The hotel was nice enough but not great. We had a room on the top floor, which was good - although not much of a view from the window. Reasonable size, but not exacly spacious. It had decent amenities, but they weren't high end. The "mini-bar" fridge looked like a dorm room reject. Some of the furniture was old metal. The nightstand was too big for the space and prevented one of the closet doors from fully opening. Decorating needed a bit spiffing up. But, comfortable bed, clean, good bathroom (even if the sink had a hard time draining), etc.
One major problem while we were there. It turned very cold, and we had no heat in our room. First the staff told us they fixed it, but all they did was give us a space heater (which we didn't consider very safe). On the second day, they fixed the problem (we don't think they had the heat turned on to our floor yet), and it was OK. While we understand that they may have needed for someone to come in on Monday, we didn't appreciate being told something that wasn't true.
I guess we wish we could give this hotel a 3.5, but going down to 3 would be too low.
The neighborhood was OK, but not particularly charming. There were restaurants and stores nearby, but it wasn't particularly close to the "sights" (although we did walk - a long walk - to both Notre Dame and the Orsay). Lots of restaurants toward Montparnasse station, but seemed like Parisian chains. Not the hotel's fault, but we should have thought a bit more about the location. It was near two Metro stops, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on a small street on the Left Bank the Hotel Sainte-Beuve, a magnificent "home from home" in which to rest after a walk through central Paris, is an address that has remained secret for several decades. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sainte Beuve Hotel
- Sainte Beuve Paris