There are those who dream about Paris and those who devote their lives to making it a part of their lives. Six years as a local and I can say that my identity is inextricably linked to this place, one of the world's most unequivocally beautiful cities and one of its most storied. It's a hub for hedonists, a wellspring of inspiration for creatives and a haven for history buffs. Get lost, go exploring, eat until your belly hurts and do it all over again.

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How to Score a Reservation at Le Comptoir

Booking a room at Le Relais Saint-Germain, managed by the beloved chef Yves Camdeborde, is the only surefire way to score a table at his bistro next door, Le Comptoir. Each hotel room is dedicated to a prominent author who was inspired by Paris, and guests enjoy a satisfying Basque breakfast. You’re also just steps away from L’Avant Comptoir wine bar, Patrick Roger chocolates, and other Saint-Germain food pilgrimage sites.
From $344. 9 Carrefour de L’Odéon, 33/(0) 1-4427-0797.

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What really makes the Relais Saint-Germain special is the view of the carrefour (crossroads) below. An amazing cross-section of Paris life passes before your eyes at all hours. Had we been confined to our room for some reason, we still could have had a wonderful vacation just watching lives intersect below. We stayed at this hotel in 2001 - before an unfortunate over-the-top upgrade that added a lot to its prices while taking away from its charm. -- Richard Wexler, Alexandria VA

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It sounds wonderful. I would love to go back to Paris


Hotel Le Relais Saint Germain

9 Carrefour de l'Odéon
Paris, France
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