Villa des Princes

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Address: 19 rue Monsieur-le-Prince, Paris, 75006, France

Star rating:

4.1

Design on a budget in historic St-Germain.

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.

 

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.6
90%
Value for money
3.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.3
90%
Public areas
4.3
90%

Location

On an ancient street that climbs up from Odéon towards boulevard St-Michel: good for both St-Germain and the Latin Quarter.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is served in the vaulted stone cellar.

Service

The reception staff I met were helpful and chatty, though don't expect round the clock service.

Who stays there

Young European travellers.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Interesting St-Germain street
  • Clever minimalist design
  • Slightly Spartan rooms
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