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yk Jan 22nd, 2005 07:25 PM

Paris hotels again?! Help me choose, in 5e & 6e
I have gone through all the Budget Hotel threads in the Paris Superthread. Here is what I have nailed down to. I'll be there in end of Feb, 05, and want to keep it under € 90 for a double (2 persons) with private bathroom.
Let me know what your choice is:

Hotel du Pantheon, 19 place du Pantheon, € 80 (special rate)
Hotel Monge, 55 rue Monge, € 75-130 (website doesn't specify current rate)
Familia Hotel, 11 rue des Ecoles, € 90
Hotel de La Sorbonne, 6 rue Victor Cousin, € 60 (special rate- I'm not sure if I can really get it)

Hotel de Saint Germain, 50 rue du Four, € 105-130 (special has 4th night free)
Pension Ladagnous, 78 rue d'Assas, € 62 (a bit far out)

Hotel Residence les Gobelins, € 73 (a bit far out)

elaine Jan 22nd, 2005 07:31 PM

there's an entry in here for the Pension L;tid=34553654

Christina Jan 22nd, 2005 07:42 PM

I haven't actually stayed at any of those hotels but the Sorbonne, but am kind of familiar with most of them from comments and seeing them on the street -- the Hotel du Pantheon at only 80 euro sticks out to me as the best bargain on that list, and I'd book it. I would never pay 90 euro for the Familia compared to these other rates.

Scarlett Jan 22nd, 2005 07:44 PM

yk, I read a great review of the Monge in the Times not long ago, written by the Frugal Traveler.

tuscanlifeedit Jan 22nd, 2005 07:59 PM

Hotel de Saint Germain, 50 rue du Four, € 105-130 (special has 4th night free

A friend stayed on the special and was pleased with this hotel. We have considered it based on her rec.

yk Jan 22nd, 2005 08:56 PM


Found the article in NYT re: Hotel Monge, thanks! Though that was from Jan 2003.

I found a more recent article, from August 04, "The Left Bank, for Less". I believe this article was mentioned on the Paris Superthread.

The hotel mentioned in that article is Hotel St Pierre in 5e. Currently double goes for € 80.

yk Jan 22nd, 2005 09:12 PM

Found this article in Times online (UK) titled "Stylish Stays in the heart of Paris for £70",00.html

sjde53 Jan 22nd, 2005 10:00 PM

I really liked the Familia, though for a change of pace, thought next time we'll stay in the 6th arrondisement. Maybe the 7th.


ita Jan 22nd, 2005 10:14 PM

I have stayed at Hotel Monge. The rooms were small, but spotlessly clean. We had a room overlooking the arena but I think that that is more expensive than the front. The breakfast was good, but the best thing is the location-walking distance to almost everything.

yk Jan 23rd, 2005 07:47 AM

Topping for self

sandi_travelnut Jan 23rd, 2005 07:51 AM

Have you gone to to see first-hand reviews of these places? That might help.

francophile03 Jan 23rd, 2005 08:12 AM

I haven't read comments about Pension Ladagnous and Hotel Res. les Gobelins. But the others I have read about. Based on those comments I would choose Hotel du Pantheon or Hotel de Saint Germain.

I have walked by the Hotel du Pantheon and it's in a great area, just across from the Pantheon (of course) and a long block away from Blvd. St. Michel.

The Hotel Saint Germain is in a great area too. It's near the Mabillon metro stop and right next to Blvd. St. Germain.

elle Jan 23rd, 2005 08:18 AM

I've stayed at Hotel Monge and found it rather nice for the price. We payed 84 euros in March of 2002 for a decent-sized room with a view of the arenes.

But the Pantheon deal sounds like a DEAL! So I'd put that at the top of the list.

yk Jan 23rd, 2005 02:07 PM

I went on to the hotel websites to get room requests. Turns out that:

Hotel du Pantheon only offers the € 80 rate for 1 night only. The other nights are more expensive. The total would come out about € 100 per night.

Hotel de La Sorbonne also only offers the € 60 rate for 1 night only. The average comes out to € 75 per night.

I have sent email requests to Hotel Monge and Hotel de Saint Germain to see what actual rates they are offering.

Keep your comments coming!

amelia Jan 23rd, 2005 05:02 PM

Wow, I was wondering about the 80E for the Pantheon--that was a great deal!

We loved the location, so if the average over days ends up rather on the low end, go for it.

francophile03 Jan 23rd, 2005 05:10 PM

A 100 euro/night at the du Pantheon is still pretty good to me.

ninasdream Jan 23rd, 2005 05:40 PM

I stayed at Res. Les Gobelins last April, I found it here & my comments are under the Fodor hotel thread, where I list prices & room #'s. A quiet double room on the courtyard was the best bet.

annieladd Jan 23rd, 2005 07:13 PM

We stayed at Hotel de St. Germain on rue de Four in October. The rooms are tiny, but great location. The management and staff are very kind. You might ask for a room that has the balcony, they seem to be larger. The hotel is clean, bathroom's large, and good location which were our major criteria. If you go, tell Dina hi from Annie and Tom in Kansas City. The great patisserie, Poilane, is just down the street. Enjoy.

dln Jan 23rd, 2005 07:22 PM

yk, you wouldn't catch me staying at the Hotel Familia again. Yes, I know it's well-known and gets good reviews but you could do better. The street is noisy, the rooms are closet-sized, and the bedding is threadbare. The bathrooms have low ceilings, no windows, and are as big as the ones you see on airlines. I was under-whelmed by the Familia, to say the least.

sandypaws3 Jan 24th, 2005 05:54 PM

We stayed at the Hotel de Saint Germain, at 50, rue de Four, and thought the rooms were very small, we enjoyed our stay. Great location, not far from the Bon Marché, and friendly staff. We would stay there again.


Grandmere1 Jan 24th, 2005 06:00 PM

Last fall Conde Nast Travel mag. listed the Hotel Port Royal on Blvd. Port Royal as being around $100. The website looks good.

yk Jan 24th, 2005 08:37 PM

I have heard back from Hotel Monge and Hotel de Saint Germain. Their rates are comparable.

The reviews on tripadvisor are more favorable for Hotel Monge.

I am leaning a bit more towards of Hotel de Saint Germain because of its location.

Any more thoughts?

Travelnut Jan 25th, 2005 06:40 AM

I haven't stayed at either but how about the 'noise level'...? I think it might be noisier (street and foot traffic) in front of Hotel de St Germain vs. Monge. Also at Hotel Monge, you can request a room overlooking the Arenes.

We stayed at Hotel St Christophe around the corner from Monge and thought the metro was convenient; we did walk up to Pantheon and on to the Seine but it <i>is</i> a walk.

One odd thing I read about Monge was someone claimed they could hear the metro rumbling from their room - anyone ever experienced this in their hotel (or this one)?..

yk Jan 25th, 2005 12:42 PM

topping one more time

annieladd Jan 26th, 2005 04:14 PM

When we stayed at Hotel de St. Germain, our room overlooked the street, and we slept with the windows open. The only thing that woke me up was, each morning the trash man would come by. Other than that, the street gets pretty quiet after 10 or so.

YK, you know at this price, it isn't anything fancy, but it's clean, has elevator, nice modern bath, phone, TV, and refrigerator. I'm pretty sure it had hair dryer too. The location is great, the Monoprix is just around the corner, take advantage of that for soda, wine, cheese, etc. There's a bus stop across the street, and 2 metros within close walking distance.

I may have mentioned before Dina and Laurent are the managers and lovely people. Even though it may be cool, try to get one of the rooms that have a balcony (I think they end in 25) because they seemed to be the largest. Some of the rooms are very tiny, but hopefully at this time of year, you can get your request.

Whatever you end up doing, let us know how it goes. annieladd

yk Jan 26th, 2005 06:08 PM

Thanks for all your replies, esp annieladd.

I have gone ahead and made a reservation at Hotel de Saint Germain. Somehow I just feel like staying in the 6 eme this time.

I am prepared for a tiny room, but that's ok, as we plan to spend as much time out sightseeing as possible. I think I am getting a pretty good deal - it comes out to &lt; &euro; 80 per night!

Will let you all know how it works out.

francophile03 Jan 26th, 2005 06:55 PM

Hi yk, you will have a small room most likely. But I'll let you know that rue du Four is just like what the French say alot 'a stone's throw' from Blvd. St. Germain. It's right off of the blvd. near to rue Mabillon. So the location will make up for the small room.

aliska Jan 26th, 2005 07:14 PM

If you stay at the Hotel Germain, I can recommend a fabulous boulangerie at 12 rue Mabillion, Fabien LeDoux. We visited Paris around Xmas and stayed at the Hotel Clement, which is just off the Blvd. St. Germain, near the Mabillon metro. I can also recommend a great steak &amp; frites restaurant, Le Relais d'Entrecote, which is basically an all you can eat white tablecloth place. My DH adored it and had to eat there twice. The Monoprix nearby was a boon for us as well as we had teenagers and we could buy soda, chips, fresh fruit, etc. pretty inexpensively. Be wary of Cafe Mabillon on the Blvd. St. Germain, they ripped us off royally on a couple of single scoop ice creams. Have fun!

sandypaws3 Jan 26th, 2005 07:40 PM

We liked the Hotel de Saint Germain... comfortable, even though it was quite small. The staff was very friendly, and it was well located. It was a short walk to Saint Sulpice, Boulevard Saint Germain, and the Bon March&eacute;. A bus stopped right across the street, and there was a metro stop a short walk away. You wouldn't go wrong choosing it.


yk Mar 10th, 2005 06:02 PM

I have returned from my trip and posted a review of Hotel de Saint Germain on my trip report thread,;tid=34579780
but I'll paste the review here in case this thread ever comes up in a search:

Author: yk
Date: 03/10/2005, 08:55 pm
Message: Review of Paris hotel - Hotel de Saint Germain, 50 rue du Four

Early on in the trip planning, I had decided on staying in the 6th (in my previous trips, I had stayed in the 5th, 7th, and near Opera Garnier). It was difficult to find a hotel in the 6th that would fit our budget (~$100/night) as the $ was weak. After perusing multiple threads on this forum, I found Hotel de Saint Germain which fit our budget. We were eligible for their promotion: Stay 3 nights (inclu Sunday) and get the 4th night free. At &euro; 105/night normally, that came out to &euro; 79/night on average.

Upon check-in, we were assigned room 65. The desk clerk nicely informed us it is on the 6th floor, but the elevator only goes up to the 5th floor (hint: the room is in the attic). The room was tiny, which I had expected, but tinier than I had imagined. It measured about 10 feet x 10 feet, while the bathroom was about 6 feet x 3 feet. The room also smelled of cigarette smoke. Luckily I had packed a green tea-scented travel candle, which lessened the cigarette smell. The double bed was larger than a full-size but smaller than a queen. The bathroom was so small that it barely could fit one person inside. If one were overweight, he/she may have difficulty fitting inside and be able to close the door (no, I am not exaggerating.)

More importantly though, the room was clean and the bathroom fixtures were rather new. The room also has all the basic features: TV, telephone, hairdryer, mini-fridge, and safe. The bathroom amenities included shower gel, soap, and shampoo.

Our room faces the street, but with the windows closed, we barely heard any street noise, even in the morning. However, the hotel is located on top of a metro line. Each time a subway train passed by, I could feel the vibration. The elevator was also rather noisy, but fortunately it wasn't used much in the middle of the night.

We chose to eat breakfast at the hotel, which was an extra &euro; 8 per person. We thought it was a reasonable price, as the breakfast included: fresh squeezed OJ, tea/coffee, and a bread basket (1 roll, 1 croissant, 1 chocolate croissant per person). There was also an unlimited supply of plain yogurt, cereal, and fruit.

Bottom line: Would I stay there agin?
Maybe, with the promotion. Definitely not, without the promotion. I certainly enjoyed staying in the 6th, as a lot of sights (and chocolate shops) are actually within walking distance. The hotel is also within close distance to several metro lines: 4, 10, 12. But maybe next time I will give Hotel Tiquetonne a try.

sandi_travelnut Mar 11th, 2005 06:28 AM

Great info on the hotel, thanks. Don't forget to post it on too.

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