Hotel Montalembert is a safe bet for travellers looking for a stylish base with a chic ‘in-house’ fusion restaurant perfect for an intimate meeting or meal for two
Recently and expensively renovated to celebrate the hotel’s 90th birthday, the interior of the boutique hotel blends original 1920s fixtures with modern furnishings making for a gentle and atmospheric setting perfect for an intimate meal for two or a straight talking business meeting. Walls are lined with rosewood woodwork, it’s deep chocolatey colour a tasteful compliment to the cream and mustard-yellow of the modern furnishings and the opulent glow of the Carrara marble bar.
But the dishes served in the Montalembert are as much of a fusion as the location itself; Chef David Maroleau’s menu serves light, healthy French ingredients with Far East influences, the jewel of the immaculate medley of dishes sampled by Director being the seared Thai-style tiger shrimp tartare on a bed of Japanese rice with an intriguing citronella dashi stock poured around it on serving. Other Asian influences abound; a green tea flavouring adds to the hazelnut biscuit that accompanies the French mushroom soup in an espresso cup; a turbot dish with leek and fennel is dusted with matcha powder. Fused to perfection.
For guests lucky enough to be staying at the hotel food from the restaurant can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room, but for those passing through, the hotel’s warm and welcoming ambience is magnetic – don’t expect to be leaving in a hurry.
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About Hotel Montalembert
“The Hotel Montalembert, built in 1926, is the first 5 star Boutique hotel on the Left Bank. The Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés on the Left Bank. Few steps away from the Orsay and the Louvre Museums, this boutique hotel is surrounded by design stores, exclusive art galleries, antique shops, famous cafés (Café de Flore, Deux Magots) and the deluxe department store Le Bon Marché.
The warm and intimate atmosphere of the lobby makes you feel unique and privileged. The hotel Montalembert is the perfect combination between contemporary design and cosy ambiance.
It was not the first, but this one draws from the wishes of the owner, Anne Jousse, to “reawaken” her house. And because the Hotel Montalembert made the headlines by being the first “Boutique Hotel” in Paris, twenty-five years ago, it felt natural to recreate an event of similar proportions, without limiting themselves to a simple concept. “This hotel is ingrained in its neighbourhood,” explains Jousse. “It is the hotel of writers and artists. So we wanted to preserve this spirit, particularly for the restaurant whose costumers are primarily local regulars.”