Hotel de l'Abbaye Saint-Germain
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Arriving at Paris CDG can be a pretty varied experience. I chose a budget carrier so I could put my money on Hotel and the trip in Paris so I arrived at Paris CDG terminal 3... It leaves a lot to be desired. The furniture is all recycled stuff from the earlier terminal 1 and the place reminds me of a bad day in Stansted airport. The "connection" to …
We arrived at the first hotel... I had heard about this hotel from friends and wanted to treat ourselves to some luxury. Hotel de l'Abbaye is a fairly small hotel (40 or so rooms) about one block away from Saint Sulpice church. There are no photos on Tripadvisor and you wont find it on any other booking central. The Hotel is a bit of a secret in …
Well what is a trip to Paris without seeing the Louvre... Well in January the que is not too long (phew). So we went in, bought our tickets on their fancy computer machines. Dropped our passports as a caution for the Audioguide (which I seriously recommend unless you have a personal guide) and off we were for the tour. Problem was that the Louvre …
... des rues passantes pour s’attarder au Jardin du Luxembourg. Respirer l'odeur des chênes.
Arpenter le très pittoresque (mais également très touristique) Montmartre.
Entrer dans un grand atelier à ciel ouvert, la Place du Tertre. Rencontrer des artistes et leurs chevalets.
Voir le Sacré-Cœur. Se poser, le temps d’une chanson sur les marches de son grand escalier. Tomber en amour avec la musique de Felix Fables (un ...
... it's the place of drudgery that made Louis XIV build Versailles so he could "get away from it all." (More on Versailles tomorrow) Even IM Pei's controversial glass pyramid entrance is, to me, strikingly elegant in its simplicity as opposed to the elaborate architecture which surrounds it.
But the Louvre itself can be drudgery. You get swept up in the throng which forces you down the halls past all the interesting sculpture to the Mona Lisa ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de l'Abbaye Saint-Germain Paris
Quaint wonderful, but not stellar
This is a beautiful place with recently renovated rooms located off the main activity of St Germain Blvd (i.e. great location). Knowing that their rooms are very small, we splurged and booked a suite, which was spacious with chic modern decor. An important and disappointing feature was their beds were not comfortable feet hang over the end of you are 510 or taller. Additionally, when we checked-in and saw two single beds instead of the full we had reserved, they were very responsive to changing this to accommodate for a couple. The only problem was that they only pushed the beds together resulting in a large crevice down the center. This made sleeping difficult and uncomfortable, a problem for the money we spent. The front desk was nice but lacked the expertise, helpfulness and availability we had found delightful in One Aldwych, a hotel we had just left in London. We are mixed on whether we would go back there. We will probably try another location and compare it to Hotel de lAbbaye before we make our final conclusion on this hotel.
Charming spot, great service
Really wonderful weekend spot. We stayed in a standard room overlooking the garden, very well appointed and quiet. "Street" view is also relatively quiet, thanks to these rooms looking over a courtyard, but those on first floor hear noise from ground level. Breakfast was good with personable staff. In all, I would return next month but they are full! Book ahead.
Hotel l'Abbaye - a perfect hideaway
The l'Abbaye is an oasis in the 6th. It feels like a home-away-from-home, both in accommodation and service. After a hard day pounding the pavements, visiting museums and generally enjoying Paris, you'll love coming back here for a cup of tea in the garden and a rest in the most comfortable rooms. The staff is helpful at every turn.
Missing the Hotel L'Abbaye
I followed this tripadisor recommendation, as well as two other hotels in Europe. I am happy with all three, but I have special memories of the Hotel de L'Abbaye. Although rooms were a little too small, I can't complain of anytihng else. I loved the location: safe, approx.150 steps from the metro, walking distance to St Germain -de -Pres, St. Sulpice, Luxemburg, Latin Quarter, Notre-Dame, St. Chapelle, and others.
Excellent restaurants nearby. Lovely building with relaxing breakfast area next to a courtyard. Delicious croissants, and freshly squeezed orange juice included in breakfast. Courteous and efficient staff, willing to help anytime.
Liked Hotel de l'Abbaye
We stayed at the Hotel de l'Abbaye for three days in May, 2002 prior to going to Provence. It is located on a side street off rue de Rennes and is very quiet. The rooms may a little small by American standards, but were spacious enough not to feel cramped. They were very clean and well-furnished and the bathrooms were nice. The staff were friendly and accomodating and we enjoyed the continental breakfast served either in the courtyard or indoors. The public rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated. This hotel is approximately three minutes from the St. Sulpice metro station. I would stay at Abbaye again.
At home in the l'Abbaye
We have stayed at l'Abbaye on out last three visits to Paris. On each occasion we booked a standard room - small but very, very comfortable.
The staff are quite extraordinarily pleasant and helpful and the ambience is elegant, comfortable and welcoming. We love the breakfast room and the leisurely French breakfasts - a perfect start to a Parisian day. The only negative comment might be that our room has not usually been ready at noon, usually not till quite a bit later but we have managed to fill in the waiting time at the nearby Bar Casette.
Suffice to say, that we cannot imagine staying anywhere else, we feel like family now.. But please, don't tell anyone else - we wouldn't want it to become too popular!
Excellent Hotel and Area
My wife and I visited the Hotel de l' Abbaye June 2003. Beautiful hotel very charming and a very helpful and courteous staff. Great location, one block off main street, and three blocks up from St. Germain De Pres. Walking distance ( 10 min.) to Seine River. Notre Dame, Louve, and great shopping and restaurants all around. Metro station ( St. Sulphice) minutes from hotel. Was our 30th anniversary. Will never forget the hospitality and freindlyness of the people who work there and the French people we met.
Perfect in every way, except...
the location, while not bad, is a little off the beaten path and Metro access is not the best. Stayed in July 2002. Staff was wonderful, room impeccable (though a little small), nice breakfast, and so, so quiet! This place is clearly committed to providing an excellent experienc for their guests. I would definitely stay here again.
L'Abbaye provides a secure haven away from busy streets. Our room appointments were attractive and impeccably kept. Having the windows open to the delightful courtyard was a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively. Petit dejuneur or evening drinks in the garden room or on the terrace was an added treat. Staff helpful, courteous and location excellent. Unquestionably French.
My visit to Hotel de L'Abbaye was in 1996. Since then, on other visits to Paris, I've stayed at other small hotels, as I like to discover charming places. Next time, it will be back to L'Abbaye, because my other hotels just didn't have the same "feel." The rooms are attractive and efficiently designed, the old building itself is lovely -- set off an entrance coutyard -- the staff is excellent and the common rooms on the first floor are very charming. Breakfast was a leisurely, and relaxing way to start the day, with the best croissants and steaming cafe au lait. The family that owns the hotel is gracious, and I loved their Weimeraner dog, who welcomed -- at a reserved distance -- new lodgers. It's well located, with easy walking access to the Metro and it's in a good location to stroll about and discover areas, such as the Luxembourg Gardens and the Eglise de St. Sulpice. Charming shops abound in the area and if you're planning on a wedding, splurge here as there are just incredible bridal shops. I enjoyed meeting other travelers from around Europe, South American and other cities in the States. This is a most congenial and pretty hotel.