We have stayed in this hotel two times. Last year, we moved from another hotel to this one, and this year we booked it again because it left a lasting impression. For the sake of efficiency I will list the pros and cons of both stays for a more thorough review. Pros: Friendly and amenable staff. Last year when we walked in off the street, unhappy with our other hotel, and were greeted by some of the nicest hotel personnel we have meet in our trips to France. Both the young man and lady were very informative, gave us an amazing deal, had the friendliest demeanor, and we got a great room. This year we didn't see either of them until our last day, where the young man remembered us from last year. I have to say that is a big plus for a hotel and it was for this one.
Location: The location of this hotel can't be beat. It is located on the St Germain area with a subway entrance just across the street and the most delicious French bakery on the opposite corner. It is so good it always has a line in the morning. It is also surrounded by shops, cafes and within easy walking distance to some of the bigger shops in Paris. So truly fabulous location!
Quiet: This is a fairly active area of Paris, but not the most active and although, this year's room faced the street, it was surprisingly quiet both for both stays. We did have someone with a new born baby next door, but you could hardly hear the crying which says much about the hotel's insulation.
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Rooms: This is where our experience last year and this year differ. The rooms all contain safes, a small refrigerator with some refreshments and are air conditioned. Last year's room was on the very top floor,and although the lift stopped one floor down and we had to lug our luggage up and down a floor, it was a much better room. It was bigger, had a larger restroom with an area to place toiletries, a tub and shower. This year's room, which we booked earlier, was smaller. My friend had to move furniture out of the way to have space. The bed on both sides almost touched the walls and the bathroom only had a shower, no tub and absolutely no room to put our makeup. It was a much different room and it actually made us reconsider if we would stay there again. We have stayed in boutique hotels before and we are familiar with the small rooms, so I guess the disappointment was the big difference between the rooms.
Overall, I think this is a good hotel and recommend staying here because it is well kept up and the price is pretty good. It has some amenities and, believe me, the location makes a big difference. less
Aramis S, Directeur général at Best Western Aramis Saint-Germain, responded to this review
Thank you for posting such a detailed and informative review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stays. Rooms tend to be small in big European cities but we try to make up for it in service and cleanliness. We hope to have you back for another stay soon.