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JAN-FEB 2019

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Situated in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a few steps from the Latin Quarter, the Relais Christine enjoys one of the most convenient locations for anyone exploring the unrivalled sidewalk life for which Paris is justly famous. When planning our trip to the City of Lights to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, my wife, Jen, and I had decided to divide our six nights between the Left and Right Banks, all the better to enjoy both our individual and shared interests. Being a bit of a social gadfly and lifelong hedonist, I had no doubt that the Left Bank was the place for me, with its cafés, bistros, bakeries and bookshops. For Jen, the Right Bank, with its museums, galleries and post-revolutionary architecture, provided exactly the kind of cultural immersion she enjoys so much. Somewhere in the middle, perhaps at Notre Dame and the Île de la Cité, our tastes would converge. Conveniently located just off the river, on the very quiet Rue Christine, the delightfully intimate Relais Christine is within a short walk of all of the aforementioned attractions, as well as the famous art galleries of Rues Mazarine and Dauphine, not to mention the prestigious boutiques of Boulevard Saint-Germain. Newly redone and discreetly luxurious, it is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and has managed to preserve the intimacy of the private residence it was for many decades before opening as a hotel in 1979. Its comfortable and welcoming 48 rooms and suites, quiet atmosphere and personalized service make the Relais Christine a restful and friendly place to stay, worthy of the best Parisian addresses. Arriving from Charles De Gaulle airport on the morning after anksgiving, tired but eager to start our exploration without any ado, we checked in and were escorted to our suite by supremely courteous and professional members of staff who set the tone for the level of hospitality we were to enjoy at our hotels over the next six days. Our suite was the only one in the hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower, which is not to say that the remaining rooms are by any means deficient in luxurious amenities and spectacular views. Written by Jeffrey Cohen LEFT BANK LUXURY Relais Christine, Paris e elegant Relais Christine, Paris 84 slmag.net

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