At a Glance
Housed in a 17th-century private mansion in the heart of St-Germain-des-Prés, this Left Bank hôtel de charme offers high-level service, a great neighborhood and old-school, Parisian style.
The Aubusson, on the narrow, busy Rue Dauphine, is so unassuming that you could walk right by it and not even know it was there. Step inside, though, and you’ll be transported by a beautifully decorated hotel, where the Aubusson tapestries on the walls trace the long history of this 17th-century building. In cool weather, a log fire burns in the spacious salon, and there’s a courtyard garden where drinks are served in good weather. To be happiest here, opt for a grande luxe room, which has high-beamed ceilings and partially exposed stone walls and is decorated with lavish fabrics. Unlike so many other Left Bank hôtels de charme, this one offers a very high level of service, and even though there’s no restaurant on the premises, there are dozens of places nearby in St.-Germain. Room service is available—rare in hotels of this type, and they make a really great breakfast.
Who Should Stay
Those looking for a boutique hotel with authentic French décor, friendly service, and a storied past (the Aubusson tapestries on the walls trace the long history of this 17th-century building.) Music lovers will appreciate the live jazz concerts at the attached Café Laurent.
Written by Sandy Flick