203 bd. Raspail, 14e, Paris, 75014, France
Montparnasse was the art capital of the world in the '20s and '30s, and this affordable, recently renovated hotel captures some of that spirit by naming its rooms after some of the illustrious neighborhood stars—Picasso, Chagall, and Modigliani. These days, the neighborhood is a vibrant crossroads between two celebrated Left Bank neighborhoods, and a stone's throw from Paris's most famous park.
Small, pleasantly decorated rooms sport vintage color combos, with glossy art deco-inspired wood furnishings, sconces and accents to reflect the hotel's 20s roots, and artworks are inspired by the artists that lived in the neighborhood (and whose names grace the rooms).
Pay a bit extra for one of the three deluxe corner rooms, which have windows facing the Eiffel Tower. All are soundproofed, but none completely drown out the traffic below.
All-new white-tiled bathrooms are small but bright, with all the amenities and tub-shower combos.
Sink into a leather club chair in the handsome art deco lobby, under a tapestry of cavorting nymphs, for a drink or nightcap any time of the day or night.
The bright new cafeteria-style breakfast room is an exuberant place to start the day with a good buffet breakfast. Continental breakfast is served in-room.
The chic lobby bar serves hot drinks, wine and champagne, soft drinks and spirits all day and is open late for night owls.
A few minutes from the Raspail and Vavin metro stations, as well as Port Royal RER station, a direct line to both airports. Set on bustling Boulevard Raspail, on the border between Montparnasse and Saint-Germain, this is a good base for seeing Paris on foot as well as getting around by metro. A quick five-minute walk to the Jardin de Luxembourg, you're also within minutes of Montparnasse cemetery, the final resting spot of Left Bank power couple de Beauvoir and Sartre. Crowded with legendary cafés and brasseries, and near enough great boutiques to keep you busy for a week, you will not lack for things to eat, do, and see.
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 (2-minute walk). You could also head over to Le Coupôle, another icon (just a few steps down the boulevard!). For the ultimate budget meal, Rue du Montparnasse is Paris's crêperie central (Gare de Montparnasse 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 (5-minute walk) for a classic savory galette and a dry artisanal cider.
The many vivacious neighborhood brasseries' late hours and lively atmospheres make them ideal spots for a drink any time of the day or night. If it's a well-made cocktail you're after, head across Saint-Germain to the Prescription Cocktail Club or Freddy's Wine Bar for tapas and top-notch natural wines. Both are a pleasant 15-minute walk away.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A successful renovation, a friendly staff willing to go the extra mile, and a great Left Bank location—not to mention some pretty attractive rates—all add up to an appealing choice within easy walking distance to all you could want in Paris.
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