Hotel Saint Jacques
35, rue des Ecoles, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75005, France
Felt like Home
My daughter and I spent a week here. It was the perfect hotel for us. We even had a little balcony with a view of Notre Dame. The Latin Quarter is a great home base. AC was being installed so that will be a big plus. The room was small but not a problem for us. Bigger rooms are available. The artwork and furnishings are old world style adding to the atmosphere.
Unique Quality: Great Views from the balcony rooms
Directions: Latin Quarter
Hotel Saint Jacques - great location
We just returned after a 5 night stay at Hotel Saint Jacques. The best things about this hotel is the location, friendly staff and bathrooms. After travelling in Europe before you will be thrilled with the modern bathroom and great shower.
The downsides is that there is no AC. And it is on a quite busy noisy street. If it's warm and you have the windows open, be prepared for noise all night long. Request a high floor and this may help.
The location is great. Close to many attractions, restuarants and metro.
More about Hotel Saint Jacques
"The last one....." blvd Arago 75014 Paris
Getting on for a hundred years old, this "vespasienne" is the last open air toilet in Paris. Since the 1970's they have been making way for the new type of "sanisettes", but this one is still alive and it WORKS!!!! Of course the odour still hovers and the flies still fly, but believe it or not, this may be turned into a "Historical Monument". Nobody seems to know just why this one was forgotten in the clean-up. It is situated just under the walls of the Santé prison, and a local joke tells that this is the first stop for prisoners leaving their "free" hotel.
St. Jacques or Glaciere are the nearest metros to see this relic.
The first photo is a sanitised (excuse the pun) version of the one just underneath, to show what they looked like before they invented taggers and graffiti artists.
Update 22 Sept 2010 : A Parisian friend has confirmed, perhaps in advance of being nominated "Historical Monument", that the toilet has been painted and it looks brand new, although a little darker than the green from 1920.
Perfect Parisian Hotel
I stayed at the Hotel St Jacques 15-22 September. Beautiful hotel - lovely room, great bathroom with lots of hotel supplied toiletries. Great staff - incredibly helpful and friendly, and fluent in english. Location is great - short stroll to Notre Dame, Rue de Rivoli and metro station. Loads of shops and restaurants nearby for great dining or self catering. Highly recommended.
Central, clean, inexpensive
I stayed with my two children (14 and 17 years) at Hotel St. Jacques from 6 October 2004 - 4 nights. I had read the reviews in TripAdvior prior to my booking and was very pleased with our stay. Centrally located near the Latin Quarter, though a little away from the noisiest part. Within walking distance of 5 minutes we had many good restaurants.
We took RER train from CDG airport to St. Michel Notre Dame station. Then we only had to walk 5-10 minutes to the hotel.
We stayed at room 20 (4th floor) with two rooms and the bathroom in between. The toilet was very small and most of the time we had to use the toilet in the corridor. However, that was no problem.
The rooms were very clean and was thoroughly made every day.
My husband and I just returned from Paris where we stayed at this wonderful hotel (room 23 on the 5th floor).
HOTEL AND LOCATION:
The location is perfect. 2 min. walk from the Pantheon and 10 min. walk from Notre Dame. One block from a Metro station. You don't notice the noise from the street with the windows closed - all windows are soundproof. However, being an old building the walls are quite thin so you'll be able to hear your neighbour's phone ringing or the TV next door. The staff is friendly and helpful and the breakfast at 7.5 EUR is all right.
The rooms are decorated in a tasteful way and have new bathrooms. There is a safe in the room and a (small) TV but no mini-bar and no room service (except for breakfast which can be brought to your room). Be sure to buy water to bring to your room as the tap water in Paris is quite undrinkable.
We took a taxi from the airport (CDG) as we arrived late in the evening. It was a 30-40 min. ride with no traffic. It might very well take much longer during rush hour. The fare was app. 45 EUR and you can only pay cash in French taxis which was a problem since we only had credit cards and none of the ATMs at the airport worked.
From the hotel to the airport we chose to go by RER (train) as we had plenty of time. The fare was app. 8 EUR per person and didn't take much longer than by taxi. However, you have to carry your luggage to the closest RER-station which would be either Luxembourg or Saint-Michel (15 min. walk).
The public transportation (Metro and RER) in Paris works very well. You can go anywhere in Paris and it doesn't take long. I don't think we ever waited for more than 5 min. for a Metro train. However, when you have to change trains you might have to walk quite a long distance and there are a lot of stairs and no lifts. The best deal is to buy a carnet (10 tickets) app. 10 EUR.
Paris has a lot of great restaurants and unfortunately also a lot of not so great ones. If possible avoid the restaurants in the crowded touristy "Latin quarter" close to the Seine. The prices are cheap but the food - and hygiene - is awful. I even discovered a worm in my food (Le Bistrot 30 I think the name was).
I wish you all a pleasant stay in Paris and can definately recommend Hotel Saint Jacques which is great value for money.
We booked in this hotel due to the reviews from this site and can say we were pleasantly surprised. Location was excellent, only 5 minute stroll from heart of city and many cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions. The room was not huge but clean with a good bathroom. The staff very friendly, very helpful and understood English very well. We stayed in room 2 on the first floor. Nice continental breakfast with hot also available. They also do breakfast room service after 8am. Very close to metro stations if you are arriving by train. We took a taxi to the airport on departure and the hotel organised it all for us with no fuss or bother. Cab fare was $38 Euros, which we thought was reasonable and sure beats schlepping bags on the train. Well worth the stay here if you want to be in a safe area of Paris close to everything.
We enjoyed the hotel, fantastic location is the main advantage and no hassle service. My husband is directionally challenged and managed to get there from CDG via RER with no issues. There is a farmer's market nearby on Saturdays that is worth a visit. The room is of acceptable size and the bathroom is huge by European standards. The bed is short for anyone bigger than 5'10 - your feet will dangle over the end if you are any taller. Our negatives were that it was a little pricey at 112 euros per night and for that price, they really should have changed the sheets during our 3-night stay.
Very good budget hotel
This is a budget hotel conveniently located in the charming Latin Quarter of Paris. Amenities are basic. You will have a phone and TV in your room. There is no AC. TV carries CNN in English. There are many restaurants nearby, a laundry around the corner, and Internet access service around the corner as well. You are a block or so from St Germain. The metro is a block away and the RER is several blocks away. For a single, I paid 75 Euros a night which is about $90. In Paris, this is a great buy. I felt safe in this hotel, and the front desk staff was very helpful and always pleasant. They speak English. However, as charming as this hotel is, keep in mind that it's a 2-star. Don't expect anything elegant and you won't be disappointed! For transportation from CDG, I recommend Airport Connection. The current price is 25 Euros per person one-way. I cannot describe how gracious and accomodating they are. They (and the hotel) can be booked on France.com. Bon Voyage!
Hotel Saint Jacques
I am interested in staying at this hotel however, i would like to know what the room size is like. I am deciding between the double room (which is apparently on the 6th floor) and the standard double. I don't mind a smaller room if it saves me money, but I am curious to know if the regular double room is rediculously small and cramped and therefore, it is worth it to upgrade.
Re: Hotel Saint Jacques
1. Make sure they have elevators before booking for the 6th floor.
2. If you can afford it go for a bigger room as standard doubles in Paris are usually about the size of a dog box - and even the dogs complain about the size. We stayed in one and constantly had to negotiate with each other on who was doing what and when, otherwise we just kept getting in each others way.
Re: Hotel Saint Jacques
You should check the reviews on tripadvisor.com and venere.com. The pictures on the website are taken in such a way that you can not really tell how big the rooms are and you can be sure they took pics of the best rooms. Most of the reviews on tripadvisor were positive, with the usual slant on the rooms being small. One guy went on and on about how horrible it was and the owner replied sort of. The hotel is in a good area but it may be a bit noisy at night. Most hotels have good and bad rooms, some with views, some in a corner, some share a bathroom, it all revolves around what they inherit when they took that space of the building. Sort of like the box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get. Karl
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Hotel Saint Jacques
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- St Jacques Hotel
Address: 35, rue des Ecoles, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75005, France