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Villa Madame 4.0

6th Arrondissement (St-Germain-des-Pres and Luxembourg), Paris, France

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Pros

  • Ultra-romantic, intimate boutique property reflecting the Left Bank
  • Located near the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Quiet, plush rooms with safes, mini-fridges, and iPod docking stations
  • Showers feature special attachments that diffuse essential oils 
  • Cozy library, bar with cocktails and tea, and seating area with fireplace
  • Made-to-order, farm-fresh, organic breakfasts (for a fee)
  • Quiet outdoor garden for drinks and breakfast, weather permitting
  • Public computer in the lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Garden allows smoking (pro for some guests)
  • There are no fitness facilities or full restaurant
  • Scented rooms may not appeal to all guests

Bottom Line

The 28-room Villa Madame is an upscale, family-owned boutique hotel on the Left Bank of Paris, in the heart of the 6th Arrondissement. Its interiors manage to be lush without fussiness, thanks to minimalist furnishings complementing a proliferation of flowers, candles, and the scent of essential oils, all leading to the verdant Secret Garden out back (also perfect for lounging). This style extends to the rooms, which are similarly outfitted with contemporary furnishings and decor, and feature not only room diffusers but showerheads fitted with special attachments that can dispense essential oils while the water is running. On the downside, Villa Madame lacks a gym or full restaurant, though it does offer a cozy bar and breakfast service that can be made-to-order and delivered to rooms. Travelers in search of free breakfasts might check out the nearby Hotel de l'Abbaye Saint-Germain.

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Scene

Refined and plush boutique property with a romantic back garden that's a traveler's oasis

The simple stone building on a quiet side street says little of the lush interiors guests will find inside, though the flower boxes that spill with blooms offers some hint. In the entry, a box light hangs in front of an enormous vase filled with branches and flowers. On one side sits a simple blond check-in desk, surrounded by flowers and artwork, and to the right is a sitting room and library that features a working fireplace. A curving wooden bannister with wrought-iron railings leads to upper floors (though there is an elevator as well), while the hallway extends back to the so-called Secret Garden, a verdant green space kitted out with contemporary outdoor furnishings. The nature theme seeps throughout the common areas, which offer up more flowers, candles, and the scent of essential oils -- these have been custom-blended for the hotel and change according to season. Polished marble floors connect the space, topped by an artful combination of new and antique pieces. The vibe is distinctly sensual, and given its atmosphere, it's no surprise that this hotel draws mostly couples on romantic getaways.

Location

A perfect spot to explore the Left Bank, with many sights and cafes in walking distance

Paris is a city for walking, and Villa Madame's location in the 6th Arrondissement -- considered the quintessential Parisian neighborhood -- is a perfect spot to practice the French art of the "flâneur," or strolling. Home to Saint-Germain-des-Prés (an eight-minute walk from the hotel), the Latin Quarter (a 14-minute walk), and Luxembourg Gardens (just four minutes away on foot), this neighborhood is also chockfull of shops, patisseries, bakeries, wine shops, and cafes. The busy Carrefour de Buci, dotted with cafés, flower markets, and shops, is just an 10-minute walk from the hotel. All of Paris is accessible from the nearby public transit (the nearest metro is just a four-minute walk away), which gives access to the Eiffel Tower in 26 minutes. Although the Musee d’Orsay is 21 minutes away whether on foot or by transit, the metro does cut down the time it takes to reach the Louvre museum to 12 minutes. (It's 24 minutes on foot.) Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 46-minute drive from the hotel.

Rooms

Beautifully and individually styled in lush fabrics and modern amenities

The rooms at Villa Madame are individually decorated, and attention has been paid to every detail. The hotel's nature theme continues here, with potted plants and flowering orchids dotting the rooms, alongside touches like rough-hewn wooden beams, or mirrors framed with brass shaped like bamboo stalks. The overall color palette is a tasteful neutral with aesthetically pleasing splashes of bold color, such as the bright contemporary rugs that warm up the wide-plank wooden floors. Couches and chairs in cozy velveteen fabrics enhance the look. All room categories feature comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, mini-fridges, iPod docks, safes, work desks, and free Wi-Fi. Even the basic room level may come with a terrace (ask when booking), while upgrades bring more space, tea and coffee making facilities, and separate tubs. Bathrooms have creamy interiors, with light brown marble floors, and ivory-colored tiles. Though on the smallish side, spa-like bathrooms have walk-in showers or shower/tub combos with both rainfall showerheads and handheld wands -- as well as essential oil dispensers -- fluffy robes, illuminated magnifying mirrors, hairdryers, and Hermes toiletries. 

Features

A "Secret Garden," chic lobby/bar area, and made-to-order breakfasts plus great perks

The lobby lounge and bar offer an attractive, comfortable seating area where guests can peruse the free daily newspapers and a selection of books. There's a working fireplace that blazes in winter months, or, weather permitting, the Secret Garden out back provides quiet outdoor space for lounging, eating, or cigars from the owner's collection. Breakfast isn't free, but it is made to order with organic selections from local, sustainable farms, and can be eaten in the dining area or delivered to the room. There's no fitness center, spa, or meeting rooms, but there is a public computer in the lobby and the hotel does offer loaner iPads. Airport shuttles, babysitting, and laundry services can be arranged for a fee. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Address

44 rue Madame, Paris, Ile-de-France 75006, France

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