Saint James & Albany Hotel-Spa
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So after trying to decide what was next on my travels, I decided that going back to Paris would be fun and also relaxing, as I didn't have an agenda or anything in particular that I had to see. I caught up with Jenny on the Thursday night. It was fun to see her as she was setting off on her own adventure. We walked around and took photos of the …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSaint James & Albany Hotel-Spa Paris
The hotel is in an amazing location across the road from the Jardin Tuileries. The rooms are comfortable and the staff are amazing. There is also a beautiful courtyard. I managed to get the hotel for a good deal, it would be very expensive if paying full price.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Saint James & Albany Hotel-Spa Paris
Pros and Cons
Spent 6 nights at the St. James 8/03 during the record heat wave and the room a/c was much appreciated, but please note hotel main areas were not. We spent a great deal of money at the Meurice Bar just for a/c. We received a free upgrade to a duplex suite (2 levels with 1.5 baths) and the room was spacious, but dull and shabby albeit clean. One night no water pressure and no shower and in several (more than 3) instances no hot water. Staff was attentive and nice, but beware of hot water issue if you stay here in winter. When Paris was 105F not a problem. Location is superb as previously noted in other reviews. If you need a large room, this is the hotel, but I will opt for Hyatt Madeleine or Melia Vendome next time.
My wife and I stayed here from the 30th of July to the 4th of August.
Don't Even Think About It
This place is simply not a 4-star hotel, probably not even a 1-star hotel. It is a disgraceful dump. We reserved through Expedia, and I think because of this the hotel simply had no intention of giving us the "Superior" Room (larger size, with sitting area) that we had paid for. We looked at 4 rooms, each of which Quasimodo would have been ashamed to stay in. They were small, dark, dirty and worn-out. We demanded and did receive a full refund (and ended up staying at a gorgeous real 4-star hotel for only slightly more money).
We just returned from a 9 day stay (July 15-23) at the Hotel St. James et Albany, and we have definitely found the perfect Parisian hotel. First of all, it is in an unbeatable location on Rue du Rivoli--across the street from the Metro and the Tuileries, down the street from the Louvre and Palais Royale, across the Seine from the D'Orsay and the 5th and 6th, around the corner from Rue St. Honore and other shopping streets --we could go on and on about the location. Our beautifully appointed room was on the back courtyard and was extremely quiet, spacious, and clean. Besides the queen bed, which was really 2 twins made up as a queen, there was a large sitting area with couch, writing table and breakfast table, TV with internet capabilities, and phone. The large bathroom had a tub, vanity, and glass shower and all the usual complimentary toiletries. A fluffy terry robe was also available to us. The staff was very responsive/professional and addressed all our questions in a friendly manner. Our package did not include breakfast, but we did elect to purchase it twice. It is a buffet with various breads, eggs, meats, cheeses, fresh fruit salad, juices, coffee and tea. Everything tasted fresh. The hotel was undergoing renovations which will add a pool and fitness center. This will make the hotel even more perfect. We have stayed in Paris on three other occasions, and this was the nicest. If you want a classically managed hotel with a bit of history (Lafayette was married here and Marie Antoinette visited him here on his return to Paris from the American Revolution), the Hotel St. James et Albany might be your ideal residence in Paris.
Just returned from trip to Europe where we spent 3 nights at Clarion St. James & Albany (July 16-19, 2003). I also stayed at hotel in April for 3 days. We have stayed all over Europe, primarily in 4 star hotels.
We just returned from Paris 2 days ago. We stayed at the St James and Albany the last 3 days of our trip. I have to say that the rooms were the most filthy rooms I have ever seen. The carpets were so dirty we did not want to walk on them without shoes or when getting out of the shower. Speaking of the shower, it had mold all thru out the tiles, and a bonus piece of chewing gum stuck on the ceiling. It looked like the carpets were stained with dog urine. We complained and they showed us a room that was just as dirty. We were staying in a junior suite. Our air conditioning broke on the 2nd day. We notified the front desk but no one ever came to fix it. The urine smell was then stronger without the air conditioner working. This hotel spoiled our last 3 days in Paris.
We recently stayed at the Clarion St James on the Rue du Rivoli. I had researched the Paris hotels for months looking for just the right one.
Love this hotel
Stayed in July 2002. Excellent value in Paris. Very quiet, spacious & comfortable rooms. Spacious bathroom with shower and large tub (the WC was really small, but hey, what all do you need to do in there anyway?) The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location can't be beat-we walked to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde, just to name a few spots. I would absolutely stay there again.
We stayed at the St. James & Albany, on rue Rivoli in the 1st arr. for five nights in early December, 2002, as part of an airline package. We were guaranteed a superior room (one up from standard) and were pleasantly surprised. On another trip we'd stayed in 2 and 3 star hotels, and while comfy, the rooms were expectedly small. This was a splurge for our 10th anniversay. The hotel has 4stars and is in a great location. Our room overlooked the Tuileries Gardens and had a partial view of the Musee D'Orsay accross the Seine. You can walk everywhere and strolling accross the Seine to the 5th & 6th arrs. is lovely.
Clarion St. James and Albany
This hotel was very conveniently located across the street from the Louvre. Also right next to the Metro, and close to stores and restaurants. We were pleasantly surprised by our accomodations. We had a very large room with 1 full bath, and another half bath (toilet and sink). All in all, thought the room was a very good value for its price, quality, and above all, location.