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“My Fourth Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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8, place Saint Augustin, Paris, France   |  
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Ranked #687 of 1,809 Hotels in Paris
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“My Fourth Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I visited here for the fourth time and was again happy with the stay. I did have a room on the fifth floor street front and enjoyed the view. (An earlier comment denegrated the interior rooms and I cannot comment as I have always been street front.) The location for the price is the main selling point for me. A close second is the multi lingual and very helpful staff. They have arranged reservations, transportation, given excellent directions and generally been most helpful.
As also previously stated there are numerous small and very reasonable cafes nearby. Of particular note is the department store Monoprix directly across from the hotel which has a food store and deli counter. Good inexpensive eats as well as clothing and necessities. Check this out for food to go or an inexpensive breakfast.
Finally, if you are travelling on to the Normandy area the St Lazare train station is a few blocks away. Walking distance if you are traveling light and can roll your bag(s).

Room Tip: As stated above and by others, ask for a street front room above the 4th floor. You will hear some t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank ULKYDOG
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Brasilia, DF
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97 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

As it was my first trip to Paris I found this hotel with an excellent location, it's a walking distance to Gallerie Laffayette, the Opera, Madaleine Chapelle and not so far from the Louvre and the Invalides.
I found that location very interesting, with many nice cafes in the neighbourhood.
The staff is very nice, and all of them speak English very well. They gave us directions to the attractions and dinner, were all very helpfull.
The rooms are very clean and I got one with the view to the Eiffel Tower, that was wonderful!
The only negative point is that they don't have a minibar.
The building is very beautitfull.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a Tower view. Really tiny lifts.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank geisa t
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High Wycombe
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We visited this hotel recently to celebrate my husband's birthday. The service and friendliness overall at reception and in the restaurants was very good. Cleanliness superb and we cannot wait to visit again. This is our third visit. Free wifi too. The only point I would like to mention is beware of the taxi service from the hotel. We were called a taxi from the hotel back to the Gare du Nord. Very unfriendly man, not to be trusted and demanded double the fare! Best to flag one down in the street.

Room Tip: Depending when you book for the best room. I booked 6 months in advance and asked for a balcony. Roo...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Lesley Elizabet... H
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Stuttgart
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110 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Highly recommended provided you get a room at the front of the bldg on the 5th or 6th floor, would not book any other room as they will be very small and look out on an alley and won't have a balcony. Location is ideal near the Gare lazare and M9 lines so it is very easy to get about the city. View out the front is of the large St Augustin intersection and the Eiffel tower. Did not opt for the breakfast nor dined in the hotel as there are plenty of options, especially for breakfast in the area. Front desk was helpful and the rates are of course great. Note, traffic noise was not a problem as the windows are double pane glass with good seals.

Room Tip: 502-506 are the best rooms on the 5th, don't know about the sixth floor but try and get a balcon...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank BLP_9
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154 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

Simply this was a great stay for our family on our first trip to Paris. The hotel is in a great location especially for the trains and metro. Good selection of restaurants and shopping within walking distance. We used the train to go out to Normandy. Easy up and back trip in one day. The rooms may make you think twice because some of the other reviews but this uses to be a 5 star hotel and it still retains that quality and feel. The rooms are comfortable and who can not like a marble tile bathroom. I did not care about not having a shower curtain. A hot bath felt great. In closing, if you can stay at this hotel, stay here. It's cheaper than anything else you will find and with a view of the Eiffel Tower and the church of St. Augustine rigt next door, the views couldn't get much better!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank kellandrich
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San Diego
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34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Surprisingly the people who run this place think it's special. We had a tiny room with back alley view- one double bed that filled up the entire room-one small desk with one straight backed chair- no closet-a small armoire to hold about 6 clothing items-no drawers in room, terrible lighting, no shower-not very clean bathtub, a tiny flat screen tv. -motel 6 would be a big improvement- inedible omelet for lunch in hotel restaurant. Manager and waiter could not have cared less. Do not stay here! Thankfully we only have 2 nights here. This is enough to make you hate Paris!

Room Tip: Don't stay here!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank 62redtag
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Floria
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Hotel Sainte Genevieve site can be accessed through Circle de Armes site cnaparis.com. It is located at 17, Rue Decartes in the 5h Arrondisement - one block to Pantheon. The rooms are no frills but large by Paris standards at the Ste. G. As a retired Navy officer, my husband had to provide his membership card to the Marine Memorial Club as a reciprocal member. The reception area at the St. G is minimalist but has 24-hour reception. The hotel is very clean. We booked a junior suite but it was just a pocket door to a small room with twin bed and 2 chairs which we never used. A standard room for our purposes would have been just fine.
We thought the location was wonderful in the 5th Arr., a block from the Pantheon, a comfortable walk to Notre Dame and lots of fabulous restaurants along the way. Although the price was very good and the staff very helpful, it is unlikely we would stay here again. We like a bit more in the way of amenities and are willing to pay more but this was a quick 3 day French Open trip and we decided to give St. G a try. If you go, ask for the off street room. The revelers over the weekend with the Sorbonne two blocks away were excruciating throughout the night. The trash truck arrives at 7 am on Sat. & Sun and does not move out quickly. No a/c so we had to leave the windows open. Under no circumstances would we consider a revisit in July or August.
There are no toiletries so better have your own shampoo. Soap provided. One hair dryer for the entire 40 room hotel. I would collect it at night and return it in the am. We paid $100.30 Euros per night. A real deal in Paris for a very clean room and great location. Although we did not do Petit de Jeunier, it is only 6.7 Euro. FREE Wifi in room.

There is no name on the outside of the hotel. You ring the buzzer and enter a courtyard at the building street number "17". Lots of restaurants close. We are 65 and 74 and walking is no issue for us. We made our way on foot one day to the Dorsay, Branly Museum and Eiffel Tower, dinner at Bistro St. Dominique and back to St. G. You miss lots when travelling the subway.

Although we took the RER "B" from airport to city center, you might want to consider the 18 Euro shuttle back to the airport and book it early. We did not and could not get on so we took the 5 min. walk to the Luxembourg station and took the RER to Charles de Gaulle - very easy if you don't mind taking the airport underground shuttle from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 for US bound destinations. Everything is well marked. We travel light so it is not a problem. The taxi is approx. 60 Euros to the airport from St. Genevieve.

Room Tip: Require room at rear of building. Do not stay here if you want to sleep if they cannot promise room...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Address: 8, place Saint Augustin, Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
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Ranked #687 of 1,809 Hotels in Paris
Number of rooms: 88
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