Going out


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)


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.




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


Paris highlights

Written by james, the 19 September in category Going out, 0 comment

Soon the end of the year! A rich period with a lot of events and exhibitions in Paris! Our suggestions:

The Musée du Louvre presents its new department dedicated to Islamic Arts. This new space, imagined by the architects Bellini and Ricciotti, consists in an amazing glass roof and is situated Cour Visconti. A great project 20 years after the great pyramid.

If you missed Bvlgari in 2010, discover the Van Cleef & Arpels retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs from September 20th, 2012 to February 13th, 2013. A brilliant exhibition!

The Grand Palais honors Edward Hopper from October 10th, 2012 to January 28th, 2013. This exhibition shows his evolution during his whole life, from his first painting to his masterpieces that made him known all over the world.

After this visit, have a break at the restaurant and café “The Mini Palais”, with the 3-Michelin star awarded Chef, Eric Fréchon at its head (with whom Virginie Basselot, our new Chef, worked before joining the Saint James Paris). A delicious moment after a cultural experience!

From November 21st, 2012 to March 25th, 2013, the Centre Pompidou honors Salvador Dali, this eccentric and emblematic artist who let his print in the capitale nicknaming some Parisian places. A unique occasion to discover more than 150 painting and masterpieces!

Do not leave the Centre Pompidou before climbing to the top floor at the Georges restaurant, which offers a fantastic view of Paris!

For any further information or reservation, do not hesitate to contact our concierges!


Discover the 16th district

Written by james, the 03 July in category Going out, 0 comment

While staying at the Saint James Paris, discover the exclusive 16th district, Paris’ most upscale neighbourhood.

Make a left when leaving the Saint James’ gardens and take “rue des Belles Feuilles”. Pierre Berégovy, who served as Prime Minister under François Mitterand, lived at number 68.
Walk to the Marmottan-Claude Monet museum (rue Louis Boilly), where you will be able to see the famous painting entitled “Impression soleil levant”, which gave its name to the Impressionism.
Until July, 29th, you will also see a retrospective dedicated to Berthe Morisot.
Not far from the museum, at number 10 square du Docteur Blanche, the Corbusier foundation offers you to discover major pieces by this famous designer.
At the Place du Trocadéro, le Musée national de la Marine (the navy museum), le Musée de l’Homme (Human museum) or le musée du Vin (the wine museum) are all worth a visit.
Place des Etats-Unis, discover le musée Baccarat (Baccarat museum) and its amazing collection of crystalware.
Then, join the place d’Iéna with the George Washington statue, unveiled in 1900 and offered by the women of the United States “in memory of the fraternal help given by France during the independency fight”. In front of the statue, Asian art lovers will be delighted by le musée d’arts asiatiques Guimet or les galleries du Panthéon Bouddhique.



Don’t miss Basquiat.

Written by jamie, the 01 December in category Going out, 0 comment

Many key exhibitions are scheduled in Paris around Christmas-time. One of Jamie’s favourites is the one dedicated to Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Musée d’Art moderne. From the Saint James Paris, it will only take you a pleasant walk through the chic streets of the 16th district to access it.
In spite of his too short career – less than 15 years, Jean-Michel Basquiat managed to produce many works of various influences and to define a violent and dark underground culture that is surprisingly full of freedom and vitality. This exhibition in which over a hundred of works have been put together is the largest ever dedicated to Basquiat. A must see!

The museum assembling the biggest collection of worls by Claude Monet is without a doubt the Musée Marmottan-Monet, located at nr 2 rue Claude Boilly. It is very easy to access it from the Saint James Paris, especially during a little summer walk in the neighbourhood!
This summer, the musée Marmottan-Monet unterlines the influence Claude Monet had on the Abstraction movement. 44 Impressionist and Abstract art works have been put together for a striking comparison. You will see works by Rothko, Hofmann, Still, Pollock, Krasner, Tobey and others.
Do not hesitate to contact us during you stay, our concierges would be pleased to organize tickets for you!



Exhibition at the Musée Guimet

Written by jamie, the 07 June in category Going out, 2 comments

Within a few minutes walk from the Saint James, the Musée Guimet focuses on a quite unknown civilisation that flourished in Gandhara between the 1st and 6th centuries A.D. As a place of culture and exchanges located North-West of the actual Pakistan, Gandhara developed a culture based on various sources. Nourished by Greek influences after its conquest by Alexander the Great, this civilisation bloomed with Persian and Indian inspirations. The exhibition puts together 200 exceptional Greek-Buddhist works that testify of this world that found and created its own brilliant civilisation between the Roman world (West) and the Han Chinese world (East). To discover before August 16th.


A couple of sculptors: the Lalannes

Written by jamie, the 14 April in category Going out, 0 comment

Let the Lalannes surprise you! The musée des Arts décoratifs has organized a big retrospective dedicated to Claude et François-Xavier Lalanne, these sculptors who found their inspiration in nature and animals. Over 150 pieces from monumental sculpture to objects of the everyday are displayed in three spaces in a setting imagined by the architect Peter Marino in the nave of the Arts décoratifs. If Claude focused on electroplating and themed her work on nature, François-Xavier preferred hammering to picture animals.  An exhibition to discover until July 4th. While you’re at it, stop for a drink on the terrace of  “Le Saut du Loup” with a magnificent view on the Tuileries garden.

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