Hotel des Academies, Paris
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Wonderful Stylish Hotel in Great Locationfrom critical_couple
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 gemfrom darwins_helper
Great location and helpful staff make this a place to return!from Babypix
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
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Great small Left Bank Hotelfrom Michlaw
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.
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A wonderful small hotel...from nico22
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 minusesfrom fedekat
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.
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 placefrom misterduss
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Other names for Hotel des Academies
- hotel des academies et des arts
- hotel des academies et arts
- des academies et arts hotel
- Address: 15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière - Paris - 75006 - France
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