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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saint Germain des Pres Paris
Great place to stay
We crossed to Paris from London Waterloo on the Eurostar-very easy. We stayed 25th-28th March 2005. Getting to the hotel was no prob after London Tube! Down line B of RER. We bought 3 day travel cards at Waterloo(£13.50 each UK pounds), but apparently buying the Carnet set of 10 tickets in Paris is cheaper. Reception were friendly (which can be unusual in Paris) spoke English and Italian. Always find we are treated more kindly in Paris for trying to speak French (if badly/limited!) than if you make no effort at all. The room was small but not exceptionally so for Paris. Immaculately clean and power shower. Nicely decorated with a fabric wall behind us and curtains that really kept the light out. For breakfast, recommend go out as it is cheaper- we went out to L'Ecritore (Place de la Sorbonne) very nice-fountain sq round the corner. Hotel is in a great location, quiet street, had no night noise, but nice buzz to area. It has an intelligensia air to it, must be eminating from Sorbonne University! Very central for sights you can walk to the Ile St Louis and Notre Dame (Ile de la Cite). It is also round the corner from Pantheon (7 Euro admission)which has an example of Faucault's pendulum in motion. Jardin du Luxembourg also near. There are some nice bars and restaurants frequented by French. In summary, would stay there again, it's good value for Paris at 110 Euro per room. If you are looking for the last in luxury don't stay here, but if you are wanting a nice area and nice place to crash after site seeing it is worth every penny.
Lovely hotel in fantastic location
Stayed here for 3 nights. Emailed the hotel that we would be there before check-in and would like to leave our bags: no problem. When we arrived, our room was ready and we checked in early. First impression of the hotel: nicely decorated and smelled great (like the houses of my friends who are better homemakers than me!). Room small (as is the norm) but very nicely decorated, fabric walls and tiled bath, and immaculate. Also had a desk, chair, and stool for a suitcase. Twin beds, with small armoires to each side so we could full unpack and stow suitcases. Double-paned windows kept out street noise, and this room was very quiet at night.
Staff very friendly and helpful with reservations, directions, etc. English no problem but tolerated my poor French. Breakfast delicious: best coffeee I had in Paris, croissant, brioche, and a pastry treat each day (you gotta love a country that lets you start the day with chocolate!)
Location ideal, close to all the famous cafes, brasseries, but try Le Petit Zinc and Brasserie Saint Benoit (the former more gourmet, the latter a delicious, inexpensive meal). 1 block from the Metro and several doors from a Laduree. Street very quiet despite location (it gets busier a few blocks away). Also- very safe. I felt comfortable walking around by myself. In addition, there seemed to be a lot of local Parisians in the cafes so the area seemed less touristy than some. All-in-all a great hotel in a fabuous location!
i stayed at hotel saint germain des pres on bonaparte street for 7 nights. nov 16th through the 23rd 2004, i found the staff friendly and most helpful. i had rented a cell phone before leaving america which had nothing but trouble , the hotel arranged for cell phone and had it delivered to hotel which meant alot considering who has time to figure out where to go for such matters.
our room overlooked the street which day was noisy with traffic but i happen to like city noise and when window closed not a peep. the room was small but quite nice for us and the bathroom was lovely. i found the hotel very charming and location was to perfect. lots of shops, bakeries, cafes all around. i happen to be a travel agent so checked out hotels all around the area and still would go back to this hotel.
paris is full of lovely hotels but when you find location and good staff it is always a positive.
i have noticed some reviews have mentioned they used hoiday inn points this hotel this is not a holiday property there are other hotels with similar names that is why i put in address.
No heat for three days!! Don't stay here!!!
I had no heat in the room for three days in Dec. They kept saying they would fix it but it took three days. They had empty extra rooms, but would charge me full rate for these larger rooms.
Do not stay here!!! There are many other small nice hotels in the area.
I am not picky, and have lived in many countries, but no heat in the Winter was bad.
We stayed 4 nights at the Hotel St. Germain des Pres, in Paris in late October. It is a small quaint hotel that is charming. The people that run the hotel were very nice and helpful. I would highly recommend this hotel and we would stay there again.
Very comfortable and has an ice-maker!
We decided to stay at this Holiday Inn because we could use our points and stay for free. We had been traveling throughout France for two weeks before our days in Paris, and I was thrilled to find an ice-maker in our hotel. I had really missed cold drinks. The room was pleasant enough, and the front desk staff was very helpful. It was more like an American Hotel, which takes away from the European charm we had been experiencing, but I was glad to have some of the comforts of home. It was very easy to get to all of the tourist areas from this hotel. We would stay there again.
Not going to feel like a local, but a comfortable stay
Cashed in some Holiday Inn points to spend four nights here - ideally located in the St. Germain area. Not much to distinguish this from its American inner city counterparts. All very clean, nice and somewhat spacious rooms (by Paris standards anyway). Could use some color and creative decoration though. At $300 a night, there's no reason to blow those kind of bucks on this kind of hotel in such a unique city. But if you want to play it safe, this is an excellent choice.
Great All-Around Choice
This is a great hotel in a great location. It is within easy walking distance of many sites including The Louvre, Notre Dame and Latin Quarter. St. Germain des Pres is a very nice local neighborhood where you can enjoy the city without feeling like you are surrounded by tourist traps. The rooms are small (the norm for Paris) but well laid out and very nicely decorated. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to stay here again.
Charming hotel, lovely staff, excellent location
My friend and I spent two nights at this hotel beginning October 13, 2003. We entered a charming lobby, and were greeted by a lovely young desk clerk. Our room was on the second floor, and there were outside stairs, as well as a typically small elevator. I tend to be claustrophobic, so stair access was great. Our room was on the street side, but the noise was minimal. The room was extraordinarily small, but nicely decorated. Unfortunately, you couldn't have two people heading in the same direction, because there just wasn't room to pass.
The bathroom was small, well decorated, and there was a place for everything. Again, unfortunately, their was a hand-held shower apparatus in the tub, but no high area from which to dangle it, and no shower curtain. Needless to say, washing our hair was quite a challenge. The sitting/lounge area was really lovely, with strategically placed overstuffed chairs, loveseats, and tables for two scattered around. There was a little bar area, but we never saw anyone there. They offer a continental breakfast which is so beautifully French. You get a basket with three pastries per person, a croissant, a pain au chocolate, and a miniature baguette. These are accompanied by little jars of jams, butter, and small cheeses. You have your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. I loved having the cafe au lait, because they serve the cream on the side hot. We paid $170 Euros with breakfast per night.
Charming but typically small rooms. Perfect location for those who love the left bank. Concierge always most helpful. Have been staying here since the 80's.