Henri IV Rive Gauche Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Henri IV Rive Gauche Hotel Paris
Loved the hotel
My boyfriend and I stayed for eight nights at this delightful hotel July 30-August 6th, 2004. Our room had an amazing view of the church of St. Severin, directly across the street. We were concerned that the noise would keep us awake as the hotel is located on a busy street, but the closing the windows at night gave us complete quiet. The air conditioning was in top form, as it was very warm while we were in Paris. The hotel is within walking distance of EVERYTHING--Notre Dame is less than a 5 minute walk Have a very cheap and delicious sandwich at the take away shop two doors down--the best prices in the area and the bread is great. The staff at the hotel was very friendly and the room was spotless every day. I would highly recommend this hotel and when we return to Paris, we would certainly stay here again. Enjoy! ps. it's true what another reviewer also said about tons of hot water for your shower!
Romantic garret room with view of Eiffel Tower
Stayed here for 10 days in July, 2004. Room 602, facing St. Severin Church with a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower (a bonus we didn't expect!) is the room to ask for. It is high up enough, with the windows closed, that you don't hear anything at night, but can still enjoy the view. The room itself is OK, nothing spectacular, but big enough to accomodate luggage for two people and with a good size closet. Here, you are paying for the view. Issues we had however, were the following:
Lack of water pressure--sometimes we would be in the shower and it would just stop or be reduced to a trickle---fuse blown out in the bathroom so that the hairdryer and the towel warmer didn't work. Staff said they would fix it but they didn't. Consequently, we had to buy a hairdryer for 30E (staff did offer us another room, but who would want to leave that view?). Also, we were given an adapter for an electric shaver because ours didn't work, and it blew out the shaver (now out of an electric shaver--back to the pharmacy for razors).
The sheets were not changed every day and the first day we noticed some hair on the sheets and also a stain on the bedspread. All things we overlooked because of "THE VIEW"!
The location is great, however overrun with tourists and very noisy and dirty on the streets. It was interesting to watch the people who were out all night who had a bit too much to drink hobbling down the street in the morning. Considering that we were there for Bastille Day, didn't hurt either!
The staff (aside from the fuse issue) were very accomodating and friendly..brought extra towels, an iron and ironing board, arranged for a shuttle to the airport, etc. Most spoke English. There was a computer in the basement area to check e-mail.
Only ate breakfast at the hotel once; there are too many other nice places nearby that are more reasonable.
The lobby is nicely decorated, and they provide umbrellas by the door for the rainshowers.
Overall, we rate the hotel average to above average and the view, an excellent!
Henri IV Rive Gauche (9-11 Rue St. Jacques): excellent
I stayed at Henri IV Rive Gauche (9-11 Rue St. Jacques) from June 22-27, 2004 and felt completely at home, even after covering 4 European cities in 3 weeks. Based on 2 months of Paris-hotel research, Henri IV Rive Gauche is a good deal at 150€ per night (twin/double). The only downside is that I had to leave.
Staff members were pleasant, helpful and accommodating: some spoke English fluently, others spoke enough to help clients get by. At least one spoke Spanish, too. I delt mostly with Nathalie and Virgina, who were super!!!!
I reserved the room over the internet (---------------- or ---------------?) with a credit card and also made changes via email in English from Spain. Everything went off without a hitch.
My first two nights were in a quiet, inner-facing room (#303); my last 3 were in a streetside room (#201) overlooking St. Severin Church (beautiful). I´m not a light sleeper, so the streetside room was fine with the windows closed. It was noisy with the windows open, though. The hotel staff tells clients that up front.
The decor was tasteful and well coordinated. The rooms were a good size (by European standards). Closet space was adequate, and the beds were fine. The bathrooms were clean/modern, and towels were good. Maid service came daily.
The hotel is a block from Blvd St. Germain. Two grocery stores were a few blocks away on side streets, and there are many restaurants/cafes/bars in the area. Notre Dame was literally a 5-minute walk, as was Metro St. Michele.
Rue St. Jacque begins on the left bank as Rue Petit Pont. At Rue St. Severin (near the church), it becomes Rue St. Jacque: my map did not indicate this, so I walked around for 30 minutes with heavy luggage in tow before finding the hotel.
Coffee/tea sent to the room cost 3€--cheaper than coffee with milk in many cafes. Breakfast was pleasant, but at 10€ for continental, you might consider buying at the market or going to a nearby crepe stand, bakery or cafe. The rooms that I stayed in had mini fridges (mini-bars) with just enough room for a few small containers of yogurt. I forgot to buy a cork screw, and a staff member let me use his.
Consider buying the carte for museums and monuments, which allows entry into about 60 sites for 1, 3 or 5 days. I bought mine at EuroStar (train station from London) for 39 pounds, but I heard that it´s cheaper if bought from a Paris tourist office or a museum. Still, I saved money, given that most attractions cost 5 - 7 € each for adults (some give student discounts). Also, check out the various metro passes.
The hotel reserved an airport shuttle for me for 28€. Cheaper ways may (or may not) exist, but I didn´t want to hassel with finding a cab or lugging bags through the metro stations. The streets were virtually empty on Sunday, so getting to the airport didn´t take too long. De Gualle is very poorly organized, so my leaving the hotel three hours in advance was a good move (thanks for the advice, Nathalie).
Great place to stay in the Latin Quarter
From May 20 - May 26 , 2004 we stayed at this charming hotel.
Footsteps away from the Latin Quater, a short walk to Notre Dame, a five minute walk to the Metro, and right across the street from St. Severin's Church (you might even get to view the gargoyles from your window as we did).
The staff is very accommodating, helping you with almost any travel related request. Nathalie and Virgina go out of their way for you.
A great location and a great price. Also there is a great Zagat rated Chinese restuarant a few doors down (who goes to Paris to eat Chinese food?) not to mention all the cafes in the Latin Quarter right across the street from the hotel.
My girlfriend liked that there was lots of hot water (ask for extra towels though).
The only draw back for me since I needed to do a little business in the morning was there was no wi-fi for my laptop. They do have an internet cafe style computer in the basement. You can always dial up via AOL if you need to use a computer like I did when I needed to go online.
There is some construction going on next door to the hotel but don't worry we never even noticed it.
We would definitely stay here again.
Quaint, Romantic and Clean
My Fiancée and I stayed there for 4 nights and thoroughly loved it. It was quaint, charming, romantic and clean. The employees are attentive and friendly. Anything we asked for they were happy to provide. Our room in the front of the hotel had a great view, however, it was quite noisy well into the night and caused us to close the windows. The continental breakfast is not a bargain at 10 euros per person. The Latin Quarter is very charming, relatively inexpensive and smack in the center of Paris. Also, the St Michael metro station is just steps away. Instead of spending a lot of money on a taxi from CDG, hop on the B line right to St. Michael and spend the money you saved exploring the finer points of Paris.
We had a very nice stay 8-15 May. The hotel is quite charming and the staff is very attentive and helpful (they held our luggage for us when we made a one day jaunt out of town). Recommend requesting a room in the back of the hotel: rooms facing the street are subject to a lot of noise well into the night. The rooms in the back are not only quieter, but larger as well (we made the switch mid-week).
Though hardly haute cuisine, there are many restaurants, brasseries, and bistros in the area and the St. Michel metro is a 2 minute walk.
I would stay here again.
The best for tasting Paris.......
Out of the room window, a terific view of the old church gargoiles. Very nice service and hospitality, in the heart of the Quartier Latin very pratic for Underground, RER. I'll return there....
Superb romantic hotel
We stayed in this lovely hotel in the Latin Quarter for 2 nights and thoroughly recommend it.Friendly staff,very clean and warm with superb views to St Severin.This hotel is situated in the heart of the Latin Quarter with Notre Dame just five minutes away.Plenty of restaurants and shops around.We would definitely stay here again.
We stayed three nights and recommend it highly. Our room overlooked onto an old church and with snow flakes falling on New Years day morning that will be a memory for me. Clean and updated rooms, quiet and located a few mins from Notre-Dame cathedral. Staff was very helpful and Natalie was especially gracious. Close to the St. Michel metro and a funky "restaraunt row" just steps from the hotel. Lots of hot water!!
Loved the hotel
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Henri IV Rive Gauche, 9-11 Saint Rue Jacques in the latin quarter and we loved it. The hotel is everything that it says it is in their web site. The location is wonderful since you can walk right out your door into the latin quarter, Notre Dame and many restuarants and bars. The subway is close by which can take you anywhere in Paris. The people at the hotel are very friendly and spoke english. It always helps to know a little french, good morning, evening, etc. the rooms and the hotle were kept very clean and anything we asked about if they didn't know they would go out of their way to find out. I would highly recommend this hotel.
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