"In a typical and quiet little street, looking out on the Seine and facing Notre-Dame Cathedral..."
So says the blurb. I am pretty sure that you can't actually see Notre Dame from this hotel, although it's genuinely not far away; yes, it probably does "face" Notre Dame, in the same sense that Notre Dame "faces" Jerusalem. Do take a note of the address of the hotel, because it's down a back-street (a perfectly safe one, apart from the narrow pavements, combined with Parisian drivers), which no taxi-driver knows. It actually has a very convenient Metro station on the nearby rue de Saint Germain, which is also a useful artery for walking into the South Bank areas (this isn't the fabulously expensive, boutique-packed stretch of the rue de Saint Germain, but it is the same street). Alternatively, you can go up to the Seine. It was absolutely tipping down, most of the time I was in Paris. I went everywhere on foot (and got soaked), getting as far as la Madeleine. The Louvre is a pretty easy walk, but the Eiffel Tower would probably justify a Metro ride, not something I undertake lightly.
As for the hotel, it isn't all that pretty. I don't think that they have re-decorated since de Gaulle was still alive, although they have bought a router in the meantime. Amenities in the room were non-existent, otherwise. I was on the top floor, which is right under the roof. The shape and temperature of the bathroom (it was colder in there than at street-level outside) proved that.
Most of the staff were friendly, but one receptionist was a schoolmistress manquee; some Parisians do have a problem with the concept of a "guest" (not something I'd say about the French in general). I wasn't tempted to use the hotel's breakfast facilities. The lift is ridiculous: two people and modest suitcases maximum. The hotel did kindly allow me to leave my luggage in the hotel for a couple of hours, after I checked out.
There are very good places to eat in the vicinity, so I'd recommend this as a convenient base for a tourist visit to Paris. You won't need to spend very much time in your hotel and you won't be tempted to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a quiet typical street of the Latin Quarter, overlooking the banks of the Seine. The hotel is located on the left bank, within walking distance of Notre Dame between the bank and the Boulevard Saint-Germain. Walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, the Institute du Monde Arabe, the Sorbonne and the Pantheon. A charming place to live at best your Parisian break. Its wide facade, which once must have been a shop-window, opens with a warm reception, decorated with beautiful antique furniture and a wonderful tapestry. ... more less
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