The Hotel Pont Royal is a five star hotel located near Blvd. St. Germain on Paris' Left Bank. Five stars in France does not necessarily mean what it might elsewhere - it is not so much a sign of luxury as it is of facilities. So be aware - the George V is five star, as is this hotel, and both are expensive, but the former is much more expensive than the latter, and you should expect much more at the George V.
This hotel though has much to recommend it. Firstly, its location is frankly superb. It is walking distance from many of the best sights of Paris - the Musee D'Orsay is a few blocks away; the Louvre is just across the river; and the Seine itself is two blocks away (you cannot walk here in the evening and not feel the romance . . .), among other sights. The shopping nearby is also superb. You are walking distance from boutiques of every sort - in fact, you are in the middle of an antique shopping district, as well as numerous home decor and kitchen stores, all of which are very European and very interesting. Colette is a beautiful 15 minute walk away on the right bank, and Le Bon Marche and its food store La Grande Epicierie (why can't we have a grocery store like that here . . .) are nearby. You are also close to many fine and interesting cafes and restaurants. You simply cannot stay in this location and not become a walker.
The hotel itself has also much to recommend it. The staff are pleasant, and while not all speak English as well as others, they are all happy to try, and never adopt that air of superiority that is often found (or felt) in Parisians. The lobby is smallish but well appointed and well maintained. There is a bar which we did not use, but which seems to be popular. The elevators are clean and quick, at least for Europe. The hallways are well decorated and quite interesting - the hotel adopts a left bank "literary" air, and the hallways, at lead on the fourth floor where we stayed, had a belle époque air to them that was quite appealing.
Our room was a deluxe double. The room was a reasonable size (I believe 22 sq. m) for rooms in large European cities. Decor was rich and plush, again with a belle epoch air to it. It was well maintained, and had a view of the (very old) church next door. As a result it was also quiet. The bed was comfortable, with very good pillows and what appeared to be high quality linens (did have a thin towel one day, but all others were thick and plush). Bathroom was small but entirely adequate. The bath was also the shower, and there was penny of hot water, and more importantly (for me), there was ample pressure (not always a given in older areas). Amenities were not a brand I was familiar with, but were fine.
The bathroom and room were very clean. I'm quite picky about cleanliness in a hotel room, and this met my standards (given my standards, I'm not sure it's possible to exceed them).
Two complaints, which are all too common in higher-end hotels. There was free wireless internet, but if you wanted high speed, the cost was 15 Euros for 24 hours. Given the data requirements of websites today, low speed internet is frustrating and inadequate. There is no better advertisement for high speed than low speed, and I assume this is the point. At this price level, high speed wireless internet should be included.
Second complaint is about the cost of food. Continental breakfast in the hotel was 25 euros per person - so about $65 for a couple. I know high end hotels charge outrageous amounts for food, but I find these sorts of prices absurd and will continue to vote with my feet. The world famous bakery Poilane is about a 10 minute walk away, and there is a wonderful little restaurant next door, Cuisine de Bar, which uses Poilane baked goods. Breakfast with freshly squeezed (before your eyes!) orange juice, excellent coffee, croissant, toasted Poilane bread, butter and jams, was 10 euros. If you won't walk that far for Poilane (but you should), there is a cafe on Blvd. St. Germain a half block away where you can sit outside and watch the world go by for about the same price (but the quality is not as good Cuisine de Bar).
Room service meals are equally high priced, and this may be because some of the food seems to come from L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which is next door.
These value issues aside, this hotel would be fine for a business trip, except for the internet issue.
Our room would have been too small for three or more, but was wonderful for two. If you are looking for a beautiful hotel with a great deal of character in a superb location in Paris, this hotel will fit the bill, and I do not believe you would be disappointed. It would make for an ideal romantic weekend. My wife and I would stay there again, without question.
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