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.
Eating and drinking
Who stays there
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.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Low prices
- St-Germain location
- Arty heritage
- Spartan rooms