Hôtel La Louisiane
60 rue de Seine, Paris, France, 75006
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Singles, Shopping
Expert review of Hôtel La Louisiane
Okay, let's face it, this is not for you if you're after air conditioning and a spa, more if you're something of a latterday beat poet and can put up with brown floral carpets, circa 1980, and meandering corridors, but if you relish being in a place where a host of writers, artists, jazz musicians and film directors have stayed before you, then La Louisiane does have an undeniable aura. It's a bit as if this place has remained exactly the same, while the rest of St-Germain has grown up and become terribly mondaine. Staying here to a certain extent is about playing a role. Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Charlie Parker, Sartre and De Beauvoir, Quentin Tarantino have all slept here, Bertrand Tavernier filmed Autour du Minuit. Egyptian writer Albert Cossery lived here for more than 50 years, and numerous artists have displayed work on its walls.
In the heart of St-Germain, buzzing day and night with the cafés, food shops and galleries of rue de Seine and rue de Buci.
Opening off a warren of corridors, the 80 bedrooms are on the Spartan side but are reasonably sized, with decent beds; some have been recently repainted ("some people complain they look too new," says the receptionist) and many have new bathrooms.
Behind a vaguely Art Deco facade, the reception area with pot plants and posters for plays and exhibitions, leads to a tiny, dark hole-like salon with books strewn around and a couple of computers for guests' use.
Artists, writers, musicians, would-be artists, writers and musicians, those after the St-Germain myth, and some bemused travellers simply looking for somewhere cheap to stay.
Standard rates can spike during the big trade salons and dip in July and August. Breakfast is seven euros extra, not served in high summer.
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- 60 rue de Seine, Paris, France, 75006