new year's eve 05-06 at this hotel
we stayed there 4 nights, in room n#41...very little, with a very little bath, but extremely clean!!! for few days it's ok, very nice! and not expensive!
people at front desk are nice, very good location, 5 min far from the centre of latin quarter, close to restaurants, metro, rer, just round the corner of the pantheon and jardin du luxemburg, in front of the sorbonne. elevator is not for claustrophobic person! it's minimal!
breakfast in hotel is 8euro per person, but it's milk, coffee, croissants, baguettes, cornflakes, orange juice. the same price outside for the same kind of breakfast, but if you want(as me) only a hot chocolate and 2 pain au chocolat or something similar, just round the corner in boulevard st michel there is "la croissanterie" that with 7.70euro you can eat in 2 persons 2 hot chocolates, 3 pain au chocolat, 1 croissant.
but...i'll come back for sure in hotel de la sorbonne next time i'll go to paris!
I read the reviews on this site before booking 3 nights at the Hotel De La Sorbonne and for once I have to disagree with the majority of reviews!
We arrived at the hotel and it looked pleasant from the outside. It's situated in a lovely part of Paris and quite accessable from the Airport on the RER B.
We checked in and were informed that the lift was broken and that there was no porter. Our room was on the 5th floor of the hotel. The lift wasn't fixed during our stay so we had to lug our cases up and down 5 flights of a small spiral staircase.
Our room was tiny, our bathroom was tiny. While sitting on the toilet it was possible to put your head into the handbasin and your legs into the shower! It was not possible to stand at the hand basin with the door closed, there just wasn't the room!
All in all I never want to see this hotel again!
Location, location, location!!!
I stayed at the Hotel de la Sorbonne for 3 nights in early January with my partner. We were looking for a good budget hotel located close to everything and we weren't dissappointed.
As soon as you step off the RER (line B) at Luxembourg you are greeted by the beatuiful Luxembourg gardens. The hotel is a very short walk up the road leading to the pantheon (a very large and striking building) If you look back towards the park you get a lovely view of the eiffel tower.
The hotel itself is very small. The lobby area is well decorated and is quite charming. I found the staff to be very helpfull, they even provided me with a glass of boiled water to mix my lemsip in!!!
As previously stated the rooms are tiny!!! We booked a room with a shower as we were on a tight budget, luckily when we arrived we had been upgraded to a room with a bath free of charge. The bedroom consists of a bed, a small desk with chair, two side tables and a built in wardrobe. The bathroom had a sit-down bath roughly half the size of a normal bath. Whilst the rooms were in no way luxorious they were tastefully decorated and very clean, which at this price(£45 a night) is the most you can expect.
Our room was number 23 and it overlooked a quiet road looking onto the Sorbonne. The room could be quiete noisy during the daytime with scooters and cars zipping down the rue. There were no problems with noise at night apart from the occasional drunk!
The neighbourhood itself felt very safe. There are lots of restaurants in the immediate area as well as fast food outlets (Q-quick, Mcdonalds etc...) Many of the major attractions are walkable, Notre Dame: 10mins, Louvre: 15mins, Musee D'orsay: 20 Mins. If you're lazy you can just catch the RER to Chatelet les halles and catch a connection to most of the major sites (eiffel, Arc, Champs, Disney etc...)
All in all I will probably visit this hotel again. I would certainly recommend it to friends (as long as they're not claustrophobic!!!)
Small - Cramped - A Joke
We are 4 married couples from Australia and so booked 4 rooms for 4 nights and without a doubt had the worst standard and service of our 3 months travelling Europe.
Don't be influenced by their fancyWEBSITE and glossy pictures.
We must say location is great but overall the place is SMALL, CRAMPED and UNCOMFORABLE. First impression "the Elevator" - one person with small bag.
Bathrooms are A JOKE, in fact in some of the bathrooms you had to sit sideways on the toilet or leave the door open as it was so cramped. As it was summer it was hot, and even with the windows open little or no breeze, some resorted to standing under a cold shower or lying in a cold bath (Have management not heard of fans)
Add to this the lady on reception wasn't interested (in a beautiful french accent "this is Paris and what do you expect" was her reply to any request- no wonder they didn't get the 2012 Olympics).
In fact it became so unbearable that one couple moved to a hotel up the street after 2 nights.
What were we expecting? Too much some could argue? No we didn't expect air conditioning... BUT ....Hello it is 2005.
This was our 4th trip to Paris and we wanted location and something reasonable for around 100 Euros a nght. You can and will do better up the road or around the corner.
Great location, great budget hotel
Great location, right in the heart of the latin quarter.
Great for the budget traveller.
Furniture in room a bit old but bathroom was recently renovated. Room in general very clean and overlooking a courtyard.
At those prices, for that location, I am going back.
Great Hotel, Great Location
We had a fabulous stay - we were two girls traveling alone throughout Europe and we felt safe and comfortable at this hotel. To begin with it is in a great location right near the University so there is a lot of people around but not that many tourists which you run into hoards of near the larger hotels. It is a safe, short walk to the Latin Quarter and Notre Dame so there is always people out no matter what time of day and night. It is a lively area but the hotel is somewhat out of the way so it is pretty quiet when you try to sleep. There is a relatively cheap internet cafe a block a way, pay phones, and a taxi stand.
The rooms and bathrooms are small, but we stayed in a lot smaller ones throughout Europe. The main thing it was clean, comfortable, and felt very Parisian (it had great atmosphere). The bathrooms were also recently modernized so that was nice. The elevator barely holds one person and their luggage so be prepared to use the spiral staircase during your stay. The staff is very friendly and there is someone on the desk 24 hrs.
One thing is breakfast is a ripoff. We thought it was free (though it is posted you have to pay) and ended up paying 8 eurose each for cereal, croissants, baquettes, juice and coffee. Though the food was excellent you can get the same thing much cheaper at a bakery while walking to your first tourist destination.
I would definately recommend this to anyone (young or old) and would stay there in a heartbeat upon returning to Paris. You can also get really good deals directly from their website (that is where we found the cheapest rates). We paid about $100 a night per room.
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Hotel de la Sorbonne
We are visiting Paris in May and are thinking about staying at The Hotel de la Sorbonne. Has anyone stayed at this hotel or know anything pro or con about this property. Please let us know. Thank you.
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Just stayed there in December, go take a look at my Paris hotel tips for the full write up.
Liked the area a lot but I don't think I would stay there again.
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The hotel is very well located near many monuments.
Rooms are not very big but you are in Paris in the historic center.
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I stayed at the Hotel de la Sorbonne in June 2001 and I found it a good value. Clean, efficient, quiet. Great location. I have booked it for a trip in June 2004. Not a luxurious hotel--small rooms like most Paris hotels. I have stayed at only two other hotels in Paris and I did not choose them again.