I'm not sure if it's my time of life but I've stayed in some of the better hotels of late (that is in my limited experience). My wife booked this hotel as part of a trip that she planned to mark my 50th birthday. She couldn't have got it more right. Generally the hotels in Paris needn't try too hard, they are after all in one of (if not THE) most beautiful towns in the world another will sell rooms as a result.. The hotel Sainte Beuve is different - we hit on a gem. First it's location - 6th Arr. is just about the best for us. It's a stride from the tourist centre, in fact its a stroll through the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. But, the district immediately around the hotel is one full of interest too and one in which I'm happy to while away my time in the genuinely original bars, street markets that sell food, not trash and with Parisians. In fact it's like being in the capital of France!
One's arrival at any hotel often sets the tone for a stay, the staff greeting and the reception area form the first impressions. These were both excellent. The interior design of the hotel made us feel good when we arrived, the staff had a competent and relaxed manner. Together, these made us instantly feel like we could make this our home for the next few days.
Paris is easy to walk through, it's beautiful, my favourite city to walk in in fact. After putting a few miles under our belts and photos in the camera, returning to the Sainte Beuve did indeed feel like walking into a home from home.
The room was comfortable, the bed especially and the decor maintained the tasteful yet homely feel to the place. Crucially, the quality was high too. A clever mix.
The bathroom was nice, small (it's Paris after all), but ample and of a pleasingly good standard. Everything worked, and I don't mean just technically. There was no need to accommodate any slight malfunctions in fittings or function.
I'd like to make particular mention of the staff. They were excellent in every respect. Enough said.
I've read that this hotel is noted for its high returning customer numbers. Put me down as one more and I'm certain if you stay here, you'll be one too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on a small street on the Left Bank the Hotel Sainte-Beuve, a magnificent "home from home" in which to rest after a walk through central Paris, is an address that has remained secret for several decades. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sainte Beuve Hotel
- Sainte Beuve Paris