Kimpton Paris Saint-Honoré : No upgrade but excellent service

For one of my Parisian stays, I booked the Kimpton Paris Saint-Honoré. A look back at this excellent stay.

Booking

I made the reservation at this property a few weeks before my arrival.

Parisian hotel prices have skyrocketed, and it is difficult to find a comfortable, well-located hotel for less than €300 a night.

The Kimpton Paris Saint-Honoré far exceeds this amount, and almost doubles it. Is this hotel worth a little more than 500 € per night? We will see.

Arrival

A few days before my arrival at the hotel, I noticed that I had been upgraded to an Essential room, a slight category above the one I had booked, namely the Single room.

I arrive at the hotel in the middle of the evening after an uneventful flight from London, in a private car with driver

The check-in line will be long, with not-so-smart guests and a lone receptionist.

Fortunately, one of his colleagues will arrive quickly and proceed with the arrival formalities.

The latter are very cordial. I inquired about the possibility of an upgrade and was politely told that I had already been upgraded one category. So be it, many rooms of superior category are available for sale.

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Breakfast was already included in my rate, points were automatically credited the morning I arrived.

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Room

My room, 507, was located on the 5th floor of the property.

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The hotel being an assembly of several buildings, there are multiple subfloors which required the presence of several elevators to ensure a “step-free” access to all rooms.

Mine was located on the side of the hotel, quieter, overlooking rue Daunou.

For a standard or nearly standard room, it is a nice size.

The entrance leads directly to the night space. A well-stocked (and daily renewed) minibar was installed on the left, and topped with a Nespresso machine and ecological capsules (I will use my own capsules). Opposite, a coffee table and a large armchair are set up, and a generous welcome service (a whole bottle of wine) has been prepared for me.

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On the right, the very comfortable king size bed, equipped with bedside tables on both sides with adapted connectivity. A large closet is available on one side of the bed, and two large windows on the other side.

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Finally, the bathroom, of correct size, is equipped with a separate toilet and a large shower. The washbasin is quite small, but sufficient for a single person.

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The decoration is just perfect, totally to my taste.

To finish, a video tour:

Hotel facilities

For a hotel of this size, facilities are plentiful: an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness room are available.

Gym

I will use the fitness room every morning of my stay at the hotel.

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The latter, although blind, is of quite satisfactory size for a hotel of this capacity.

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The equipment is state-of-the-art and the free weight area is quite adequate.

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Indoor pool

I won’t have the pleasure of visiting the indoor pool but will take some pictures. It is quite small but sufficient to refresh oneself after a day of exploration of the city-light.

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Spa

On my arrival, I booked a treatment at the hotel’s spa, located on the same floor as the pool, and operated by Codage.

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On Saturday morning, I will benefit from a 90 minutes treatment, which will be excellent… I will even fall asleep for 45 minutes!

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The prices are nevertheless not sweet, nearly 250€ for this treatment!

Food options

The property has two main dining outlets: the Montecito restaurant located on the first floor near the lobby and the Sequoia rooftop.

Montecito Restaurant – Breakfast service

Almost every morning I would have breakfast at the Montecito restaurant, located on the first floor of the hotel.

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The latter consists of a very well-stocked buffet, with hot drinks served at the table, as well as eggs that can be ordered.

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I will take a small selection each morning.

Montecito Restaurant – Lunch Service

One of the lunches, I will have lunch at the hotel with a friend. The service will be very attentive, but the menu is quite short and does not really please me.

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I would have a caesar salad that would be excellent, and a dessert that would be just as good.

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Montecito Restaurant – Bar

Before I leave, I will have a coffee at the bar with a friend. Perfect service and excellent drinks.

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Sequoia Rooftop – Bar

If you come to the Kimpton without trying the rooftop, you’re missing out! The view is absolutely exceptional… On the other hand the menu is extremely limited.

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Service

Apart from the somewhat chaotic arrival, the service in the hotel is very good, very attentive. Nothing to complain about.

Departure

The departure formalities were simple, and I was able to enjoy the room until after 3pm thanks to the late check-out offered by the hotel at the time of my arrival.

I left my luggage at the concierge for a few hours while I walked around.

Bottom line

An excellent first stay in this beautiful Parisian hotel. I hope to receive a real upgrade on my next visit!

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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