I noticed that this hotel didn't seem to have a review posted, so I thought I'd add my experience from 3 years ago. My family of 4 stayed here and were pleased. The area (St. Germain) is very safe, clean, walking distance to most central attractions and the staff were most accomodatiing and helpful. This hotel has an elevator (not all do) and caters to parties of as many as 4 persons (somewhat rare in Paris). By American standards, this would be considered a 2 1/2 to 3 star hotel (european star ratings seem to vary widely and aren't very consistant). Still, for a touch of the real Paris feel, this is a good place to stay and is very close to many good restaurants, boulangeries, bars and bistros. Their is shopping nearby and many interesting shops to browse in. Not sure about the air conditioning here (could be a factor in the summer), I stayed there in the fall. I noted that this place had become a little pricey when I inquired last November, but it appeared that most all hotels in Paris had substantially raised their prices over the last three years.
Unique Quality: Active, interesting, central and well kept neighborhood. Safe area for women traveling alone or in pair.
Directions: 6th arrondisment
Located in the heart of St. Germain you can't beat the price. The rooms feel a bit small (most rooms in Europe are small) and they have a "homely french" appearance. The staff and service were friendly and helpful. Its good location allows you to walk the streets or catch the metro quite easily.
Unique Quality: The hotel will not wow you with its looks but it has a great location.
Directions: St. Germain District
FIrst of all, this hotel is highly recommended by many travelers. The primary reason is due to its excellent position on rue Jacob, just a couple of blocks from the Seine and right in the heart of St. Germain. The other reason is that the rates are quite reasonable for this area.
However, I did not like this hotel at all.
The main reason I did not care for it is due to the chilly reception I received from one of the front desk clerks (young woman) (Only one young guy was friendly enough). Unfortunately the girl was on shift both during daytime and late at night on the two days I was there. I know the problem was with her as she gave the cold shoulder to another guest who happened to be a fellow American. She was pretty animated with the French guests though so not sure what to make of that. Former guests mention the staff being so friendly and warm-I sure did not experience it.
The room I had was shared so it was one of the 2 room "apartments" which is actually two rooms, the second room being smaller than the first and a few steps below the first room.
I did not care for the decor which is all toile and floral patterns. After one night all the toile and florals just began to give me a headache. I knew beforehand about the hotel's decor but didn't realize how extensive it was.
Also I hated the bathroom which was as small as what I consider to be cruise ship size. It was a shower only (there's a shower curtain) not a shower/tub combo. as that would have afforded a larger bathroom. There were Roger et Gallet shampoo, soaps, and lotion and they were generous in the quanities given, but that was all the amenities given. Absolutely not one soap dish was available even.
If you visit in summer consider that the hotel has no a/c. To give you an idea of the room temperature in the middle of February, it was warm. The radiator was turned on of course but even when it was turned down the room was so well-insulated that it necessitated opening the windows.
My room was on the courtyard. It was a typically small Parisian hotel room, nicely decorated with amazingly efficient storage. The bathroom was marble, but tiny. I have heard in the spring and summer that the courtyard rooms can be noisy as people sit outside at the tables there.
Unique Quality: Roger & Gallet toiletries!!!
The night clerk, François is a delight! He has spent some time in the United States and actually enjoys his American clientele.
Directions: Within easy walking distance of St. Germain Blvd, the métro and St. Germain de Pres.
Hotel du Danube is an attractive, well-priced, well-run, well-located 3 star hotel just a couple blocks from the St. Germain métro. The streetside rooms are spacious by Parisian standards and include a small table and 2 chairs. The windows have recently been double-glazed to increase the sound protection.
Unique Quality: The lobby and some of the rooms are PADDED in a floral fabric.
The hotel is located in the district of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, near the church and close to those places that became famous as the favourite haunts of JP Sartre and Simone de Bouvoir.
There is no restaurant, only a breakfast room, but it is not a problem, because there are lots of restaurants nearby.
A suggestion: Rue Jacob is a narrow street that can be noisy early in the morning, so rooms with windows over the courtyard are to be preferred.
Unique Quality: The location of this hotel would be enough as a recommendation: it is in a very lively and charming district, close to the river and to Notre-Dame. In addition it has elegant, charming furniture and decor in a distinctive French style.
The picture I posted here, of myself in a room of the hotel, is an old one, from 1993. In the meantime I have grown older and the hotel has been refurbished at least twice.
Directions: Near the church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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Address: 58, rue Jacob, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75006, France