Hôtel St-Dominique

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by metrogirl on May 12, 2004

The minute I walked into the wooden-beamed lobby, I felt ancient vibes. I could see a tiny peek of a yellow interior court filled with light and a warm breeze told me it was also filled with sweet flowers. Because this is a former convent I felt that this hotel has the romance of tangible historical aura, without the tackiness that is sometimes seen with a conversion.

But in some rooms it is evident that decorator must have been a huge fan of historical toile fabric, as they suffer a bit for the over-exuberant use of the print on pillows, bed covers, walls, door-backs and curtains. But I have had the stayed here on a number of occasions and sampling several of the 34 chambers. Some are not so busy, but "classily classy" and all are impeccably clean.

If you choose a street side chamber, it can get a bit noisy in the evening hours because there are three bars (one Irish and two local) and three restaurants right on the rue. However, the little time I spent chilling in my room I loved watching the people coming and going, smelling the food cooking, hearing the music, and absorbing the energy of daily normal and touristy Paris life. It was at times better that any TV drama. And for me, street noise is forgotten when I turned my head to the right and saw my own personal view of the Eiffel Tower. Great to see first thing in the morning, but at its magical best for the first 10 minutes of every hour when the "twinkling-light" show is buzzing away. But if you really want quiet an inside or courtyard chamber is for you. I was a little bored not having "tout Paris" to view while I rested, wrote or read. But it was quiet and private. When I stay here with my husband, I am sure that it will be a wonderful haven for romance.

Each room has an in-room toilet, shower, sink, hairdryer, cable TV (CNN and MTV), refrigerator/minibar, and safe. Elevators go to all levels. The stairways to the floors have décor that is reminiscent of a gentile urban home.

The cozy, ancient breakfast room below the street level serves a petit dejuner is available for 7.50€. I was nice on the cold rainy days and on pleasant days I would take my café in the courtyard. While the hotel breakfast is sufficient and time saving, I am more inclined to go out to find a new boulangerie each day for my morning café crème et croissant. I scout out a place the night before on the way home from some adventure. It was also sometimes a lot cheaper going out. (Pink-façaded Boulangerie Poujauran is a short walk away on rue Jean Nicot -- see my review.)

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