Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCitadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Pres Paris
Situé à la jonction du Quartier Latin et de St-Germain-des-Prés, côté localisation, difficile de faire mieux, à moins d'aller coucher dans Notre-Dame.
On loge donc Quai des Grands-Augustins, la Seine à nos pieds, à un jet de pierre du Pont-Neuf à gauche, l'Île de la Cité en face, à droite accès direct à Notre-Dame, la Conciergerie, la Sainte-Chapelle.
Bref, on est central.
La chambre est bien, grande, beaucoup de rangement, cuisinette complète bien équippée (y'a même un mini lave-vaisselle!), bon service, lits assez confortables pour nous épargner le mal de dos, télé dans la chambre et dans le salon, WIFI gratis, bref , tout est bien, sauf un détail: je sais pas où ils ont foutu la table, mais on ne l'a pas trouvée! Y'a bien une petite table que tu peux utiliser au salon assis sur le divan, mais une table où tu peux manger à deux, niet!
Moralité: je leur donne un 4 étoiles pour manque de table. C'est pas tout de pouvoir se faire à manger, faut encore pouvoir déguster!
The location can hardly be better: this hotel is at the junction of the Quartier Latin and St-Germain-des-Pres. Short of going to sleep in Notre-Dame, you will have a hard time finding a hotel of this price that well-locate.
We are thus on Quai des Grands-Augustins, the Seine right at our feet, 2 minutes from the Pont-Neuf on the left, the Ile de la Cite in front, and a direct access to Notre-Dame, the Conciergerie and the Sainte-Chapelle on our right.
In short, we are at the center of things. :-)
The room is all right: large, with lots of shelves and several wardrobes, a fully-equipped kitchenette (there's even a small dishwasher!), the service is OK, the beds are comfortable enough to spare our backs, there's a TV in the living room and one in the bedroom, free WIFI. Everything is great, except for one detail: there's no table! Dunno where they put it, but we sure didn't find it! There is a small table by the computer desk that can be brought close to the sofa, but no real table...
Morality: I give the hotel 4 stars out of 5 for lack of table. It is great to be able to cook breakfast, but it would be better to be able to sit down at the table to eat it!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Pres Paris
This "apartment hotel" combines most of the best features of a hotel and a furnished apartment, at a reasonable price and in a great location. Unfortunately it has a few glaring flaws, notably the beds in the studio rooms.
We were upgraded to this Citadines after the one in Montmartre tried to move us to the Citadines in La Defense (even though our stay was fully pre-paid and made some months before). Some mule-ish behaviour on our part got us transferred to St Germain!
Stayed at the the Citadines in April with my husband, 15 year old and 10 year old and I believe this is a true "find" for families. The location is superb - right on the Seine between the Muse D'Orsay and Notre Dame. The unit was extremely large by Parisian standards and the little kitchen area was all granite countertops and updated appliances. I don't think anyone had ever actually cooked there but it was convenient for wine and cheese storage. What really made it perfect for us was the bed configuration. There was a seperate bedroom with a queen bed and then in the large living room there was the sofa and a trundle bed underneath it, so the kids didn't have to share a bed. The lobby is attractive and the price is excellent. It's not a romantic experience, but it definately feels French. I would definately stay here again.
I think the last reviewer was a little harsh, perhaps they just got a dud room. We stayed for a week in the Citadines St Germain, paid a bit more and got the apartment even though there were just 2 of us, think it was worthwhile if people are staying more than a couple of nights as it really is much more comfortable and can spread things out.
I'm afraid that since the existing reviews were done, this hotel has gone downhill. We stayed three nights in February 2005, and did not find the experience satsifactory. Perhaps because we had booked an internet special (euro 125/night), we were given a room literally in the attic. We didn't expect it to be huge, but we didn't expect to get a room with the roof infringing on the space. Because it was at the edge of the building, there was only one strip in the room where we could stand upright! Additionally, the building is constructed so that the windows can't open.... this makes it very stuffy.
A Month in Paris
Stayed for 29 days, the point at which the nightly rate goes down a lot. We looked down at the lobby skylight-for some reason they would not give us a studio looking out on the Quai St. Augustin. The sofa bed could have been more comfortable and the staff at the front desk was often very busy-no chance for one-on-one but other than that, loved the experience. The kitchen had doors that you could shut if you are entertaining and it had everything, very new and attractive-even a vase for flowers and placemats. A maid cleans once a week but you can take garbage to an incinerator anytime. The bathroom was attractive and spacious with a tub and no bidet to get in the way. The hot water did tend to cool at around 8:30 am for a couple of hours, however. The location is marvelous.
Good value, nice location
We stayed at the Citadines St. Germain des Pres from 18 to 29 September 2003, in a twin studio for 2, facing the garden, and we do recommend it. Good location, friendly staff at reception desk, quiet room - even large-sized for Parisian standards - , and affordable internet rate (150 Euros w/o breakfast). Gabriel & Lucia.
On my 9th trip to Paris this September, I took my adult daughter for her first visit to my favorite city. I usually rent a private apartment but my daughter found the Citadines chain of Apart'otels and liked the idea that we would have an apartment that was run like a hotel with a front desk with an English speaking staff. We stayed at Citadines St Germain-des-Pres along the banks of the Seine, left bank. The location couldn't have been better for her first visit. We walked easlily to the Latin Quarter for dinner, to Notre Dame, to Le Musee d'Orsay, Le Louvre; there were two close metro stops, one with the train line (RER); a stop for the BatOBus and double decker Sightseeing bus as well as ParisVision for tours were within 3 blocks; a large department store, La Samarataine just a short walk away. The chamber itself, a one bedroom apartment, was modern in style, adequately large for the two of us. The lobby had all day coffee service; the buffet breakfast was pricey but with an included kitchen, we ate breakfast in our room. The lobby was pretty and bright- no, the room didn't have "Parisian" charm but with Paris literally at our doorstep, I couldn't have made a better choice and can't wait to go back with my husband.
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What a great place! Everything you need in one spot. The rooms were excellent and were well equipped. The buffet breakfasts were wonderful, with pastries and fruit. The hotel itself is perfectly located near Notre Dame, with excellent access to Eiffel Tower and other hot spots.
A small square nearby was perfect for tourist souvenirs. Small cafes were everywhere and the Seine was across the street. I'd definitely stay there again!
An elegant shoebox
We found this a really great location, an easy walk from The Louvre and Musee d'Orsay and the marvellous food haven of Rue de Buci. On the downside, the rooms were tiny, modern and characterless. If you're looking for Parisian charm, you could do better but for convenience it's a good choice.