We just came back from a delightful four night stay at the Hotel de l'Abbaye in the St-Germain des Pres quartier of Paris. The older I get, the more I realize that a good hotel is a key element in making a vacation enjoyable. That said, what constitutes a 'good' hotel? Location, for one. And, in addition to being in a fabulous neighborhood, convenient to everything wonderful in Paris, Hotel de l'Abbaye is off a quiet, little street, set back in its own private, cobble-stoned courtyard. Entering the hotel, one is immediately transported to time and place that says, "deluxe Parisian living room" of a wealthy, sophisticated and cultured family. Comfort is another element of a 'good' hotel. The public areas at l'Abbaye are a series of 'salons,' each with their own personality and decor, but all elegant, warm, cozy and comfortable. There is no pretension or haute attitude here, unlike so many other Parisian hotels. The front desk staff was welcoming, helpful and unfailingly polite! Personal service and staff is another element, then. In fact, all the staff, from the gentlemen who served us breakfast in the glorious glass 'conservatory,' which overlooks a lush, secret garden with a burbling lion's head fountain... to the bellmen, are graciously solicitous and wanting to be of assistance. It is very clear that the owners of the Hotel de l'Abbaye maintain high standards, not only in the way the public areas and rooms are decorated and outfitted, but staff selection and training are surely part of the program here. We got to know the Assistant Manager, Mr Lionel Guerpillon, who could not have been nicer or more helpful. His suggestions for stores or restaurants were spot-on perfect. That said, one night, after Mr Guerpillon was off-duty, a desk man recommended a place to eat, Brasserie Fernand on the Rue Guisarde. We went there, but were sorely disappointed by the dank atmosphere, menu and brusque waitress. We left without eating!
While the rooms at l'Abbaye are beautifully decorated and upholstered (thick, rich curtain fabrics and matching bedspreads and headboards,) and the bath is marble and glass, the Standard Rooms are small. But then, this is Paris, so that did not come as a surprise. We were amazingly content at l'Abbaye, though I do wish our room had had a little refrigerator, to store some chocolates and a pate that we had purchased. Room service was supremely fast and efficient!
This will not be our last stay at Hotel de l'Abbaye! It is truly a lovely, refined and intimate hotel, where personal service is still a big part of the European hotel tradition, maintained in these modern, institutional times.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HISTORICAL HOME, since 1973 Located in the very centre of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, renowned for its array of cafés, restaurants, clubs and theatres, the peaceful Hotel de l'Abbaye offers a pleasant contrast with this symbolic district of Paris. L'Hôtel de l'Abbaye perpetuates its legend through enduring values. A shared passion for the art of French living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De l Abbaye