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“Get the Paris experience without breaking the bank” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Saint-Jacques
Ranked #281 of 1,816 Hotels in Paris
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Get the Paris experience without breaking the bank”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

I probably spent too much time trying to decide between a VRBO or hotel and then what type of hotel. In the end, thanks in part to Trip Advisor, I opted for Hotel Saint Jacques for several reasons. 1. the location: I would come back to this area of Paris. easy access to almost everything. cafes and shops galore. a fun vibe and true Paris feel. 2. the price. I didn't want to go with the cheapest, and I think the value for what we got was perfect. we had the triple room-- and the one on the high floor was not available which was of concern. It was a nice corner looking both directions up and down the streets 3rd floor 4th floor in US). no balcony which ended up being fine. Yes the room and the bathroom are small compared to US standards... we (2 teenagers and me) paused when we walked in (elevator too). That said, 4 nights there. teenage suitcase sprawl and we adapted easily without issue. beds comfortable and clean. We literally slept there (AC a critical aspect that saved us in the July heat)-- so the hang out and lobby hang out factor not important 9and we didn't pay for that). we had breakfast the first morning and the service was very good and food likewise. We opted to eat outside at other cafes for the other morning for better (& slightly cheaper) Paris ambiance.

the front desk team was always helpful and friendly and I feel we got a small taste of Paris in an ideal location. would recommend and stay again

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

I stayed here for two nights this week having previously stayed one night last summer. The hotel is comfortable, quiet and pleasantly decorated. It is in a great location, lots of excellent restaurants nearby and Notre Dame in walking distance. However, its biggest asset is its staff. They could not be more helpful and appear to be genuinely interested in making your stay a pleasure. A special thank you to them for all their assistance.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rockaway, New Jersey
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

Stayed at the Hotel St Jacques for 3 nights in July 2014, after some confusion on the rooms that we reserved which was rectified the next day, the hotel staff was very accommodating. Great location to explore Paris and the Metro stops were in quick walking distance from the hotel. The room we had was lovely and large with a very comfortable bed but the bathroom was tiny in comparison. The shower stall was very tight regarding to space. Overall we had a great time in Paris and would recommend this hotel if you want a truly Parisian experience.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Winston5207
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

If you're staying in Paris for a short time, you need somewhere handy to the main sights and the Hotel St Jacques fits the bill. Unlike the uniformity of many hotels, the artistic decor will remind you that you're in this wonderful city. My room was small, as expected, but had all I needed, the staff were friendly and there was always someone at the desk. The lift is a bonus! Apart from the nearby famous landmarks, it's a short walk to the metro and on one morning I was pleased to discover a market. A special 'merci' to the room attendant and the staff for reuniting me with a scarf I'd left behind. I hope to stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JeanetteJP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

This hotel was suggested by a friend. Booked in for 3 nights in Paris. Great location and charming room. Ideally placed for Notre Dame, Le Louvre, Metro & RER.
The staff are helpful and friendly. Reccommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Neil S
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Kununurra, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

We booked largely based on Tripadvisor recommendations, and on location. Having spent an idyllic week on Ile de St Louis just four weeks prior, the idea was to spend two final nights in Paris in a different area (the Latin Quarter) before returning home from our European holiday.
The pick-up arranged by the hotel got lost and I felt he was still lost when he pulled up at our hotel as the pictures led me to expect a more impressive street appearance. My disappointment continued as we were shown to a ground-floor, street-facing room. The room itself was a great size, as was the bathroom, but the impression was dim and drab as the windows were darkly shuttered to keep out street (two-way) view.
I'd booked three months prior and requested "a view, if possible". I pleaded for a more pleasant outlook but was told none was available and that we'd been given that room because I'd requested a room near the elevator due to my husband's bad back. All similar rooms are equal but - judging by the reviews - some must most definitely be more equal than others! On the positive side, there were no street noises at all to disturb our sleep on the comfortable bed.
Perhaps we were given such a room because there is no porter (!) although the concierge somewhat reluctantly carried our bags in for us. Not so on departure, when it was up to us (both over 70) to ask the driver to do the job.
We love staying in boutique hotels and don't expect grandeur, but this was a let-down.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank bevvygran2016
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hotelsaintjacques, Responsable réception at Hotel Saint-Jacques, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Dear Sir,
We take note of your comments about your stay in our hotel, and we are sorry to hear that you did not appreciate your stay with us. As well as we are sorry if you did'nt like our street appearance, which is the first time that someone do not like the street which is clean, safe and bright.
We apologize about the bad experience about the pick-up that we have organized with you in May. It never happens, but we cannot say "never". For sure, from now on we'll work with another company as we do not want this happens again.
Concerning the view, we never confirme to our guests that they will have the view requested or balcony,( or other request) for the simple reason that it is impossible to promise the requests as it is always "depending of availability" even if you book 3 months in advance. Our guests usually understand this. Sorry if we tried to keep you on the street side and not on the back where there is no view at all.
This is right that we do not have porter, may be because we are not a 5 stars hotel where you would pay for. In our hotel we never say "no" to a guest that need a little help.
We always do our best for our guests, and we are sorry if you do not find our hotel as you expected.
Regards,
Fabienne
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Surrey
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120 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

Have just returned from an excellent stay in a triple room at Hotel St Jacques. We've stayed in Paris several times but never before in this area and we were delighted to find this small but very friendly hotel. The team were particularly kind to my daughter, who was visiting Paris specifically to speak French and so was tasked with checking us in and out, asking for anything we needed, getting a restaurant recommendation etc. Merci bien a tous! As a typical teenager, she also really appreciated the free WiFi....

We booked ahead and would strongly recommend doing this as the rate we paid was significantly below the high season rate advertised on arrival. Our room was certainly big enough for three, with crisp linens, efficient air conditioning and a very modern shower room with good quality toiletries. The bed was very firm indeed and the room overlooked the main road but we all slept very well so no complaints there.

We had breakfast out of the hotel (for practice speaking to different people) and found there were several good local cafes, restaurants and shops within 5 minutes' walk. Not French at all but either breakfast or a burger at Breakfast In America is definitely recommended!

The walk to St Michel/Cluny la Sorbonne Metro/RER took only 5 minutes and although Line B on the RER is not exactly a salubrious experience, it took only 2 stops to get us back to the Gare du Nord for the return Eurostar home. On other days we walked (15 minutes across the river to Ile de la Cite, 40 minutes across Paris to watch the 14th July fireworks from Montparnasse).

Hotel St Jacques proved to be a great base and we would be very happy to return.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SpaStruckSurrey
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Property: Hotel Saint-Jacques
Address: 35 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Quartier Latin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#209 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#367 Family Hotel in Paris
#383 Business Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Saint-Jacques 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Saint-Jacques Hotel welcomes you in its elegant 19th century building.You will discover its style staircase, its frescoes and its spacious rooms with molded ceilings and for some of them viewing Notre-Dame or with balcony.For an original drink, you can try an Absinthe tasting proposed by ourbar Le Toulouse-Lautrec. ... more   less 
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