I loved this hotel! The staff were friendly, the rooms were charming (read: small), but clean. There is no elevator - this could be an issue if you have a hard time climbing stairs. Breakfast of coffee, cocoa, or tea and tartines with jam is served in the morning (tables are pushed up to the antique pews in the lobby). Walking distance to Notre Dame, the Seine, the Louvre. Odeon Metro stop is at the end of the alleyway. If you are used to staying at 4-star hotel suites with all the luxuries, then you will hate this. But if you travel to meet people from other places and like to stay in colorful, local places - then you will LOVE this hotel. I will not hesitate to recommend it, and plan to stay there again the next time I am in Paris!
Unique Quality: I loved the antique pews in the lobby and the exposed wood beams in the walls of my room. My room was on the 3rd floor and overlooked the street - I could crank open my window and listen to the sounds of life. The location is perfect.
Directions: Metro: Odeon
Latin Quarter at Saint Germain Des Pres
Unbeatable location. The price was only 85 Euros (March). It's about a ten minute walk from the St. Michel RER, about 5 minutes from the Odeon Metro. There were two or three museums within 15 minutes which we didn't have time to see- Middle Ages Museum and a Faberge exhibit at the Luxembourg Gardens. The rooms were old but clean, we had two rooms for two people. The 5 floors we had to walk up were a challenge at the end of the day, but you can look our the window and see the Eiffel Tower. We did not miss the fact that there was no TV. The price was 85 Euros (March) and coffee and bread for breakfast was included. There is a wonderful bakery less than two blocks away and a real grocery store with reasonable prices. The staff is friendly and helpful. Their high end and moderate priced restaurant recommendations were good. One recommendation was Vin et Terroir, located next door. It is moderately priced with good food.
This hotel is in an old, crooked, traditional Parisian building, right in the heart of the busy St-Germain-des-Pres area. The climb up the stairs (there is no elevator) can be an adventure itself! The stairs are lopsided and slanted and you may find yourself banging into the walls. But this is part of the charm of staying in such an old hotel. The rooms are simple and quite large. The bathroom was clean and recently renovated. Our room faced onto the street, which was quite loud during the night. There are several cafes down the street which stay open until around 4 am. You can get rooms facing the courtyard which is much quieter. Breakfast is bread (some mornings fresh, some not so fresh) and butter/jam, and coffee or hot chocolate.
The staff are very knowledgeable about the city and can answer almost every question you have.
Unique Quality: The location of this hotel is fantastic. It is easily accessible by public transport, very close to several supermarkets, and the surrounding streets are filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Just minutes from St-Michel, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. An easy walk to the Pantheon and Jardin du Luxembourg.
Directions: In the St-Germain-des-Pres district. Use the Odeon metro station.
Hotel St. Andre des Arts is located in an ancient building on bustling rue St. Andre des Arts. From the jazz-filled lobby to the clean accomodations, this place is definitely worth a visit for those on a budget.
Unique Quality: The hotel is ideally located near the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame, Metro stations, Brasserie Lipp, and St. Germaine.
Directions: St. Germaine - 6th Arrondisement
I stayed here on my first trip to Paris over thirty years ago.
When, those many years ago, I walked up to my room to hear a chambermaid singing La Vie en Rose to herself, I knew I was in Paris.
I've been there more than a dozen times since.
It is the quinessential little Parisian hotel. No elevator, no room service, no bar. Just a simple place to stay with a little table pulled out to serve coffee and bread in the morning.
The building it is in has bits and pieces that date back several centuries. The floors are uneven and the although there are but 35 rooms on six floors the place is a little rabbits warren.
Unique Quality: The location is just perfect. The Odeon metro stop is on the next street. The area is alive with cafes, restaurants, and convivial bars.
Around the corner is the Cafe Procope, the first Cafe to open in Paris. On the next block is a street market that has been operating since the middle ages. Across the street, down a short passage, is a building where Marat wrote revolutionary tracts.
Directions: Take the Metro to the Odeon stop. Cross the Blvd. St. Germaine going north. You'll see a little alley (Passage du Commerce). Head thru it and you emerge on the Rue. St. Andre Des Artes. The Hotel will be more or less in front of you.
A simple hotel in an ancient building.
Single : 63 euros
Double : 83 euros
Triple : 100 euros
Quadruple : 110 euros
Tax include (except city tax : around 1 euro per capita), including the breakfast
Unique Quality: Near the carrefour de Buci a very living area of St Germain des Pres with its street market.
At 8 mn walk from Notre Dame or Jardin du Luxembourg
At 12 mn walk from Musee du Louvre
At 6 mn from rue de la Huchette and the nightlife heart of Quartier Latin.
When you will stay in this hotel, have a moving thought to the tourists who pay 150 Euros to be on the outskirts of Paris at 30 mn by the metro of any attraction.
Directions: In St Germain des Pres, close to the Carrefour de Buci.
Metro : Odeon (lines 10 and 4)
Parking : rue Mazarine
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Address: 66 rue St-Andre-des-Arts, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75006, France