The ideal Left Bank location on a historic street near the Jardins du Luxembourg. The Latin Quarter is in one direction, the cafés and boutiques of St-Germain just down the street, and there's direct RER access for the Eurostar and Charles de Gaulle airport.
The clean-lined pared back style in warm burgundy or beige colour scheme is similar in all the rooms. Classic rooms are slightly smaller than Superior and only have a shower not bath. Deluxe rooms are bigger with Queen-size bed. Many rooms have exposed beams (ask for these when you book) and unless you really care about noise, go for ones overlooking the street rather than the courtyard. There's also a ground-floor triple room overlooking the courtyard, and a two-room attic suite. Most rooms have attractive Indian animal prints on the walls and panelled wardrobes, some incorporate old armoire doors. Bathrooms were redone last year, and are clean and practical with space to leave your things and extra touches such as dressing gowns.
The sunken lounge beside the entrance is quite small but light and welcoming with fresh flowers, a fireplace and eclectic objects and antiques. There's also a small paved courtyard where you can sit outside in fine weather.
Eating and drinking
A buffet breakfast is served until 11am and until noon at weekends, although the breakfast room gets a little cramped if everyone arrives at the same time. Although there are plenty of cafés nearby, the bar in the lounge, where drinks can be served all day, is an added plus.
I've generally been very impressed by the courteous, helpful staff when friends have stayed here, although occasionally the welcome can be a little offhand.
Who stays there
Couples of all ages: clearly a cosy place for twos.
Be aware that prices rise for the major trade fairs, but look out for good deals, especially during August.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- The bar
- Stylish design
- Great location
- Service occasionally offhand