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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel des Academies et des Arts Paris
Un sejour memorable
Mon sejour de 3 nuits dans ce petit endroit de charme, loge dans l'ecrin d'un quartier figurant parmi les plus beaux de Paris, reste un souvenir exceptionnel.
La qualite des prestations fournies par l'hotel (literie, proprete des chambres, services de VOD...) n'a d'egal que la disponibilite et la gentillesse de son personnel dirige par leur volubile et affable directeur Monsieur Mona.
Je recommanderai bien evidemment a l'avenir cet hotel a mes proches.
Great Place to Stay
Nice modern decor. For a three night stay, we had room 14, just up one flight, with a little balcony to sit out on.
Very clean. Room had a separate w/c from the shower/sink, all done in a beautiful, clean, crisp modern style.
Hairdryer, Mini Refrigerator, TV. Bathtub with shower is a bit high to step out of - so this might be difficult for some.
No coffee maker in the room and no decaf coffee in the hotel. In the morning we could hear all the shower and water draining noises around us - which was fine because then we didn't need an alarm clock.
Sid and Patricia were very helpful. Patricia managed to scrounge up a map for the bus/metro system when we asked for info on that, but they didn't have any brochures for the typical tourist things to do. At the least a map for the metro really would be a great addition to give to guests when they arrive and possibly some info on bus and boat tours of the city.
We enjoyed the use of the computer in the sitting area off the lobby for internet access. Montparnasse is a great street full of life at all hours of the day. Creperies, Patisseries and Cafés all around. The post office is on the other side of Montparnasse, just down the street (to the left when you leave the hotel) for those of you like me who love to send postcards. We had a great Mussels meal with tender squid at Leons - two of us shared an appetizer and meal and it was plenty.
The location of the hotel is away from the main tourist areas. It probably took about 30 mins to walk to Notre Dame through Luxembourg gardens. The weather was great so we ended up walking as much as we could to see the sights and the underground was pretty easy to understand when we needed it.
Superb and stylish
This hotel (opened just a few months ago), is situated on a good location in a nice street, just around the corner of Rue Montpernasse.
We liked our room. Although not large, it was decorated and furnised with style and sense of color. The bed was great.
The hotel itself is decorated with a lot of visual surprises and has a very nice atmosphere. The art is made by local, but getting-to-be famous artists (you can visit their atelier on request).
The staff is not only very professional but also friendly and multi-lingual, and the breakfast was superb.
We just stayed one night, but we definitely will come back in this very nice hotel.
Huub from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hervorragend und stylish
Dieses Hotel (erst vor ein paar Monaten eröffnet), liegt sehr gut in einer schönen Straße, gleich um die Ecke von der Rue Montparnasse.
Uns hat das Zimmer gefallen. Es war zwar nicht groß, aber stilvoll und mit Sinn für Farben dekoriert und eingerichtet. Das Bett war super.
Das Hotel selbst ist mit vielen visuellen Überraschungen dekoriert und die Atmosphäre ist sehr schön. Die Kunst ist von ortsansässigen, aber aufstrebenden Künstlern (man kann auf Anfrage deren Ateliers besichtigen).
Das Personal ist nicht nur sehr professionell, sondern auch freundlich und spricht viele Sprachen. Das Frühstück war hervorragend.
Wir waren nur eine Nacht da, werden aber definitiv wieder in dieses sehr schöne Hotel kommen.
Huub aus Amsterdam, Niederlande
Look No Further, THIS is the Place You Want to Stay in Paris
This was my first time in Paris and to be honest, I was nervous. For years I have heard the stories of how Parisians treat Americans and I was not sure what if anything I would encounter. To my absolute delight it was wonderful! My husbandand I have travelled throughout Europe and I must say the Parisians are some of the friendliest, nicest, flexible people we have met. The Hôtel des Académies et des Arts at 15 rue de la Grande Chaumière was in one word, sublime. First, I want to say that it is not my nature to wax on and on about something like this, but we stayed at this hotel for 7 nights and it was one of if not the most pleasurable experience we have ever had staying in a hotel. The people who own this hotel and those that work for him bent over backwards to make us happy and in today's fast-paced technological-everybody's too busy-world "personaliized service" is the rarity and no longer the norm, staying at the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts was like staying with friends in Paris, the service was OUTSTANDING and this hotel and all the people that work there deserve all the accolades I am going to give it.
Physically, the hotel is stunning. I am an artist and as such I notice EVERYTHING and for me it is all about the details. From the moment you walk in you can tell immediately that a lot of thought, care and integrity went into the design of this hotel. You immediately notice the colors which are not typical, alabaster white contrasted with blacks and dark brown woods accented with hints and touches of aubergine create a warm, inviting and elegant atmosphere. One feels at once luxury and casual warmth. The sculptures and graphics painted on the walls give you a prologue of what is to come. Upon entering the glass walled elevator you see the man painted on a wall of black and he actually appears to be moving up the wall with you as you ascend to your floor. I found myself tickled to think what our room must look like.
Off the elevator you are greeted with a spiral staircase that goes from the top of the 5th floor to the first level and in the center is a latrge sculpture of tiny men climbing a ladder that fills the center of the spiral staircase. The men are sculpted in white and dramatically backlt with pin spotlights all this is set against the dark woods of the hallway, very mysterious and warm.
When we opened the door to our room, it was unlike any hotel room I have ever seen in my life, amazing! Every surface, every detail is something to marvel at from the sumptuos harmonious colors of the walls, bed linens and drapes to the faucets, sink, and light fixtures - we felt like we were inside a room from a design magazine! It was all a feast for the eyes! Though the rooms are a bit small, the hotel does offer different sized rooms and they were all to happy to accomodate us when we decided we would like to stay in a bigger room.
The neighborhood, the 6th arrondisment is wonderful for those looking to stay in a more quiter part of Paris. After spending our days out sightseeing in the more "touristy" areas we were all to happy to come back to the quiet and calm of of this part of Paris. It was so perfect, the metro was a 2 minute walk around the corner, the metro stop is Vavin, but you could also use Raspail. This area was simply charming, streets lined with small boutiques and lovely restaurants frequented mostly by locals, there are stores and cafes open early and close late. ATM's and banks on all the corners made everything just perfectly convenient. Beyond the quiet and upscale feel of this part of Paris there are other reasons to stay at this hotel. As an artist or anyone who loves art the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts
is located on Rue de la Grande Chaumière
which is a haven for art supplies and artists' studios and in fact, the hotel offers through special arrangements they have, tours of these studios, one of which is one of the most famous, Modigliani studios directly across the street!
And about a five minute walk from the hotel is Jardin Luxembourg, one of the most beautiful garden parks in Paris. We spent a beautiful afternoon exploring the lush grounds filled with flowers of every color and marvelled at the many sculptures that fill Jardin Luxembourg. A must visit for anyone going to Paris and wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Okay, so the hotel is amazing, the area is convenient and centrally located - we walked everywhere (Paris is a very walkable city) the metro is 2 minutes away and everything was within a 10 minute Metro ride to anywhere... But what really impressed me, why am I really taking the time to write all this is because the people at this hotel made our stay so special we felt so comfortable and well-cared for, they DESERVE to be lauded and written about.
Laurent Inchauspe and his wife are the owners, his wife is the designer and decorator. Laurent is a gracious host, greeting us every morning, inquiring about our stay and making very good suggestions of things to do that were not typical touristy things.
Henry Mona and Patricia Bexon, we can't say enough about these two, together they are a force to be experienced. Each of them have exemplary customer service skills, they are wonderfully friendly people who cared a great deal about us and our vacation in Paris. They suggested restaurants that were not touristy, they both spoke very good English, in fact EVERYONE we dealt with in Paris spoke English. Henry was our "caretaker" of sorts, like a lovely Uncle who spoils you, this is Henry. And Patricia was vibrant and fun full of ideas for us. They printed out maps, made phone calls, got us front row to in a jazz club with a band playing all Django. Their efforts to please and satisfy my husband and I were tireless. And we thank them from the bottom of our hearts, they are wonderful people who truly made us feel at home.
And finally, their is the handsome and sexy night "watchman" Constantine. Constantine was awesome, he was their every night when we came back and he saw to it that we got in okay and had everything we needed, most importantly my big glass of ice every night for my soda.
Fantastic Hotel - Would Highly recommend
Just spent an amazing weekend at the hotel des academies et des arts. Having heard the reputation of the room sizes in Paris, was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case here. The decor, attention to detail and finishing touches throughout the building have made this the nicest hotel I have stayed in to date. Also as the hotel is less than a five minute walk from the metro line and various restaurants and bars, the location can only be beaten by the fantastic staff who work here. Already looking forward to returning early next year - would highly recommend this hotel.
Spent 4 lovely days in this ultra-modern Hotel. Great bathrooms,and bedrooms. Decor is very Parisian!
Loved the artwork. The breakfasts were outstanding. Great service. We will be back.
The Hutchinsons, Tampa, Florida
Ich habe hier letzte Woche 5 Nächte verbracht. Ich war absolut begeistert vom neuen Dekor dieses kürzlich renovierten Hotels. Die Ausführung ost von höchster Qualität und kleinere Schwierigkeiten wurden sofort behoben.
Es war das bequemste Bett, in dem ich je geschlafen habe und die Dusche mit 6 Düsen war besonders super zum Entspannen - sehr willkommen nach einem Tag herumlaufen im heißen Paris.
Das Frühstück, wenn auch teuer, war wunderschön präsentiert und sehr sättigend.
Man kann das Hotel leicht von der Metrohaltestelle Vavin und mit der RER-Linie B vom Flughafen Charles de Gaulle erreichen.
Zum Schluss: Das Personal war wunderbar hilfsbereit und gastfreundlich.
Stayed here for 5 nights last week. Absolutely loved the new decor in this recently refurbished hotel. The finishes are of the highest quality and any minor snags that did occur were being dealt with as soon as they arise.
The bed was the most comfortable I have ever slept in and the showers are particularly cool with 6 body sprays for all over relaxation which was most welcome after a hot day walking around Paris.
Breakfast, if a little on the expensive side, was beautifully presented and very filing.
The Hotel is easily accessible from Vavin metro station and easy to get to using the RER line B from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Finally the staff were wonderfully helpful and welcoming.
Stylish and brand new
Just stayed three nights here. What a fantastic hotel. It is great value and the quality of the finishes in the rooms is superb. They are quite small but perfectly formed. It was only re-opened as a 3 star hotel but in terms of the rooms, I have stayed in much worse 4 and 5 star hotels previously. If you like a contemporary boutique 'feel' then I could not recommend it more highly at the price.
The staff were also very friendly. When I had a problem with the hot water in my room I was upgraded and the staff seemed very eager to please. As it is brand new, it will have a few minor teething problems but I sense the committment from the staff to get this hotel on the map so they work hard to deliver.
It's less than 10 mins on the metro to 'Cite'. Vavin is just round the corner so easy to get anywhere in Paris. I had a really lovely walk into the heart of Paris from the hotel through the Jardin de Luxembourg (closeby), via the Pantheon.
I can't say anything about breakfast as I didn't sample it
Overall, it was great.