Walk around the “Petite Ceinture”

Written by james, the 13 February in category Going out, 1 comment

Paris is full of secret places! The Clefs d’Or Concierges of the Saint James Paris recommend a green and mysterious walk in the upscale 16th district.

The “Petite Ceinture” is an old railway that surrounded Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. It was used to carry passengers and goods. Abandoned in 1985, it now offers a quiet and peaceful place, given back to nature.

One part of this disused railway has become a 1.5-km-long bucolic walk. Located between Porte d’Auteuil and Porte de la Muette, this ecological corridor offers a lot of original landscapes and welcomes many animal species. A new must-see of the Parisian heritage, even if still unknown!

A real green line, unusual and full of history, at a few steps only from the Saint James Paris!

Addresses for departures:
In front of 77 boulevard de Montmorency
In front of rue du Ranelagh,
36 boulevard de Beauséjour
(Paris 16th)

At the Saint James Paris, we make dreams come true! Our Valentines offer includes one night in a Junior Suite, a bottle of champagne Deutz Amour, and full breakfast (in bed or at the buffet). This offer is valid from February 11th to 15th, 2014, upon availability, at the exceptional rate of 600 Euro per night. Book now !

And for an extra touch, plan a romantic evening on February 14th!

Our Chef Virginie Basselot imagined a Gourmet dinner that you will enjoy in a Brazilian ambiance with singer Cynthia Abraham and pianist Manuel Rocheman. Spend Valentines with us! +33 1 44 05 81 81 or [email protected].

Valentines’ Menu


Duck foie gras from the Landes region, candied hibiscus and lemon marmalade

Scallops in an aromatic broth, tapioca beads flavoured with beetroot

Roast Challans duckling with kampot pepper, onions and mango,
preserved leg in salad

Ossau-Iraty and cherry jelly

Lemon and rose dessert, buttermilk mousse, litchis and grapefruit
A partager en amoureux

Coffee and delicacies

(130 Euro per person without drinks)



A tribute to Jean Cocteau

Written by james, the 17 January in category Non classé, Going out, 0 comment

Until February 23rd, the Musée des Lettres et des Manuscrits pays a tribute to a multi-talented artist: Jean Cocteau. The exhibition “Jean Cocteau le magnifique: les miroirs d’un poète” presents his ingeniosity fifty years after his death.

150 pieces are presented: manuscripts, letters, works and drawings to relate the carrier of this passionate and sensible multi-talented artist. Among the masterpieces of this retrospective, the famous manuscripts of “Beauty and the Beast” considered as a “Trésor National” and which decors inspired Bambi Sloan in her vision of different spaces at the Saint James Paris. Also on display are his correspondences with his closest friend Edith Piaf and with his great love, the actor Jean Marais.

Fifty years after his death, Jean Cocteau continues to inspire the artists of today.




Celebrate in beauty the New Year’s Eve at the Saint James Paris and share a privileged moment in the spectacular dining room of the only chateau hotel of the capital !
What is on the program? A gourmet experience in a pop-rock atmosphere!

Our Chef Virginie Basselot will prepare festive dishes with delicacy, and delight all the guests while Zébulon Duke, both a guitarist and a singer, will accompany the clock!
An exceptional evening to start 2014 on a high note!


New Year’s Eve Menu
Parisian style brioche with duck foie gras from the Landes region, porto jelly
Scallops with black truffle, slow-simmered leeks and ratte potatoes
Fillet of venison, pepper sauce, crystallized kumquats, chervil tops and purée
Mont d’Or cheese with black truffle and lamb lettuce
Citrus fruit sorbet with grapefruit and orange
Thin Macaé chocolate roll, hazelnut mousse and spread, chocolate ice cream
Coffee and delicacies

The menu costs 210€ per person (without drinks)
Reservations at 01 44 05 81 81



Fashion: Alaïa for Galliera

Written by james, the 22 November in category What’s up?, Going out, 0 comment

After four years of renovations, the new Musée Galliera re-opens and presents the career of Azzedine Alaïa, the famous “sculptor of fabrics”.

A few steps from the Saint James Paris, the exhibition presents the story of this French-Tunisian creator with 70 of his sculptural creations highlighted in the renovated galleries of the Palace, and made to enhance the curves of women. The designer selected dresses of timeless chic made out of leather, chiffon, lace or jersey, to present his career as a whole in the upscale 16th district. A must see during your stay at Paris’ only chateau-hotel.

Azzedine Alaïa in the Palais Galliera, until January 26th, 2013.

Musée Galliera de la mode
10, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75116 Paris

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. Until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Azzedine Alaïa au Musée Galliera


Beauty and the Beast at Théâtre Mogador

Written by james, the 07 November in category What’s up?, Going out, 0 comment

After a tremendous success, first in Broadway and then all over the world, the fabulous musical Beauty and the Beast is on the stage of the Théâtre Mogador for a few months!

Inspired by a French novel imagined by Mrs Le Prince de Beaumont, this tale relates the story of a dreamy romantic girl who falls in love with the one she was afraid of. Adapted to the cinema by Jean Cocteau in 1946, it has been taken over by the Disney Studios in 1991 and has become one of their classics seen by everyone.

The fairy of the cartoon is perfectly rendered on stage. The magic of the tale and the famous songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, who have been awarded by 2 Oscars, will delight young and old alike.

A superb 2-hour-and-a-half show fitting perfectly with the spirit of the end-of-year celebrations!

Recommended by our Clefs d’Or Concierge Maxime.

La Belle et la Bête


Flying above Ile de France

Written by james, the 05 September in category What’s up?, 1 comment

Man has always been tempted and passionate about flying. Fascinated by the potential of airships, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin gave his name to the hot-air balloon which took off from Paris besieged, to bring food during the German military invasion in the 1870s.

After four years of study and for the first time in France, the first Zeppelin with tourists inside took off from Pontoise airport on August 4th. This 75-feet-long aircraft, with its large windows and comfortable seats, offers its 12 lucky passengers to admire landscapes of Ile de France region 300 meters above the ground and at the speed of 43.5 miles per hour, in a surprising silence. This experience that Airship-Paris offers is unique as “only three of these aircrafts are currently flying in the world”, according to the direction of sales. The company has imagined four itineraries to satisfy the curiosity of the tourists and the residents of the Ile de France region: the Château de Versailles, the Château de Chantilly, the natural park of Vexin and the “boucles de la Seine”, all departing from Pontoise Airport.

Do not miss this occasion to enjoy the region’s landscapes in an absolutely unique way!

1 flight (30 minutes): 250 € per adult – 200 € per child (2 to 12 years old)

For more information:



“Penone Versailles”

Written by james, the 24 July in category What’s up?, 0 comment

For the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, King Louis XIV’s famous landscaper, the garden of the Château de Versailles has opened its gates to welcome the Italian sculptor Guiseppe Penone. Until October 31st, the artist honours Le Nôtre with astounding works created especially for the occasion which are, together with a selection of his pre-existing sculptures, displayed mainly in the French Garden, along the Allée Royale and in the Star grove.
The tree is one of his central topics. With the use of raw noble materials like wood, marble, rock or water, Penone brings trees back to life beyond their plant condition, sculpting, modifying and reassembling fallen trees to create astonishing forms.
Inside the castle, his amazing odoriferous installation “Respirare l’Ombra” – a wall made of tea-leafs! -  is also a must-see!

Exhibition « Penone Versailles » 2013 at Domaine de Versailles, a recommendation from our concierge Maxime.

From June 11th to October  30th, 2013 from 8:00am to 8:30pm.

Free entry to the gardens, except when “Grandes Eaux Musicales” and “Jardins Musicaux” shows are programmed.
The castle is open Tue-Sun from 9:00am to 6:30pm




Enjoy summer with style and bubbles!

Written by james, the 11 July in category What’s up?, 0 comment

This summer, the terrace of the Saint James Paris with its air-balloon-like arbours offers its setting to a Champagne Bar in partnership with the Maison Taittinger. The marriage of these two renouned houses is a unique experience.
Until the end of September, the six Taittinger cuvees selected by the sommelier of the Saint James Paris, Micaël Morais, will delight you from the aperitif and throughout your dinner!
Virginie Basselot, the Chef, has imagined delicate dishes to match this summer Champagne bar. Some are even prepared with the prestigious drink: to perfect the softness and the tenderness of veal, associated with the marine flavour of tunas and with the exotic one of capers, she has chosen the Brut Réserve cuvee, a savoury, sophisticated and well-balanced champagne. For the dessert aficionados, she has elaborated a fresh and light desert with strawberries, sublimated by the Nocturne Rosé cuvee, very intense and aromatic.

A sparkling summer to enjoy in the shade of the air-balloons, an absolutely unique setting for an exceptional dinner in a garden in the heart of Paris.

Reservations with the restaurant: +33 (0)1 44 05 81 81 or [email protected]

 Bar a champagne


Sake Bar: flavors of Japan

Written by james, the 02 July in category What’s up?, 0 comment

In the heart of Latin quarter, we fell in love with a unique place: the Sake Bar. This small and quiet Japanese-style restaurant serves a French cuisine with Japanese inspirations. To accompany the dishes, the Chef proposes a beautiful selection of Sakes (over thirty different flavors), of Japanese beer and Shochus (Japanese brandy).
The aim of the Sake Bar is to share the richness and diversity of the Japanese sakes. Unfiltered, undiluted, dry, sweet, soft, sparkling… As in a tapas bar, any taste can be accommodated here.
Neophytes who dare venture more and more, are welcomed with kindness in this place also visited by many Japanese. And it is not a coincidence if this great spot now stands in what used to be the very first Japanese restaurant to open in Paris in 1958: Takaraya, by Takumi Ashibe.

Menus at 19€ for lunch and 35€ for dinner. A recommendation of our concierge Maxime.
The restaurant is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays for lunch and dinner.
The bar is open for dinner from Tuesdays to Sundays.
3 rue Valette 75005
Tel: +33(0)1 43 26 05 32