Located in St.-Germain-des-Prés, Relais Christine is a small boutique hotel just two blocks from the Seine. Built on the remains of a 13th-century abbey, the hotel incorporates original architectural elements such as centuries-old stone vaults that arch over the cavernous breakfast room. The 51 guestrooms are individually designed in either a historic or contemporary style: some include medieval wooden beams and velvet furnishings, while others contain bold-patterned wallpaper and mosaic-tiled bathrooms. Some lower-level rooms also have French windows that open directly onto the hotel’s private garden. Just off the lobby, the fireside honor bar serves cocktails in the evening.
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