Hôtel Jardin Le Bréa

Jennifer Ladonne

For location, service, and cleanliness this small, 23-room hotel gets high marks. While design awards may not be forthcoming, this is an attractive, extremely well-located hotel, where you will lack for nothing in the way of comfort or amenities.

room

Quite small on average, the rooms—more than half of which were renovated last year—are clean and quiet, though those on the courtyard are the quietest. Most have ample light, and colorful wallpapers add extra cheer to the room but may feel slightly garish to some tastes.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no minibars in the rooms, but soft drinks and water are available in the lobby and Nespresso is complimentary all day long.

bathroom

Newly renovated bathrooms are ample, sparkling clean and up-to-date, with either a tub-and-shower combo or a walk-in rain shower.

lobby

Though not exactly cozy, the lobby is perfectly comfortable and congenial with plenty of couches and chairs for lounging or working on the hotel computer or lounging with a complimentary Nespresso or a drink from the honesty bar.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The popular bar across the way doesn't care it your bedtime is at 10 pm. If you need perfect quiet, secure a courtyard-facing room.

dining

A standard continental breakfast, including cheese and charcuterie, is served in the basement dining room under pretty arched stone ceilings.

Breakfast is an opportunity to explore some of the area bakeries. If you're willing to walk just a little, A la Duchesse Anne (5 Place du 18 Juin 1940) and Aux Delices d'Odessa (19 rue d'Odessa) are popular neighborhood bakeries. A little farther afield in Saint-Germain, Pierre Hermé, on the Rue Bonaparte on the other side of the gardens, is Paris's most notorious pâtissier.

drinking

A small selection of soft drinks, wine, and spirits is available at the honesty bar.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Just minutes from three major metro lines plus an RER line (Port Royal), across the park, that takes you to both airports. A 10-minute direct metro ride to Notre Dame and Ile Saint-Louis. Walkers will love this area, equally close to the Latin Quarter and the Panthéon, and a scenic 20-minute walk to Notre Dame cathedral (or 10 minutes by direct metro).

Restaurants

Hunker down in a red leather banquette and feast on a towering seafood platter served on a mound of ice at Le Dôme, one of Paris's storied brasseries, a few minutes from the hotel, or Le Coupôle, another icon, a few steps down the boulevard. For the ultimate budget meal five minutes from the hotel, Rue du Montparnasse is Paris's crêperie central, with several of the city's best. We like La Crêperie Josselin for a classic savory galette and a dry artisanal cider. Bread and Roses, near the park on Rue Madame, is well known for its quiches, salads, sandwiches, and American-style desserts.

Bars

The many vivacious neighborhood brasseries' late hours and lively atmospheres make them ideal spots for a drink any time of the day and well into the 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

Extra-high marks for service, cleanliness and a fantastic location outweigh a lackluster design. That said, this unpretentious hotel takes pains to make your stay pleasant, and, what’s more, it’s one of the better bargains on our list.

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