In the heart of the literary left bank area of Paris, The contemporary Hotel Bel Ami is located, appropriately enough, in a former printworks.

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There are 108 en suite rooms (including seven suites) decked out along almost Nordic design lines with minimal fuss and the odd blocks of greens and blues - basically the antithesis of the more lavish French capital's grande dame hotels.

The Mots Passants restaurant continues the literary theme with shelves full of art books and serves breakfasts and weekend brunches only. For other meals, the excellent concierges will advise guests on the best of the many bistros within easy walking of the hotel. Elsewhere, the Bel Ami bar is a sophisticated place to enjoy a relaxing drink after wandering the streets of Saint Germain. Choose from the extensive cocktail list (the Before My Detox concoction of vodka infused tea is particularly good) and settle into the hanging Bulle chairs for the evening.

An equally pleasing place to hangout is the Institut Esthederm Wellbeing Area (that's a spa to you and me) which has two treatments rooms where the staff offer facials and massages, and a sauna and gym room.


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