Holiday Inn Paris-St. Germain Des Pres
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Paris-St. Germain Des Pres
This hotel is perfectly situated 1/2 block away from the St. Sulpice Metro stop. It took us less than 10 minutes to get to all of the major museums and sites of Paris. We actually stayed here twice in one trip (4 days the first time, 3 days the second time), and our first room had the quirky shower all of the reviews talk about and it was a bit small, but maybe not so small in comparison to other rooms in Paris - not to mention that the view from the window was wonderful. Our second time we were upgraded to the Executive Suite an it was definitely more spacious with a better shower situation. We were so grateful that the staff was so amazing. One particular woman at the front desk went above and beyond to be helpful every time we encountered her. We would definitely chose to stay here again in the future. (one tip: on the 2nd floor we could get wifi from the lobby!)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Paris-St. Germain Des Pres
Not too bad
The hotel was located near two Metro stops, so location was fairly convenient. The hotel front desk were so-so, efficient but not friendly. Our room was smallish, but tastefully decorated and clean.
The bathroom had a tub and shower and was also nice and clean. The only complaint is that the bed was hard and the room got very hot one night, even though the air was on to the lowest setting.
This hotel was fine for what we needed on our short trip to Paris.
My husband and I stayed there for 3 nights in January 04, and we loved it! It was our first time in Paris. The staff spoke English, and they were very helpful. The room was clean, and the heating system worked great. The bathtub was new and clean, so it let me take a bath after a long day of sightseeing. (A lot of hotels lack this aspect.) The size of the room (1 double bed) didn't bother us at all since we are used to traveling in Asian countries, and even in the U.S. we've seen worse.
Stayed 3 nights 1st -3rd Jan 2004; first time in Paris. Great base for "doing" Paris, despite only 75 metres from Metro (Saint Placide) extremely quiet location. Just off Rue du Rennes which runs between Montparnasse (5 minute walk) and Bld St Germain (10-15 minute walk).
My daughter and I stayed here in December 2003. Our first room was terrible - very small and dumpy, peeling wallpaper, non-working heating system, etc. I upgraded after the first night by paying 35 euro per night more to one of the executive level rooms, which was better.
Breakfast is okay. The hotel's location is hard to find for some taxi drivers. Overall, fair value for the price if you go for the exec room.
Don't even bother for the regular rooms. If you're looking for a Holiday Inn in Paris, try the Republique. It's better.
The hotel was clean and was convenient to metro stations (St. Placide).
However, I was surprised that the front desk staff didn't seem to know or be willing to speak English, despite the hotel's being an American chain. I can speak and understand French, so I am able to get along OK, but I would shudder to think what would happen to someone who did not know any French!
Excellet staff, great location, good room
This hotel is at a great location, is clean and more boutique-like. The front desk staff is absolutely wonderful, helpfula and friendly. I will be staying here again. You cannot miss with this hotel
As a professional business traveler for over thirty years with an average of over 100 nights per year in hotels, I can honestly say that this well-located and comfortable "boutique" hotel is a real gem. The St. Germain neighborhood is ecelectic and fun with many restaurants, interesting shops and Metro access a few feet from the door. The famous Bon Marche Department Store is two blocks away and do NOT miss the incredible Grand Epicure across the street from the store--wonderful fresh foods, wines, and cheeses. Rooms at the hotel are simple but well-appointed. The small bar located off the lobby is a nice spot for an early evening glass of wine with wonderful views of the street from the large windows. Hotel staff are gracious, speak better english than I do and have a willingness to share information about places to eat and areas to explore without appearing hassled or hurried. My company has used this hotel for many years and I sincerely hope they intend to continue this policy! This has become my little home in Paris.
I regularly stay at this hotel, not due to great ambience or exceptional charm or any of the superlatives thrown around when discussions turn to hotels in Paris. But it does have a number of modest advantages.
My Mother and I enjoyed our stay at this Holiday Inn which was very well-situated for visitors to Paris for the first time. Our rooms, though small, were clean and the temperature was just right as we could adjust the air conditioning to our comfort level. The bathroom was large, newly renovated--a heavenly retreat after a long day of walking. The breakfast buffet had everything from hot foods to cereals, fresh and dried fruits, yogurts, every kind of beverage, breads and pastries. You could even take food to go! The restaurant staff was friendly and helpful as were the front desk staff. I witnessed a staff member chasing down guests who had forgotten their tickets to Disneyland!
Wonderful place to stay
My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon. We were surprised to have a spacious bathroom, having heard about the small, cramped hotel rooms in Paris. The room was perfect! Breakfast was included and was absolutely delicious, full buffet breakfast, rather than just croissants and coffee. The people at the front desk all spoke English and were very helpful. The hotel is located in Saint Germain des Prés, on the left bank. The metro stop was only a half block away and we had many restaurants, and patisseries within walking distance. We even found a fresh fruit market within a block! Great place to stay if you're riding the metro, a little tricky in a car, since it's between two one-way streets.