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gardoz Oct 29th, 2008 08:25 AM

Paris Hotel -St Suplice
We haven't been to Paris since our first visit over 10 years ago. We are planning on returning in December 2008, with friends. We stayed in the St Suplice area which was very nice. Any hotel recommendation for the same area?

yk Oct 29th, 2008 08:41 AM

How many people, what's your budget, and when in December?

Here's a very recent thread titled
Paris Hotels Left Bank - a compilation of hotels that posters recommend. That should get you started:;tid=35162713

Christina Oct 29th, 2008 08:47 AM

You might get better advice if you give a budget.

I know HOtel Bonaparte is right near there and one Fodorite loves it and always recommends it on here, and several others folks have seemed to like it okay also. I think it would be fine if you want a budget hotel, but not if you expect something a bit nicer.

dwzemens Oct 29th, 2008 09:02 AM

Hotel Bonaparte is a very clean two star hotel about 200ft from the plaza in front of St Sulpice.

Ira, a regular poster at this forum and a Paris expert, always recommends it. My wife and I stayed there in May 2006 and loved the location. There is a great cafe just around the corner from the hotel and across the street from the church. It's a nice place to sit and relax.

Our only complaint about the hotel was that the air conditiong was weak, but that should be no factor for a December trip.

In fact, we will be in Paris the nights of December 3,4 and 5, What dates will you be there?

Weekender Oct 29th, 2008 09:18 AM

The Relais St. Sulpice is a very nice 3 star boutique hotel. Great location directly across the street from the church.

Guenmai Oct 29th, 2008 09:52 AM

I have put together a LEFT Bank hotel thread. The hotel I recommended is a few blocks from St. Suplice. Refer to the thread. Happy Travels!

Venezuela Oct 29th, 2008 11:09 AM

Hi Guenmai et al--
I posted about the Westin Paris a few days ago with 0 replies--
Should I be concerned? So many Paris conversations and dead silence about the Westin.
It is my first trip to Paris and I am beside myself with excitement. I would love some reassurance about my hotel choice.
Should I look elsewhere?
Parents and inlaws love to stay at the Westend Hotel in the 8th.

Guenmai Oct 29th, 2008 11:27 AM

There was probably no reply because many Fodorites stay in non-chain hotels. Isn't the Westin a big chain hotel? Many of us, have stayed for decades, in small, quaint, often family-owned hotels. Happy Travels!

Cathinjoetown Oct 29th, 2008 11:31 AM


I haven't responded because I don't know the hotel. Web site looks great and Westins/Starwoods have a good reputation. Very upscale area--check out all the shops in the Place Vendome. Your steps from the T. gardens.

Cathinjoetown Oct 29th, 2008 12:13 PM

Make that you're

Venezuela Oct 29th, 2008 03:14 PM

That is why I went with the relative safety of Starwood. The problem is that I read recent reviews on TripAdvisor and so many complaints!
I don't want to kick myself for making the wrong choice.
On the other hand, I have my list of restaurants, thanks to Guenmai!

Mahya2 Oct 29th, 2008 03:28 PM

<Author: Cathinjoetown
Date: 10/29/2008, 03:31 pm
I haven't responded because I don't know the hotel. Web site looks great and Westins/Starwoods have a good reputation. Very upscale area--check out all the shops in the Place Vendome. Your steps from the T. gardens.>

That wouldn'y be Jardin du Twilyers ?
would it :)

smacknmo Oct 29th, 2008 04:16 PM

We stayed at the Hotel Luxembourg Parc in late March. It is situated between St. Sulpice Church and Luxmbourg Parc. We loved the hotel and were treated so nicely by the staff. It is just a lovely place to stay. Unless it was to go up considerably, we will probably stay there again because we really liked the location.

Here is the link

We have only been to Paris once and as I have stated we were thrilled with our hotel choice.

Venezuela Oct 29th, 2008 05:04 PM

Just lovely. In our price range as well. Will speak with DH.
How was breakfast?

Cathinjoetown Oct 29th, 2008 05:11 PM

Tuileries, bien sur. I just got lazy because I never spell it right and didn't want to take time to look it up.

ira Oct 30th, 2008 04:44 AM


We always stay at the Hotel Bonaparte, 61 Rue Bonaparte in the 6th. From 131E dbl w/bkfst. It is just around the corner from Place St. Sulpice, near 3 metro stops and 4 bus routes. Has AC and an elevator.
Tel 33 1 43 26 97 37
FAX 33 1 46 33 57 67
[email protected]

For more info, enter "Hotel Bonaparte" in the "search this forum" box.

Photos are at

Enjoy your visit.


nealnyc Oct 30th, 2008 10:00 AM

Hotel De'abbye on Cassette Street (not sure of the spelling). Former Abbey, 2-3 blocks from church at St Suplice, where there's a taxi stand. Metro Station about 2 blocks away.
Staff, all english speaking and very accommodating. Extremely nice lobby area with glass enclosed dining area. Looks out over beautiful courtyard. Great place to eat your continental breakfast (included, with the best o.j., croissant and baguette I've ever had).
The rooms are nice, though they could be quieter, but we still liked it a lot.
Stayed this past april. Found the link in my bookmarks
Hotel de l'Abbaye Paris - Saint Germain - OFFICIAL SITE

TPAYT Oct 30th, 2008 10:32 AM

Walked through the Westin in Sept. as it was next to a great purse shop I wanted to go to.

You could have been in N.Y., Chicago, etc.--very nice, but not very French.

You have some good suggestions here, and I'll add mine on St. Germain. Make sure you go up a little and get a room overlooking the street, as the rear rooms are rather dark.

They include a wonderful breakfast, and the location is excellent.

Cathinjoetown Oct 30th, 2008 11:04 AM


I just read your reply to my post--if there have been issues with the hotel posted on TripAdvisor, you may want to reconsider.

Other posters have listed some really good suggestions--all in very safe areas. I'd advise checking out some of those sites. Also, don't discount the fact you would have a much more local feel at a good independent hotel than you would at a Westin.

Venezuela Oct 30th, 2008 02:38 PM

Thanks to all for your suggestions. The smaller hotels you posted look fabulous.And you are right--I really want to get a feel for the city.
I will be making a decision in the next few days because we leave soon--We go to Madrid first and then on to Paris.
Any other suggestions for a Paris first timer?
Other than the obvious places of interest, any "must-sees"?I love markets, gourmet specialty shops, table linens, etc.
We return home right before Thanksgiving, so I want to bring back some Parisian treats to share.

ira Oct 30th, 2008 02:45 PM

Hi Ven,

>I will be making a decision in the next few days because we leave soon--We go to Madrid first and then on to Paris.<

Make your decision now.

All of the suggested hotels book up quickly.

>Any other suggestions for a Paris first timer?<

Don't overplan Paris.

There is more to do there than you can see in your lifetime.

One "must see" for each AM and another for each PM.

Spend the rest of your time just enjoying the city.


smacknmo Oct 30th, 2008 03:38 PM

Gardoz, we didn't eat breakfast at the hotel. We would have it after we set out for our days adventure. We did have have wine most evenings in the wood paneled lounge. They would build a fire in the fireplace and it was so relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.

celticmoon Oct 30th, 2008 04:13 PM

Agree with Nealnyc. We stayed in a suite at Hotel De l'Abbaye. The room was very quiet and close to almost everything. A 10 minute walk to Saint Sulpice, and 10 minutes the other direction to the Luxemberg Gardens.

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