Critique (tripadvisor) Hôtel Left Bank Saint Germain : A great Parisian hotel with reliable international branding in a great Parisian location


My wife and two year old daughter and I just returned from a quick 5 day/ 4 night stay in Paris that was memorable in large part because of the hotel Left Bank. As has been oft repeated in the reviews here the location is superb. You’re in the heart of St. Germain, just south of the Latin Quarter, and a pleasant walk from Ile de la Cite and even the Louvre. When it came to dining we never had to venture very far. Our days began with the very generous and satisfying included breakfast at the hotel. Our days ended with meals at the many different restaurants in the immediate area. On the hotel side of Boulevard St. Germain, just up the road from the hotel we ate at Alcazar which was an excellent Parisian brasserie with a modern touch and also at Le Procope, also a brasserie but more traditional in style, which is literally next to the hotel. On the other side of the Boulevard we ate at Les Editeurs and the Horse’s Tavern. Of the four I’d have to say that the best was Les Editeurs. We also wanted to try Le Comptoir across from Les Editeurs but it’s a veritable dining hot spot with local folks lined up out the door waiting for one of the restaurants few tables every night we were there. I suspect it would have claimed top spot had we been able to partake. There’s an excellent boulangerie across from the hotel and Carrefour market just up the road and around the corner where we could stock up on water, juice, fruits, cheese and pretty much everything else. It was a great place to put together picnic lunches that we enjoyed in the Luxembourg and Tuileries gardens. The Odeon metro stop is a super short walk away and can take you East-West on the 10 (which is a direct line to the Tour Eiffel) and North-South on the 4 which can bring you directly and quickly to Montparnasse or Chatelet/Les Halles from which you can easily connect to virtually all of Paris. From the two metro lines you can directly reach three of Paris’ large train stations: Gare du Nord (which goes to the main Roissy airport), Gare de l’Est and Gare d’Austerlitz. Taking all that in to consideration the location of the hotel is superb. The staff were very cordial and the rooms were traditionally appointed. We had a standard Rue de l’Ancienne facing room and as has been said here, the lively evening street sound was never a noise problem. The bathroom was standard size. Space wise mentally prepare for smaller European living dimensions relative to North American hotels. As much as I try to do so, I seem to always be a little taken aback at the living space adjustment. Still, all in all a highly reccomended hotel.