, a hammam, a sauna and a light-filled 15-meter swimming pool with Greco-Roman details.
  • French amenities add to the Parisian atmosphere and include Guerlain grooming products available in every room. The minibar also offers Paris-made alcohol and sweets from local favorite Angelina.
Things to Know
  • Membership may have its privileges, but at Saint James Paris, a private Parisian club with ultra-luxe amenities, anyone who books a room may enjoy everything on the premises. That includes the chateau’s library lounge, a renowned restaurant, a flowered garden with a gazebo and a spa that features Guerlain products.
  • Bicycles are parked outside and available for guests to enjoy.
  • If you prefer to work out inside, there is a spacious gym and swimming pool on the basement floor.
The Rooms
  • Every one of the 50 rooms is bright, unique and artistic. They feature Pierre Frey fabrics and many different patterns.
  • Eye-catching details found in various guest rooms include many pieces showcasing French craftsmanship, like the famous "mushroom" lamps by Jean Roger and even a baby-grand piano.
  • There are 18 connecting rooms to enlarge the suites and separate townhouse options for those who prefer multiple floors and generous space.
The Restaurant
  • Adorned with 18th-century panoramic wallpaper and plants, the gastronomic restaurant Bellefeuille is open to the public for dinner.
  • Hotel guests and club members may enjoy this quiet side of Paris for a class French breakfast, lunch or dinner inside or outside in a lovely garden area, which is outfitted with a green pergola and plants blossoming in all seasons.
  • Chef Julien Dumas has imagined the six- or nine-course dinner menu like a path through France. His dishes capture an ephemeral moment in nature, and all ingredients come from producers preserving the environment and conducting responsible fishing.
Getting There
43 Avenue Bugeaud, 75116 Paris, France
CDG (24-35 min)  
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