Hôtel Saint-Paul Rive Gauche
43 rue Monsieur-le-Prince, Paris, France, 75006
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Romance
Expert review of Hôtel Saint-Paul Rive Gauche
This 17th-century building has been run as a hotel by the same family for four generations, although it doesn't take long to realise that it's really Sputnik, the black and white cat, who rules the roost here (though don't ask him why there's a portrait of a dog in the hallway). Not everything is perfect – the corridors and lift are looking a bit shabby – but this place wins out on helpful service and homely atmosphere.
On a lively historic street that climbs between Odéon and boulevard St-Michel, with the Jardins du Luxembourg nearby.
The 31 bedrooms are all different and although there's nothing resembling a guiding design concept, are kept regularly up to scratch by the owner, with air conditioning and practical bathrooms. Some have beams and high-backed Louis XIII style chairs; some have graphic wallpaper; two have four posters, which staff admit people either love or hate. I definitely prefer the rooms at the front with views of the street (and double glazing), especially the first and second floors, which have high ceilings and tall windows (if you prefer the back for quiet, ask for upper floors which are light and overlook the lycée St-Louis and not a courtyard wall).
The hallway is spacious with beams, exposed stone and Louis XIII touches, though I find the small lounge next to the entrance and the upstairs corridors a little sad.
Buffet breakast is served in an attractive stone-walled cellar, complete with ancient well.
Friendly multilingual staff.
Romantic couples, families.
Breakfast costs 13 euros.
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- 43 rue Monsieur-le-Prince, Paris, France, 75006
- High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Room Service