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I don’t generally review hotels but my very quick visit to Paris last week saw me spending the night at the most lovely little hotel, La Belle Juliette, and I thought it might be useful for anyone planning a flying visit to Paris. 

The courtyard garden.

The hotel is named for Juliette Recarnier, famed for her beauty and I suppose for being a ‘society leader’ in the 1700-1800s. Weirdly, she married (aged 16) the long standing lover of her mother, who historians think was probably her father. Nothing is simple, right?

The dining area.

La Belle Juliette is in a quiet street by the St-Germain-de-Pres area which is the sort of place that you would hope to hit if you landed in Paris with romantic expectations. There are tiny shops – everything from patisseries and baby clothing shops to florists and pharmacies – that are charming (and expensive) and a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the Champs Elysees and its surrounds or any of the usual tourist beats. If you stay here, you could easily while away a day just walking and looking (and shopping!).

The sitting room.

The rooms are so chic.. small but perfect…and each one has an i-mac. Mine was simple grey and cream elegance and I slept like a log! Downstairs, the reception rooms are splashed with bright colours against a neutral base – bright pink chairs amongst antique pieces. It’s very comfortable and not at all intimidating. 

The message board.

The one thing that I didn’t like was breakfast. A fruit salad in a bowl the size of an egg-cup is eight euros. And on offer on the menu are two boiled eggs or an omlette. I asked whether I could have scrambled eggs. They said non. Now, if you’re a French chef rustling up an omlette, how hard can it be to just scramble the eggs instead. And at 300 Euros a night, I’d kind of expect them to cook the hen if I asked for it.

The staircase.

That aside, it’s the sweetest place – you mustn’t miss the bijoux spa in the basement. It is the tiniest place but absolutely lovely with a mini-pool (would hate to share it with strangers as it’s so little – could get crowded really fast!) that’s lit with changing colour mood lights. 

The little pool.

The staff couldn’t have been more helpful.  

The beautiful rose shop that Fresh were so inspired by they made their rose candle to smell the same as the shop interior.

*This is an independent review and my stay was not financed by the hotel.

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