Hotel Abbatial Saint Germain
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Abbatial Saint Germain Paris
Abbatial is a Winner
My husband and I just returned from a week in Paris and we stayed at the Abbatial for 3 nights. The hotel is in a great location, and easy to get anywhere in Paris by foot or by the incredible Metro system. We had a lovely room on the 5th floor with views of Notre Dame and the Pantheon. The room was small, but very comfortable and clean. The staff is very nice, helpful and all speak very good English. Many places to eat and shop in the neighboorhood-only about a 10 minute walk from the chic St. Germain de Pres area. We will definitely stay here again!
Loved our Hotel
Four women, over the age of 50, stayed six nights at this hotel in March, 2004. We had a wonderful experience. Hotel staff was very pleasant and helpful. All spoke some English. Rooms were more than adequate with floor to ceiling windows opening onto balconies. Bathrooms completely modern. Rooms cleaned and clean sheets and towels every day!
Hotel is within walking distance or a metro ride of all the "must see" Paris attractions.
Would definitely stay here again.
This is an excellently run hotel at a reasonable price (it cost us about £90 ($140) / night). The rooms are small, as are all central Paris hotels in this budget range, but they are very clean and well maintained. All the staff spoke English and were very helpful.
Breakfast was held in the cellar which was plentiful, with hot options at a small extra charge. The key factor with this hotel, however, is its location. It sits on the Boulevard St.Germain, and is within a stones throw of Notre Dame (from the top floors some rooms have a view). It is also surrounded by lovely, reasonably priced restaurants and bars, with two Metro stations close by for trips to the busy city centre and attractions. If you want a reasonably priced hotel located in the 'eating and drinking' area of Paris this is the hotel for you.
I'd certainly stay again.
Im just back from a quick visit to Paris. Myself and my Mum stayed 2 nights in the Abbatial Saint Germain. The location is perfect and the staff were very friendly and spoke English.The rooms were so clean and the beds were comfortable. I would certainly stay at this hotel again.
An "A"for the Abbatial
We just returned from a four day trip to Paris and had a wonderful time - one of the reasons being the Abbatial St. Germain. This hotel has an excellent location, friendly staff and pleasant, immaculate rooms. Our room was #23 and faced the side street. It was small but I've seen smaller and it had two large french windows/doors, not to mention a shower and tub. Be sure to check their web site for specials. Bon voyage.
Excellent Small Hotel
My boyfriend and I stayed here in November 2003 for 5 nights. The location was excellent as were the accommodations. The staff was very friendly and spoke English, which was nice since we don't speak very much French at all. The lobby was a decent size, and a side room provided for more seating if you were waiting for a ride. For the most part, we didn't spend that much time in the hotel so the need for a large lobby wasn't necessary.
It is true that the elevator is tiny, however. My boyfriend went up the first trip with some of the luggage and I followed. Our room was on the 6th floor, room 61. It seemed that the 5th floor would have had balconies off the rooms, but ours had walk out windows to the roof. We had a perfect view of the Notre Dame to the right and the Pantheon to the left. As for the room itself, it was small but not tiny. I've stayed in much smaller in America! I would classify it as a triple since it had an additional pull out twin-bed in the room which we did not use. The double bed was probably a full size bed, American terms, and there was one closet to hang clothes. The bathroom appeared to be newly renovated and was very clean. Housekeeping came daily.
We did not try the breakfast downstairs, but agree that the cafe next door has wonderful omelettes. Just a note: they close by 8 pm and are not open on Monday. For the most part we ate a crepe or baguette (plenty of stands available down St. Germain ) on our way to our next stop.
Overall, we found that this location was excellent. Just a few blocks down there are literally hundreds of cafes, brasseries, etc. from which to choose and convenient to several Metro stops. It is in a more laid back area of the city which is a nice place to return to after a long day of seeing the sites. We will definitely stay here when we return to Paris.
A Fantastic Location
I stayed at the Abbatial Saint Germain in February, 2003.
The lobby was startingly tiny; there was a small section with a couple of easy chairs where guests could read their morning papers, and there was an attached room that seemed to be part of the lobby as well, although I never saw anyone in it and don't know if it was officially used for anything. Check-in was hassle-free, but no-one offered to help me with my bags. I was given general directions to my room and struggled to haul my suitcase up the stairs. Luckily, I was on the first floor and I figured out how to turn on the hall light (it was on a timer and shut off automatically). There is a very, very small elevator as I later found out; it will hold one person and their bag or two people, no bags.
The room was also miniscule, but that was not unexpected. It was also spotless, which was the most important thing to me. There was a tiny armoire, two nightstands, a queen-sized bed, a desk and chair and a wall-mounted tv. The television only got CNN and BBC World News; I don't know if it was broken or if it was typical of this hotel, but since I wasn't in Paris to watch the television, I didn't complain. The room had lovely French (what else?) doors with which opened to a view of the quiet side street, the Rue des Bernardins. The room was also close to the front of the Hotel, so I did get quite a bit of traffic noise from the Boulevard Saint Germain. The little balconies also had well-tended window-boxes which added to the charm.T
he bathroom was also spotless and had new, modern conveniences.
Breakfast was held in the charming basement with it's stone walls and bucolic mural. There was a selection of breads, cereals, juices, yogurts and fruit. Breakfast coiuld also be ordered through room service, although there is no menu; simply an assortment of the same items are brought on a tray.
All of the hotel staff were courteous and efficient. The desk staff was helpful, in particular the night desk man (I'm afraid I cannot remember his name).
The hotel's greatest asset is it's location. A walk down the short Rue des Bernardins leads one to the Seine with a view of Notre Dame. The hotel is located on the famous Boulevard Saint Germain, although it is quite a distance away from some of the famous cafes for which this area is well-known. The hotel is very near Sylvia Beach's famous shop, Shakespeare and Company, and is also quite close to the incredible La Tour d'Argent, one of Paris's most famous and well-regarded restaurants. There are countless places that can be reached within an easy walk: the Louvre, the Place des Vosges, Notre Dame, Ile St. Louis, the Beaubourg (Centre Georges Pompidou), the Pont Neuf, Musee de Cluny, Musee d'Orsay, la Conciergerie, to name but just a few.
The Metro station Maubert-Mutualite is two blocks away and there are numerous convenient banks, pharmacies and cafes. There is an Internet cafe next to the comic book shop on the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Germain and Boulevard Saint Michel.
I'd have no qualms about staying at the Abbatial Saint Germain again, although I think I'd prefer a bit more luxury. I can certainly recommend it if one is looking for a clean, reasonably-priced hotel in an excellent location.
Great Cafe next door
My husband and I stayed at Atel Abbatial in June 1999. We liked the area because it isn't so touristy. You could blend in with the locals pretty well. We found that the best food we had in Paris was the Omelette Super St. Germaine at the Cafe located next door to the hotel. We spent lots of money on fancier dishes, but nothing came close! As for the hotel, it was fine. The rooms were a bit cramped, but a good deal for the price.
Stayed here in 2002
Really enjoyed this hotel. It was ideally located and the staff were lovely. Do not have a bad word for this hotel. We were in one of the rooms on the top floor and although the room was fairly small it was nicely furnished and had a nice view out down onto Boulevard St. Germain. If I ever go back to Paris I would without doubt stay here again. Very good.
Great small moderately-priced hotel in St. Germain des Pres
We stayed at the Abbatial for four nights last month. First of all, the front desk staff is highly efficient and friendly. We booked this hotel way back in April and each email was answered promptly (within 24 hours)! We needed a triple room and was advised to ask for room #55, the room pictured in their website, as it's larger and has a balcony. I specifically requested this room and was promised it. When we arrived, the room was indeed waiting for us. Also there are three sets of double pane windows to keep out the noise on the boulevard and it certainly was quiet in the room. One set of windows is in the bathroom. From the windows in the bedroom we saw the top of the Pantheon. By looking out the window in the bathroom the spires of Notre Dame were visible.
It is not a very large room but with a rollaway bed included, there was still enough space for walking around(no walking on the beds to get to the other side of the room). Also the large bed was a queen-not two twins pushed together. The bathroom is small but very modern, has white marble, and a shower guard which really helps to avoid wetting the floor.
The buffet continental breakfast served in their cellar basement was more than adequate with fruit compote, croissants, baguettes, jam, cereal, cheese, hot chocolate, and great coffee. The breakfast staff was always courteous and friendly.
In short if you want a centrally located hotel (not more than a few blocks from Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, St. Michel, etc.) plus a hotel that's got nice rooms and a great staff, stay at this hotel. Rate for our triple was only 168 euro/night in October. Buffet breakfast was 8 euro/per person.