Hotel des Academies

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Hotel des Academies

, Paris
3 star

Rooms: 20

15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière - Paris - 75006 - France Hotel Website | | +33 1.43.26.66.44
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Wonderful Stylish Hotel in Great Location

from critical_couple
This hotel is fantastic. The staff are very helpful and friendly and are available 24//7. It is definitely the best hotel we have stayed at in Paris, and the location is also ideal for getting about and for drinking or dining.

We went as a couple and would have to agree with the other reviews in that the rooms and hotel and of a very high standard and very well kept/cleaned.

Unlike our previous visit to Paris, the rooms in this hotel are more or less soundproof and you cannot really hear any external noises - certainly not from other rooms etc. There was also a seperate toilet and shower in the room - the shower is pretty good too and is one of those ones were water seems to come from all over i.e. like giving you a massage.

The interior of the hotel is impressive as well, and the artwork from ground floor to the top via the lift should be seen even if you are only staying on the 1st floor. The dining area is also nice, although at 15 euros a head, breakfast is not too cheap for what you get - 10 euros would have been more fair i would say.

I'm not too sure what else to say about the hotel, other than we would highly recommend staying here and would suggest the hotel to anyone looking for a stay in Paris.

Hotel a gem

from darwins_helper
We could not have been more pleased with our 6-day stay at Hotel Des Academies et Des Arts. The hotel is really a gem with a level of service that manages to be both excellent and warm. We had been looking for a smaller hotel with a chic, contemporary style, business-level amenities, attentive, friendly service and convenient to transportation and restaurants. We found all of these things at Hotel Des Academies et Des Arts. Our experience here added considerably to the enjoyment of our time in Paris.

Great location and helpful staff make this a place to return!

from Babypix
Found this jewelbox of a hotel via booking.com while using the internet from another location in France. Newly renovated by decorators in conjunction with fine artists, the owners obviously care about the quality of everything they've installed-- from flat screen tvs to in-room free internet (also avail. via the tv, they give you a wireless keyboard), to the very comfortable firm beds and good pillows.

The staff is always on hand to answer questions, and was kind enough to research travel arrangements for my day trip, and had a printout of train times ready for me when I returned from an evening out.

This hotel is small scale. The lobby is small, but there is a lovely biblioteque adjacent to it with comfy couches, lots of interesting books on Parisian photography, etc. The real issue at this hotel is the room size, which is miniscule.

They have truly done the very best they could to cram all the niceties into the rooms (mini refrigerator, deep tub and complimentary local bath salts), a desk to use your laptop with their free wifi; blackout curtains, good bedside reading lights; but there is precious little room for more than 2 small suitcases without falling all over yourself-- there is simply no there there.

My recommendation is to take one small bag to the room, and ask the kind folks at the front desk, if they will store your other bag(s) during your stay. I didn't think of this until after we left, but it might be a good tip.

Further, although the rooms are not cheap (we paid about 180 Euros per night on a special through the website), breakfast is NOT included, which we felt it should be, in light of the fact that you're not getting much of a room. One literally could not bring a picnic breakfast or lunch into the room and enjoy it at the teeny table/chairs provided-- you'll end up using the bed as a life raft if you are hoping the room will be functional for anything but relax and sleep.

The breakfast looked only ok, despite the staff's great salesmanship of "real fresh fruit, really good coffee, and real tea"...which is all they offer in addition to a bread basket with a plain and chocolate croissant. For 15 Euros, this did NOT seem like a smart choice, since there are so many places in this convenient Montparnasse neighborhood one could select for half the price.

Still and all, we would go back there, knowing there is little room for luggage-- probably booking a junior suite, or whatever their upgrade is...with only 20 rooms, there are limited choices.

Also, take advantage of two charming restaurants on the very same block: Wadja and La Sieste. Both excellent values and filled with locals, not tourists, for a real taste of French cooking. Literally SCORES of movie theaters are nearby, too. The only ones which will be in English are those which were originally American or English to begin with, so don't expect to find a French film with English subtitles around here.

Highly recommend!

from Afternoon_Delight
I just returned from Paris and highly recommend this hotel if you are looking for a "boutique" hotel. It is small and quaint. Very tastefully decorated - a comfortable lobby and tea room. I am extremely particular about hotels and spent countless hours researching a hotel in Paris. I booked the hotel on their website and it was very easy. It is an immediate booking - you don't have to wait back to hear from them like many of the small hotels. I did call the night before to confirm my reservation. There is also a computer in the tea room with free internet access. This was extremely convenient since I do not have a laptop. There is also wifi in the rooms. This location is wonderful. It is not in the "tourist" section but is easily accessible to St. Germain and is in walking distance to most everything. The Eiffel Tower was probably the furthest walk and took about 30 minutes. We saw all the sights and never had to take the Metro. I really enjoyed coming back to the peacefulness of the hotel after being around the crowds all day. The hotel is very clean and updated. They even have a safe and mini bar in the room. A/C works great! The rooms are small but I understand most are in Europe. I stayed in the deluxe so it was a bit larger. The windows are sound proof but make sure they are shut tightly if you don't want the noise. The staff was wonderful. Henri speaks and understands English wonderfully. The female, I cannot remember her name, was also very lovely. They are very accomodating on helping with maps, reservations, suggestions, etc. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel so I cannot comment on that. There is a spectacular bakery just down the street (towards Luxembourg Gardens) and one block to the left. It is on a corner and I believe has a burgundy awning above the door. You cannot miss it b/c it usually had a line out the door. They have amazing pastries, french bread and sandwiches - very inexpensive! Also, just across the main street in the opposite direction is a market for water and wine, etc. and a seafood stand. I hope this review is helpful as I use this sight often but have never written a review before.

great little hotel

from worldtravelcrazy
this little hotel is wonderful! great location. great decoration. comfortable bed, sheets, shower. friendly and helpful staff. nice french breakfast. plenty of great restaurants in the immediate area. 15 minutes to paris attractions, but you can walk too - though the jardin de luxembourg to pantheon and notre dame... very nice.

Great small Left Bank Hotel

from Michlaw
Hotel was everything the Trip Advisor reviews said it was . We spent 4 nights for my wife's 60th Birthday (remember 60 is the new 40) and had a delightful time. The staff was very attentive, drew out maps to everywhere we wanted to go (we've been to Paris a number of times before so we had some more unusual requests for sights). They made dinner reservations for us and were able to get us in where we wanted to go. Location is interesting deep in the Left Bank and area around the hotel--Luxembourg Gardens, etc. is beautiful and peaceful. We walked to the Seine more than once and to Boulevard St-Germain so area is accessible. The Metro Stop is a few hundred yards from the hotel entrance. Room is Parisian-- small but cute and if you adjust--one stays on the bed when the other is moving, etc. it is fine. Loved the artwork although thru a slight mix-up--our fault--we missed the sculpter/artist when she visited.
Also we booked thru Expedia but when we called to just make sure we were confirmed, turned out the fax from Expedia came a bit late and we ended up with a standard queen rather than the slightly larger one--cheaper but a little disapponting but it was French Open week and nothing good was available anywhere else.
One of the best, most memorable birthdays my wife ever spent.

Great Hotel

from BarBaraUtah
The Hotel is clean and also brand new. Rooms are comfortable, and the service is great. The hotel is also in the famous Latin Quarter of Paris. Great advise. Merci bocou

A wonderful small hotel...

from nico22
We've just returned from a week-long stay in Paris, and for two days of the holiday, we booked into the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in Paris.

We chose the hotel from the previous Trip Advisor reviews, so we were fairly confident the hotel would be of a good standard based on what we'd read.

Thankfully, the hotel was even better than described!

The hotel has been open for only 3 months and this was evident because the hotel didn't seem fully booked - I can only presume such a new hotel needs some momentum to get the place fully booked. But because the hotel was new, everything is nice and clean, and pristine, making the experience even more enjoyable.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and spoke excellent English, but without being over-bearing like in some small hotels.

The hotel is decked in various wall art and sculptures, and from the various reviews I feared it would be a bit 'arty' for us normal folk! However, it's very tastfully done and doesn't dominate the effect of this being an excellent hotel, with or without the art. It only goes to demonstrate the attention to detail. Even one side of the lift was clear-glass to view the art flashing past on the facing wall (our 1-year old doughter loved this bit!).

We chose the largest type of room, but for those expecting space, you will be a little disappointed - however, all Parisian hotels have small rooms, so it's just something you've got to expect. We asked for a cot to be placed in the room, and there it was as requested - excellent. The bathroom was very fashionable with an all-over jet shower - it's a fantastic experience but floods the bathroom - watch out!

A slight concern we raised with the staff was the opening full-length windows - whilst traditional railings prevent adults falling out, there's a small gap at the bottom which baby toddlers could easily climb out, which should really have an extra rail across. The best solution would be to keep the windows closed at all times if you have children. This was fine, as the airconditioning was effective and quiet.

The location of the hotel is on the edge of the Latin Quarter, some 15 minutes walk from the Boulevard Saint-Germain. However, just 5 minutes walk from the hotel is The Jardin du Luxembourg - a fantastic family park with places to sit and watch the world go by, with a great children's play area. Nearby the hotel are a few of restaurants and bars, but not enough to cause a problem. The area itself is safe to walk about day or night.

We looked at many many hotels in Paris and most looked either shabby or over priced. This stood out, and was definitely the best choice we could have made. If you're looking for a good, smart hotel in the centre of Paris with amenities fairly close by, choose this hotel - you will not be disappointed.

Pluses and minuses

from fedekat
Wonderful rooms, great location, bad phones, okay service. Reccomended with a few notes...

1. The ROOMS are brand new, clean, and have all the amenities. The only little complaint would be the phones are in nooks next to the bed that make them hard to access and dial. (more about the phones later) But they are a nice size, and pretty. In our room the bathroom didn't have a door, instead there was a curtain, with the toilet in its own room with a door. Not much privacy if you are with someone else.

2. The LOCATION is steps from Montparnasse, so you have many metro lines, and SNCF trains to the suburbs/rest of France a few blocks away. The Jardin de Luxemborg is 3 blocks away, which is fantastic for a daily stroll. The neighborhood is like the Upper West Side, clean streets, great shops, cafes, places to eat, and is family oriented and tranquil.

3. PHONES... do NOT stay here if you need to recieve messages at the hotel. The staff would consistently not give us our messages, tell us we had none when we did, there was voicemail in the room, but no one knew how to access it. A mess. The Wifi was not great, either.

4. The room KEYS never worked!! Each time I returned to my room the electric key would not open the door and I had to go back and ask them to re-do the key. This being France, they blamed me for it saying I had lost a key causing some system problem. I don't mind a foul up, but it was a daily problem each time I came and went. It culminated in me being scolded by a man at the front desk in a rude way. I complained and they laughed it off, which was fine, but I never feel it is ok to be rude to anyone in any situation.

OVERALL
I don't know if I would stay here again. While it was lovely, with the trifecta of the wifi, phone messages and key issues it was a little bit too much of an effort to stay here.

Finally the right place

from misterduss
Decorated with taste (modern but cosy), very quiet and lovely management. Plus, brand new adds up to the comfort. A 3 stars with a 4 stars room service. I am coming back soon

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  • Address: 15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière - Paris - 75006 - France
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