I returned last week from a week long stay in Paris. I thought the Hotel Duc de St. Simon was one of the most delightful hotels I have ever stayed in. It was a real oasis of calm in a city that has grown increasingly busy and noisy. Located on a quiet street on the Left Bank, the hotel has a small garden, as well as a front terrace for breakfast or drinks. The room I stayed in was small, but with a large window opening onto the garden. The bed was comfortable and the room had every amenity one could wish: beautiful, embroidered cotton sheets, lots of towels, a brand new flat screen TV, plenty of storage space and a good sized bathroom.
I used room service for breakfast, used the computer (free), and the lounge for drinks. Although the hotel is small, the staff was helpful, polite and spoke excellent English. The driver they used to take me to Charles de Gaulle very early in the morning was a polite and careful driver with a new and roomy car.
A big advantage of this hotel is that it is located within a couple of minutes of the Metro and bus lines. It is within walking distance of the Musee d'Orsay, the Musee Rodin and major streets such as the Boulevard St. Germain and the Boulevard Rapail. The streets immediately surrounding the hotel are filled with good restaurants and charming shops.
If you are used to staying in a large, modern hotel with a big room and spa like facilities, you're out of luck here. This is more like staying in a large, immaculate and friendly French country house. The place is small and quiet, clean and calm. The furniture and decoration are all beautiful 18th and 19th century French style.Personally, I loved it and plan to return as soon as I can. A winner, I thought!
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