Whenever I travel to a new city, if I have enough days, I try to stay in at least two different areas. This helps me to see more than I probably would have if I was staying on one side of the city, most of the time saves me money and also it allows me to get the full experience of each area. Living in NYC I know all too well how much culture and vibes can change from area to area in a big city so staying in different areas on a trip allows me to leave feeling like I have truly experienced that city.
On my most recent trip to Paris, I stayed in an Airbnb that a friend of mine rented just north of the Champs Elysees for the first three days and then when she headed home to the US I migrated over to a hotel in the Odeon area. For those of you who are familiar with NYC, it was like going from Midtown to the West Village. In other words, way more my style. Less touristy, more charming, and choc full of amazing restaurants.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning/heat
- 30 rooms
- Breakfast available (extra charge)
- 24-hour front desk
- Air conditioning
- Daily housekeeping
- Front desk safe
- Laundry service
- Concierge services
- Luggage storage
- Hair dryer
My deciding factor in choosing this hotel was not only price, but location. The location of this hotel exceeded my expectaions and was within walking distance of at least 70% of what I wanted to see/do/eat.
Practically across the street from the hotel, lives The Luxembourg Garden (pictured above). This gorgeous garden reminded me so much of Central Park. It was perfect for picnics and all of my picnic needs were easy to pick up on my short walk to the park.
Directly across the street from the hotel, there is a mini mart that sells snacks, water, alcohol, candy, etc. Walk down the street a few feet and there is a wine store, restaurants and a cheese shop.
Here are just a few of the attractions nearby the hotel:
- Luxembourg Garden
- Shakespeare and Co.
- Notre-Dame Cathedral
- Fontaine Saint Michel
- Odeon Theatre
- Pont Neuf
Located in the basement, is the dinging area. Every morning the hotel offers a beautiful breakfast spread (for an additional charge) filled with pastries, cheese, meats, jams, coffee, tea, orange juice and more. On my last day I took advantage of this amenity to save time in my morning travels and I was very pleased with my meal.
The lobby is super cozy with an artistic and creative vibe. Just past the Lobby is a quaint outdoor courtyard where you eat your breakfast or just relax.
The front desk is very friendly and helpful. They were able answer all of my questions about the area and help me schedule a car to scoop me up the morning of my departure.
One thing I really appreciated about this hotel, is that they ask you to return your room key when you leave the premises. I found this to be very convenient so that I never had to worry about misplacing my key while I was out exploring. Don’t worry, there is someone at the front desk 24/7 so you never have to worry about not being able to get into your room.
The photo above was taken from the hotel’s website, however this is the exact room I stayed in.
My window overlooked the street and made it very easy to take some sunset photos over the buildings. I love the noise of the street (the New Yorker in me) to fall asleep so I really appreciated being able to open the window and hear some soft street sounds. For those of you who do not appreciate an urban sound machine, the window closed keeps a silent atmosphere for sleeping.
Staying by myself, the room was small but perfect for me. It wasn’t until I had to share the room with my father on the last day that I realized how small the room was. Hiding one suitcase on the other side of the bed was easy but when there was a second suitcase and a second person in the room we found ourselves tripping over everything to get around. So if you think you’ll need some extra room, opt for a larger room here.
The bed was very comfortable and when I brought to their attention that my father would be joining me the last night, they kindly turned the double bed into two singles for us at no additional charge.
The only small downside to this hotel in my opinion would be the size of the room I was in, however I have to say, based on price and location I would recommend this hotel to anyone and I would most definitely stay there again.
Thanks for the great stay Hotel Fontaines du Luxembourg!!!!
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