Hotel Claude Bernard Saint-Germain
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The first week in France was a whirlwind! I met with my program group at the Paris airport, but not without getting lost first. It is impossible for me to go anywhere for the first time without getting lost. Eventually, I figured it all out.
... did our best to see the whole exposition, but there were just too many booths. We thought we had given ourselves plenty of time to wander the booths and get chocolate before getting back to the stage area for the fashion show. Unfortunately, everyone else had had the exact same idea. When we finally made it to the stage area, (which was terribly placed in the very center of the convention, by the way), the 4-4:45 pm performance was just ending.
There was a ...
... town to share, so needless to say we couldn't find a taxi. We walked around lost for two hours in the blistering heat, getting an epic sunburn and hoping beyond hope that we would see a mystical taxi pass us by that would take us to Disneyland. No mystical taxi passed us, actually no bloody cars passed us. We were lost in a random town in the middle of no where. We finally found a supermarket and begged them to call us a taxi. By this point we were battered, bruised, ...
... before, the logistics of this race are amazing and at the team level, there's a lto going on everyday in terms of food and drink, equipement maintenance, media interviews, and shuttling riders to and from hotels every night for three weeks.
The riders begin to return to the bus area and we make our way to the various team buses to try and briefly meet some of them. Amazingly, over the next hour we have a chance to see virtually all of ...
... point). The view of the city was magnificent. We made the elevator ride to the top but regretted it as it was uncomfortably crowded and claustrophobic. The soccer game had reached its uneventful conclusion (Spain 4-0) and the mobs were heading for the subway. We decided to walk into the Left Bank to avoid the crush and ended up walking a long way, stopping for ice cream, and just making the last metro.
Monday the four of us took ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Claude Bernard Saint-Germain Paris
I'm a bit surprised by the bad reviews posted. Three of us stayed at the hotel in April of 2001. When we arrived, and through out the trip, we thought that the hotel staff was very polite. One kept insisting to teach me French, though wasa bit too much of a flirt at time (he never really spoke to anyone else...). They even arranged cabs for us and recomended good places to eat. The room we had was great, top floor with beautiful views on to Nortre Dame and the Pompidu Center. It didn't seem dirty to me and I'm pretty particular about cleaness. Was it spotless, maybe not. But we had clean sheets (two twins) and a clean bathroom with a curtin. It didn't smell, through the noise on the street can be bad if you are a light sleeper. The only thing that buged me was that we asked for a room with three beds and ended up getting a cot instead. I might be going back to Paris next June (on Honeymoon!) and may consider staying here again. But let's face it, it's a hotel with hundreds of people for trafic, just don't expect to eat off of the floor :)
Last summer was very hot and I chose the Claude Bernard Hotel beacuse I was told three times (last time by phone a few days before arrival!) that the hotel has airconditioning. When we arrived we found a tiny not very tidy room with an empty box on the wall and got an "explanation" that the aircondition is "out of order" and it's impossible to change our room (we came for 3 nights!). We had a reservation for triple and the third "bed" was "constructed" from some pillows which could be used for anything but sleeping. The only reliable thing was a location!
Okay but shabby
This hotel is average value for money. The location is great, near Notre-Dame and in the lively Latin Quater. While the rooms have everything they say they have, the overall first impression of the rooms are not great. There is an air of general shabbiness. The carpets everywhere needed a good cleaning, and small bits and pieces needed fixing in the room. The decor in the bathroom was dated, but functional. The essentials i.e. sheets & bathroom were clean. If you are picky don't pay for a few nights in advance as it may not meet your standards.
It feels like my home in paris
i have stayed at the claude bernard twice, and it feels like my home away from home in paris. on my second trip, the staff remembered me, and made me feel very welcome. the rooms are charming, the neighborhood is central, and feels very safe. the staff is superb, friendly, helpful. each room has two small balconies, from which you can see the spires of Notre Dame. and it is very reasonable. i can't wait to go back!
Not bad for the relatively low rates
My family and I stayed at the Claude Bernard over Thanksgiving weekend.
I was nervous that the reservation would be get and we would run into problems. Fortunately none of this happened. The hotel was very accommodating in adding a an extra bed in one of our rooms one night when we needed it.
Overall the experience here was good. The hotel wasn't lavish, but served our purpose. Great location. Don't bother eating in the hotel.
It's overpriced. Try the bakery bakery/brassierie across the street.
Look for another hotel!
We stayed at the Claude Bernard last spring. I booked three rooms several weeks in advance. We were assured of the room type and size, when the reservations were made. When we arrived we were shocked to find that none of our requests were met. We ended up staying for five days, after they changed our rooms after the first night. When we checked out, we were overcharged the price quoted. We had requested the internet rate. The man at the desk said the intenet rate wasn't specified in his paperwork. I would NEVER stay here again. The location was convenient. There are lots of hotels in that area.
It was okay
We stayed at the Claude Bernard in February 2003. My friend was unhappy with the first two rooms we were shown, but satisfied with the third.
The room was clean, but not sparkling clean, the furnishings were certainly adequate, if a bit shabby. The french doors opening to a tiny balcony were the best feature. The street below was busy, fun to look out on, but the windows were soundproof, and with the thick drapes and the window closed, we heard very little of the street noise. The location was terrific, near the Cluny, good restaurants, quick walk to Notre-Dame, Pantheon, not far from the Louvre. I thought the breakfast was better at the café across the street. It was good for the money, but I think we could have found something with a bit more class.
More than adequate accomodations in the heart of the Latin Quarter
We spent 6 days at the Claude Bernard in February 2003. It's location in the shadow of the Parthenon puts you in the heart of everything - mintues walk from Notre Dame, St. Germain or the Ile de St. Louis. The English-speaking staff was beyond helpful, even getting us a place to stay for an extra day when our flight was cancelled. Our kids felt secure in their own room - the staff knows everyone who walks in the door. A touch sparten perhaps (get to breakfast early before they run out), but clean and well-run. And the brasserie on the corner is a gem.
My husband, daughter and I almost stayed at the Claude Bernard Hotel in January of this year. I say "almost" because as soon as we saw the room, we turned around and left. It was shabby and dirty - with a thick layer of dust in the bathtub/shower serving as evidence that no one had cleaned the bath for months, let alone run water in it. In leaving we had an unpleasant exchange with the surly fellow at the front desk. He told us that he would charge our credit card anyway. Sure enough, he did. We disputed the charge with our credit card company and received a credit.