Holiday Inn Paris - St. Germain des Pres

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Jim Rosenberg on March 1, 2005

The Holiday Inn Paris - St. Germain des Pres has an excellent location that puts guests within decent walking distance of the heart of the city's storied Left Bank neighborhoods. This includes the Hemingway haunt that gives the hotel its name, though we would note that it could just as fairly be dubbed the Montparnasse with no real loss of accuracy.

Regardless, the location is this hotel's most important attribute, since we can't give it high marks for its standard rooms or overall ambience. While it may be unique, it has a low to nonexistent charm factor that may leave you wondering whether you might have been better off going with one of the area's many two- or three-star properties that would provide comparable or better accommodations at a lower rate. That said, we've also been able to book it for 90€ on a prepaid rate, and for that rate in this neighborhood, it is well worth the price and a bit more.

On the plus side, the hotel has three good-sized elevators to service its seven floors and 150-plus guest rooms, including 22 suites. The breakfast buffet served in hotel's lower level is decent and well laid out, but the 18€ cost as a separate item is rather pricey. By all means, fold it into your room rate and evaluate the cost that way. We found the staff to be pleasant and helpful. We also felt housekeeping was good. We loved being able to walk to Luxembourg Garden, the Sorbonne, Boulevard St. Michel, Buci market, and all of the rest. There are plenty of convenient places to stop in the neighborhood, such as corner brasseries, boulangeries, small grocery stores, and more. Shoppers will enjoy the neighborhood, too.

Drawbacks include the fact that there are some small rooms in this hotel, and some refurbishing would be welcome. In spite of the hotel's great geographic location, finding a room with a view would be a challenge, too.

Our overall take is that if location is your primary consideration, this place certainly has that quality going for it in spades. It's also easy to book through the ICH group site. Don't pay anything resembling the standard rates or you may be disappointed.

Métro stop: St. Placide, Line 4
Holiday Inn Paris St. Germain des Pres
Paris, France
33 1 49 54 87 00

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