More about Hotel Luxembourg Parc
Where you feel to be a guest
Hotel Luxembourg Parc is a place where you feel to be a guest and not only a client. The front desk calls you by your name, not by your room number.
Service is efficient, quick, and gracious; the location is great very close to St. Germain des Pres, one of the best part of Paris, with an incredible choice of restaurants, top shopping stores, and many more tourist attractions, without tumult.
Raymond, a world traveler deeply tired of international stereotyped hotels.
Great budget option for higher-end travelers
We just stayed at the Hotel Luxembourg Parc for a night in Paris on the way back from the south of France and were really pleasantly suprised. I wanted to review it especially for people who typically go for expensive hotels but are looking for something less punishing on the wallet in Paris, especially during high season.
Last time in Paris we were at the Crillon and before that the Tremoille, but for this short stay we figured we didn't need all the extras for 800 euros per night (the rate quoted at the Crillon). At the Luxembourg Parc we paid 280 euros per night for an "executive" room and got a room nearly the size of our last room at the Crillon, furnishings along the same antique-inspired vein (even if less refined than those at the Crillon), and a very nice marble bathroom bigger many in Paris. Wood floors, old wood-beams on the ceilings (an old building). A nice room.
Since our window faced the interior courtyard, rather than the rue Vaugirard, which is noisy, our room was quiet, though a tad dark. Free wireless access was a perk. The king-sized bed was awkward, not because they put to twins together, as many European hotels do, but because each side had its own mini-comforter. A big one would be better for a couple using a king-sized bed. But that was the worst complaint about the room.
The hotel basically offers no real services; you pay for a nice room and that's what you use. No room service, unless you want them to bring you a continental breakfast in the morning. The breakfast downstairs is worth skipping, though I admit we decided this on looking not eating: croissants on a warming plate, tired-looking fruit salad, etc. We had a less expensive, fresh breakfast a few blocks away. The hotel was installing a gym while we were there, so that could be nice later. But basically this is a place to stay to sleep, bathe, rest, not to indulge as you would at a luxury hotel, and in that it provides quite comfortably.
Last thing to add, for comparison's sake, is that we stayed here after having done a night 5 days earlier at the Duc de Saint-Simon, also a small left-bank hotel, very popular with American ladies, and geared towards the well-heeled going for a quaint budget option. Must say that we both preferred the Hotel Luxembourg Parc much more, primarily because the room was just that much nicer, and the Lux Parc was around $100 cheaper, too.
Paris has many wonderful parks - such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Monceau, Place des Vosges - and if you visit in summer, it's much nicer and cheaper to eat oudoors.
Eric Rohmer's Rendezvous in Paris
2 rue Brisemiche
By now you've figured out that I'm a HUGE film buff. Dame Tartine was featured in Eric Rohmer's Rendezvous in Paris - A FANTASTIC FILM! Rohmer is one of the premiere, original Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) French directors, known for staying true to the original tenets of the New Wave ideal. Quentin Tarantino said of Rohmer, "You have to see one of (his movies), and if you kind of like that one, then you should see his other ones, but you need to see one to see if you like it." I think Rendezvous in Paris is an excellent one to start with, having so many great scenes of the parks & squares in Paris such as Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc de Belleville, around the Trocadero and Place Emile Goudeau. Thanks to Mimi (Cigalechanta) for recommending him to me.
I had dinner here one night. It's in a great location facing the Place Igor Stravinsky (neatly tucked away between le Beaubourg & Eglise St-Merri - great views); this is always a lively area. Dame Tartine is where I ate my first ever Croque Monsieur (grilled ham & cheese sandwich - a Croque Madame has a fried egg on top) and only after 4 trips - LOL! Along with their selection of tartines (open-faced sandwiches), Dame Tartine is also famous for their wines.
I returned to Dame Tartine and sat out on the terrasse people-watching over Place Beaubourg, the Tinguely/St-Phalle fountains and St-Merri church. That was still a great time! You have street performers dancing on the square, it was fun!!
Photos: February 2006 & November 2007 Croque monsieur (7.40€) & double espresso (3.20€), s'il vous plait! Sigh! My first croque monsieur ever! :)
This last trip I drank vin chaud (4.20€) and double café crème (4€) to ward off the chill.
Just spent 4 wonderful nights at the Luxembourg Parc; the room was charming, the beds heavenly, the bathroom marble, the water hot, the breakfast delicious and the staff welcoming. Definitely plan to stay there again!
We stayed at the Hotel Luxembourg for two nights in March in a superior room overlooking the park. The room was small but very nicely decorated throughout, including a very comfortable bed. The bathroom was small as well, but nice and had a fantastic shower (best
in France we have had). We did get a great price by looking on-line directly with the hotel and would highly recommend.
Only thing that was an opportunity was the road noise as our room was facing the park and the busier of the roads, but it wasn't too bad. As well, limited restaurants in the immediate area but walk a little bit in any direction and you will find restaurants and pattissiere's.
We would reccomend staying here especially if you want to be close to Luxembourg park, the Latin quarter and/or St. Germain.
Intimate boutique hotel without the extra
We stayed two nights at this hotel, situated next to the Luxemburg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), over New Year's Eve 2006. The staff is very friendly, service minded and most speak English very well. Rooms are small but lovely furnished with details from ancient times, bathrooms increadibly cold and pourly heated (no underfloor heating) and toiletries offered are a variety of different brands and fragrances.
The hotel does not have a restaurant of its own but offer some rather good alternatives in the neighbourhood. Breakfast offered is "french style" which is rather weak for a hotel in this category and make the price rather high (even though it was noted price was lowered from EUR 17 to EUR 15 during our stay).
Don't miss the bar and above all the hotel library, which offers books, chess and internet connection free of charge.
We paid EUR 290 a night for a classic room overlooking the Jardin du Luxembourg, which should be the highest price in that category (other categories offered are superior, executive and suites) and which must be considered rather expensive. Other categoreis might be better even though not necessarily higher in price. For sure there are other hotels in the areas which are better in price.
Our Favorite Hotel in Paris
We loved staying in this hotel! The hotel was very clean and seems to have been rather recently redecorated. We had a little larger room that had a flat screen TV, a safe, minibar and wonderful built in closets. Our room was on the 3rd floor and our windows looked out and down into the courtyard where there was a lovely fountain.
The hotel staff was very kind and knowledgeable about the area restuarants and gave us fabulous suggestions. We ate at two of the restaurants nearby and ended up eating at one of them again! The breakfast at the hotel was good and the cappuccinos were perfect.
We love the area the hotel is in, it is a very quiet and clean neighborhood and there was never a problem finding a cafe to sit at and eat, drink and people watch. It was also near a Metro stop and lots of great shopping. Le Bon Marche was only about a 10 minute walk. We loved this hotel so much that we will always stay here when we visit Paris.
Made our stay very pleasant
We spent the week up to and including the Easter weekend at this hotel and it was extremely pleasant.
Service was very friendly
Rooms were clean, no expense spared in decor and were of a good size
Location was excellent, in the Latin Quarter minutes from the Jardin and in a laid back area of town, but 10-20 mins walk from the river, Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame etc
Would seriously recommend this place.
Luxury, charm & the Garden across the street
I loved this hotel. Our room was cozy, but so comfortable. The linens were high quality, the marble bathroom was luxurious, wonderful deep bathtub, and the towels were gigantic. And there were so many charming touches. Our room looked out on Rue Servandoni, a window box filled with geraniums hung from the window balcony. A robe and slippers were provided. There were lovely bath items, including loofah sponge. Best of all, the room came with a set of glasses, 2 each for wine, champagne, brandy, and two sizes of tumblers, so we could enjoy our purchases in style. The service was excellent. It seemed every time we went out we came back to clean towels and sheets. The front desk was friendly and helpful with reservations or information. Best of all Le Jardin Luxembourg is literally across the street. There is no finer way to feel Parisian than to take a picnic or run in this park. There's wifi too, for husbands who must check in with the office. And even if you don't have a laptop, there's a computer in the charming lobby library to print your boarding passes. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Inside the Luxembourg Parc
The Eiffel Tower
A walk through les passages.
Potatos with crazy veggies!
First Paris Trip
I'll be travelling to Paris with my wife around July 27 for 4 days (plus 3 days in London) and visit the common attractions including Louvre, Arc de Triomph, Champs Elysees, Eiffel tower. Also I'm thinking of a day trip to Versailles.
Can you please suggest which area I should stay so I can comfortably travel around in Train. Also recommendation for any specific hotels around $75 or so.
Also, any other must see attractions for a first time traveller?
Any other useful tips will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Re: First Paris Trip
If you want to enjoy your short stay in Paris you must choose a centraly located hotel. And it is time to reserve.
You can find a nice room with a private bath for 75€ tax included.
I suggest :
- Hotel St André des Arts - 66 rue St André des Arts 6° arrondissement in St Germain des Prés, close to the carrefour de Bucy.
- Hotel de Rouen : 42 rue Croix des Petits Champs 1° arrondissement in front of the Banque de France, at 5 mn walk from Louvre.
- Hotel de Lille 8 rue Pélican 1° arrt, close to the previous one but a lower category.
Other attractions :
- gardens : Paris has 400 gardens generally free. You can visit : Buttes Chaumont, Luxembourg, Parc Floral de Vincennes (if you like flowers), Montsouris
- Museums : Orsay (art of 19° century), Rodin, Modern art (Centre Georges Pompidou)
- A cruise on the Seine : departures Ponts de l'Alma in front of Tour Eiffel or Pont Neuf (Ile de la Cité)
- Monument : Sainte Chapelle near Notre Dame ( a lace of stone and stained glasses), Consiergerie, Opera, Statue of Liberté (Pont de Grenelle), sacré Coeur de Montmartre
- Shopping : the department stores of Blvd Haussmann (Galeries Lafayette & le Printemps), les Quatres Temps (a mall at la Défense).
- Nightlife : Quartier Latin, St Germain des Prés, Rue de Lappe at la Bastille, Rue des Lombards at Les Halles, Place du Tertre in Montmartre (to say the truth, I am not fond of Montmartre because it is too touristy).
Have a good stay
Re: First Paris Trip
Paris is divided up into arrondisments or districts. On the web find out which district suits you best.The closer you are to the sights, the more expensive.
Remember you are never far from the Metro, no matter where you stay.
I was there in Nov. 2002.
Ask for a Carnet of tickets at the metro for under 10 euros you will receive 10 tickets. If you plan to stay longer than a week there are passes avail. Please watch out for the pickpockets especially on the Metro.
Re: First Paris Trip
Am sure you will get lots of info on where to go and where to visit.
On where to stay under this budget-
try Hotel Riviera
55 rue de acacias, 75017Paris