Hotel Saint Paul Rive Gauche
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
We arrived by cab to the hotel at 7.30 am on a Sunday expecting to have to leave our luggage (as check in was not due until 3pm) however the laid back check in clerk trawled through his records and found us a room to check into immediately. A quaint room which mixes old world charm (exposed wooden beams, stripped and floral design wall paper, timber furniture) with a modern bathroom. The room is spacious and ours looks out over the Rue Monsieur le Prince with the noise of the life of Paris floating up to us. The hotel is well located in the St Germain/Latin Quarter and so far exceeds expectations.
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My fiancee and I spent 3 nights at the Hotel Saint Paul, Paris in mid Maty 2004 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We recently had a wonderful stay at the Hotel Saint-Paul for 6 nights. We arrived to find we had been upgraded from a deluxe room to a small suite which was enormous by Parisian hotel standards. It was on the top floor (5th floor), which we loved as you are not getting any noise from above. It was also at the back which we also liked as it was extremely quiet. As we had two large suitcases this suite was fantastic as we were not constantly tripping over them as we have in many other European hotel rooms. The room was very clean as was everywhere else in the hotel. The staff were warm and helpful and happy to assist with bookings or recommendations for restaurants, transfers, etc and Sputnick (the Cat) gave us a friendly greeting every afternoon. I could not recommend this hotel highly enough, and will stay there again on our return to Paris.
Stayed at a lot of hotels in Paris - like the Sully Saint Germain, Jardins du Luxembourg, Minerva, etc. This had the biggest and most comfortable rooms AND the best location. It was also less expensive than all of them. The person who didn't like this hotel may not realize that Parisian hotel rooms are small by U.S. standards. But we stayed in a nice-sized room, with a trompe l'oil on one of the walls. There was room for everything, a nice mini-bar, a big bathroom, and a good sized firm bed. The concierge was very nice - the hotel pets were wonderful - when my husband took naps, Spoutnik the cat liked to nap next to him. Location was awesome - 6th arrondissement right next to Polidor restaurant, a few steps away from Chez Maitre Paul, and Bouillon Racine. Right next to the Odeon and Saint Germaine. All in all, if you like location and size, this place is definitely for you.
History and charm versus glitz
The person who had a bad room in Sept. 2003 should have stayed in a large chain hotel on the Right Bank if he wanted a more 5th Avenue-kind of lodging! The St. Paul is located in one of the oldest areas of Paris-- of course the streets are narrow and have a variety of businesses along the way. Those of us who reside in the neighborhood need a laundromat once in a while. . .
The St. Paul is on one of the most picturesque network of small streets in Paris-- I call them 'charming' rather than 'creepy!'
It is true, a guest should specifically ask Not to be on the top floor where the rooms can be more cramped and hotter, during the summer.
I'm not sure I stayed at the same hotel as everyone else that gave glowing reviews (unless you read between the lines).
Charming hotel and super ocation!My mom and I took a "girls" trip to Paris and stayed at the St. Paul. I asked for a large twin room and we were given the best room in the house, on the 3rd floor facing the street, but it was still relatively quiet, esp. if you kept the windows closed. The room had a faux fireplace mantle and writing desk, tv, mini- fridge and safe, nice wardrobe and two twin beds (although separated, still very close together) and two night tables with good reading lights. The room was spotless, as was the lovely, modern bathroom with tub and shower. It was chilly one night and the heater worked great. There is a self service laundry and internet bar located just across the sidewalk, very convenient. Staff was very helpful. I hurt my back and they found an Osteopath for me the same day. Easy walk to the 5th and rest of the 6th arr., also over the bridge to Notre Dame, St. Chappelle, etc. Great restaurants nearby, and shopping too.
As 2 adults and 2 children we were booked into 2 rooms in the Hotel des Ecoles on the Rue Monsieur Le Prince, which is a 2 star owned by the same group as Hotel St Paul, but the hotel company felt it would be more appropriate to put us in rooms next door to one another and the Ecoles could not promise that, so it was a surprise when we arrived at the Ecoles to be told that we'd been upgraded to the 3 star Hotel St Paul so that we could be together as a family. Not only that but they told us the price would still be the same and that breakfast would be included!
Although you can pay a fortune for a luxury hotel in St. Germain, this place is the best place I've stayed in the area. It's clean and friendly, our third floor room was relatively large (by Paris standards). The breakfast was ust a typical continental one - croissants and coffee - but fresh and tasty. The staff was very nice and spoke english well. There was no air conditioning and although the street is a quiet one, it can get noisy with the window open if it's trash day or a weekend night. I heard there's air conditioning in some of the rooms, so ask for that. The location is perfect - a couple of blocks from the Luxemboug RER station which is on the line that goes to both airports. Easy walk to several metro stops and attractions like Notre Dame. Polidor is on the same block (good, cheap bistro food) and we had a great meal at a nice Morrocan restaurant across the street (toward Blvd. St. Germain).
We stayed at the Hotel St. Paul in May of 2002 and found the location to be excellent. However, while it was on a quiet street, the revelers from the pub on the corner were very loud at closing time (around 2 am or so) and interrupted our sleep since we had a room on the street. The rooms were tiny with very little closet space, the toilet was teeny, while the bath/shower were very adequate. We had a twin room on the top floor and it was less than spectacular. The breakfast was the typical continental breakfast.
Wonderful little hotel - close to everything, in the heart of the action, but on a quiet little street. Very charming, clean, cozy rooms, nice breakfast. Laundromat, internet cafe and patisserie across the street. Cute vintage "laymen's" restaurant couple doors down - have the chicken. Highly recommended!