Hotel Arvor Saint Georges
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Good value for families
travelled to paris with family of 7, had 2 rooms, good value for paris and excellent location , was a comfortable walk to Monmatre/Sacre coeur and to Opera and Grand magasins.Metro was 1 mins walk away for further trips, very helpful and friendly staff who were happy to put up with our broken French and speak to us in English. rooms good size and clean, would be happy to go back again.
If travelling as couple would prefer somewhere more upmarket but on budget with family was excellent value, and restaurants suitable for families were nearby and a short taxi ride from Roissy bus drop off at Opera, ( could have walked if not with children), definitely would strongly recommend it to travelers on budget and /or with families
A nice small hotel in the heart of Paris
We stayed three nights at the Arvor. It's a very small hotel with only 31 rooms. The size of our room was ok and the room was very clean. It seems that the rooms were refurbished recently. Only the floor seems to be very old, because it squeaks. :-) The room had no air conditioning.
The location of the hotel is very good. It's in a small and quiet street (Rue Laferrière) in the 9th arrondissement (near Gare du nord and Opéra) and the next metro station is only 100m away.
Unfortunately the breakfast room is very small and we had to wait one morning 5 minutes before we were able to have breakfast.
The staff was very kind.
The Arvor is a very nice hotel in a good location and the price is ok. Perhaps you should keep in mind that the rooms have no air conditioning, if you want to stay at midsummer.
I have only one warning: You should avoid room 001 - as "A TripAdvisor Member, Calgary, Canada" wrote @Oct 20, 2005. Room 001 seems to be noisy.
We booked a week-long stay and not all things went smoothly. We were not pleased with the room allocation as we ended up in a room right beside the breakfast, lounge and lobby area. It was noisy until all hours of the night due to guests leaving or returning to the hotel. And, we had to put up with noise associated with kitchen staff setting up for breakfast at 3 or 4 am. We were not offered a switch of rooms even when others became vacant. The night staff however was very nice and most sympathetic although the manager was rather non-customer focued.
They advertised internet access and although they had a computer hooked up in the lobby, it never worked the entire week we were there. Other little things wrong included a broken kettle, cups and glasses that were never cleaned.
The hotel was however located in a convenient area with easy access to Metro and walking distance to Monmartre.
Almost Business Friendly
Was in Paris on business. In an email they told me that they were a 10 minute walk for Gar Du Nord. Actually it was about a 30 minute walk (or a 10 minute cab ride). Since my bags were on wheels it was a nice walk. But as I found out, the people here at the hotel are nice but somtimes things are lost in the translation between English and French.
I had a nice quiet room at the rear of the hotel. Only drawback was that there was no cloths iron in the room and not one available at the desk. The day girl at the desk gave me a map to a laundry about 5 blocks away, but the night clerk let me sneak downstairs and use the housekeeping iron (hope I have not spoiled it for future travellers). This was the only negative I could say about this place, but for a travelling businessman a iron is essential.
Another key requirement for me is internet access. I asked at the desk if they had wifi as their internet site suggested. She pointed to a computer in the corner of the dining room and I tried to explain what wireless was, but she seemd to indicate she did not know. Finally I opened my computer and found a couple of wifi pay services. I told here I had found a wifi signal and she said "oh weefee". So in France wifi becomes "weefee"... good to know! For internet access I used the Orange service which was very expensive 10 Euro for 2 hours. If you are there for a few days, this area is also covered by city wide internet service called Ozone that is primarily targeted at residents(---). Note if you cant read the French on the web page use the google web page translation tool at (---). If you have a french cell phone you can pay via SMS for 1.5 Euros/day (I didn't). The other option if you are there for a few days is to pay by credit card for a month's unlimited use for 18 Euros (Worth it if you are there for 2 days or more!)
The location is pretty good as there is the St Georges subway station about a 10 minute walk away that gives you easy access to the rest of Paris. Also just up the block is a town square with a number of interesting bars and restaurants. Actually there are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance.
Also note that there is no air conditioning. I was there during some humid days in September. The nights did get cool luckly and it is possible to get a nice breeze through the room by opening the windows but it could get quite uncomfortable on really hot days I imagine.
If the get irons in the rooms I will surly be a return customer!
Loved the Arvor
We are just back from a 3 night visit to Paris and the Hotel Arvor exceeded our expectations!! We were impressed with all the postings and thankfully decided to include it in our travels. Our family (2 adults/2 teenagers) loved the very clean rooms, quiet nights and breakfast in the courtyard. With teenagers who like to eat... the Shoppi (grocery store) down the street was a real bonus! We also found the hotel wonderfully convienient to the metro. We bought a 3 day metro pass (and a 3 day museum pass) and had no problem finding our way around the city. For the price this hotel is a real gem...and if we are lucky enough to return to Paris, we would definetly book at the Arvor again. Enjoy!
Charming small hotel
I have just returned from Paris, having stayed at the Hotel Arvor Saint Georges from May 20-27, 2005.
I previously travelled to Europe with a wealthy friend and so stayed in quite luxurious hotels (most recently in Paris in 2001, at the Plaza Athenee). On this trip, I was travelling with women friends. As we were not prepared to pay $500 Cdn or more a night, we consulted a local travel agent who recommended the Arvor. We were able to get an excellent price - 1020 Euros for a triple room for the week, including breakfast - especially given the season.
Because the hotel was quite lovely and the staff wonderful, and because it does not have a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor, I thought I'd write a brief review.
We were in two rooms - myself and two friends had a triple, with another friend who only stayed 5 nights in a single room on a different floor. All were clean and well laid out, furnished with modern Ikea furniture in very good condition. In our triple, there was a small bedroom with one bed, a larger room with two twin beds, and a good sized bathroom with shower, sink and bidet, with a separate room with toilet only. The beds were firm and the linen clean and comfortable. There were lots of windows, with the main window overlooking a rooftop garden on another building, and below, the small patio where you could eat breakfast on nice days.
There was a safe at an additional charge (2 Euro per day) which we did not use. Happily, we did not have any security issues. One thing to note that might surprise N. Americans - we were asked to leave our key at the front desk when we left each day. As the three in our room did not always spend all day together, we found this very convenient.
The only thing I missed in the room was a small fridge as I sometimes like to buy juice, etc. on my travels. We did not particularly mind though since we had fresh orange juice with breakfast. Although we did drink wine in our room, we drank red wine, so room temperature was fine.
The hotel was quite quiet - even though we left windows open at night for fresh air, we were generally not disturbed. Although very very close to the Metro, the hotel is on a small one way street, so the street noise is minimal.
As another reviewer commented, the breakfast was excellent. There is a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, served at your table, with juice, plain yogurt (we added jam or jelly), and a lovely assortment of pastries. At small serving tables near by were fresh fruit, cereals and two types of cheese. We found that if we ate breakfast about 9 a.m. or so, we were good to go until about 2 before we needed to have lunch - a good thing in Paris, where dinner is generally served late by N. American standards. A small criticism - the server during the week was not particularly friendly (she was not rude, just not nearly as charming as the rest of the people who work there)
A couple of nights we were in Paris, we ate [a feast] in our room - bread, cheese, fresh avocados, tomatoes, wine and dessert. My friend who did the shopping commented very favourably about the location of the Arvor in terms of the many vendors (fromagerie, charcuterie, patisserie) in the immediate vicinity. There is also a "Shopi" grocery store just down the street on Notre Dame de Lorette which is very convenient.
Finally the staff - we found Olivier in particular to be both accomodating and charming. While we did not ask for particular advice or food recommendations, we nonetheless had occasion to ask for assistance.
I brought my 9 year old nephew to Paris with me. He was to stay with his best friend whose family is in Paris for a year. However an unexpected event meant the family he was visiting had to leave Paris two days before our trip ended. I explained to Olivier the circumstances and asked whether my nephew could stay in our room for 2 nights - the immediate response was "pas de probleme".
Another evening, one of my friends went down to ask for additional tea cups. It appeared that we had returned one too many the previous evening. Olivier not only immediately provided the necessary dishes and cutlery, but made a note to speak to the cleaning staff to ensure we had sufficient dishes in our room the folllowing day.
While I know it's relatively easy to know your guests when you run a small hotel, it is still nice to have the person at the reception recognize you and hand you your key when you return after a long day shopping, sightseeing and/or eating. While not all the night staff knew us, certainly this was true of Olivier and the woman who works there (we did not learn her name).
All in all, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to stay at a charming, small, well run hotel in Paris.
Truly a gem
This small hotel is truly one of the best buys in Paris, or any other major city for that matter. The staff is the most incredibly welcoming staff I have ever had in a small hotel. Their attention to your needs and their sincere wish that your stay is a pleasant one are obvious. The breakfast is a good start, with fresh juice, tea, coffee, cereal, and breads. The rooms are really quite spacious for Europe and thoughtfully decorated. The baths (that have shower curtains....a plus for France) are immaculate and bright. I stayed in Room 505 which was in the back of the hotel and had dormer windows overlooking the rooftops of Paris. The room was spotless and the beds fantastic. The hotel is an oasis of calm in heart of the city. It is down the hill from the Moulin Rouge and steps away from the Opera and the Galleries Lafayette and Printemps. It is a reasonable walk to the Louvre, etc. and convenient to the Gare St. Lazare, for trains leaving to the Normandy coast. There is also free internet access in the lobby, a real plus in this city where it is harder than most to get on the internet. This hotel is an incredible value and I highly recommend it to anybody wanting a great hotel and a great value.
Had a wonderful stay
We stayed with family and friends at the Arvor and had a wonderful time: the rooms were comfortable with really good beds and super clean. Some of us had rooms to the back and we had a room to the front; both were very quiet, since the Arvor is located on a side street. The breakfast consisted of coffee/tea, croissants, fresh, warm rolls, yoghurt, preserves, fresh fruit and orange juice. In addition, there were newspapers (yes, also in English) and complimentary coffee/tea making facilities in the rooms. We were delighted to find BBC as well as CNN on the TV. Booking is really easy, since the very friendly and helpful reception staff speak English and promptly faxed confirmation. We also found it handy to have a safe in our room. The Arvor is conveniently located near a good selection of restaurants. We followed the owner's recommendations and had great food. It's in easy walking distance to all major attractions, although some of us occasionally took the nearby metro and bus. I realize this review sounds glowing, but we really have nothing negative to say. We would always book at the Arvor again.
A hidden gem
To introduce ourselves: We are a couple from Canada, who are quite fussy when it comes to hotel accommodations anywhere, and thus we often stay in fairly luxurious hotels and inns, to be on the safe side. When planning our trip to Paris (which included another three couples) we had to be certain to find a good place to stay. The Arvor came highly recommended by our travel agent, and so we thought we'd give it a try. We stayed a week at the Arvor with several friends in October, and our visit has left us with such positive feelings about the hotel that we felt compelled to write a review. The hotel is located on a quiet side street, yet only steps away from metro and busses, which will take you virtually anywhere in Paris. Montmartre, Opera, good restaurants, and shops are all within easy walking distance. The rooms are lovely, with a clean and fresh decor. The continental breakfast is always fresh and ample, and the hotel supplies complimentary English speaking newspapers. The staff is super friendly, and the English speaking owner, Olivier, will go out of his way to make your stay in Paris special and enjoyable. The hotel feels like a small boutique hotel with all the personal attention you could desire. We consider the Arvor excellent value, and would not think of staying in any other hotel in Paris. We've recommended it to all our friends. Our only concern:with this review our "hidden" gem will be hidden no more. Bon voyage !!!
Well cared for
Stayed at the Hotel Arvor in Paris for 4 nights. It is located on a quiet side street right in the thick of paris. Small hotel run beautifully. Clean as can be, excellent people working there, very helpful and courteous. Our room was on the top floor, bathroom had an opening skylight...charming. Lovely stay, highly recommend.