What a great little gem of a hotel this is - 36 rooms, wonderfully situated in the Latin quarter of Paris a movie star once filmed here! 19th century building with modern comforts and little balconies overlooking the local streets. Amazing painted murals - even in some of the bedrooms! Just a short stroll to the Rive Seine and bateaubus stop, Notre dame and masses of other interesting sites - surrounded by university buildings so cheaper meals out!
The staff - almost universally nice and helpful - only one slightly grouchy receptionist. I was impressed by the help I had via e mails before we even arrived - prices and information re excursions, and they prebooked the transfer bus for the four of us from Charles de Gaulle airport, 20 euros each, [be aware that this can be shared with other travellers]. The bonus was arrive after dark and you do your tour of Paris by night en route to the hotel! It looked fantastic all lit up.
The rooms do vary we opted for a triple as we always have masses of luggage! A spare bed gives you room to put things. some wardrobes were tiny in other rooms - even an upgraded luxury one had a very small built in cuboard. Some rooms were a lot smaller than others. What i would say is contact the hotel and they will do their best to accommodate your preferences - we wanted a front street view with a balcony and got one. Our bathroom was full of classy toiletries, a hairdryer and fantastic shower [I did think it was for pigmies until my husband pointed out the second overhead monsoon head!] Typically French there are no tea making kettles in the room - pack your own.
Beware of the lift as it snaps shut very quickly as you enter or exit. We didnt use it but I understand you can get wireless in the hotel. Next to reception is a "bar" which you can buy a drink at but didnt operate as a bar as I had imagined ie full of people drinking. There was always a full bowl of sweets by the sofas there - sorry we ate all the flumps!
Breakfast was pricey - and served downstairs in the basement - no lift there so not suitable if your mobility is poor. It did offer a wide selection but at 14 euros plus another 3 if you wanted egg this put it in the bracket of local cheap dinners! We varied what we did and sometimes walked up the street the the nearby american breakfast diner!
The staff will book excursions but to be honest not necessarily the cheapest way to do this. Prebook bateabus /tourbus and buy a museum pass if you want to do lots of exploring. You can wander out of the hotel and find several nice little restaurants/bars only a stones throw away.
In summary yes i would stay there again -the location for us was fantastic - prices start from 184 euros a night for the top floor of the hotel [lift only goes to 5th floor!} but rates via internet can be a lot less. August is the quietiest period and as the hotel has really good airconditioning this might be a great time to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Saint-Jacques Hotel welcomes you in its elegant 19th century building.You will discover its style staircase, its frescoes and its spacious rooms with molded ceilings and for some of them viewing Notre-Dame or with balcony.For an original drink, you can try an Absinthe tasting proposed by ourbar Le Toulouse-Lautrec. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Jacques Hotel