Good and convenient hotel
27/01/2019 Virginatraveler, Vienna, Virginia
We loved the location on Rue de Rennes- not excessively touristy, close to several metro lines, short walk to Blvd St Germain - which has many excellent and reasonably priced restaurants, long but ver... more
We loved the location on Rue de Rennes- not excessively touristy, close to several metro lines, short walk to Blvd St Germain - which has many excellent and reasonably priced restaurants, long but very doable walk to Isle de la Cite, les Halles, Place de la Concorde, Louvre (35 min walk) , shops and supermarkets close by, many Churches and museums nearby etc. St Placide metro is across the street and Rennes metro is a block away; Montparnasse RER (train direct from airport) and metro is 3 blocks away.
The hotel rooms are small but not by Parisian standards. Room was clean (though rug seemed a big questionable), bathroom was nice, small fridge where we could remove their drinks and put in ours, helpful staff at front desk, good recommendations on nearby restaurants. Elevator was quite small but functioned OK as did steep stairs. Room temperature was adjustable with thermostat. A fairly ample closet to put our stuff. Room has safe and TV including CNN in English, etc. We had the "comfort" room instead of "deluxe" but it was quite adequate. Apparently deluxe has an expresso machine instead of just a water boiler with (quite good) instant coffee and tea.
We liked the hotel would stay there again. Price was high (about $260 with breakfast for two) - two or three times what web sites advertised for this and other nearby hotels, but apparently some conventions in January raised the prices of this and other nearby hotels. Holiday Inn across the street was similar price - perhaps a tiny bit cheaper - but I would prefer this smaller hotel, all things considered.
Good instant coffee and tea in the hotel room. The breakfast was adequate (15 Euros if you pay or 6.5 for a petit dejeuner the latter avail 6 to 12). Full breakfast included hard boiled eggs, coffee or tea prepared for you, apple, sometimes banana, fruit cocktail, yogurt plain or flavored, cereals, croissants, bread, pain au chocolat - little rolled up pieces of ham. Not quite as nice as the full buffet choices at some hotels but quite adequate for our needs - full breakfast is only available 7 to 10:30.
Hotel is affiliated to Best Western, but not owned by them. We loved the area, liked the hotel and would stay there again if it is price competitive with holiday inn or other nearby hotels. Reception staff speaks English and French. Internet is free and worked well with my Samsung phone but for some reason didn't work with my wife's I phone - perhaps problem was her phone. Lots of places in Paris have free internet these days - restaurants, etc. We paid for a double (available at 2 PM) but we arrived at 9 AM - exhausted and they gave us a triple, available immediately at no extra charge. less
Aramis S, Directeur général at Best Western Aramis Saint-Germain, responded to this review
Thank you very much for your detailed review. We are vary pleased that you had such a good stay. There are promotional rates much of the time, but as you say, trade fairs and conventions filled up all the hotels at the time you stayed.
We hope you can return soon !