Hôtel des Académies et des Arts

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Address: 15 rue de la Grande-Chaumière, Paris, 75006, France

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.2

A relaxed arty hotel keeping up the creative tradition of Montparnasse.

Skeleton-like white figures by graffiti artist Jerome Mesnager climb athletically up the wall of the courtyard, dance behind the fireplace in the lounge, and sprawl across bedroom walls, injecting a touch of streetwise style into this classic 19th-century hotel which has been imaginatively refurbished in contemporary homage to Montparnasse's artistic past. Fortunately, it's arty yet not pretentious, the mood here is laidback and relaxed.

 

Location
4
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

You'll like this street if you're in search of what remains of artistic Montparnasse – the Grande Chaumière art school is opposite the hotel, amid studios, small bistros and the Sennelier art shop and the Zadkine museum is around the corner, yet you're also just seconds from the Jardins du Luxembourg and the classic brasseries and cinemas along boulevard du Montparnasse.

Bedrooms

The 20 rooms are comfortable cocoons that are rather more art chic than bohemian garret. All feature murals by Mesnager or spindly white plaster sculptures by Sophie de Watrigant. Comédienne rooms come in fiery reds, others in more muted black and white tones in hommage to surrealist photographer Man Ray or Art Deco designer Ruhlmann. And daylit bathrooms are a plus.

Public areas

There's an inviting lounge with marble fireplace and bookshelves, breakfast room-cum-tea room and a video screening room at the rear.

Eating and drinking

In the afternoon you can have tea "Chez Charlotte" – specially selected tea blends and cult macaroons from Pierre Hermé.

Leisure facilities

Possible to have massages and facials on the spot.

Service

Efficient bilingual reception.

Who stays there

Mainly couples.

Price advice

Look for deals with three nights for the price of two.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Sightseeing
  • Chilling out
  • Art

Pros & Cons

  • Cosy atmosphere.
  • Pierre Hermé macarons in the tea room.
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