This little hotel was in the right place for us, with an excellent price, and had the right owner who was always helpful and courteous: Victoria, who also owns the bulldog who dozes beneath the reception desk. And wait until you see the bathrooms: each has a tile mosaic reproduction of an early 20th century painting.
My husband and I stayed there in June 2003 and August 2004, always on the street side, which was noisy early in the morning as the street cleaners came through but gave a more interesting view than the courtyard rooms. The breakfast provided was typical of this class of hotel: very good coffee, fresh croissant and bread, a tiny container of youghurt, some fruit. The small lobby has a street-front sitting area with daily newspapers. The hotel is just steps off blvd. Montparnasse, where there are many cafes, stores, and bistros. The Metro station "Vavin" is on the blvd. Montparnasse, around the corner. And our favorite place for lazing and strolling, the Luxembourg Gardens, is a few blocks down the rue Vavin.
My only complaint arose from Victoria's confusion on the day before we left; she ordered a taxi (v. expensive) rather than a shuttle (less expensive).
However, on our last morning, Victoria told us that she and her business partner were selling the hotel and that the new owner was to take over shortly. We have not confirmed that, as we have no current plans to return to Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atelier Saint-Germain is a 3 star charming hotel, ideally located 10 minutes walking away from the lively neighborhood of Montparnasse, the Luxembourg Garden and the legendary neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Pres. The proximity to the metro station Vavin (line 4) 40 meters away from the hotel, the station Notre-Dame-des-Champs (line 12) 300 meters from the hotel (3 minutes walking) and the RER station Port-Royal 500 meters (10 minutes walking) allows you to quickly reach all the main monuments and famous places of the Capital. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atelier Saint-Germain Hotel Paris