Holiday Inn Paris-St. Germain Des Pres
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This will be my 3rd time to Paris, but I am meeting my lovely Grandmother here, she is 75 years young and has never been before.
... to meet Pauline and Anna, I can't wait!
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After treating ourselves with ice creams (loving the ice cream!) we went for a walk along the Seine with the idea of finding a flea market that was supposed to be in the area (flea market is simply a cheap temporary market that is set up). It was really nice walking along there. The buildings are all old along there and there were quite a few boats going up and down. It's also a lot cleaner than the Thames! There were ...
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... come home but Brad would have none of it and loaded his mountain bike and some supplies into his car and drove to Calais to catch us up and meet her. He then spent the following days helping her on the journey to Paris eating rice pudding from cans at the lunch stops. A true inspiration to others and contender for husband of the year ...
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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!)
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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.
Loved the location!
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.
The only reason why I'm giving 4 marks is because even if you put out the "Do not disturb" sign, they'll come in to clean the room. I put the sign out one day before we went out because I didn't have time to organize my stuff well enough to feel comfortable about letting people in the room, but they went in anyway. I thought "Hmm..." and put the sign out again the next day too see what happens, and they went in again. I've never stayen in a hotel that does this... Is it a French thing? I'm sure I could have asked them not to, so it's not a big deal, but I think it's kind of funny. (What if we were really sleeping in the room?) Well, but it was just the right hotel for us (locatio, price), so we'd stay there again.
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).
Room and en-suite small but ample for our needs. Only criticism was no tea/coffee facilities in room - although fridge/mini-bar well stocked.
Didn't bother with hotel breakfast (priced at 14 euro) because plenty of bistros/brasseries within 5 minute walk offering breakfast from 7 euro. A previous reviewer suggested that the staff weren't too keen to speak English - well the young lady that checked us in was Australian!
and we found that wherever we went in Paris, our attempts at "school-day" French was appreciated and was met with a good natured response from the "locals". We booked direct on-line with Holiday Inn and got a deal for 75 euro per night (normally 100). If you're on a budget, as we were, and just need a fairly central base, this hotel could be ideal - it certainly was for us.
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
Great Hotel, Terrific Location
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.
Good location, excellent front-desk staff, a few teeny-tiny rooms
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.
In addition to having being near Montparnasse (the area around the ugly tower and the celebrity-studded Montparnasse cemetary are ideal spots to visit while waiting for the 2pm check-in time to roll around or walking off the effects of jet-lag), and having an English-friendly front-desk staff, this property -
- is within a short walk of two metro lines
- has a laundromat and a full-service laundry
(8 euros for a shopping bag full, wash and fold - what a deal!) within 100 meters
- is within sub-10 minute walks to the rue Vavine shopping area and a honking big Bon Marche
- is a few blocks from Alexandre Constant, a Paris chocolatier of remarkable quality
- has two or three English channels on cable
- has been known to have decent (sub-$100)Internet specials on the Holiday Inn web site because it's not bang in the center of the tourist circuit
- is bang next to the Sunday farmers market on blvd Raspail, just off rue de Rennes. This is the place to go for fine artisinal cheeses and adventuresome wines to take home, and for beautiful (no other word works as well!) meats and vegetables and breads to consume sitting a park bench at the nearby Luxemburg Gardens
On the negative side -
- some of the rooms are tiny, so you should see your room before lugging up your bags
- English newspapers (Herald Tribune and the ubiquitous USA Today) are available only in the lobby, and you need to be quick to find one before they run out in the morning
- requires a painful RER -> Metro change at the St. Michel station if you're using the RER link from Charles de Gaulle. It's possibly better to take the RER to Denfert-Rochereau and cab the remaining short distance, though with the attendant uncertainty of finding a cab quickly
Finally, I'd avoid the hotel breakfast unless it's included in the rate or this is your first time out of Peoria! There are plenty of good and cheap (relatively speaking) patisseries within a block or two. I especially like the one on the parallel street north of the hotel, opposite an Italian restaurant called Villa Napoli or something like that.
In summary, this is a hotel for the pragmatic frequent traveler, not for a once in a lifetime "we'll always have Paris" stay. Approach it as pot-au-feu at a neighborhood bistro rather than as Coquilles Saint-Jacques at Arpege, and you'll leave content!
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.