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Guests of the Saint James Paris like their privacy. Lucky then, that the hotel is tucked away in le “le 16ème”, Paris’s residential and less touristy arrondissement. If not, it could be one of the most photographed spots in the city. A converted Napoleon era chateau designed by eccentric designer Bambi Sloan, the Saint James Paris isn’t the kind of hotel you run into everyday. Once you drive through the hotels’ iron gates, you’re in another world, one where beautiful contradictions create one of the most unique (and better looking ) hotels in Paris. Here, the opulent meets the fantastical, Napoleon designs meet 60’s Pop, and Louis XVI furniture look right at home against Fornasetti wallpapers.... There’s nowhere else quite like it. Every one of its 49 rooms and suites are individually designed (of course) making no two stays the same. But, more than a designer showcase, it’s a hotel, and an excellent one too. There’s a Michelin-starred restaurant which serves its homey cuisine in the elegant interiors of the former Thiers foundation dining room or outside, alfresco, on the Terrace. The Library Bar is a stunning space where cocktails and conversations take place between walls lined with 12,000 leather bound books, and at the spa, enjoy a Moroccan-style hammam and treatments which lather you with Guerlain products. It all makes for a glorious trip down the rabbit hole you can’t help but love.