Villa des Princes
19 rue Monsieur-le-Prince, Paris, France, 75006
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Singles, Design and architecture, History, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing
Expert review of Villa des Princes
From being a fusty, old-fashioned budget address, the Villa des Princes had a total refurbishment in 2009 and has come out as an unusual modern design hotel, with appealingly fresh style while keeping the aura of its17th century walls.
On an ancient street that climbs up from Odéon towards boulevard St-Michel: good for both St-Germain and the Latin Quarter.
Just 11 rooms, which are small but high ceilinged, some with exposed beams, are simple but have all the essentials. They have white duvets, compact but well-planned white bathrooms and air conditioning – rare in a two star. The main feature is a sleek wooden wall containing the plasma TV – a little Spartan but refreshingly free of modern design stereotypes.
Behind the plate-glass facade, the reception with its black and white photos and long table with banquette and chairs is an inviting place to browse books and magazines.
Breakfast is served in the vaulted stone cellar.
The reception staff I met were helpful and chatty, though don't expect round the clock service.
Young European travellers.
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- 19 rue Monsieur-le-Prince, Paris, France, 75006
- High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed