Grand Hotel Saint Michel

, Paris, France
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Grand Hotel Saint Michel

, Paris
3 star

Rooms: 45

19 Rue Cujas - Paris - 75005 - France Hotel Website | |
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Great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is close to all the liveliness of the latin quarter including the Pantheon and Notre Dame. Our triple room was clean, comfortable and reasonable sized for Paris. No problems with pre booking through Expedia. Staff were friendly and the buffet breakfast great value. A kettle in the room would have been helpful but lots of bars and restaurants close by. Altogether a good base for a stay.


from Flipje67
Stayed at the Grand Hotel Saint Michel for one night during August 2005. Have to admit slight disappointment that relative to the price (around EUR 160, which is probably very near rack rate) the room was not that fantastic. Size was OK - know to expect smaller rooms in this type of hotel in Paris, but did not expect the mouldy grouting in the bathroom and the broken light. Always disappoints when such easily fixed matters let a hotel down. Reception not overly friendly on check in or check out. Seemed more interested in carrying on an apparently personal phone conversation than dealing with us. Great location though - quiet side street, but close to buzz of Latin Quarter. V. handy for Pantheon. Super convenient for airport too - RER line B from CDG stops at Luxembourg just round the corner from hotel - an 8 Euro ride instead of goodness knows how much by taxi.

Charming and convenient

from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I just returned from a fabulous long weekend in Paris that was made that much more enjoyable by the fact that this little hotel was absolutely superb.

The rooms were spacious, clean and well-presented. The staff were very helpful and polite.

It is within walking distance of either the Metro or the RER, and for meals all you have to do is follow your nose into the heart of the Latin Quarter for some of the most delicious and inexpensive food I have ever enjoyed in Paris.

If you want sumptous comfort and spectacular views this is not the hotel for you, but if you want something clean, easily-accessible and an unbelievable value for money then this is it.

On our next visit to Paris we will definitely be staying here again.

Perfect for the Pantheon

from Wokinghamer
This is a comfortable, friendly hotel in the lively Latin Quarter of Paris, a few minutes' walk from the Pantheon and Jardin de Luxembourg. I received a very friendly welcome (and farewell!) from the manager. There are loads of appealing restaurants and bars nearby and the student population from the Sorbonne (almost next door to the hotel) gives the whole area a youthful and cheerful dimension. The hotel is perhaps a little overpriced for what it offers but if you are looking for a convenient base in the Latin Quarter, this could suit you fine.

Well, we liked it!

from Jaded
I stayed in this hotel with a woman friend last August. We booked through Expedia, and arrived at the hotel late afternoon. We had no problems whatsoever with the booking, in fact we were very pleased indeed with the hotel. Our room was pleasantly decorated, and very clean, as was the rest of the hotel. All the staff were lovely, and one took a lot of trouble trying to find out about train times to Giverney for us. The breakfast cost extra, but there was lots to choose from and the food was delicious and fresh.
The hotel is in a lively area, but lively in a good sense. We are two women in our fifties, and felt very comfortable in the area. The hotel is on a side road, and although we were at the front of the hotel we were not disturbed at night. The hotel is walking distance from many sites (Notre Dame, Jardin de Luxembourg, The Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay) and close to the station where its possible to get the train to Versailles.

Not in a million years!

from LazyRiverMan
My wife and I arrived quite tired at 10:00 PM on November 25th with a prepaid reservation from Expedia. When the night clerk, Bernard, checked, our name did not exist in the hotel computer. After searching through papers for roughly 15 minutes, the puzzled Bernard finally located the hotel copy of our reservation stuffed in the middle of a 6" stack on a table against the wall. Clearly written in large script across the front of the reservation was the date of our arrival. His pleasure evidenced when he had found the reservation disappeared when he checked and found the hotel fully booked. After calling someone (for approval we assumed), he made 16 calls (actual count) to other hotels and finally found us a room. While waiting in the lobby, my wife spoke with a French guest and was told the same thing had happened to her on arrival. We asked the clerk if the hotel would provide a taxi, and he told us he could not authorize a taxi. He did promise to leave a full accounting of our problem for the day clerk. By the time we reached the other hotel, it was well past 11:00. We arrived back at the hotel the next morning at 9:00 only to learn the day clerk (Marie) had no notion of what we were taking about. She was totally unconcerned and actually smirked in apparent amusement as she looked through papers until she located Bernard's note from the previous evening. She told us to store our luggage in a little room that had been a phone booth and told us to return at 12:00. She assured us our room would be ready then and our luggage waiting in it. When we returned at 12:00, she pretended (assuming she was not blind or stupid) not to know us. We related our situation and VOILA! -- she suddenly remembered. She proceeded to peck at the computer keyboard for several minutes until I finally asked what she was doing. She smirked again, then laughed, and handed us a key. She appeared to have done nothing since we had left at 9:00. I asked about our luggage, and it was right where we had left it. We went to the assigned room only to find it had not been touched since the previous guest had left. As is my normal personality, I had been quite polite to this point. But I recalled reading in a message board once that Parisians DEMANDED service when treated as we were being treated. When I reached the desk again, I slapped the key on the counter as loudly and forcefully as I could and told her in my very best "outraged" voice that we wanted a room and we wanted it NOW! She smirked and laughed once more and said, "Oh! That's right! You wanted a room with a balcony didn't you?" This fact had not been mentioned at all and only appeared on our original reservation made 3 months earlier as an online request. She obviously had been toying with us as she immediately produced a key to a clean room WITH a balcony without even glancing at the computer. No offer of reconciliation such as a complimentary breakfast was offered, and I was certainly in no mood to ask her for ANYTHING. We spoke with a second night clerk, Edgar, that evening, and he was very understanding. He stated that Marie took reservations during her day shift and frequently fouled them up leaving the mess and the angry guests for him and Bernard to handle. The room was nice but the check-in fiasco left such a bad taste in our mouths that I decided to write the manager, Monsieur Belaid, upon our return. I did, in fact, post a letter with a complete accounting to him on December 8th and have yet to receive a reply. Would we stay at the Grand Hotel Saint Michel again? NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!

Did not have a room for us upon arrival.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Upon our arrival at the hotel (which looked shabbier from the outside and in the lobby than in pictures) the front desk informed us they had never received our reservation (which we had booked online) and therefore did not have a room for us. We were homeless! The front desk insisted it was not their fault but did help us find another hotel nearby, which was much cleaner and nicer (please see Select Hotel in Paris for our review there). We were very upset by this experience but were ultimately glad this had happened because the other hotel was much more comfortable.

OK. Some issues

from A TripAdvisor Member
The good: pleasant staff, very nicely decorated room with great light from two large windows, convenient location. These facts made the stay fine overall.

At best acceptable: air conditioning seemed feeble, fortunately it wasn't too hot the days I was there because it could not make the room cool. Size of room was just adequate even adjusting for Paris hotel conditions.

Not good: Advertized WiFi internet access which influenced my purchase. There was no wifi signal anywhere that I could detect, so I made no connection.

Week Away

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in this hotel in July 2003 with about 18 other women. My sister and I roomed together & shared a double bed. We found the hotel was affordable and pleasant. Every morning we went down for a continental breakfast and packed it in for a busy day hoofing it on the Paris streets. Yummy, we loved the European fare which was basic with fresh fruit, cheese selections, cereal, pastries, meats, juices, etc.
Quite good & filling... always fresh and well maintained. It is not a popular American spot which we liked considering our occasional vulnerable feelings in the face of the hatred of Americans. The staff was pleasant (not overly so, but never rude). They have a nice little lounge where we all met around 5pm to compare our day trips, shopping finds, etc. There is a small bar right around the corner AND a post office and money machine a block away! Talk about convenient! I really felt safe and happy with our hotel choice. One of the women organized it all so I don't know what sort of run-around she might have gotten with the pricing... our trip was a PACKAGE deal with the hotel included in the whole price. It is a small hotel with teenie weenie elevator but quiet and perfectly located. We loved it.

Beware the Grand Hotel St. Michel rates

from A TripAdvisor Member
After researching Latin Qtr. hotels for over a month now, I thought I'd found a winner. I emailed Grand Hotel St. Michel and Marie (the manager I believe) replied that I could reserve a double room for "130 euro, the normal rate is 160 euro". So I thought "What a great rate!" and booked the room. I forwarded with my credit card info. that first email along will ALL the subsequent email correspondencs and requested a detailed confirmation email from her. Although my email mentioned the type of room, arrival date, etc. I was expecting a reiteration of everything signed off by her.

All I received was a greeting and that my "reservation is confirmed"-nothing else mentioned in detail.

Then a few hours later Marie sent me an email saying "Dear xxx, the rate is 160 euro. Best regards, Marie". I hit the roof because I booked the room based upon her original email to me quoting "130 euro/night".
Not only that I noticed that she forwarded all the correspondences along with her email but purposely DELETED the original email showing that she quoted me 130 euro.

I hit the roof to say the least and promptly canceled my reservation.
This was intentionally done. I cannot understand the underhanded practice of this hotel. It has gotten a few nice comments but this really mars the hotel's reputation.

Top Local Tips for Paris

RER So easy to get from the airport to central Paris, if you don't mind the (covered) lengthy walk from the airport terminal to the station.Cost us 8 Euros each from airport to near Latin Quarter. Buy the tickets from the machines before you board the train.

McDonalds the McDonalds in France are not what one would expect. Nice and cheap.


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  • Address: 19 Rue Cujas - Paris - 75005 - France
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