More about Le Senat Hotel Paris
Jardin du Luxembourg
One of Rive Gauche's temple. One of Paris' most beautiful public garden. Located in the 6th district it hosts le Senat, one of the political main place in France, and is a perfect place to relax and enjoy Parisian quality of life. Very famous place for "rendez-vous galants". How could I translate it? Well, I hate the word dating, which is 20 000 miles of any romantic idea. Though it is probably the most appropriate word to translate it... People go there, chat, read, sleep and tan when possible. Cant describe it better. When you are in le Jardin du Luxembourg you will feel like you are a true Parisian...
Where to stay, What to do ?
WHERE TO STAY (one day) ?
1/ if you are with your family or VT friends, try to stay one day at EURODISNEY park;
2/ you can go to another good place at FONTAINEBLEAU Forest, 'les 3 pignons' then visit the castle.
3/ you can visit CHANTILLY and its area (castle, horse world, painting, etc...)... good hotels and restaurants
IF IT'S RAINING, WHAT TO DO ?
a/ visit the Louvre Museum, there are some shops and restaurants inside, but try to go early , for there is often a long line to wait (if there is a long line, take the secondary entrance) .
b/ visit LES HALLES (Metro LES HALLES CHATELET) , commercial center with cinema and swiming pool
c/ visit LES 4 TEMPS CCR - La défense (Metro LA DEFENSE) : huge commercial center, cinema, restaurants, shopping etc...
d/ visit NOISY LE GRAND CCR (métro Noisy le grand) : cinema, restaurant, shopping...
e/ walk in chinatown (south, 13rd district or Belleville)
Bois de Boulogne, Jardin d'acclimatation, zoo ***
Bois de Vincennes, Chateau, Zoo ***
Jardin des Tuilerie, Musee du Louvres, zoo ***
Jardin des plantes, Meseum Natural History, La Grande mosquee, Arenes de Lutece ***
Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Senat, Saint Michel ***
Jardin du Trocadero, Tour Eiffel
Parc Andre Citroen **
Buttes Chaumont, Belleville **
Parc Monceau, Champs Elysees **
Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise***
BUILDINGS and PLACES TO VISIT:
Arc de Triomphe, Etoile, Champs Elysees
Nationale Library (the old one)
Centre Pompidou (arts)
Cite des Sciences (La vilette, for the children)
Grand Palais , museum, Concorde, Les Tuileries
Musee d'Orsay (arts, sculptures)
Palais de la decouverte ***
Intimate and luxurious
We booked our weekend away at the very last minute on the internet and decided on Le Senat after much deliberation. The hotel is very intimate and the staff are amazingly welcoming and helpful. I would recommend this hotel to all of my friends and family.
Location is perfect only 4 stops on the RER from Gare du Nord and a ten minute walk to the Siene. All in all the hotel made the weekend even more special. My only tip would be to have breakfast in a cafe in the Latin Quarter (especially if the sun is shining...)
I highly recommend you try it. We will be going back....
Modern and stylish. Great location.
Le Senat hotel is a small, modern, stylish hotel in a great location. It is within walking distance to Notre dame and the lively restraunts of the latin quarter. We booked a junior suite for 3 adults and a toddler. We were upgraded to a family suite but were a little surprised when we saw the room as it wasn't as large as you would expect a 'familysuite' to be; especially as the sofa bed was already set out as a bed when we arrived. We asked for it to be put out at night as space was tight but were told it wasn't possible.
However it was more comfortable than one of the standard room would have been given that we had our little boy of 2yrs who likes to explore! The standard rooms look quite small but are incredibly clean and well furnished.
Ideal if you want to explore Paris but not if you want to spend your whole time around the hotel. Our room had a plasma screen tv which was a nice touch. Bathroom had a seperate shower and a bath with nice smellies!
Second Stay -- Overall Wonderful Hotel
We recently stayed again at le Senat for the second time--and again it was a great stay. The rooms are very well maintained and the staff was fantastic. I emailed them in advance and they were very helpful in setting up reservatations at restaurants. They had even confirmed the restaurant reservations before we got there. They have a nice lounge and can whip up a great coffee or drink--nice to have a glass of Veuve Clicquot after an "exhausting" day in Paris. :o)
The rooms are a nice size for the location and the price (check the website for room sizes in meters.) The deluxe double room had a desk, a small sofa (part was somewhat blocked by the desk, but we still managed to enjoy a drink with friends) a large bed, a separate toilet (this is a very small room) and a room with bathtub with sink. The bathroom has a hairdryer and a towel warmer (which was already on for us when we arrived.) The bathtub has a shower head--one of the ones you can remove and hold. The tub doesn't have full curtain, rather a partial glass panel that pivots--it's probably about 24" and prevents most of the splatter.
As for room size, remember--you are in downtown Paris and you're not paying for "Courtyard by Marriot"-sized rooms--besides, even in winter, there is so much to do and see in Paris that you really don't need that much time in your room. And if you do, they have two areas on the main floor-the lounge and a separate reading room. The closet space isn't huge, but they had a lot of hangers, and with the shelves, we managed quite nicely. The room lighting is better than normal in the US--we had small reading lights on the bed's headboard in addition to the sconces above the bed.
The decor is modern (dark, "wenge-looking" woods), nice linens, nice soap (Hemes orange vert this time.) The room had a small minibar, some nice glasses we used for wine (though they were old fashions-at least none of the "glassware" was plastic.)and a nice tv. This room did not have an alarm clock, but I carry one with me and they also will do wake up calls. The view from our room was of the courtyard--it wasn't the best view, but we still could get a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower at night. I was upgraded in February to a suite that had an incredible view--180 degrees of Paris--so if you're looking for a special time, splurge on the suite.
The hotel is right near Luxemburg Gardens and is about a 5 minute walk from the RER B line (so you can go directly to the airport), 5 minutes to a taxi stand, and about 7 minutes to the Odeon metro stop. It's just enough away from the bustle of Blvd St Germain, but close enough to walk. Some of the best pastry shops are also about 5 minutes walk away in case you need extra energy. There is a great bistro on the corner of r. Vaugirard and r. Msr le Prince--great for lunch and young/lively at night.
Finally, as I mentioned, the staff was extremely helpful, very friendly, and very professional. All of them helped make our stay enjoyable.
We stayed at this lovely gem of a hotel in July 2005, after reading the glowing reviews on tripadvisor. We had booked a "classic" double room, but were upgraded to a duplex suite on arrival. The hotel is like a doll house - tiny but oh so pretty. Our suite was stylishly decorated and well airconditioned, with double glazing windows that kept the noise out (although there was some noise from neighbouring rooms, but it didn't bother us much).
We had a flat screen TV in the bedroom, a large skylight in the bathroom and a terrace with views over Paris. The bathroom and toilet were spotless, with plenty of Roger & Gallet toiletries, power shower, hairdryer, fluffy towels and bathrobes (but no complimentary slippers). The staff were efficient and friendly. Breakfast was plentiful, although rather expensive for what it was.
The hotel location was excellent, close to the Latin Quarter and the trendy St-Germain-des-Pres area, and a stone's throw from the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. It's a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station (Odeon) which may be a pain if you have a lot of luggage or you're not very mobile. We barely used the metro once we were there, as we found we could get pretty much everywhere on foot. There are lots of decent restaurants, cafes, brasseries and bars around the hotel, as well as a well-stocked grocery store almost opposite, which was very handy for bottles of water and snacks.
All in all, not the cheapest hotel in Paris, but it more than lived up to our expectations. We'll certainly go back.
Stayed four nights. Staff were very obliging. Room was fine and comfortable. Bathroom was excellent. But......soundproofing was so bad that there was not a good nights sleep with noise from within the hotel.
Don't believe everything you read on TripAdvisor about this hotel. True, it is in a nice hotel in a great location. True, it is new and the staff are very good.
The only problem with this hotel, in fact, is the size of the "deluxe double". The photo's on their Web site are very deceiving - trust me - the Double is TINY TINY TINY. There is very small closet that will hold a few shirts and pants (I think there were 3 hangers. There is no wardrobe or anywhere to put luggage. You will be climbing over your baggage, your belongings and your partner for your whole stay. AND THAT IS THE DELUXE DOUBLE!!!
I was there for a long stay - 10 days - and there is no way two people could live in that room comfortably for more than a couple of nights. So I called down and asked them if they had anything else and they put me in the two level suite for an extra 50 EURO per night. That room is really nice and is definitely worth the $50. The couple in the suite next to me ended up in that room for exactly the same reason - THEIR ROOM WAS TINY. The price is OK for Paris, but no great deal.
Look down the reviews and you will see one with photos of the exact suite I stayed in. It was really great.
So, in conclusion... Great hotel, great location and great staff. But BEWARE the size of the double. Make sure you get the two-level suite.
Quiet comfort in St-Germain-des-Prés
I spent six nights in a classic double room.
The cons: Small room, very little storage space.
The pros: Very accommodating staff, excellent location, quite clean and modern.
This hotel met my expectations. I was looking for a small, clean, well-located hotel. I don't need a spa and Paris has no shortage of places to eat. The fact that the room was small didn't bother me so much, as I was by myself and only used the room to sleep and shower in. The lack of storage space was disappointing, with only a tiny, narrow closet with 7 hangers, shelf compartments instead of a dresser, and no suitcase stand. Two people would not have enjoyed sharing this room.
Still, the hotel's location in the VIe arrondissement is great. It's just steps from the Jardin du Luxembourg, with its many benches and chairs and wide running paths. Five minutes' walk will get you to both the Luxembourg RER station as well as the Odéon métro station. The Seine is not far away, and you can let yourself be tempted by the food shops on the rue de Buci en route. The streets and neighborhoods around the hotel make for pleasant walking.
The bed was very comfortable, with four large pillows and quality linens. The Hermès toiletries in the bathroom were much appreciated, as were the large, fluffy bath towels. There was no significant noise, either exterior or from other rooms.
Finally, I must mention that the front-desk staff (generally one person!) were most helpful when asked for information or directions. Service with a smile and a kind word.
I would stay here again, and would recommend it to others. Just be aware that the small rooms, though still relatively expensive, are quite small.