Located along the River Seine just steps away from the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Hotel Le Notre-Dame Saint-Michel is in a very central position, in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris’ 5th arrondissement. Housed in a listed building, the boutique hotel features interiors and décor by French fashion designer Christian Lacroix, with each of the 26 unique rooms decked out in beautiful fabrics, art-printed wallpaper, and a mix of both antique and modern furnishings.
Our room was located on the top (6th) floor of the hotel and was spread over two levels, feeling more like an apartment than a hotel room. The lower level housed the sitting area and bathroom, with a small window overlooking the courtyard. As we had selected a room promising a view of the Seine and the Notre Dame, at first I thought there must have been a mistake. But as I climbed the small stairway to the upstairs bedroom, I was immediately drawn to the mansard window above the bed. As I opened the window and peered outside I was greeted with a bird’s eye view of the Notre Dame Cathedral. It looked so splendid in the spring sunshine that I was tempted to stay put just to take it all in. But the sight of the Bateaux Mouches passing under the Pont Saint Michel, and couples strolling along the banks of the Seine perusing the antique bookstalls helped to bring me to my senses. It was time to get out and revel in the city of Paris.
At just an hour and a quarter by train from Brussels, I wondered why I hadn’t visited Paris sooner. A quick metro ride from the Gare Du Nord and we were standing across from the Notre Dame Cathedral at the entrance to our hotel for the weekend. I couldn’t believe how amazing the location was!
We entered a colourful lobby, which I later discovered was designed by Christian Lacroix. I’d heard of the French fashion designer before so I knew this was a good sign. We were lucky to get a room on the top floor of the hotel, offering a magnificent view of quintessential Paris: the River Seine and the Notre Dame. It was just like something out of movie. It seemed so unreal, I had to pinch myself.
We were treated to an equally impressive outlook at breakfast time, with the windows of the breakfast room opening out to a direct view of the cathedral and glimpses of the Ile de la Cité. Sitting in our armchairs upholstered in Christian Lacroix fabrics, we enjoyed a traditional Parisien breakfast of organic pastries, including croissants and pains au chocolat, and tartines. The location, design and atmosphere of the hotel made me feel like a vrai parisien, even if only for a weekend.
Hotel Le Notre-Dame Saint-Michel
1, Quai Saint-Michel 75005 Paris