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After 18 hours and 10 minutes of travel time we have finally made it to Paris. There was some seat swapping, upgrade buying and mental note taking on bring our own airplane meals next time, along the way, but all in all we survived the flights. It helped that there was a continually loop of the movie Cars on our long flight, or Norm might have gone …
... Grant or I had been here before and we were really impressed. It has a really amazing collection of both of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces – so we got to see some pretty cool stuff.
The quote of the day came from an American woman who was looking at a van Gogh next to Adam "I have only seen pictures of this painting before" ….. well I ...
... drinking right out of the bottle. The area wasn't too packed, but everyone around us was posing in front of the tower, and tons of people do this weird jumping picture. We must look really trustworthy, because a few couples asked us to take pictures for them. Another element at the Champs du Mars: gypsies! Not sure if there's a more politically correct term for these bands of roving ladies with long skirts and long hair who ...
... br> the Mona Lisa
da Vinci's St. John the Baptist
Venus de Milo
various other works I recognized
Vermeer's The Astronomer
(The Lacemaker is currently in Cambridge)
Massive statues by Michelangelo (still think all his works look like weightlifters on steroids)
Cupid and Psyche
Returned to flat afterwards ... too tired (and full from lunch) to eat
Too many work emails!
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Historical Traveler Reviews California Saint Germain Paris
We arrived hours early, in full jet lag, and were afraid we would have to wait until check-in time for our room. Not at all. They were expecting us and had our room ready in 15 minutes. The hotel is small and so was our room, but it was everything we needed and more for the week. Ours was one of the economy rooms, but a small balcony gave us
a great view of the charming Latin Quarter below with the Pantheon dome, the Sorbonne, and the Rue Mouffetard in full view. The complimentary breakfast was coffee, juices, cereals and pastries. It gave us great starts to the very special days we spent in Paris
We stayed in the hotel for two nights. The pictures on the internet are not at all accurate. We had lousy service. The bed linens had large holes in them. The sheets were not changed while we were there. The rooms are extremely small and the furniture was old. The elevator was broken and the breakfast was mediocre at best. I would never stay at this hotel again. Loved Paris though.
On arriving at the hotel we were greeted with a key and not even a hello. Went to the room and it was very small. It had a double bed in what seemed to be a single room. Lucky for us the air conditioning didn't work see other reviews for this hotel. So we got another room which was bigger.
The guys on reception should be sent on customer service training or even given personality transplants!!! Bonjour and Au Revoir not in their vocab!!!!!!!
Only advantage was it has a good location near Notre Dame and the Metro.
My advise would be to try a different hotel in the same location. Hotel Pantheon directly across the street looks nice.
Hotel has a great location!
We stayed at this hotel for a whole week, during Christmas of 2001.
It's location says it all...it's simply great, close to Notre Dame, Saint Michel Boulvard, small food stores and walking distance to the heart of Paris. We really enjoyed the room, even when it was a bit smal. The bed linen was always clean and the towels of the room were daily changed. The bathroom had a very small shower, but water was hot and plentyfull. The heater wasn't working very well, but we found it innecessary because we were not cold, even when outside temperature was really cold. Room was located facing the street, but was quiet enough.
The beakfast is served in the basement nicely decorated, but it consist only on selection of bread and croissants and tea, coffee or hot cocoa, orange juice, butter and jam. Like almost all hotels in Europe, spaces are quite small, but who's staying at the hotel the whole day? Enjoy Paris walking its beautiful and charming places and then sleep at a nice hotel. I would definately go back to this hotel in my next visit to Paris.
A Fine Choice!!
My husband and I just returned from a week's stay at this charming little hotel. After booking our room, we came across the negative reviews on this site and we almost changed hotels. We're very glad we didn't. The location is unbeatable...within walking distance of almost everything. Our room was spotless...the maid service was impeccable, even when we slept in. Breakfast was fresh and served until late morning. The staff was helpful in every way. Even with a street-facing room, we were never bothered by noise. The bed was firm and comfortable...with down-filled pillows. The shower was always hot with lots of water pressure. Perhaps those who wrote bad reviews of HCSG haven't had much experience in European cities. Yes, you could find a finer room in a fancier hotel, but you'd have to pay a whole lot more.
My wife and I stayed here on our 1st trip to Paris. We got a great room on the top floor. The room seemed recently renovated and felt new and clean.
We liked it so much we stayed at this hotel again the following year.
But got a room that was dark, small, and very dated. It was like we were in a different hotel!
Bottom line is this: the hotel is in a good location. the staff is friendly enough. But you are playing room roulette at this hotel.
You'll either get a very nice room or one that have not gotten around to refurbishing.
Beware the shabby Hotel California Saint Germain
The room looked nothing like the internet. It was very small, but that is often the case in cities, so we were not surprised. However, the hotel was very shabby. We were on the first floor and walked up the stairs where paper had peeled off the walls. The furniture was very basic which is fine but the shabbiness of it all just made us want to get out as quick as possible. We were only there two nights and suffered but never again and definitely no recommendation. The room was very gloomy with dark furniture and dark green walls and felt more like a prison than a hotel room. The only upside was the location.
Beware, Please read...
First off we had booked and paid for 2 rooms thru Expedia way in advance... We arrive at hotel only to be told that all they had for us was a "suite" 2 beds with a bathroom to share amongst 4 adults and that it was going to cost us more money than we already Expedia? We were told there had been a computer glitch of some kind and that's all that was available. We went and looked at the room, what a joke! One big room, 2 tiny beds and you had to walk past the one bed to get to the bathroom. UNACCEPTABLE! There was several conferences going on in town so trying to find another hotel was nil... Thank goodness we have friends in Paris is all I can say. They spent 45 minutes of continuous calling other hotels all over Paris and was able to find us another hotel and so we left. All the time this was going on the gal at the front desk just sat and watched, didn't bother to assist, help, not a thing. Afterall, it was there mistake you'd think they would have tried to accommodate, but she was too busy applying make-up and getting up and smoking her cigarettes. Anyway, our friends spoke to this gal at the front desk prior to us leaving and she assured them that a refund would be given. Well she had no authority to say such a thing! We know we paid Expedia and she had absolutely nothing to do with issuing any credits, etc. Not to mention, don't stay at their sister hotel up the street the Moderne Saint Germain Hotel, that place we did stay at in the beginning of the trip, what a filthy, small unkept dump that place was (read my lengthy review on that joint) TRAVELER(S) BEWARE!
The pictures on the web are of the hotel lobby and very small restaurant. The rooms are hardly what is shown. They are very small and feel lucky if the air conditioner works. We were there 5 nights and were in 4 different rooms. None looked like the picture. If you do have to change rooms because of problems, the staff will not assist you. The largest room we were in was a suite and didn't look like the picture.
The people at the desk were helpful somewhat, but didn't care that the air conditioner worked or not. The location is very good; walking distance to the Metro and to the Seine River and Notre Dame. Expect the rooms to be small in Paris, but also expect for the air conditioner to work if you have one in the room.
Location, Location, Location
Had a very enjoyable 10 day stay here in June. The room was "compact" but had all the mod cons. The breakfast was fabulous: coffee to die for, and croissants that kept me going back for more. The staff were most helpful and friendly, e.g. arranging a very reasonable van shutttle to the airport on our departure. I did get a great rate (85 Euro a nite) on a French Hotel Site- Utell. The only drawback for those for whom it is critical: the mattress had the typical continental dip in the middle. Overall excellent value for money.