Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon

January 22, 2007

Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon
14 rue Saint Simon 7e

Linda and I stayed here for the first time four nights from January 15, 2007. We had seen the hotel before as we used to stay with a friend who had an apartment with a guest room nearby; but after she moved on, we tried several Paris hotels with mixed results. We were happy this time and will be back. The staff is uniformly friendly and helpful. The other clients are also the type who are looking for a peaceful, nice hotel. It is amazing how quiet it is, but it is tucked nicely between other low buildings two blocks back from the bd Saint Germain. The location has many advantages, even if I missed not going to Les Deux Magots for breakfast, aperitifs and digestifs, as we used to do when staying at the Hôtel d’Angleterre or Le Millésime. It is a ten minute walk to the Musée d’Orsay, two minutes to the rue du Bac Metro station and three minutes to the active taxi stand across the boulevard Saint Germain. The food shops near the corner of the rue du Bac and the rue de Grenelle are as fine as anywhere in the world. This can be very useful if you are going to an 8:00 concert, theater or opera; you can have a good snack in your room; it is not easy to find an open restaurant in Paris before the curtain. 


The reading salon off the reception area

The hotel has no restaurant, but our morning coffee and croissant arrived in the room right after it was requested, along with the newspapers one has asked for. There is a bar and a breakfast room in the basement, a reading salon off the reception area with many newspapers and a closet with a computer for reliable, free internet access.

The rooms are all well decorated with antique furniture, fresh and decorative fabrics on the walls and at the windows; there are plenty of good lamps, closets, chairs, tables and desks to make the rooms cozy and useful. We were in room 2, which is a suite on the ground floor with a large bed which almost fills the bedroom but that was no problem, a sitting room in traditional décor and a modern bathroom in between. The suite had been carefully planned because everything one needed was in each room. Friends had stayed in the other ground floor suite and liked it very much. There are two smaller suites upstairs. A tour of some other types of rooms showed the “deluxe” rooms to be very well-appointed, too, with king-size beds and largish bathrooms. Deluxe rooms whose numbers end in 7 all have shower stalls as well as the tub/showers found in other rooms. “Standard” rooms are smaller, with double beds, but some have lovely little terraces opening out onto the ground floor’s roof, where one can sit or have breakfast outside in comfort. All rooms face into the hotel’s courtyard, accounting for the serenity of the hotel.   


The bedroom of our suite, No. 2

The heating in our suite was good. We were told that only the suites have air conditioning. But apparently given the hotel’s quiet location and the rooms’ big windows opening into the courtyard, air conditioning has not been found necessary for the other rooms. 


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