15 rue Delambre, 14e, Paris, 75014, France
Set in a typical 19th-century Haussmannian building on a small street lined with restaurants and cafés, this six-story hotel gets points for its proximity to the Jardin du Luxembourg and Saint-Germain, as well as small perks, like free in-room coffee and tea and Wi-Fi access.
Somewhat dated rooms are enhanced with antiques and plenty of light from large windows overlooking either the street or a large courtyard. Street-facing rooms on the upper floors have charming balconies with views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Standard rooms have barely a suitcase width between the wall and the foot of the bed—opt instead for a larger junior suite that comes with a fireplace and exposed beams.
Bathrooms are ample yet a bit tired, and at the time of this writing were undergoing renovations.
A small reception area opens onto a bar-lounge, where complimentary coffee and tea are served all day, and a small work area gives free access to the hotel computer.
A buffet breakfast served in the bar-lounge offers plenty of fresh and hot choices.
Chocoholics take note: Saint-Germain is Paris's chocolate central, with more than a dozen world-class chocolatiers within a square mile. Besides the flagship of pastry guru Pierre Hermé (72 rue Bonaparte), you've got Jean-Charles Rouchoux, Henri Le Roux, Patrick Roger, Jean-Paul Hévin (two-minutes away on rue Vavin), Maison du Chocolat, Pierre Marcolini, and that's just a start!
The hotel's well-stocked self-service bar, with plenty of seating (which has seen better days) is a perfectly accommodating place for a drink in the afternoon or evening.
Within minutes of the Vavin and Edgar Quinet metro stations, as well as Port-Royal RER station, direct to both airports. This is an exceptional Left Bank neighborhood well loved for its proximity to Saint-Germain's superb dining and shopping, as well as the legendary Jardin du Luxembourg. This is a bustling neighborhood, with lots of historic cafés and brasseries, where the artists of Montparnasse—Zola, Baudelaire, Renoir, Renoir, Picasso, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Hemingway, Henry Miller and many others—worked, drank, and discussed.
Hunker down in a red leather banquette and feast on a towering seafood platter served on a giant mound of ice at Le Dôme, one of Paris's legendary brasseries (just a few minutes walk away!). You could also head over to Le Coupôle, another icon (a few steps down the boulevard). For the ultimate budget meal two minutes from the hotel, Rue du Montparnasse is Paris's crêperie central (nearby Montparnasse train station has always served Brittany, so many Britons settled in the neighborhood, bringing along their regional foods), with several of the city's best. We particularly like La Crêperie Josselin for a classic savory galette and a dry artisanal cider.
Nearby Le Coupôle's late hours and large terrace are perfect for a glass of wine or a nightcap. If you want to get a little fancier, but no less historic, La Closerie de Lilas's piano bar is a fine place to settle in for a drink, at least Baudelaire, Zola, Hemingway, Picasso and a dozen other notable authors and artists thought so.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location is a big plus here, that is is you're looking to be within quick walking distance of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the legendary Jardin de Luxembourg and close to a mind-boggling number of restaurants, cafes, pâtisseries.
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