Hotel Albe Saint Michel
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Great location would recommend
Just stayed here. Location is excellent, right next to the Place Saint-Michel and within walking distance of everywhere in central paris. Rooms were new enough and service was what you would expect for the price. Would definitely stay here again and recommend this to other.
Great location, nice hotel
Our family of 3 stayed at Hotel D'Albe in August, 2004. Our experience was similar to that of other reviewers. It's a great small hotel in a terrific location. Especially for a first trip to Paris, it puts you in the middle of things on the boundary between the Latin Quarter & St. Germain and a stone's throw from the Seine. Located on the corner of two pedestrian streets chock-a-block with cafes, restaurants, and gyro stands (!), there are no traffic noises but a healthy "buzz" of people from the street below that sometimes filters gently through the otherwise well-soundproofed windows. Rooms are small (think "cruise ship cabin") but have everything you need (including an in-room safe). Air conditioning worked like a dream (modern, quiet split-system units with accurate temperature control). Sparkling, contemporary bathroom. Immaculately clean rooms and public areas; crisp sheets. Double bed was actually two single beds pushed together, each made up separately. Breakfast buffet for EUR 11 included boiled egg, cheese, cold cuts, and a nice pot of coffee (with refills available) as well as the more typical Parisian croissant and baguette offerings. The English-speaking reception staff was very helpful with restaurant recommendations and reservations.
Excellent Left Bank location
Location, location, location! This must be the most convenient small hotel in Paris. The RER train from Charles de Gaulle airport stops less than 100 yards away. We stayed there in July 2004. The hotel is in the middle of a lively area with lots of cafes with tables on the street. Our room was at the front, but we were not affected by outside noise. The inside walls are not quite soundproof and we did hear our neighbours' TV and shower, but not enough to be annoyed by it. The room was not very big, but the bathroom was excellent.
The staff were friendly and helpful - offering to lend us an umbrella to save us having to go back up to our room for one. One receptionist spent 20 minutes on the internet trying to find out for us where was the best place to see the Bastille Day parade. We will definitely stay here again.
Be careful booking through venere.com
I booked this hotel for May 9, 2004 through the venere website. I cancelled through the website on April 23, 2004, long before the deadline for cancellation without penalty according to the website. However, the hotel billed my credit card on May 21, 2004. They claim they never received the cancellation from venere, although I have confirmation of the valid cancellation. The hotel says that venere has to reimburse me, and venere has not replied to my emails. I had a great stay at Hotel Cluny Square which I booked through Hotelclub, but I will never use venere again. I am still waiting for a response to my complaint.
Will stay here again.
Stayed Feb 2004. Asked for superior rooms - small (as usual in city hotels) but nicely fitted out and immaculately clean. Friendly staff, great position for central sights and very near St Michel metro. Good choice of cafes, bars and restaurants all round. Ideal hotel for visiting Paris - simple, comfortable, friendly, convenient and well-kept. Still some rooms being refurbished, but no disturbance to us at all.
A great value in a three star hotel
I have stayed in this area of the Latin Quarter several times and the last time in July of 2003 was at the Hotel D Albe St Michel. It is a three star hotel in an excellent location - only about 50 meters from the St Michel Metro Station. The entrance is non-descript sitting between two restaurants almost hard to see at first glance. The hotel is within three minutes walk to the ILE DE LA CITE where the famous Notre Dame and the Saint Chapelle are found. Nearby are a few well known places and building such as the Patheon, Musee Cluny, La Sorbonne and the Jardin du Luxembourg. The Louvre and the Orsay are an easy ten minute walk. You can easily reach the rest of Paris through the metro station located steps from the hotel. The hotel has a great English speaking staff. The rooms are small but not terribly small by European standards. They all have electronic room safes. The rooms are clean, the beds fairly firm and linens were new at the time. The bath and showers are modern and more than adequate. Water pressure is good with plenty of hot water. The rooms have local television with a couple of English channels. Now this area of the Latin Quarter is like a carnival with all of the shops, bistros, and strollers; however, the rooms all have double windows with a spacing of about eighteen inches between windows and I found the rooms incredibly quite consideering the location I am puzzeled by the posts reporting street noise. The hotel offers a morning breakfast but I would recommend eating in one of the many cafe's nearby - a much better value. This hotel has air conditioning and in the summer time it is a wise choice to have in a hotel in Europe. Since I have stayed several times around the corner at the Hotel St Michel which is now a four star hotel - The Hotel D Albe St Michel is a much better value.
I stayed at this hotel on my first trip to Paris during New Year's. I was a little skeptical since I could barely find any reviews on the hotel. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a hotel that was centrally located, clean rooms with modern bathrooms, and a English speaking staff. Lena and Renaud were especially helpful to me prior to the trip. They responded quickly to all my e-mails and were always courteous and accommodating. They even allowed me to change rooms and move to a higher floor during my stay, due to the noise from the street. I found the Latin Quarter to be a very safe location with lots of restaurants and shops nearby. Also, there is a great 24 hour internet cafe down the street from the hotel which is very convenient.
The Hotel D' Albe is a very reasonable hotel for this area and I would recommend it to anyone. Just note that the rooms are small, but I was prepared for that since it's the European standard. My main concern was cleanliness and the Hotel D' Albe delivered.
Nice, Small, Under Renovations
I stayed at the D'Albe Hotel October 2003 for 3 nights. I was extremely dissapointed when I walked into the lobby to see it all torn apart.
Unfortunately, they were under heavy renovations. No dining area, no bar, barely a nice lobby to sit in. The heavy fumes in the hallway were difficult sometimes. Now the good stuff. GREAT staff! Alexandra was especially helpful. All shifts of personnel were helpful to me and my mom. We had a VERY small room which had already undergone renovations.
(I've stayed in Paris 5 times now and this was the smallest yet) It was done in very good taste. I've never had better linens on a hotel bed.
Better than my own at home. And it had a down comforter! They change the duvets daily. The bathrooms were immaculate and brand new everything. The location is great. I just wish I had know about the renovations. This will be a nice place once that's finished.
We stayed of at this hotel from Oct.3-8, 2003. The best thing about this hotel is its location. In the immediate and nearby streets you can find at least 50 cafes, brasseries, rest. to choose from. It is a block away from a metro station and within walking distance to almost anyplace-Ile de la Cite, Louvre, D'Orsay... You pay for the location of the hotel. The room was very spacious- we had requested a center-corner room at an upper level with a private bathroom and received it as requested. Higher floors are recommended due to the street noises. The room and bathroom were very clean and nicely decorated, as well as the hotel. My wallet was stolen at the metro St. Michel as soon as I got into Paris- so watch out for pick pockets (particularly well groomed children). I reached the hotel in search of orientation and help and felt that the personnel was not sympathetic at all with my situation. It was really frustrating and quite a cold reception that I received in Paris. It continued that way all along. Service could have been more tourist-oriented and plain nice to the people that stay there.