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Hotel Le Senat

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"Excellent value St Germain boutique in good area"

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“Beautiful Area”

In one of the most beautiful areas of Paris, Le Senat Hotel has just been renovated to offer you the latest technology in a modern and comfortable decor. You will enjoy discovering the old Paris on the very doorstep of Saint Germain des Pres, its fashio… Read more...

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Hotel Le Senat

Le Senat, on top of the hill of St Germain, joins a growing list of Parisian three-stars, and two-stars, which have received the boutique makeover. What were formally often dingy walkups - with grumpy madames dispensing heavy brass keys to plainly decorated rooms, low wattage, baths without plugs and no air-con - have been transformed. The low wattage remains, but in downlighters, while the ubiquitous prints of the Eiffel Tower have been replaced by trendy black and white photos of black jazz stars. Bathrooms are in slate, or marble or some expensive modern composite, and showers power rather than dribble. Another thing has changed, of course - the price. It used to be easy to find a room in Paris for under four hundred francs - just over 70 bucks in case you've forgotten - it's now near impossible to get anything decent under 80 euros, which is over 100 dollars. And for hotels which have received the 'makeover' rates start at two or three times that.

Still, are we better off? If we accept the premise that there is now something else to enjoy about our city break - the hotel - then most definitely yes. However, it's another thing we have to pay a premium for for, and as with all such things, the chance of being over-charged is high. And for those for whom a hotel is just a place to sleep, then an affordable place to do so is becoming harder to find.

But there are enough people who care for such things - dvds, flatscreen tvs, cappucinos in the morning - that Senat-style makeovers are in full swing. The majority are following a formula, and the Senat is no exception. It's how much care and attention to detail they exhibit that mark out the good ones - and here Le Senat scores. First, the position, on top of the hill in a quiet side street near the Luxembourg gardens, puts it a short walk from all the St Germain action, as well as close to some magnificent greenery. Second, though room sizes all over St Germain and the Latin Quarter are notoriously on the small size, Le Senat's rooms by and large have plenty of natural light, as well as decent heights so space is maximised. Décor is crisp and modern, with well chosen fabrics for a maximum sense of comfort. While public space is limited, what there is - a small library, and a street side modern bar - invites you to linger. And for not a lot extra the hotel has a couple of exceptional duplex rooms at the top of the hotel - two with terraces, with some of the best views of Paris from Sacre Coeur to the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame.

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