11 rue des Ecoles, Paris, France, 75005
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, No fuss, Sightseeing
Expert review of Hôtel Familia
With window boxes of red geraniums – and garlands of fairy lights and Father Christmases at Christmas – the Familia is a reassuringly homely option in this age of themed hotels and conceptual design extravagances. Eric Gaucheron is the third generation to have run this hotel and it shows in the welcome, the lovingly accumulated decoration and care put into the upkeep.
A busy Latin Quarter thoroughfare and very centrally placed for exploring the city. You're a short walk from Cluny and the Ile de la Cité, place Maubert and rue Mouffetard food markets are just nearby.
Bedrooms feature specially crafted cherrywood bedheads and toile de jouy bedspreads. Handpainted sepia murals of Paris monuments decorate several of the rooms – not to everyone's taste but they do bring a distinctly Parisian touch; others have exposed stone and tapestries. Facilities such as minibar, airconditioning and hairdryer are rare in a two star and bathrooms, though a tight squeeze, are immaculately kept. Best rooms are at the front: those on the second and fifth floors have balconies with table and chairs; sixth-floor mansarded rooms have glimpses of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. There are also triples and quads that are good for families.
An endearingly old-fashioned drawing room.
Simple continental breakfast – croissants, orange juice, etc.
The family welcome and helpful staff are the real plus here, especially if it's your first visit to Paris, and they'll do their best to help you in English.
All sorts of tourists, many of them British, varying from friends in town for the rugby to families with young children.
Very good value for a great central location, with breakfast included in the room rate. It's worth paying a little extra for one of the rooms with a balcony.
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- 11 rue des Ecoles, Paris, France, 75005
- High-Speed Internet
- Latin Quarter