We also stayed at the Hotel Esprit St. Germain for our first two nights in Paris and I can highly recommend this lovely boutique hotel in the 5th arrondissement. This small hotel has only 28 rooms and is located on a quiet side street, Rue St. Sulpice. The hotel’s philosophy is that guests should feel like they are staying in a private, luxury home so it has set up two lovely “living room” style lounge areas on the first floor. Breakfast is complimentary every day and they have an open bar all day, serving bottled waters, sodas, red and white wine and even champagne. They also offer snacks and cheeses each afternoon.
As part of our Virtuoso package, we also received a complimentary bottle of red or white wine and a huge cheese plate, which we enjoyed for dinner one evening after having a big lunch. I don’t have any pictures of the room but we were in a deluxe room, which is one of the less expensive categories. The room was quite small but about what you would expect for Paris. We found the bed to be extremely comfortable, there was little to no street noise and the bathroom was well stocked with products and we had plenty of storage space. Steve and I both agreed that we would absolutely stay at this hotel again as the amenities were so nice and thoughtful but we would upgrade to a slightly bigger room for more space. We did sleep well here and that’s the important thing (oh, and breakfast was delicious with a buffet of cold and hot items with eggs made to order).
The hotel is located in the middle of St. Germain des Pres, which is a lovely neighborhood. It has lots of shops (high end and moderate) and tons of restaurants and cafes. So many great places for an espresso or glass of wine and to watch the world go by. There are several metro stops within a 5 minute walk of the hotel and you can get to the Seine and Notre Dame in about a 10-12 minute walk so it’s a great central location.
So many cute cafes in this area as well.
Overall, we thought this hotel was a great value for the location, services and amenities. The room was small but comfortable and very functional and had a great design in terms of decor, linens, etc… Also, the staff at the hotel was so nice and spoke perfect English without any hesitation so that was an extra plus.