Albe Hôtel Saint-Michel, Paris, France

After a bit of a train delay on the RER B I arrived at Gare de Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame. I then proceeded, as is my way, to lose my bearings and go in completely the wrong direction and exit the station 500 metres from my hotel. If I’d actually looked at the signs, and exited towards Notre-Dame I would have surfaced, by way of a lift, about 50 metres from my hotel. But in the end I had to haul my luggage up the stairs and double back about 450 metres.

Arriving around 10am my room was clean and free, and I was able to checkin.

First impression was that the room was small, but, in hindsight, I didn’t notice the size of the room as the week went on. It was large enough for one person. Walls are a little thin so you will notice your neighbours.

There was a large, and very comfortable, double bed with decent pillows.

The bathroom came with a shower and was a decent size. Though, if you have a late shower you were fighting for hot water with the other guests.

Next to the bed there is a full length window that opened out onto Rue De La Harpe which is a busy street. I was on the second floor and, apart from Friday and Saturday nights, when it was very noisy, I was able to leave the window open to get some fresh, and at times, very cold air.

The TV is a small monitor mounted just above the writing desk, so not the most convenient to watch.

The wifi in the room was woeful though. I had to resort to using my mobile connection a couple of time to be able to do anything 🙁

I opted to pay for breakfast which was a basic, self service continental breakfast. Bacon, eggs, breads, cereal, pastries along with juices, tea and coffee. For €15 it was a great investment to be able to have a full tank for exploring Paris.

Hotel is in a great location and I would have no qualms with staying here again. The hotel is right on top of Gare de Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame metro and RER station. Also a 5 minute walk from Cité metro station a, and 10 minute walk from Châtelet mega metro station. Notre-Dame Cathedral is a 5 minute walk, and there are 100 restaurants and plenty of bars within ~500 metres of the hotel… as I said, it’s a great location.

The view from my room shows the quaint Parisian street the hotel is on.

Just a word of warning, Gare de Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame station is a den of pick-pocketing thieves. As I was leaving to head to Amsterdam, two dodgy Africans tried to pick pocket me. I was lucky enough to notice that I was being sized up while I waited on the platform so was able to keep my whits about me and scream at them as they made their move. Fucking scum!