My wife and I had been used to staying at the Hotel Pont Royale, right next door to the Hotel Montalambert. Just before Christmas (December 15) we decided to try the Montalambert. The hotels are about the same price, and both bear 5 stars (although this is going with the French star system - neither would be what is normally considered by North Americans as "5 star").
The lobby area is very nice, as is the adjoining restaurant. The lobby area is bright, clean and tidy, and projects a nice atmosphere. The staff were warm and welcoming and always willing to help, throughout our stay. Full marks there.
There are two elevators, both looking to have been added to the existing building long ago - very small (my wife and our two small suitcases filled it up). Both are slow. Whether they are frustrating or charming will depend on you, and whether you are in a hurry. We were staying on the seventh floor (counting French style), so while we were happy to take the stairs down, I can't say I was in a hurry to take the stairs up. I have to say I found them charming.
The only issue was our room. We had reserved a deluxe room, which was said to be the largest of the non-suite rooms. And our room was very small. With our two suitcases (both of the 22 inch variety), there was little room to move in the room. The bathroom was equally tiny. I can only imagine how small the regular rooms must be. The room was very plainly decorated, with a closet, a small desk, and a small chair. Nothing much on the bare walls. While I am used to travelling in Europe, and thus fairly used to small rooms, I have to say I was disappointed with the size of the room. Having said that, my wife found it small but not uncomfortably so. Our window opened up on Rue du Bac, and if you looked left, the Eiffel Tower was clearly in view, adding a nice touch of charm to a stay in Paris.
The room and bathroom were clean, and the linens of good quality.
One complaint I have was that the bed had no sheet, but only a duvet. I tend to be warm at night, and my wife cold. She was comfortable under the duvet, but I found it far too hot, but it was either that or no cover at all. (Perhaps this is becoming a trend - we found the same thing in a London hotel a week later.) And like many older hotels, the air conditioning controls seemed more decorative than functional.
Having said that, I would say that given the wonderful (for us) location of the hotel, the staff, and the overall ambiance and general quality, we would stay here again, and would recommend the hotel to others, so long as the proviso of the small rooms was understood.
Having said that, the room
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Montalembert, built in 1926, is the first 5 star Boutique hotel on the Left Bank. The Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés on the Left Bank. Few steps away from the Orsay and the Louvre Museums, this boutique hotel is surrounded by design stores, exclusive art galleries, antique shops, famous cafés (Café de Flore, Deux Magots) and the deluxe department store Le Bon Marché. The warm and intimate atmosphere of the lobby makes you feel unique and privileged. The hotel Montalembert is the perfect combination between contemporary design and cosy ambiance. ... more less
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