Moderne St-Germain Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsModerne St-Germain Hotel Paris
Great location on the south side of the River Seine - short walk to most attractions but too far to Eiffel Tower and the like. Very small rooms without lift access. Parking was a nightmare just up the road - leave your cars at home! OK for the price but there are better hotels around
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Historical Traveler Reviews Moderne St-Germain Hotel Paris
We stayed here in August and had a very pleasant stay. We were greeted by a friendly gentleman on reception. The room was small and clean and the breakfast was excellant. The next time we go to Paris we would stay here again.
Only if you are desperate!!!
I arrived on Sept. 13/04 from the train, without a reservation. I actually arrived at the hotel next door (Saint Sully), which I was dying to stay at. I had taken my chances, and the Saint Sully was all booked up, but they suggested I go next door. It was raining, I was cold, tired, and hungry, so I did. I was sorry as soon as I saw the room, and really thought wice about staying. Very small, but that's ok, as it's Paris. But the walls had stains on them, the bathroom had no shower curtain, there was no clock, no air conditioning, it faced the street and was very noisy, the window didn't close (but I probably would have suffocated anyhow), there were stains on the sheets (although they did pass the smell test!). I mean, I guess the price was right (85 euros, including breakfast). But I was so depressed I actually went home the next day (a day early). That place really destroyed my idea of Paris. Devoid of character. Stay somewhere else!!
Only good for desperate students and people looking for a cheap room
I'm a student and even I thought that the St. Germain was a little on the uncomfortable side. The rooms are very small and don't have much space for moving around. The bathroom is adequate but there are no shower curtains, no hanging shower (it is a hose bolted into the wall) and the water is usually piping hot or freezing cold. The staff speaks English but you get better treatment if you speak French. The hallways are dark and can be frightening at first. Televisions only get 9-10 channels and are difficult to operate. (I work in the science field so I know a little bit about operating complex machinery and it took me a few hours to get the hang of the TV). The breakfast is NOT complimentary. It was mostly a collection of breads and jams which I didn't see anyone eating on either morning I was at the hotel. The location is the real deal (near the Maubert Metro station and literally a stone's throw from Notre Dame). As another guest suggested, empty the fridge and go down the road to the supermarket and put in the food you want. For a student, this place is probably OK, but it is NOT a 3 star-American hotel at all. Barely 1.5 stars in my opinion. For the price, the hotel next door looks far more luxurious and only costs an extra 30-40 euro per night.
You know for a few extra euro on lighting the hallways, putting in shower curatins and holder for the shower hose and actually turning on the A/C (never worked all during my stay), this hotel would probably become at least tolerable by American standards and even luxurious by European.
Good place to stay..great location
Wife and I stayed at the Moderne 26 March 03 to 4 April 03....this is a good place to stay..right in the middle of everything. It's easy walking distance to all the things listed on the Hotel's promo. I speak Frech, my wife does not...Mr. Lassereau (hope I spelled it right) at the front desk has great English and is a fountain of information..the whole staff is great. We will stay at the Moderne again.
We stayed here in October 2002, and for sure this hotel is in a good location. Close to everything you ever want to do on the left bank. You expect small rooms in Paris. But the room we got did not have a decent space to put the suicase, except for on the beds - where we were supposed to sleep. The bed stopped the bathroom door from opening more than halfway. But the room were clean, the breakfast very OK. Decent black coffee, croissants, butter, marmalade and fruit juices. The staff is friendly in their businlike manner. A decent choice if you get a reduced rate. Really nothing to remember - just antoher hotel. But Paris is. There's very good food-stalls at Place Maubert just around the corner. Loads of good restaurants anyway you turn when you walk out the doors.
Average Hotel at the right price and right location
Exactly what we expected -- excellent location, budget hotel (3 Euro Stars, 2 American), close to metro, RER, and Bus. Don't expect american standards! Small but comfortable rooms, breakfast in the AM, semi-friendly staff. Hotel next door 90 Euros extra per night. Empty fridge and buy groceries and freshs fruits around the corner. The funniest is the night attendant that sleeps in the room next to the lobby and gets pissy if you come back after 11 PM.
Picked as part of a package deal with Air from the States.
Seven year favorite!
Seven years ago I stayed at this hotel and have stayed there at least twice a year since. The hotel staff are wonderful, helpful and sincere.
I have never stayed anywhere else because of this. Although this hotel seems eternally under renovation, the owner and the staff truly have made me return. Now this is not the USA and one has to be open to be..well French! It is my home away from home! Location is steps from the Pantheon and Sorbonne. It is minutes from Notre Dame w/Metro Maubert Mutualitie. A nice market comes twice a week across the street.
Go and be happy! LW
Very, Very, Disapointed Please read...
I've been to Paris, France several times in the past and never "splurged" to stay in a three star hotel, so was looking most forward to this place. Well rest assured IT IS NOT a three (***) hotel! I've stayed at one stars that were of equal value and yes even included breakfast for just $80.00 a night double and even two stars that were twice the size for just around $100.00 a night double, NOT $140.00! This hotel claims to have certain amenities which are false, they do not exist! The so-called bar/lounge was never opened, nobody in site, lights out! And as far as spa, sauna, hot tub & exercise facility they do not have any such features on site! Now if that isn't false advertising? The rooms you could barely walk in they were so small and smelled of smoke and urine. The front desk clerks were most rude, every single one of them. Half the time they weren't even behind the desk and the phone would just ring off the hook. Is this the way a three star hotel is to operate? Not to mention we didn't receive 2 different messages from friends of ours that live in Paris. They were appalled and embarrassed on behalf of their country after seeing our rooms and what we were paying to stay in these. This hotel should be re-looked at and given an appropriate, fair, honest and accurate rating. Is there such a thing as a 1-1/2 star hotel? It's not even close to a two star. DON'T STAY HERE IT WAS A NIGHTMARE NOT TO MENTION A DUMP!
Great Location, Good for Budget-Minded
My wife and I stayed at this centrally located hotel for four days in mid-April 2003. I'd done my research and got exactly what I expected: a clean well-priced hotel with just a little wear showing, friendly staff, a typically small room, adequate breakfast, and a nice base of operation for touring Paris. If you are going to Paris for the first time or on a small splurge, you'd probably want to spend the extra money and stay at something like nearby Hotel de Buci or Hotel de l'Abbaye. Or if you are like us, and want to focus on spending your money on good food, then Moderne St-Germain is a good spot within striking distance of every place you'd want to eat or market you'd like to see in the 5eme and 6eme.
Pleasant stay here
Great location in the Quartier Latin. Very helpful desk staff. Hotel is clean and the continental breakfast is great. Rooms are small, but quiet and clean. Busy street, so try to get a room in the back.
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