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Disappointing honey moon night
After investigating during weeks to find the best parisian hotel for our honeymoon, we decided to stay at Sainte Beuve. Yes, it was nice, cosy and comfortable (the reason why we chose it) but the service was average and though we had said it was our honeymoon they did not do anything. Not even a "congratulation". We were very disappointed as all hotels in Paris do something special : champagne, flower petals, chocolates etc...
Paris at its best
This is a hidden gem in a great location near Montparnasse but also walking distance from the amenities of St. Germain. Wonderful, friendly, and helpful staff, beautiful and comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts -- they have thought of everything. Highly recommended.
Couldn't have been happier
We spent 6 great nights at the Hotel Sainte Beuve last week. We liked its location in the 6th toward Montparnasse. It's on a very short, rather quiet street - jetlagged, we managed to sleep till 11am our first morning!!! Never do that. Recently redecorated - lovely with working fireplace in the small charming lobby. Only 3 rooms per floor, ours was on fifth floor #19 - one of their "classic" rooms at 168E. Lovely circular staircase connected the floors, as well as a tiny, but quite efficient elevator. While certainly not large, our room wasn't as minuscule as I'd imagined. (Guess those are their "standard" rooms. Nice firm bed big enough for both of us. nicely and simply furnished, soft colors. Two big windows/balcony. Bathroom was pretty/new with tub and hang up shower. Good pressure, no shower curtain (no problem). A bedside reading lamp for both of us. Small fridge/mini bar. Nice wardrobe with plenty of hangers, safe, chest with plenty of drawers. Desk staff was nice - would speak French or English as you desire. Provided us with great restaurant recs in the neighborhood. Near 3 metro stops. On the edge of Luxembourg Gardens, and therefore a lovely walk through it to St. Germain etc. Can't review the breakfast - it was 14 E extra, so we never bothered. We highly recommend and would go back!
Great and affordable!
Having heard horror stories about the small, tiny rooms that are often found in Paris, and the rudeness of staff, I wasn't expecting too much, but the St. Beuve turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. The rooms, while not huge, were large by Paris standards, and best of all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
They are very knowledgeable, and even helped us to buy museum passes (right at the front desk). Internet access is available for a small fee at the hotel also.
A great lobby also for sitting by a fire and reading a book with a nice glass of wine, and the location is perfect (right near the metro). I will definitely be coming back!
We stayed here for 3 nights and had a very pleasant experience. The staff was nice and accommodating. The hotel was also in a great location (The 6th) and close to two Metro stops. I highly recommend.
Great value, terrific location
We stayed at the Sainte Beuve from 9/20 through 9/23. After struggling to locate the property (its on a very small side street ust two blocks from the Vavin Metro station), we were rewarded with a welcoming, stylish and authentic Parisian hotel experience. Staff were fluent in English and eager to help (even secured us tough dinner reservations at Spoon with one day's notice!). And as we learned after exploring the area for the next few days, the location just can't be beat.
Beware if you're travelling on a budget, however. We had a room at the $168 price point (there are four levels -- this is #2 of 4) and the room was tiny. While this is the case for most Parisian hotels, it was a bit claustrophobic for the two of us. Our new marble bathroom was spacious and spotless, however. And, despite overlooking the street, our room was incredibly quiet.
If you want to spend less than $200/night, I strongly recommend Le Sainte Beuve.
We booked at this hotel because its known as a charming hotel with air-conditioning. However, when we went there, we figured out that the air-conditioning was NOT WORKING.
They never told us they were having air conditioning problems.
We decided to leave to find another hotel with air-conditioning during this heat wave they have been having. We were told that we would NOT be charged for the room. After we got back to the US, they charged us for one night.
How unprofessional to charge us when they said they would not charge us.
They are misleading and dishonest.
Location, Comfort and Air Conditioning
This is a sweet little hotel! It is typically French in its atmosphere and size. We stayed here in mid July and just fell in love with the place. The rooms were small ( as most other european hotels are), yet neatly furnished and meticulously clean. The bathroom we had was spacious and spotless. The linens were crisp and the beds comfortable.
Windows were double glazed so outside noise never invaded and the air conditioning worked flawlessly and was a wecome relief from the oppressive heat and humidity we encountered (other Americans we met were not so lucky)! Some rooms however are without much of a view. It is well situated just two short blocks from the Notre-Dame-des-Champs metro station on the #12 line and a similar distance from the Vavin station on the #4 line. Just about anywhere in Paris is no more than 1 connection from your station! This quiet area of St-Germain-de-Pres is about 1/2km from the Jardins-du-Luxembourg, a picturesque walk. The continental breakfast (croissant, breads, home made yogurt, fresh juice and cafe-au-lait) is wonderful, fresh, but not included in the room price. Within a 4 block walk is a multitude of great brasseries, cafes and restaurants (try La Cupole, 2 blocks away for an early 20th century art deco experience or Basserie Fernand, both on Boulevard Montparnasse for great food). The manager and other personnel were warm, friendly and infinitely helpful; no arrogance here! We never felt like outsiders or unwanted Americans. I would return here in a heartbeat.
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Le Sainte Beuve the first two weeks in March and absolutely loved it. The hotel has so much charm (a wood-burning fireplace in the lobby, cushy couches and chairs, and a small bar area), and the staff is delightful. The owner of the hotel and his staff were very helpful. They helped secure restaurant reservations and recommended places to eat (all great). There are four room sizes/rates, and we stayed in the second to least expensive room, and we were very happy with it. Yes, the room is small compared to American standards, but it is laid out wonderfully, and I thought it was great. It was bright and cheery, had french doors that opened to the outside, and the bathroom was nice. The hairdryer in the bathroom even had some decent power to it. Breakfast is extra, but the breads are all brought in fresh that morning. They have an elevator too. The hotel is located on a small sidestreet, so it is quiet. The location is perfect - in the 6 arrondisement, just a few minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens. We are looking forward to our next trip back and staying at Le St. Beuve.
Classy parisian hotel
we stayed 2 nights at the Hotel Sainte Beuve in 2002, and were very impressed.
The Hotel is very 'french chic', definitely one to stay in if you appreciate fine decor.
Sainte Beuve is in a very quiet area, but within close walking distance to the metro.