need good quiet Paris hotel: possible?

Oct 10th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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We stayed in the 6th arrondissement of Paris and loved the quiet, small village feel.

It is near a few of the colleges "École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Académie française, famous monuments such as Saint-Germain Abbey and square, St. Sulpice Church and square, the Pont des Arts and the Jardins du Luxembourg."
"It is well known for its café culture and the revolutionary intellectualism"

It has "beautiful architecture and central situation, the arrondissement has long been home to French intelligentsia. It is a major localization for art galleries" etc etc.

We liked that we could walk to Isle St. Louis, across the river to the right bank and pretty much all the sites of central Paris. If you go further (which you will of course, you can easily take the metro or cabs).
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Oct 10th, 2013, 02:25 PM
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Consider Hotel Des Grandes Ecoles

In the latin quarter, back off the street so it is quiet. Charming, built around a courtyard where you sit out. Not a bad walk to Metro station, Cardinal Lemoine. Moderately priced. A long time favorite of fodorites.
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Oct 10th, 2013, 03:10 PM
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We stayed in the same area hpeabody. It is such a nice part of Paris and so central to everything, but you are in a different world - a quiet, old world like you imagine Paris.
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Oct 10th, 2013, 09:25 PM
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We like the Hôtel Le Madison, right across from the church of St-Germain-les-Prés. Even the front-facing rooms are quiet, as the windows are double glazed and the hotel is separated from the Boulevard by a little concrete area with trees. Some rooms have twin beds that can be connected to make a king size.
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Oct 11th, 2013, 12:24 AM
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I liked

Across from the Sorbonne, a couple of blocks from
Luxembourg gardens w/Odeon subway nearby; 2 blocks
from the RER stop & 2 Metropix on main drag
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Oct 11th, 2013, 06:05 AM
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Quelle embarrassement du riches! My tasse runneth over! (I don't really speak French, as you can see.)

Seriously, I am most grateful for this outpouring of responses, such thoughtful and detailed ones. I have my weekend work (play!) cut out for me. I will research each of the suggestions carefully, and it pleases me to see several repeats among the suggestions.

Btw, I did contact Hotel de l'Abbaye and they said that it's many months too early to make bookings for June or to get prices. That kind of surprised me, but with their great popularity, I guess they can do things however they wish. I think, though, that it will turn out to be more expensive than we can afford. (I believe they do have one or two rooms with stall shower; tub just not safe for us these days.)

Merci beaucoup! Truly!
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Oct 11th, 2013, 08:21 AM
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Very quiet big bed, several great restaurants nearby--Hotel Sainte-Beuve, recommended to us by another Fodor poster. We stayed there almost exactly one year ago.
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Oct 11th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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PS...just saw your point about stall shower---our room in the hotel above had a VERY high tub to negotiate for getting into the shower.
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Oct 12th, 2013, 07:27 PM
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Jump to the bottom of the thread and then scroll up to Dec 31,2010. In that section, I have categorized the recommended hotels, by district, and have provided websites.

Hotel Clement in the 6th-I stayed there many years.
Hotel de Seine in the 6th-I stayed there 9 years.

Happy Travels!
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Oct 13th, 2013, 05:22 AM
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It is funny, I wondered why there was a lovely black wooden chair next to the bathtub at the Hotel Sainte-Beuve. At the time, I thought it was just a "fashion statement" as it was a lovely complement to the refurbished but old-style black and white tiled bath. Now I am wondering if it was there so that one could sit on it while placing one's legs over the side of the tall tub and using the chair as a bridge, so to speak, for being able to stand up into the shower---altho I am still not sure.....
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Oct 13th, 2013, 08:41 AM
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We stayed in Hotel Ceramic on our first trip to Paris. It is on a street just off the Etoile and our room was on a quiet courtyard. We had many metro trips and a day in Versailles and it was a perfect location using Etoile metro. It took us about an hour to walk from Etoile to Louvre--stopping along the way to take pix.

It was quite a few years ago, so you'd need to get an update from them for what you want in a room:

Please report back. I'd love to read your impressions of Paris after 50 years.
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Oct 13th, 2013, 09:46 AM
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Your budget of 300EU is substantial enough to find several good choices.

We liked the Hotel St Jacques very much, and spent less than 200 EU/night. Very nice shower stall in new-ish bathroom. Great area for walking and finding restaurants.
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Oct 13th, 2013, 10:40 AM
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Two quiet hotels I have stayed in, both in the 6th....not sure if a king is possible, but nice, quaint and clean...Hotel le Fleurie or Hotel Louis II. Convenient to most sites and lots of small cafes and restaurants in the area. Louis II is very close to the Odeon metro and bus station. These are not as nice as Hotel L'Abbaye but are worth a look.
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Oct 14th, 2013, 04:16 PM
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This is all terrific, and I'm following up on each suggestion.

What do people think of Relais St Germaine, by the way? No doubt it's well over our budget, unless I can manage some sort of special rate, but photos make it look so appealing.

Again, many thanks.
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Oct 14th, 2013, 04:36 PM
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Hotel St. Jacques is also my favorite. Have stayed there 3 times. Spotless and one of my favorite family type places to eat is right across the street Le Pescatore.
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Oct 14th, 2013, 05:22 PM
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There can be some street noise heard at the Saint-Beuve but on the whole, it is quiet, elegant, and has lovely (small) rooms.
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Oct 14th, 2013, 07:39 PM
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Check out the Hôtel Duquesne-Eiffel. I stayed there for probably 20 years, Rooms that overlooked the courtyard were incredibly quiet; rooms overlooking the street weren't noisy, either. Never needed a king bed (which is rare in Paris), so can't speak to that, but lovely hotel.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 01:13 AM
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I stayed at the Relais St Germain many times when I was on an expense account. The rooms are all individually decorated. It's a very old building so lifts are tiny as are the bathrooms. Be sure to inquire about walk-in showers.

The location is excellent, staff helpful and guests have priority seating in the hotel's excellent restaurant, Comptoir du Relais.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 06:43 AM
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Another vote for Relais St. Germaine. Friends stay there every year and love it. I have not stayed there but have seen the rooms. As Cath said, the restaurant is terrific and the location excellent.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 06:49 AM
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Unfortunately the Relais St Germain is more than 300 euros for a king size bed. Nice place though- our favorite in Paris. Nice of your job to spring for it -mine wouldn't.
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