La Belle Juliette: 19th century opulent, chic Paris hotel

Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres on the Left Bank, La Belle Juliette opened in January 2011 to the delight of visitors looking for intimate lodgings in Paris.  This opulent yet cozy boutique hotel is inspired by Juliette Recamier, the famous literary salonierre who was revered for her ability to charm and entertain.  She was a influential woman who led many literary and political circles during the early 19th Century.

Some of the small 34 rooms test the limits of cozy but the rich palette and meticulous furnishings (books are specially sourced by local antiquarian, Pascal Trovero) more than compensate.  Be prepared to be enchanted by the romantic atmosphere, beautiful colors, and subtle elegance created under the care of designer Anne Gelbart, who is renowned for her French ‘Home Couture’.  Her mission was to channel Juliette and bring to life her beauty and personality in La Belle Juliette.  Since Juliette herself was a chic trendsetter, iconic pieces such as an Eero Saarinen table and Jens Risom chair are introduced to the hotel.

Every floor is meant to resemble a particular person or period of Juliette’s life and the color themes range from monochromatic white to bold contrasting colors which create a refined and discreetly luxurious mood. Being known to use fine fabrics, Gelbard used fabrics from Dior and Lacroix among others to add to the luxury. The rooms possess all contemporary amenities that include iMac computers along with free WiFi.

The hotel is equipped with a luxurious spa and plenty of dining. Guests can eat at Le Talma, a bar and restaurant that has carefully crafted menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon treats, and dinner.  Rates start at 300 Euros for a Classique Room and special rates are often posted on their website.

Hotel La Belle Juliette
92, rue du Cherche Midi
Paris, France 75006
TEL +33 1 42 22 97 40


About Megha Patel

Megha Patel is a travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. She writes hotel reviews and travel guides.