It’s all about location, location, location– and that’s exactly what you get at Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
If you’ve never heard of the Citadines brand, then I’ve got a real treat for you today. Citadines are a line of so-called “Apart’hotels”, which are basically like serviced apartments. Think… spacious hotel rooms complete with kitchenettes.
There are actually multiple Citnadines locations in Paris with some of them falling under the “Prestige” line. We decided to give them a try as their prices could not be beat.
Walking up to their Saint-Germain-des-Prés property, I was seriously amazed that a hotel this affordable could exist in such prime real estate. It was located right on the bank of the Seine minutes away from the famous Pont-Neuf bridge. Within a short five minute stroll we could get to Notre-Dame, Saint-Chappelle, and even one of the main metro/RER stations.
Right around the hotel were plenty of eateries and grocery stores in the area, making it convenient to eat out or grab a few things to take back to your kitchen.
Stepping into the lobby, this was one of the first hotels that made me forget I was in Europe. Everything was open and spacious, I felt like I had stepped into the lobby of a large American hotel chain rather than a hotel in the middle of downtown Paris. It was exactly what we needed.
Near the lobby they also had plenty of magazines and books sitting out to flip through, with plenty of seating for guests. When it was our turn to check-in the girl at the desk pulled out a map and instantly began going over where the closest grocery stores, ATMs and cafes were located, which was very appreciated.
Also in the lobby they had multiple vending machines filled with both food and drinks, which came in handy on more than one occasion. One of the nights for dinner we got couscous salad from the machine and it was actually really good! In between the two machines they also had a water cooler, which was perfect for refilling our water bottles before heading out for the day.
Upstairs, the rooms were massive. I couldn’t believe how much space we had, not to mention the full kitchenette. It was fully stocked with pots, pans, utensils, clingwrap– everything you could possibly need for cooking. Being able to take advantage of cooking and having a fridge to stock up on things like yogurt for snacks, really helped cut down on our spending.
I was also really excited because they had washing machines, and at this point, hitting the second week of our travels, our clothes needed a wash.
Come morning we were provided a lovely breakfast that had more variety than any of our previous hotels, complete with some of the best fresh juice ever. They even had cups of batter pre-measured so that you could make your own waffles. Delicious.
Now that I know about the Citadines brand, I look forward to seeking them out in other countries around Europe. They truly are a steal of a deal, but without feeling like you’re staying somewhere cheap. I know many people who are a little hesitant of renting actual apartments during their travels, but don’t want to pay outrageous hotel prices, so this is a great in between option. They now have themselves a new loyal customer!
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