Bel Ami Saint Germain des Pres Hotel, Paris
Reviews - Bel Ami Saint Germain des Pres Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Business Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Bel Ami Saint Germain des Pres Hotel
Five Star Servicefrom AlliGM
great experience!from herminette
Made the right choicefrom liv2travel
Location - Excellent. On quiet street. Several restaurants next to hotel, one block away from shops on lively Blvd. St. Germain, Rue De Buci, and 10 minutes walking distance to Seine, Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, Pantheon and a little further to most attractions. 15 minute walk to Latin Quarter. Metro stop right around the corner.
Service - Excellent. We pulled up to the hotel and the bell hop was getting our luggage even before we got out of the taxi. Staff was young, well dressed, friendly and spoke English. Bel Ami had more employees in the lobby than any of the hotels we saw in the Saint Germain area.
Lobby - a little smokey, but clean, bright and welcoming. There was hip music playing all the time. The 2 laptop computers with free internet access was a nice bonus. I saw several pedestrians walking by stop to look at the hotel. I peeked into lobbies of several other hotels that I was considering in the area and Bel Ami was definitely the nicest.
Room - this was the most disappointing part of the hotel. Rooms were very small (and we had a superior). Decor was modern but rooms still looked old for some reason. Bathroom was nice with white/grey marble tiles. Shower had half door so water splashed out. Towels were nice with a warming rack. Plush robes and slippers were also provided. We asked to see another room with a better view which they were happy to do but that room's bathroom was even smaller and view was only a little better so we opted to stay in the first room.
Breakfast - served on the first floor in a modern looking room. Included eggs, bacon, sausage, yogurt, fresh fruit, breads, cheeses, fresh squeezed OJ, coffee/tea. Eggs had an odd texture but overall breakfast was good. Got a little tired of it after 3 days though.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Le Bel Ami. Though the rooms weren't worth $300/nt, the service, location, lobby, breakfast made up for it.
Underwhelmingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful boutique hotel in great location!from A TripAdvisor Member
Designer hotel minus the attitude - loved Bel Amifrom AustralianGal
The hotel itself was 'designer' but the service and the attitude of the staff was completely unpretentious and friendly. Pretty much everyone spoke English and we felt completley comfortable and at home.
Our room was lovely. I should point out that if you're after luxury, opulence and chintz that this is not the place for you. The style is contemporary and minimalist. The rooms weren't large but then, you're in Paris.
Breakfast was included in our package. The 'cantine' where breakfast is served is a really funky room and the food was great.
The concierge was really helpful in suggesting and booking restaurants for us. We ate so well!
I am going back to Paris next month and after researching alternatives, I'm staying Bel Ami again.
great staffsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
OK if you get it cheapfrom mmcc
GREAT LOCATION and the rooms were nice enough. If you get a really good deal here and you're on a budget I would recommend it. Otherwise, I wished we had tried the Montlambert close by.
Friendly effecient servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms are small even by London standards but clean and interesting.
Nicest staff imaginablefrom Ocean88
Top Local Tips for Paris
using the metro and taxis the metro in paris is really easy to get around with, get a small metro map to accompany a street map so you'll find the routes in addition to station locations. taxis are quite convenient, not all drivers speak english nor do they know locations of restaurants etc, so its good to know the street name and have some idea how to pronounce it or have it on paper. many taxis are equipped with gps deviced so they're not likely to have problems finding any streets.
Beggars & Dodgy Deals The organised teams of non French beggars & sellers of unauthorised tat are at every tourist spot & the main stations taxi ranks. They target English speakers, ignore them, as well as anything that look likes a scam, if it is to good to be true, then it is. The police will see them off but they are always there somewhere, particularly bad was the Arc D'Triomphe, Eiffel Tower & the Gare D'Nord. At the latter they were waiting for Taxis to arrive & accousted you while paying the taxi drivers, who also have no time for them. They are not true beggars, they are soliciting.
Getting Around and What to Pack Get a map of the Metro system and a museum pass and off you go. You won't need a cab. Pack comfortable walking shoes and just enjoy those fabulous cafes and museums. Pack lightly, take layers and an umbrella. Choose a nice but simple wardrobe, (nice jeans, tops, sweater and a stylish jacket) not athletic wear, or you'll stand out like a sore thumb! Parisians, of course, dress beautifully and simply, even those who are very casual. Take a lightweight scarf, ladies, as most Parisian women wear one.
Other names for Bel Ami Saint Germain des Pres Hotel
- bel ami hotel paris
- bel ami hotel
- Address: 7 Rue Saint Benoît - Paris - 75006 - France
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