Historical Traveller Reviews of Best Western Left Bank Saint Germain Hotel
Loved this wonderful place
from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I stayed at this wonderful little hotel during our summer vacation- It was at the end of our trip and what a wonderful surprise to find such a beautiful place, in great surroundings, with great service. We will definitely go back
Cramped but worked for kids in St Germain
France, Paris, St Germain, Hotel Left Bank St Germain
•Location: very near Odeon subway stop, in the middle of all the hubbub, if that is what you like
•Room (2 adults, 2 children < 10): we had a nice but small room that barely fit two queen beds and was quiet. We found it was very difficult to find rooms for a family of 4 in Paris, so we were thankful to have someplace take us in.
•Service: good, but Parisian if you know what I mean. The quality of service depended greatly on who was sitting at the front desk
•Internet: expensive wifi access (10 euros an hour)
•Food: breakfast was included, but just ok - don’t expect world class croissants and cheese here
•Best feature: location
•Best food nearby: there is a lot of really, really bad food in the St Germain area. We didn’t have any good meal in the area.
•Price: 250 euros a night (June).
•Overall family rating: OK 6 out of 10 - we looked hard to find a good family hotel in Paris near St Germain. We looked hard before booking this, so maybe this is the best you can do in this price range. Still, I think you can do better.
We stayed at this hotel for five days in July and found it too be great for our needs. The room was small but very clean and very quiet. For being in the middle of a very busy area, it was surprisingly very quiet. The air conditioning was very much appreciated. Booking over the Best Western website saved quite a bit of money over the posted rate for the room. As well you were not required to pay any money in advance just a credit card to hold the room. The included breakfast was very good and the service was just fine. The front door being locked at all times made you feel very secure and was not a problem with going in and out which we did very frequently. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.
small room, dated furniture, modest breakfast
from A TripAdvisor Member
The first time I stayed at Hotel Left Bank was years ago, and I had kind of a good feeling about it. Not any more.
This time (winter 2005) my stay didn't leave me any good memories.
They obviously didn't have any renovations or didn't even change the bed linen or towels since long time. Also the furniture in my room was old and slightly worn out already. The room was very small, as they often tend to be in Paris and so was the bathroom.
Breakfast was included in the room rate, but with a few euros you get much better coffee and croissants in nearby cafes.
They should update the rooms immediately to keep the 3 star standards!
I was disappointed.
This is a great hotel in a fabulous quartier. Room was beautifully appointed, and maintained well. Comfy bed, extra pillows and blankets, plenty of storage space, minibar, A/C, safe in room. The marble bathroom was spotless. Maid service was excellent. Staff helpful. At 180 euro per night, it wasn't cheap, but then you get what you pay for. I will stay here again.
Perfect for short stay in great location
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed in the Left Bank St. Germain for two nights in January and found it more than fulfilled all accommodation requirements for our short stay in Paris. As it was my first visit to this wonderful city, I have no other Parisian hotels to compare it to. The room was small (which I've heard is quite the norm for Parisian hotels) but this along with the wooden beams and brocade wallpaper added to the romance of the place. Our room overlooked a small courtyard and there wasn't a sound to be heard. It also overlooked Paris rooftops & Notre Dame. The breakfast was more than adequate and the receptionist spoke perfect English and was extremely helpful. The location was also perfect - on a small street between Rue St.Germain du Pres & Rue de Bussi.
Perfect Stay in Paris
My wife and I stayed three nights at this charming hotel over Valentine's weekend. We booked a "king" bed, maybe it was queen in size. Our room, 501, had two large windows and faced the street. The hallways and rooms are covered in a decorative fabric. Ours was a light blue with a gold pattern. An added bonus was a view of the Eiffel Tower (the top half anyway). Some rooms offer a rear view toward the Notre Dame. There are about 5 rooms on a floor of varying shapes. Ours was typically small but well appointed. Plenty of storage space (suggest putting your empty suitcases above the built in closet), a desk with an armchair and cushioned stool (where we ate various meals from the local markets). The bathroom was well above average, clean, modern with a tub and shower. Great hot water and water pressure. The room had wood beamed ceilings and wood appoinments throughout. Outside the windows were flower boxes with geraniums. The street is lively outside, but more so around the corner down rue des artes. Within a two minute walk is every type of eating establishment and market you could want. Pastries, bread, ice-cream, food, restaurants and bars. Fri and Sat nights no one seems to sleep so if you are a light sleeper, suggest you keep the windows closed. Breakfast was included and was buffet style. You were served coffee or hot chocolate, several types of croissants and had unlimited supplies of juices, yogurt, cereal, cheeses, and fruit salad. An excellent way to start the day. You can also ask for a hot pot that can be plugged into your room for hot water (great for the morning cup of coffee or tea). Ice is also available at the front desk. There is a mini bar as well, best to store something you want to keep chilled (like that bottle of blanc you can get from across the street!). The staff was friendly and man the front desk 24x7 so you never had to worry about how to get in and felt secure that no one else was getting in. The hotel is perfectly located and straddles the residential 6th district (St. Germain) and the very lively 5th district (Latin Quarter). Notre Dame, the Louvre, Pantheon are all about a 10-15 min walk. Metro about 3 minutes away. Can't say enough good things about our stay. If you are looking for an affordable, clean, comfortable hotel that is perfectly positioned, you can't go wrong with this choice.
from Travel Momma Queen
Just returned from beautiful Paris and the experience was made all the more enjoyable through our stay at the Left Bank. The staff was truly helpful and friendly; the hotel full of Parisian character. We had a deluxe room which was clean and of ample size for Europe....standard rooms are too small for an extended stay. We had a lovely start to our day with coffee, croissants etc. and a smiling face. The Boulangerie Paul Kayser across the street is fabulous. This location in St. Germain can't be beat! We bought fresh flowers for our room at the shop around the corner, as well as wine and cheese for small snacks at shops on the street. Remember, when traveling we must go with the flow.....don't impose narrow minded demands on wonderful new places.
s just OK...
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here on 9/18, 2004 and again on 9/26-29, both times in room 402. I agree with comments that it's a great location but very noisy with the window open. As mentioned elsewhere, rooms are small; my standard at 160 euros was suitable for a single person and had very little room for one suitcase. Deluxe at 190 euros was not available. A/C was quiet and great, and with window closed and A/C on it became a quiet room. Ate b'fast there only once; of my many trips to Paris it was the first time I ever had bad coffee served by an unsmiling person, so switched to the Boulangerie across the street (excellent!). Was concerned that guests had to be buzzed in as that hasn't ever happened in other hotels. Front Desk said neighborhood hotels had had problems with Gypsies as well as strangers coming in and taking a key while the Front Desk person was distracted. Walls of bathroom were streaked, and bathroom floor appeared stained. Of the 4 hotels I've stayed in on the Left Bank this is one I'd go back to if my choices were limited but not necessarily rave over. !
Good Value-Great Location
I just returned from Paris and stayed at the Left Bank St. Germain for a week. My party took up 3 rooms- Room 104- a triple, Room 303- Double and Room 304- a triple. I was very pleasantly surprised with the rooms as there was only a few reviews posted on the website and they were older reviews. The rooms are older with nice bathrooms. Very clean. All of the front desk clerks were friendly and helpful. I spent a lot of time researching the different hotels in the area and ran across many of them near the hotel. I was very happy that I decided to choose this hotel because compared to the others, Hotel Buci, Hotel BW University, D'Aubuson, Relais Christine etc., this hotel was located on a great street with restaurants, shops, and a fabulous Patisserie directly across the street. The others did not have this, except for Hotel Buci, but then you had to pay an arm and a leg. My tips:
1. When reserving a room on the Best Western sight or calling a BW reservationinst, keep checking the BW website. The rates for the room change and you can adjust the fare you were quoted. Since you are not charged the room until you get there, it is worth it.
2. If you like coffee or tea first thing in the morning when you wake up, ask the front desk clerk to prepare a tea/coffee tray for you the night before.
Unless you like to pay the fancy prices or want a full restaurant and full service in your hotel, this small hotel by using the website to adjust your rates, is a good value, clean and has a wonderful location.
Top Local Tips for Paris
While I don't recommend staying here, if you do, it is easy to catch the Metro - the Odeon station is just around the corner.
One paragraph guide to Paris
Walk everywhere, there's loads you'll miss otherwise. Get off the main roads, there's loads you'll miss otherwise. get up early and stay out late, there's loads you'll miss otherwise. Diet before you go - there's some great cakes at La Carette opposite Trocadero. Speak french - they'll respect you for it. get a cab round etoile - cheaper than Disney thrill rides and twice the danger.
saut du loup
very nice restaurant in the garden of the louvre museum.