1. Hôtel de Saint-Germain is located on the Left Bank, 6th arrondissement
Hôtel de Saint-Germain is very well located in the Left Bank area of Paris. The 6th arrondissement, is famously known for its glamour and style. It’s a beautiful place with a perfect mix of wide boulevards and beguiling side streets, classic Parisian bistros and fantastic French stores, elegant Haussmannian architecture and bold green gardens.
If you love decorating and design stores, bookstores, florists, fashion boutiques and iconic sidewalk cafes like Cafe Deux Magots then this is the spot for you. The 6th is the heartland of Paris publishing, and the spiritual home for more than a few of the world’s best writers. It’s also full of antiquarian book and print dealers so honestly, I could never spend too much time in this area. If you love books you will also love this area and the famous English bookstore Shakespeare and Company.
2. Hôtel de Saint-Germain is located close to transport
Hôtel de Saint-Germain is easy to get to via the metro or by taxi. Metro station Saint-Germain-des-Près is a 2 minute walk to the hôtel and metro station Saint-Sulpice is also only a 2 minute walk away, both stations are on the Porte d’Orléans ligne (purple no.4). Metro station Mabillon is a 5 minute walk away and is located on the Gare d’ Austerlitz ligne (light brown no.10). While you will need to carry your luggage up a flight of stairs at each station, this is usual for most of the metro stations in Paris anyway.
Whilst there is so much to do within walking distance from this Hôtel, having metro lignes (lines) 4 and 10 so close, means you can easily venture further on day trips.
3. Hôtel de Saint-Germain is surrounded by famous must-see Paris sights
I easily walk everywhere from this Hôtel and visit many famous and iconic locations including Cafe de Flore, Cafe Deux Margots, Saint Sulpice, St-Germain-des-Près, Picasso’s sculpture Apollaire, Deyrolle, the Mint and the Luxembourg Gardens to name only a few. The Boulevard St-Germain is lined with speciality boutiques, cafes and more.
St-Germain-des-Pres is the oldest church in Paris, originating in 542 when King Childebert built a basilica to house holy relics. Most of the present church dates from about the 11th century and it was heavily restored in the 19th century. Only one of the original three towers have survived and it houses one of the oldest belfires in Paris.
Cafe de Flore boasts a beautiful red, mahogany and mirrored Art Deco interior and in the post war years (1950’s) was the spot were most French intellectuals met and debated the new philosophy. Jean-Paul Sarte and Simone de Beauvoir developed their philosophy of existentialism whilst at this cafe. The poet Guillaume Apollinaire was also a regular at Cafe de Flore
Les Deux Magots is well known for its literary connections. It was the meeting place of Surrealist artists and writers including Ernest Hemingway in the 1920s and 1930s, and existentialist philosophers and writers in the 1950s.
Picasso’s sculpture ‘Homage to Apollinaire’ is in Square Laurent Prache, located across the street from Cafe Les Deux Magots. Picasso created this sculpture as a tribute to his friend, the poet, Guillaume Apollinaire, who was a regular at the Cafe de Flore (which is only one street away from both Square Laurent Prache and Cafe Les Deux Magots).
Musée de la Monnaie was built by Louis XV to rehouse the Mint and was completed in 1777 . Coins were minted here until 1973 when the process was moved to Pessac in the Gironde. The minting and milling halls now hold the coin and medallion museum. The workshops now create medallions, which are also sold in the museum shop. Monnaie de Paris is an interesting site to have a look around.
Brasserie Lipp was started by a refugee from Alsace and it serves Alsatian beer, sauerkraut, sausages and coffee. Originally opened in the late 19th century, it is famous for being the haunt of French politicians and fashion gurus and is thought by many to be the quintessential Parisian brasserie. The bright interior with ceramic tiles of parrots and cranes is what draws many tourists to this Brasserie now. Check out more on Brasserie Lipp
Ladurée the ornate tea salon or sweet wonderland, has a store located at 34 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris, Ladurée Bonaparte Restaurant. Ladurée salons are known for their decadent interiors and irresistible sweets and definately transport you to an earlier time. Just imagine you are Marie-Antoinette in all your finery and you will feel right at home! A prettily packaged box of macarons is a must when you visit Paris. Click for more on the decadent stores of Ladurée.
There are many must-see attractions of the 6th arronndissement including the quirky and somewhat bizzare Deyrolle with its tigers, peacocks and insects.
4. Hôtel de Saint-Germain has good facilities
The Hôtel staff are very friendly and speak excellent English. They have visitors from all around the world, with at least one Australian couple or family staying there most weeks of the year.
Access to the Hôtel is never a problem even if arriving late.
Luggage will be stored by the Hôtel in their reception area on the day of your check out if it is sometime between your train or aeroplane connection. This as you will know is a huge help!
Rooms are simple but comfy. Don’t expect to get a large hôtel room in Paris until you are prepared to pay the large price tag that goes along with it. Hôtel de Saint-Germain rooms have double beds so whilst my husband (who is a foot taller) had his toes slightly over the bed edge, I was comfortable enough. It was however still quite cosy!
Breakfast can be taken in the basement at an additional cost.
Free internet is available in all rooms.
This hôtel has a small lift… and I mean small, but hey, it’s a lift – so no lugging bags up stairs.
The bathrooms are light, clean and new with a toilet, a basin, a shower and basic complimentary toiletries. Rooms are made up each day.
5. Hôtel de Saint-Germain has reasonable room rates
I love a luxury hotel just like everyone else and I’ve been lucky to stay in some amazingly luxurious hotels in iconic locations around the world. Whilst this is a wonderful way to travel, it is not always possible (particulary when we travel as a family of five and require two rooms everynight) and sometimes it is just not your highest priority.
Hôtel de Saint-Germain may not be your first choice if you are looking for a short luxury romantic getaway in the City of Love, but for an extended stay in Paris, or if accommodation is not your highest priority, this hôtel is perfect as it will not break the budget and it is in close proximity to many attractions and the metro. The hôtel itself has a wonderful upbeat and friendly feel to it.
Little French doors open out onto balconies where you can breathe in the fresh air and admire the elegant Haussmannian architecture. Perfect!
You can book online at any of the online hôtel booking or travel websites but here is a little secret for you… if you email the hôtel directly to discuss your accommodation, they will take 10% off the best booking price for you. Website http://www.hotel-de-saint-germain.fr and email firstname.lastname@example.org. I am not affiliated with the hotel and provide this information because I have found it a a great place to stay and present it as an option for you.
Street address: 50 rue du Four, 75006 Paris Tel: +33 (0)1 45 48 91 64 Fax: +33 (0)1 45 48 46 22
So there you have it, my 5 reasons for loving Hôtel de Saint Germain. I hope you also get the chance to explore Paris. Bonnes vacances Annette xx
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