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Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel La Manufacture

8 rue Philippe de Champagne, 13e, Paris, 75013, France

On a quiet street just behind Place d'Italie and a short stroll from both the Jardin des Plantes and Rue Mouffetard, this convenience hotel's lesser-known location will make you feel like a vrai (real) Parisian. A budget hotel to its core, don't expect frills, but it is clean and comfortable, with a friendly staff that goes the extra mile, and for what you'll save, you can make some Parisian splurges elsewhere.

YOU SHOULD KNOW We emphasize that this is a budget hotel. More stylish low-cost accommodations can be found (see our list), but none as economically as this.

room

Rooms are small and simply decorated with clean lines and natural colors; options include triples and eight sets of connecting rooms for families. The most expensive sixth-floor rooms are more spacious and some have Eiffel Tower or Panthéon views and a balcony.

A balcony makes an ordinary room feel a bit more special. Go for it.

bathroom

Bathrooms are small but entirely functional, with either a tub and mounted shower or a walk-in shower (and good pressure), full-length mirrors, and ample shelf space.

lobby

The bright, cheerful lobby has oak floors, attractive lighting, a wooden bar, and a cozy breakfast nook, plus a small computer center for business clients and free Wi-Fi.

dining

The hotel's standard continental breakfast, served in the small but cheerful breakfast room and bar, includes thoughtful non-gluten and healthy options.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The breakfast room gets crowded; consider going at an off hour or taking breakfast in your room.

drinking

The hotel offers a full bar and a small lounge area for kicking back with a drink after a long day on the town.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Place d'Italie, a few minutes away, is a transport hub, with three metro lines.

We must stress that though this is an out-of-the-way address, it is a great place to be, with lots to discover and easy access to restaurants, cafés, shopping, and the rest of Paris. Place d'Italie itself is a bustling commercial area, but nearby you'll find the historic Buttes aux Cailles quartier, with its leafy streets and charming houses, Paris's only spring-fed pool (Piscine de la Buttes aux Cailles), and the Gobelins tapestry manufacture, the oldest and most revered in France. You're also within easy walking distance to Paris's Chinatown, the wonderful Rue Mouffetard, one of Paris's greatest, and oldest, market streets, brimming with cheese shops, butchers, boulangeries and pâtisseries (it was immortalized in Hemingway's A Moveable Feast).

Restaurants

For a delicious budget meal, follow the locals to Chez Mamane (10-minute walk) where you'll sit at long tables and dine on authentic dishes from the Maghreb, starring copious couscous plates (meat or vegetarian), tender lamb, and spicy merguez, all accompanied by quality wine and beer at absurdly low prices. Also in the Buttes aux Cailles, Les Cailloux Trattoria, another neighborhood stalwart, serves scrumptious classic Italian fare and excellent wines at gentle prices.

Bars

There are plenty of standard bars and cafés and the neighborhood to grab a drink anytime during the day or evening. If you're looking for a neighborhood hangout Au Goût du Monde serves a menu of colorful cocktails along with French comfort food. If you're willing to walk a little farther afield to the Seine, we recommend you head on over to Cité de la Mode et du Design, set right on the river, where you'll have the choice of several fashionable watering holes, including Café Oz and Nuba, for dancing, cocktails, and general revelry with some great views over the water.

WHY WE LIKE IT

We've awarded this convenient hotel three stars because, as one of the least expensive hotels in our guide, it delivers on all of the basic fronts and then some. If money is an issue, this is one of your best options for a budget hotel.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Pet Friendly
Casual
Central
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: -01–45–35–45–25

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