The St. James & Albany Hotel is a gem of a hotel that just needs some polishing to reach the next level. When marking my star ratings (overall and each sub-category) I kept finding myself wanting to click 5-stars but then pausing when I thought of this or that minor negative.
For example, the gentlemen that greeted us during check-in was pleasant, professional and welcoming. But then our interactions with other staff members (at the front desk and at the spa/pool) would best be described as off-putting. The rooms were certainly very clean, but the carpets are old and had un-removable stains from years past. There were ongoing renovations so some of the areas of the hotel were sparkling and new, while others were in desperate need of attention.
When this gem is done being polished it will most likely be world class, especially considering its location… just across from Musée du Louvre.
Note on my value rating: I scored a special rate when I booked. The fee was non-refundable but it was also about 40% off the normal rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Paris, member of Great Hotels of the World and the chain Les Hotels France Patrimoine, Saint James & Albany Hotel-Spa offers 194 rooms and suites in a XVIIth century Establishment. Mainly overlooking inner garden and courtyards, this 4 stars Hotel is a real haven of peace in the centre of the French capital. Thanks to its first bio Parisian SPA**** and its wonderful indoor pool, the atmosphere of this Hotel is very relaxing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint James & Albany Hotel Paris
- Saint James And Albany Hotel-Spa
- Clarion Paris
- Saint James & Albany Hotel Spa