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Hotel Le Placide Hotel 4 star
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6 rue Saint Placide - 75006 - Paris. Paris, France -
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Next to the Bon Marché department store, opposite one of the Left Bank's symbols of elegance (second only to the Eiffel Tower), the Saint Placide is a small designer hotel that likes to define itself as 'literary'. In fact, the hotel has little to do with literature, other than its proximity to Saint-Germain-des-Prés and its publishing houses. This establishment is actually more remarkable for its modern style, as any self-respecting boutique hotel should be. Small, intimate, and hidden away in a side alley, it's a place we recommend to couples rather than families. Standing opposite one of the biggest stores in Paris, after Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, it attracts mainly women who've come to Paris to embark on a shopping spree.

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    Location 6.25 /10

    Located in the small Ruelle Saint-Placide, which runs perpendicular to Rue de Sèvres, the hotel is a 3 minute walk from the Sèvres-Babylone metro station (lines 12 and 10). You should expect a 15 minute walk to get to Saint-Germain-des-Prés or the Montparnasse train station. To get to the Charles de Gaulle airport, expect 50 minutes' travel time with a change at Cluny-La-Sorbonne on line 10. For the Orly airport, the journey is slightly shorter, but there are two changes (line B of the RER at Cluny-La-Sorbonne and OrlyVal at Antony station).

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    This small hotel includes 11 guest rooms (two per floor) that are pompously called 'suites'. As a boutique hotel, the Placide likes to stand out from the big hotel chains by staying away from the standard, nondescript rooms these tend to offer. Given the originality of the rooms, we can safely confirm that this challenge has been successfully met. However, some effort is still needed in terms of diversity: there are 11 rooms and 11 interiors, but they're all identical; even the photos on the walls are the same (a portrait of Django Reihnardt, a reference to the jazzy atmosphere of Saint-Germain-des-Prés).

    Long and narrow, they look out onto Rue Saint-Placide on one side and onto the interior courtyard on the other. The views are actually not that interesting and the first floor units suffer from bad lighting. However, the general setting is pleasant: the sleeping quarters include a large white bed and modern and stylish furniture. There are 5 different shades used in the interior decorating of the rooms and these vary according to the floor: purple, mouse grey, ochre, almond green, and white. The bathroom is very interesting: long and narrow, immaculately white, with a window that lets in natural light, it's pleasantly spacious and boasts a convenient and modern layout, as it should.?

    Although it's not excessively spacious, it seems bigger than it is, probably thanks to the white tones and the regular lines of the furniture. It's true that the rooms have everything you may need: a 'sitting room' corner with a sofa and a small table right next to the large bed and a very spacious bathroom. Despite being identical, the 11 rooms have been decorated with special care, which is always a nice touch: Missoni and Kenzo textiles, Gordon Brown hospitality products and scented candles in the bathroom, an MP3 player, a flat-screen TV, etc.?

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The reception area at the Placide looks a bit like a window display. The hotel's small entrance, which reflects the establishment's guest capacity, mimics the other boutiques on the street. Once inside, visitors are struck by the light tones, the pure lines, and the modern materials. The layout and the decorating are the work of designer Bruno Borrione, a student of Starck, which explains quite a lot. The Placide aims to be at the height of fashion: it has therefore opted for a 'pure' design in terms of colours (cushions, sofas, and accessories), without seeming overly 'cold', as this is never good for a hotel. There is even an ethanol-fueled fireplace.?

    The rather small ground floor level is where you'll find the reception desk, the breakfast area, and a lounge area. The setting is rather nice and it shows that a lot of attention was given to the details in the beautiful interior decorating. One has to wonder though, how 22 guests can simultaneously enjoy the fireplace when it rains!?

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The breakfast buffet is displayed behind a window. The food often includes high quality products bought at the neighbouring Grande Epicerie (the very elegant supermarket of the Bon Marché department store). Cereals, fruit, cakes, and eggs: this is the American formula that comes at an extra charge (approximately £17). There are only 5 tables, so hopefully the hotel won't be fully booked during your visit.

    To know

    The establishment is less than 20m away from Bon Marché, the third largest department store in Paris. It is surrounded by the numerous boutiques around the Sèvres Babylone intersection, and Rue de Rennes, one of the city's main shopping districts, is only a 10 minute walk away. It's a good place to stay for a weekend, especially during the big sales period (in January and July).

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa

    • Sports equipment

      sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Next to the Bon Marché department store, ideal for a shopping holiday
    • The modern interior of the rooms
    • A reasonably sized hotel

    disadvantages

    • The absence of a decent view and the poorly lit lower floors
    • The rooms aren't that spacious

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Sebastien Z. Sebastien Z.  
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      • Package deals in avril 2014 Posted on 2014-04-10 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        déçu de la qualité de la chambre pour un 4 étoiles.

      • Advantages

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      • Disavantages

        tache sur la moquette trace d ecorchure dans la douche

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      • Overall Score 6.50/10
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