Here's the real story on the Hotel San Regis. The hotel is a lovely and very quiet hotel near the Champs Elysees. Many of the negative things we read before our trip on this website are simply not true, or perhaps atypical, one-time incidents.
The staff are courteous and helpful - they helped us with Internet connections, printing boarding passes, mailing postcards, etc. Some staffers are a little quiet, but that does not mean they are rude or unhelpful. We stayed there a week, and the lobby did not smell of b.o. even once. I suspect that complaint comes from a one-time incident of a stinky guest. Yes, there are some small rooms, and the prices aren't cheap (though relative to the Paris market, they're fine), but you know exactly what you're getting when you book, so convert square meters to square feet and figure out the size of the room you're getting. The maids do honor the DO NOT DISTURB signs - again likely a one-time incident. Our room (9) was very quiet, clean, and plenty big enough. The AC worked well, the shower was great, the tub was large, and the shades really darkened the room.
The only real downside to this hotel isn't anything to do with the hotel, but rather the location. San Regis is well located in terms of Metro access, the Seine, and fancy shopping/dining, but it's less than ideal for finding a quick bite to eat (few good cheap cafes nearby), and we couldn't find a little market nearby (a la Rue Cler).
It's true that the hotel isn't quite in the class of a hotel like Four Seasons George V - there are a few signs of wear in the carpets and wallpaper - but who cares? If you want to spend 2-3 times as much for a top hotel, enjoy, but see how comfortable you feel tromping through the Ritz lobby in a pair of jeans unshaven. Personally I'd take something a little more relaxed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming Intimate 7-story Hotel, once a private home, situated in couturier district near the Champs-Elysees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- San Regis Hotel
- San Regis Paris