Historical Traveller Reviews of Sainte Beuve Hotel
Great Quiet Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
My 78-year young mother and I stayed here for 5 nights in October. We loved this quaint, charming hotel. The superior twin (number 7) was serene, faced a queit street, and was impeccably clean. The beds were firm and comfortable. The bathroom had a hair-dryer. We paid about 167 Euro/night (I asked for a discount for a 5-night stay). The older I get, having nice lodging really is important to me. This place fit the bill. It was on a quiet street with restaruants, grocery, bakery, coffee shop, pastry shop close by. The bus and metro stations a block away, and my mother used a travel wheelchair to get around -all worked well. We loved Cecelia at the front dest - she was so helpful in navigating public transportation. We'd go back in a heartbeat.
We chose Montparnasse because my husband had business meetings not too far away. In short, the Sainte Beuve was wonderful - especially for the price. Our room was small, but I've found that many hotels in Europe have rooms of this size. We were not surprised or disappointed. I give excellent ratings for the superb staff, the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in the lobby, the location to the Metro, and the cleanliness. I also agree with another reviewer that it is nice to get out of the more touristy spots at the end of the day. We would stay there again.
Greta little hotel
I stay often in Paris in various hotels, since I moved from France to London several years ago. St. Beuve is one of the best small unexpensive hotels in Paris, a real find. The interior is beautiful, very new. I like that the toilets are separate from the bathrooms, which you will not find even in big hotels. The service was great. I stayed in bed until quite late in the mornings but the cleaning ladies did not come to bother trying to clean etc. as tehy usually do. I read a previous comment that there were no curtains in the bath - so what? The showers are very good, something we do not find in Britain. I was also surprised by a comment that "Montparnasse s not St. germaine". Yes, it is not, but it is 10min walk from there and simply another distinctive area of Paris, with many restaurants - including the famous La Coupole and Les Clos aux Lilas - what was good for Hemingway can not be bad for us.
Sainte Beuve was perfect!
I booked the Sainte Beuve for a recent Paris trip with my mother and sister. They were one of the Paris hotels to offer us 3 single beds. Upon arrival we found we had been upgraded to the hotel's largest room.
The staff was sweet and helpful, the lobby is very attractive and comfortable for relaxing with a glass of wine.
The hotel is in perfect spot for exploring the streets of the 5th and 6th. The rooms were so quiet that we accidentally slept in every morning.
We stayed in the Sainte-Beuve from July 11-14 this year. I selected this hotel based on recommendations from friends and also based on what I had read here. We booked a superior room (room 14 on the 4th floor) via email and were very pleased. I had great response to my emails with the same questions the previous reviewer had. I knew to expect a small room, but the room we had was perfect-not as small as I thought it would be. There was a queen size bed and room for more than one person to walk around. The bathroom was nice, with marble floors, a separate WC and those plush robes. There is no shower curtain, as another reviewer mentioned, and we were told that was because it is too hard to keep them clean. In any case, the staff was very pleasant and helpful with restaturant recommendations, directions and whatever else. The lobby is nice, with chairs and couches for lounging. The room had a small TV, mini-bar, hair dryer and air-condioning. We did not need the AC since it was in the 60s and 70s when we were in Paris. The location is great-near to the Metro and some good restaurants. Honestly, it is so easy to get around on the Metro that not being in the middle of things was quite nice after a long day out sightseeing. I would recommend this hotel. Also, the cost is reasonable!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I was planning to stay in this hotel.
I send some mails before I booked a room.
BUT they have never answered my questions.
My questions were
*The difference between the standard and the classic room
Their reply was just "We can't book any room."
BUT I could book by the hotel's web page!!
They told the lie!
Therefore, I canceled reservation of the room.
Because I dont wanna stay at such a hotel absolutely.
Nice but expected more
Nice small hotel near Blvd. du Montparnesse. Very small rooms. Telephone booth size elevator. Large modern bathroom with separate WC, no shower curtain though. Poor air-conditioing. In upscale residential neighborhood near Luxembourg Gardens. A little far from the sights and best restaurants. Although this is 6th Arr., it is not in St. Germain des Pres. Next time I will stay in that part of the 6th. Starbucks 2 blocks away. One of the few places in all of Europe where there is an abundance of ice. A welcome relief in the summer.
Great Location - Adjoining Rooms for Family
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed for a couple of nights in late June 2004 and then moved on to an apartment for our return trip to Paris. We are a family of five, with three kids age 9, 7 and 7. The adjoining rooms at the Sainte Beuve worked well for all our us. The kids room (two twin beds plus a rollaway) looked out into the street, and our room (a standard double) faced the air shaft. Bathrooms were nicely finished, and there was an entry way between our rooms. The rooms are small, but the amenities, furnishings and the front desk are nice. The location on a small side street is great, a close walk to the kid park side of Luxembourg Gardens and Boulevard Montparnasse, with numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, and patisseries. The rates are reasonable for Paris. If you plan to stay for a week or so, I would highly recommend renting an apartment, which allowed us to stretch out and rest a bit in the afternoons after a long day and gave us energy to tackle magical nights in Paris.
This was our first time in Paris and rather than book a hotel through the usual travel brochures I found the hotel in an informative travel book on France. I was not disappointed. The Hotel is very stylish but cosy and welcoming. We had room no. 22 on the 6th floor. It was a good size with large windows opening on to the street and if you looked out to the left, a great view of the Tour Montparnasse, the tallest building in Paris. The bathroom was a great size with plush bathrobes. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We had breakfast twice while we were there which was nice, but way too expensive. This is my only criticism as it should be included in the price of the room as it was only juice, yoghurt in a tub, croissants and fresh bread with jam, tea or coffee. The Hotel is very close to some lovely boulangeries, so when we got familiar with our surroundings we would go out for a coffee and pastry. Very close to two Metro stations which take you all over Paris. This is very handy as it is a fair walk to the Seine and the right bank which I loved exploring. If you love the Sainte Germaine and Montparnasse districts however, this hotel is in an excellent position.
Very Adequate and Good Location!
We stayed two nights at the Hotel Sainte Beuve, in a "superior room." The location was excellent--close to 2 metros (plus close to the huge hub station Montparnasse), Luxembiurg Gardens, and some of the famous brasseries of Paris. The room was simply and tastefully decorated, of decent size, and the bathroom stood out because it had 2 windows (yes, a bathroom in Paris with windows!!!) and was actually separated from the hotel room by a door & longish corridor. The staff was friendly and helpful. Rates were reasonable at approx $225 per nite. No high speed internet but maybe they will have it by the time I return... which I definitely will!
Top Local Tips for Paris
transport to/from airport
we use the on-line service of Airport Connection, which was reasonable and reliable
If you don't want the hassle of queuing to go up the Eiffel Tower, go to the top of Montparnasse Tower (you can get there on the metro from the Eiffel Tower) which also has suprb 360 degree views of Paris.
Tipping in restaurants/cafes
Either it varies from place to place, or they simply make no reference to it. In London we're accustomed to having 12.5% added to the bill. In Paris, when asked we found that service is included in the total bill and that you can add a further tip if you so wish. Only one restaurant mentioned (on the menu and in french) that all the prices are inclusive of service.