The Five Hôtel

3 rue Flatters, 5e, Paris, 75005, France

Jennifer Ladonne

Small is the word at this sweetly eccentric design hotel on a quiet street corner near the Rue Mouffetard market and the Latin Quarter, where it's all about love. A series of "cocoon" rooms provide a cozy getaway for a romantic weekend designed to stimulate the five senses (get it, The Five). But what may inspire you most are the prices!

YOU SHOULD KNOW One thing's for sure, in rooms this small, intimacy is assured, so do not book with someone you're on the fence about. The suites are more spacious, though still cozy.

room

Boudoir-like rooms in brilliant colors include fairy lights, fluffy duvets, Chinese-lacquer artworks and underlit or suspended beds, though, quite honestly, we're not sure what that's supposed to inspire. We do get the Love Box and the rose petals strewn on the bed for every visitor, a nice touch even if you are a business traveler. One of the suites has its own outdoor Jacuzzi—fenced in with bamboo and astroturf—that's very private with plenty of room for couples.

YOU SHOULD KNOW At less than 100 square feet, even "small" doesn't quite describe the standard doubles.

bathroom

Small tiled baths are super clean and up to date, with all the amenities, including L'Occitane toiletries. Keep in mind that the larger the room, the larger the bathroom, though none could quite be called large.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no doors on the baths, but if you're booking here privacy probably isn't an issue.

lobby

The small, vibrantly red lobby and breakfast room—called the Love Capsule—offers a futuristic seating area where you can sip a coffee or a drink (not complimentary) and be inspired, or aroused, by the house fragrance wafting over you.

spa

There is no spa, but the private Jacuzzi in one of the suites is sort of like your own private spa.

dining

A standard buffet breakfast, with hot and cold choices, is served in the Love Capsule or in your room.

drinking

There is an honesty minibar in the lounge-breakfast room area, where you can relax with an erotic book.

LOCATION

Getting Around

A five-minute walk to both the Censier-Daubenton and Les Gobelins metro stations and the Port Royal RER, direct to both airports. This is one of Paris's prettiest residential neighborhoods, home to a more literary bunch, as this is the city's university quartier, close to the Sorbonne and three other universities. The hotel is an easy walk to the beautiful Arènes de Lutèce, Paris's most important Roman site and the Jardin des Plantes, Louis XIV's botanic gardens, with Paris's oldest zoo and the beautiful Grandes Serres (exotic greenhouses). It's also within minutes of two of Paris's best green markets (Place Monge, Maubert Mutualité) and the fabulous Rue Mouffetard market street. Easy walking distance to Notre Dame, the Panthéon, and Jardin du Luxembourg and other major sights, this is an absolute plum of a neighborhood.

Restaurants

Les Papilles cave à manger (10-minutes by foot at 30 rue Gay-Lussac) is as Parisian as it gets and we love it, reserve in advance. Le Pré Verre is also a neighborhood favorite, with excellent wines by the glass and a good prix fixe menu. For one of Paris's truly great views and good Middle Eastern fare, we love nearby Le Zyriab restaurant, at the top of the Musée du Monde Arabe. It's also a great spot for afternoon tea out on the terrace.

On market day, or any day, there's no better place to watch the world go by over a good cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a hearty French meal than at the Cave La Bourgogne (144, rue Mouffetard).

Bars

This is not a neighborhood known for its bars, and you can always grab a glass of wine at a nearby café. For a little nightlife, Little Bastards (about a 10-minute walk) is the Latin Quarter's newest cocktail bar, specializing in gin and infused vodkas and craft cocktails. It's open 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends, which is rare in this quiet neighborhood. The cocktail bar at nearby Hotel Seven also serves up some impressive cocktails, with a sort of oddball glamour, at a price much less than most hotel bars.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This tiny hotel's obsession with romance may be a little wacky, but it's also kind of sweet and all in good fun. Couples will like the extras, including champagne at any hour, but at these almost miraculous prices, why not take the family and grab a Jacuzzi suite? The kids will love splashing around.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Romantic, Trendy
Intimate
Central
Design

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -01–43–31–74–21

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