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Hotel Best Western Premier Royal St Michel Hotel 4 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The first thing that springs to mind when describing the Best Western Saint-Michel is its very central location. It stands opposite the famous fountain in the city's Latin Quarter, a historic meeting place for Parisian students, among others, and is part of the Best Western chain's 'Premier' collection, so you're guaranteed high-quality service here. It certainly does what it says on the tin, too, offering pleasant yet rather unoriginal guest rooms. The Royal Saint-Michel is also ideally-located for those visiting Paris for the first (or even the second, third...) time, particularly if you are prepared to pay a little more without stretching as far as the prices charged by other hotels in this part of the city.

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    Location 9.04 /10

    The hotel stands alongside the Fontaine Saint Michel fountain, which is more or less right opposite Notre Dame Cathedral and just a stone's throw from the little alleyways of the Latin Quarter. It is also very well-located for visiting the different parts of the city as Saint-Michel is a central station on the Parisian metro network. Line B of the RER rail network, meanwhile, provides access to Roissy (the journey takes 37 minutes) and also Orly (you'll need to hop off at Antony then head for Orlyval) airports, whilst line 4 will take you directly to Notre-Dame, Châtelet, Les Halles, the Gare du Nord, the Gare de l'Est and the Gare Montparnasse. If you want to head out to the Palais de Versailles, however, you'll need to take line C of the RER rail network.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The hotel has a mere 39 guest rooms spread across the 6 floors of its 19th century building. The rooms come in three different categories (single, double and triple) and all feature very similar decor, differing only in terms of size and layout. The rooms on the corner of the building have a balcony and adjoining doors, making them particularly practical for families. The pleasant bathrooms in these rooms are also in the corner and have a nice window letting in plenty of light.

    The double rooms have a floor area of at least 20m2 and are pretty spacious, particularly by Parisian standards. The rooms on the fourth and fifth floors, meanwhile, have pretty little wrought-iron balconies.

    All of the rooms overlook the Boulevard Saint Michel, which is busy and therefore noisy at all times of the day and night, but rest assured that the double-glazing here is very effective in keeping out the noise. Do think twice before opening a window, though, particularly during the summer months, as the traffic is horrendous. Fortunately, there is air-conditioning in the rooms.

    The decor is generally rather traditional, complete with carpeted floors and subdued lighting, making for perfectly pleasant yet rather unoriginal surroundings.

    We particularly liked the fact that the rooms in the attic space on the 6th floor have porthole-type windows which open up across the rooftops of Paris. These are smaller and not as bright as the others, but they are nevertheless extremely appealing! Room n°603 in particular is especially well-placed for views of the top of the Eiffel Tower. Do bear in mind, though, that these 'attic' rooms are noisier since the porthole windows are very old and do not, therefore, have double-glazing.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The Royal Saint Michel has been open for around fifteen years. A member of Best Western's 'Premier' collection, this little hotel is renovated on a regular basis and therefore looks good for its age. A narrow entrance leads through from the boulevard to the rather ordinary reception area, which is small and rather cramped with a tiny lounge area for guests to the rear. It's more the type of lounge area you'd use to sit and wait to ask for some information or pay your bill, though, rather than somewhere to sit and relax with a book.

    The hotel is housed in a beautiful building dating back to 1870 and adorned with wrought-iron balconies. The reception staff have worked loyally here since it opened fifteen years ago, which might explain why so many guests come back time after time, happy to see some familiar faces! The hotel attracts an international clientele (Chinese, American, Spanish, Italian, English, etc.) of families and couples.

    Food and drink 5.50 /10

    The traditional buffet breakfast consists of various sweet and savoury specialities and is served from 7:00am to 11:00am in a long but tiny little room. Admittedly, it's a very practical little place for getting some fuel inside you for the day, but it's not the sort of place you'd want to spend time - you eat and you leave!

    To know

    The hotel opened 15 years ago and has been part of the Best Western 'Premier' collection for a few years now. It is strictly independently managed, though certain selection criteria have to be adhered to in order for it to bear the Best Western name.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Sports equipment

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    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Location, location, location
    • The views of the top of the Eiffel Tower from some (albeit very few) of the guest rooms

    disadvantages

    • The rooms overlook the boulevard so it's not a good idea to leave windows open because of the noise

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Elisa B. Elisa B.  
      18 Opinions
      • Package deals in maggio 2010 Posted on 2010-07-06 In coppia - Una settimana o più (Camera con vista)

        avevo una stanzetta sotto i tetti con delle finestrelle tonde.. alquanto deliziosa. anche se l'arredo è troppo classico. posizione ideale

      • Advantages

        praticamente nella fontana di st Michel,

      • Disavantages

        la sala colazione troppo angusta come la reception

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      • Overall Score 6.00/10
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