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Reviewed 5 June 2009

Strictly in terms of comfort and amenities, the Abbaye must rate well below other 4-star hotels I've stayed at in France---even, most recently, in the provinces: Thin scratchy towels, tiny pouf pillows, no minibar to chill drinks in the room, no clock, no instructions on how to make phonecalls, inconvenient lighting (with bulbs burned out) and writing area. . . . A breakfast of bread served with tiny packets of industrial butter and tiny jam jars---Continental business class has a definite edge here.
But all of that is obviously considered secondary to the relentless Olde Worlde "charm": the hushed smiling obsequious greetings, newspapers in the paneled salon, tea and breakfast in the lovely garden. All of that apparently goes down very well with the largely American clientele---at the same time used to being cossetted, rather unsure of itself, and embarrassingly appreciative. [I'm sure the words "discreet luxury" appear in some article in Conde Nast Sophisticated Traveler]. If they enjoy sitting in the garden staring at an ivy-covered wall in preference to the rich street-theatre of neighborhood cafes, then they are well-served here. And the neighborhood fits well with this ethos: If the 5eme is the universities, and the 7eme the haute bourgeoisie and the museums, then the 6th is Sonia Rykel and Armani. . .
All of this would really be rather humorous if it were not for the outrageously steep rates, which take away any incentive for laughter.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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5  Thank alanscottus
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Reviewed 5 June 2009

The beauty of the hotel, the genuine warmth and caring of the staff and that little garden with the birds singing will always be one of our favorite memories of our romantic trip to France.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank MaryDallas09
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Reviewed 5 June 2009

Charming, well located, 4 star hotel. Entire hotel is located on interior courtyards, so none of the rooms face the street, so all the rooms are quiet. Lobby and courtyard/garden in rear of hotel are very pretty. Free internet access via wireless in the rooms, plus a desktop off the lobby. Our room was very charming albeit small (about 12 sq meters), but very well laid out and serviceable with adequate closet space, good flat screen, etc; the bathroom was reasonably large in comparison. Very clean, good service. Service at the desk in the evening seems a little slower than during he day. Good quality croissant and coffee for breakfast, although not a full English breakfast that some others have begin offering in France. Would definitely stay here again if I was in Paris for a few nights.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank gangi
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

We spent 9 wonderful days at this hotel (and in Paris!) Being French (from Quebec) we had no language issues. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room overlooking the interior courtyard was smal by North-American standard, but who says that size matters? It was quiet, comfortable and elegant. This hotel was part of what made this trip one of our most memorable. The location is great. (We had picked this hotel after reading all the great reviews on this site and we were not disapointed!) We also had an idea of where we wanted to stay and the Saint-Germain-des-Pres district (6th arrondissement) fit the bill. It is in proximity of some of the major sites.There is a Metro station a few minutes away and another one maybe 10 minutes away in the opposite direction where you can take a different line. Visiting by Metro was the best way to see the city. There are over 300 stations!
We also took the bus-very good transit system-- and the good thing about it was that you also got to see the sites while you travelled to your destination.
Bottom line: This is a great hotel and we would stay there again in a hearbeat. (In fact we are planning another quick trip to Paris next year).

BTW, I uploaded a lot of pictures of Paris on my website at the following address: http://www.freewebs.com/zzzland/

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank zzzland
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Reviewed 29 May 2009

I cannot say enough good things about this hotel. My husband and I stayed here during the New Year celebration for the first 3 days of our honeymoon. We had been awake for 30 hours straight when we arrived in the rain; I was so tired I couldn't think of the correct French to check in! Luckily, the hotel staff easily completed the transaction in English, then whisked away our luggage while we enjoyed hot tea and cookies (it was all so wonderful I started crying; yes, I'm a tad emotional).
The elevator was small by our standards, but quite large compared to the other Parisian hotel where we stayed (alas, we could not afford such luxury for more than three days). Our room was beautiful and the staff was extremely tolerant; we wouldn't normally stay in such an exquisite hotel in America, much less in Paris, so it was all very new to us! The hotel is right down the street from the famous Église Saint-Sulpice (under renovation during our visit); it's also very close to a couple of Métro stations, so it's very easy to access the rest of the city as well. We had a great first-night meal in a small bistro nearby (excellent Spaghetti au Saumon!).

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank KRT23
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