BEST WESTERN Majestic Paris
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Quite nice but a bit noisy
We had a nice room here, the staff at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. The room itself was a bit hot - no air conditioning and the night we arrived was unusually hot for so early in the summer. I fear it would be really hot in the height of summer. Another problem is that Bd Richard Lenoir has a street market several times a week - including the morning after our arrival - it was not as noisy as I feared but it still made it impossible to sleep with the window open (as they set up quite early in the morning). So, I would be very tempted to ask for a room at the back. We had breakfast here and found it a bit of a rip-off, not very expensive but also not very good. I would highly recommend going down towards the Bastille and finding a cafe for breakfast - it is usually better value, and since this hotel didn't offer anything special (cereal, yoghurt etc) you won't miss anything and you'll save a few Euros. Also, the excitement of eating in a basement (even if it has stone walls and a vaulted ceiling) tends to wear off quickly - I'd rather watch the world go by. The staff at breakfast were much less cheerful than the front desk guys - ie monosyllabic (at best) and didn't even offer our 3 year old anything for breakfast. They might have at least asked.
Staying in a hotel with a group is perhaps the best test for any hotel. I did so at the Saint Louis Bastille for 6 days with twenty (very civilised) high school students on an art trip. To check out the neighbourhood, which I only knew superficially, I first slept (in the weekend before) at the Best Western Marais Bastille, also on Boul. Richard Lenoir (11nth). The Best Western is much closer to Bastille - at 300 meters - and is not a bad hotel, some hysterical comments on this site notwithstanding. Clean, reasonably spacious rooms, but very businesslike reception. Metro Chemin Vert is close to the hotel, Bastille column visible from your window. It is - by the way - not really in the Marais, just close by.
Yet I liked the Saint Louis Bastille better. Very sympathetic and friendly personnel, which takes a lot of trouble for you if necessary - sometimes irritatingly so - good clean rooms, with about as much space as the Best Western, in the bathroom perhaps more. Very small elevator. Everything is brand new after a renovation. The name Saint Louis Bastille is somewhat misleading too. It is a walk of more than a kilometer to Bastille, and if you head for the Marais (Rue des Rosiers, or Rue des Francs Bourgeois) that will take you 25 minutes, Ile Saint Louis half an hour. But it is nice to be able to walk there at all, at night for instance. Next door is a sympathetic cafe (Makassar). Boul. Richard Lenoir is very wide (part of Canal St. Martin lies under it), which makes it look more classy than it is. But although very safe this is definitely not St. Germain: blue and white collar abound. Commissaire Maigret lived on Richard-Lenoir. I suppose the neighbourhood is on its way up again. An excellent restaurant (Astier) is very nearby, some very expensive nightlife is close by too, near Metro Parmentier.
The Best Western might win on location, but not on the rest. For the Best Western I paid (excl. breakfast) 110 € (would normally be 130), for the Saint Louis 80, because of the size of the group probably. On the door in the hotelroom it said 100 for a double. That included a reasonable breakfast: two croissants, tartine (large piece of baguette), marmelade, butter, orange juice, and tea or coffee, and everyday some French newspapers (Figaro) and a few Herald Tribunes hanging on the wall, which I found remarkable for this kind of hotel. Don't forget to eat at Astier. Ask at the reception. Menu 27 €. Excellent food, very friendly people, very pleasant restaurant. 5 minutes walk. Metro Oberkampf at 100 meters (line 5 - directly to Gare du Nord) and 9. This hotel is not a Meridien, but for this kind of accommodation it is excellent value for money.
Lovely clean rooms, but can be a little noisy
My husband and I stayed for 5 days at the end of May 2005, and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel. It wasn't difficult to find and is located near a couple of undergrand stations. The room was perfect and very clean, compared to other hotels we have stayed in in Paris. However, our room was located at the front of the hotel, and some nights were quite noisy, especially the evening before the market (Friday and Tuesday). The market is literally on the doorstep of the hotel - this was a bonus! I would recommend this hotel, even though it was a little noisy.
Great Find. Terrific Location.
My partner and I spent three nights at the Hotel Saint-Louis Bastille at the recommendation of a friend -- obviously a good friend! Accessible, quaint, recently refurbished (a job well done), clean and easy. Located on boulevard Richard Lenoir, it's off the beaten path from the throng of tourists so you get the feeling you're living among Parisians. Great little cafes and patisseries abound as well as a public market in center of boulevard Richard Lenoir. At night, it's very quiet. If you're looking for an affordable hotel where you can relax and sleep after traversing 20 miles a day on the streets of Paris, this is the place. Oberkampf metro station is conveniently nearby. The breakfast room is very cute as well. Loved it!
This place is a steal
We all had a great time and the staff could not have been nicer at this hotel, especially with the map printouts for dinner locations. We still would be wandering around the Bastille looking for Bofinger's without the help of the concierge. Our room was so new and clean, and we really liked the location, especially when we took in the "farmer's market" right outside the front door on Tuesdays and Fridays. Breakfast even had chocolate croissants.My wife and daughter look forward to a return trip. One final note: the hotel driver not only got us to CDG in good time, but made sure we got on the right line at American Airlines. I have stayed in a lot of first-class hotels (like the Bristol) but can truly state that the combination of accommodations, service and friendliness at this hotel is hard to beat. Check it out.
The hotel took us a while to find, take a decent map with you before you set off. Its only about 150m from Oberkampf Metro which is very handy. We on the other hand walked up and down Bouleavard Voltaire. Visit their web site, they have an excellent map there.
The hotel staff were very friendly, informative and spoke good English which helped us a lot. One guy took extra time out to talk us through some of the main sights and marked them on a complimentary map for us. We used this alot during our stay.
The hotel has been recently renovated and is fresh and very clean. The room we were in was small but cosy. We were on the 3rd floor and although there was a small lift we opted to take the stairs mostly. Be careful, the stair lighting is artificially lit on timers, make sure you hit the switch on each level, it can get dark as there is no natural light on the stairway.
There were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room or mini bar, but we were invited to come down to the foyer and take cold drinks from the fridge at reception. I'm sure if we asked for coffee we would have got some, the people were so friendly, maybe they have it in the dining room already?
Breakfast was typically continental, a selection of bread and pastries, coffee, orange juice etc. We had no problems with this at all. The dining room was also clean and again we were met with friendly staff.
We found an excellent Chinese Restaurant, the food and service was so good we went back there on the second night too. The staff remembered us from the night before and were very friendly and pleased to see us again.
If you like Chinese or Thai food try the Sin An Kiang on Av. de la Republique about 500m from the hotel.
Overall we had a great two nights in the hotel and we would certainly recommend it as good value for money. The location is ideally suited and within easy travel of anywhere in Paris using the metro system.
Much better than the big Hotel Chains
Good Location. Great rate. Rooms clean and well decorated - wife wanted the curtains!
Rooms OK for two - we had a third bed and a cot so it was a little tight. Could be a little noise at night from street noise and no air con meant leaving the window open.
Limited public space and no bar area but there are a few bars and bistro's about just outside. Great market on a Monday.
Staff helpfull and spoke good English.
So much better than the standard business hotel chain I've often stayed in when in Paris!
Would recomend and return back again on Holiday.
I stayed recently at this hotel and will return, hopefully regularly. I travel approximately 70% of the time thru work, most of the time in France. The rooms are clean, calming and of a standard I would expect to (and have paid) double for across France, let alone in Paris.
The neighborhood is conveninet to several areas of Paris by foot, on the Metro or by cab.
The hotel staff was extremely helpful at check-in and made many suggestions of things to see and do around the hotel. My experience with Parisian hotels is that attitudes can be pretty cold, it was refreshing to find a hotel that was actually "warm".
The hotel has the ammenities any traveller needs, I was able to dial up with my laptop without issue and received phone calls from friends and associates promptly.
This is worth a stay!
BN, Atlanta, Georgia
Recently remodeled, and Great!
I spent three days in Paris at the Hotel Saint-Louis Bastille: Dec 29-31,
2005. At the time the hotel was in its final stages of a fabulous
renovation, and that did not impact my stay one bit. The rooms have been
completely re-done in soft neutrals with old-world style, and my thoroughly
modern bathroom was clean, beautiful and funky -- with a european shower stall and a wonderful and stylish sink.
The hotel is located in the hip Oberkampf neighborhood, and only one block from the nearest metro station. The neighborhood has stylish shops and restaurants, and was a very short metro ride (and a very doable walk) from the Marais.
The hotel staff, down to the last person -- from owners to front desk to manager to breakfast room personnel -- were wonderful, friendly, accomodating of every request and could not have been more helpful. Even over the holidays, my room was very affordable. I would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Paris.
Lovely small hotel in a fantastic location
I had a delightful stay in this hotel over New Year's, and am currently planning a return trip over the Easter Bank Holiday. The hotel has recently undergone a truly lovely renovation; it's stylish, sensible and comfortable. The staff is friendly, and the service was very gracious. Best of all, the location is superb. Located within easy walking distance of most of the main attractions and shopping areas along Rue St. Antoine, close to the Marais, and nestled in the bustling newly chic area along the canal St. Martin, I found the location quiet, but still very central.
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