My husband and I stayed at Saint-Louis en L’Isle for five nights at the start of October. We booked the largest double room on the top floor of the hotel – so glad we did as it was still quite small, but normal for Paris. We looked at a standard double as my parents want to stay here next year, really tiny and absolutely no room for luggage!
As is common in Paris the lift stops between floors, so you need to get your luggage up or down to your room. Up in our case as we were on the top floor. The room was quite nicely decorated with two French balconies, one in the bedroom and one in the bathroom. This was really pleasant when we were having late afternoon wine in our room, sitting with the windows open and watching the life on the Rue Saint-Louis en L’Isle below us.
There were a few problems in the room, the airconditioner didn’t work, even though it wasn’t hot it was very stuffy and we wanted the fan to move air around. The front desk repaired it, it turned out that it had been turned off as the previous guests found it too noisy at night. The noise though appeared to be from a general airconditioner motor on the roof, as it was noisy whether our unit was on or off. Not great for light sleepers. There was minimal storage space in the room, a very narrow wardrobe that only allowed us to hang three or four items each, and a very shallow drawer in each bedside table. We found it easier to leave our luggage in our cases but when we are staying for five nights it would have been nice to unpack. There were no ironing facilities but you could go to down to the basement and use the iron there. It was impossible to stand upright in the shower. Admittedly I am fairly tall (175cm), but I either had to stoop uncomfortably or sit in the back and use the hand shower. Shorter people would not have had such a problem though.
The good point was the location which was sensational. We loved staying on the Ile Saint Louis. Apart from a dinner at Le Jules Verne we ate each evening on the island, or Ile de la Cite as there is a very large choice of restaurants. There was also a wine store, a fromagerie, a couple of boulangeries and a two pharmacies so we had everything we needed. It is only a five minute walk to Pont Marie metro station and a couple more to St Michel metro and RER. I believe two buses also service the island, but we simply walked everywhere. It is so quick and easy to get to the Marais or the Left Bank. This was our third trip to Paris and the best location by far.
The other great point was the complimentary wifi. Other Paris hotels we have stayed in have had this but it has never worked very well. The wifi at Saint-Louis en L’Isle was fantastic. It just worked, on our laptop, our tablet and our iphones, it worked perfectly and we never needed to remember passwords.
The staff were lovely and very helpful with booking restaurants and any other advice. We used the hotel shuttle from the airport and to Gare du Nord and could not fault that either. Probably slightly dearer than a taxi but much more convenient. We paid €65 for the airport transfer and €30 to the station.
We did not eat breakfast as the breakfast room was in the basement and we prefer to be able to people watch and see the surroundings. There are three or four breakfast places within a five minute walk, but our favourite by far was Cafe St Regis, which I have reviewed separately. Our favourite restaurant for dinner was Aux Anysetiers du Roy. I will also do a separate review of this.
All in all I would certainly stay at this hotel again, and have recommended it to my parents for next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Ile Saint-Louis, the hotel Saint-Louis en l’Isle has an outstanding location. A very quiet place in the middle of Paris, the Ile Saint-Louis is a village with a prestigious history, symbolized by the 17th century town houses that lie there. Very close to Notre-Dame cathedral, the Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood, you will find in Ile Saint-Louis unique Parisian authenticity, well-being and hospitality. A charming hotel by excellence, the hotel Saint-Louis en l’Ile will welcome you in a warm atmosphere. Visible stones, old terra cotta and oak beams make this place unique. An elevator serves all floors, including the stone vaulted basement where breakfast is served.Whether your visit is for tourism or business, the hotel Saint-Louis en l'Isle will suits your needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saint Louis Hotel Paris
- Hotel St Louis Paris
- Hotel Saint Louis Paris