The ancient rue St-Jacques was the original north-south Roman road and later the pilgrimage route to Compostella but this is also the real Latin Quarter, where food shops mix with apartments, research institutes and university faculties. The Panthéon and the Jardins du Luxembourg are nearby, as are RER and bus connections.
The 20 rooms are all different, inspired by different periods of Paris history from Philippe Auguste's medieval city wall and rich Louis XV damasks, the rich colours of Napoléon III to Neo-Pop 1970s Pop with marshmallow bedhead and Panton chairs. Beds are big and comfortable with soft new duvets and the bathrooms have rain shower heads and clever led lighting effects. Some 4th-floor rooms have balconies.
I particularly like the library-lounge with acid colours and Jakobsen egg chair. Glazed doors lead out onto a mini courtyard with tables and chairs.
Eating and drinking
Simple buffet breakfast, make yourself tea or coffee in the lounge in the afternoon and an honesty bar in the evening.
Friendly, casual staff at reception but this is a small hotel - be prepared to serve yourself at the bar not for stacks of staff and porters.
Who stays there
It's only been open since 2009 but already been discovered by a lot of Anglophone couples and a few families.
Rack rates are a little steep but look for last-minute deals and three nights for the price of two offers. Breakfast costs 12 euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Original photoworks around the hotel