lived in this part of Paris when I studied at SciencesPo, and we had stayed at this hotel in 2007, so we were looking forward to returning. The hotel is as charming as ever, and the reception team are kind and knowledgeable, but we found the Standard Room we were given (#21) to be very cramped: it should be a single room rather than a double as you need to squeeze past each other. It's an old hotel, but we have plenty of these in Europe, and this falls short of standard. Would I stay again? Yes, probably. But not in room 21!
There was just one small surface area, so no space for your book/passport/mobile phone/iPad/junk and no drawers so difficult to unpack. The bathroom was clean but again tiny with one small narrow shelf over the toilet for your toiletries and not enough rail space to hang towels to dry, so ours were constantly damp until we learned to ask for new ones every day. Lovely shower, but again no shelf for soap, shampoo etc, so you have to leave them on the floor or open the shower door and reach for them by the sink.
The other thing that I didn't like was that although it was on the second floor, there was a passage way across the courtyard, so passersby would suddenly appear at eye level, walking directly towards the room, and could peer in. It would have been nice if there was a net curtain for privacy, but there was only the blackout curtain, and no-one wants to close this in the middle of a sunny day! The bed was on rollers so when you sat up and leaned back, it slowly rolled away from the headboard!
I was disappointed that the room did not contain a safe, but the reception staff offered me the use of theirs. Finally, there was a strange smell in the room: nothing strong or offensive, just a faint fustiness.
If anyone had asked us what we thought of our room, I would have told them, but no-one did. I mentioned a couple of times to the reception team that I found the room to be a little cramped, but they did not offer to explore this further. We thought about saying complaining, but decided that with this attitude we would probably be met with defensiveness, which would cause tension, and we decided that we did not have the appetite for this and that we did could put up with the room as we were in a lovely location, and we did not intend to spend much time in it.
The manager finally asked us when we were checking out whether we had enjoyed our stay. I told her that we had, but that we had been a little disappointed with the room for the above reasons. She offered to upgrade us on our next visit, and expressed disappointment that we had not raised these matters at the start. In fairness, she is right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Saint-Paul Rive Gauche belongs to a Franco-British family, hoteliers for 4 generations, who have made the hotel a marriage of French elegance and English comfort. Situated on the line of Paris' former outer wall under Philippe Auguste, this 17th century building was once the home of Franciscan monks. The 31 bedrooms are colourful and range in style from the modern - vibrant flowered fabrics - to the traditional - exposed beams and elegant opaque curtains. There are beamed ceilings, faux ostrich bed-heads, clever corner armoires, even two baldaquin beds beneath the high ceilings of the lower floors. Entirely renovated in 2015, this boutique-hotel is close to everything, in the heart of the action, but in a quiet little street. The Luxembourg gardens vicinity and the so many walking distance sites like the Sorbonne, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Pantheon, Cluny museum and the Louvre, make the Hotel Saint-Paul Rive Gauche a convenient pied-à-terre for enjoying the city. ... more less
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