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Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Résidence Henri IV

50 rue des Bernadins, 5e, Paris, 75005, France

This small hotel on a quiet cul-de-sac across from a leafy square almost feels like a large Parisian maison, perfect for travelers—especially those with children—who need a quiet base where they can kick back, make their own meals, and feel right at home. Located steps from the Panthéon, Sorbonne, and Cluny Medieval Museum, the hotel is a tranquil yet convenient retreat that offers a real Parisian experience.

Be sure to check the website for discounted rates before booking.


Beautifully decorated rooms, two to a floor, are bedecked with elegant molded ceilings, armoires, sconces, marble mantelpieces, and kitchenettes equipped with two-burner stoves, dorm-size fridges, and sinks. Apartments have space for up to four guests and are perfect for families.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms on the upper floors have the best light and several of the rooms have balconies large enough for a small café table and chairs.


Recently updated tile-and-marble bathrooms are elegant and spacious, with all the amenities and luxury bath products.


The medieval theme running through the small, cozy lobby—complete with a roaring fire in winter—extends to a small outdoor terrace, and harkens back to the neighborhood's 12th-century origins as Paris's university quarter.


A fresh, classic continental breakfast is served in a small but very pleasant basement breakfast room.

Having a kitchenette in your room may inspire you to hit the rue Mouffetard—well worth a stroll in any case—one of Paris's oldest and most storied market streets immortalized in Hemingway's Paris classic "A Moveable Feast." Closer to home, the Marché Maubert, on Tues., Thurs., and Sat. mornings, is a great place to stock up on fresh produce, cheeses, and other French delights.


The is no in-hotel bar.


Getting Around

The hotel is five minutes from the Cluny-La Sorbonne and Cardinal Lemoine metro stations, and 10 minutes from RER Luxembourg, a direct line to both airports. Five minutes from Notre-Dame, the Seine, and the Panthéon (which offers wonderful rooftop views), the Luxembourg Gardens, among other iconic Paris sites, this is an ideal neighborhood for visitors who like a peaceful setting that's removed from the hustle and bustle but still very much in the beating heart of Paris. Being off the tourist path, you'll also find authentic cafés and restaurants that cater to students and neighborhood folk, meaning good food at good prices.


Itinéraires bistro draws foodies from far and wide. Go for the blackboard menu of the day, you won't regret it.

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.

If you're up for a blowout meal in one of Paris's legendary temples to gourmet dining, La Tour D'Argent is only steps away.


Little Bastards, the Latin Quarter's newest cocktail bar, speciaizes in gin and infused vodkas, as well as craft cocktails. It's also open till 2 pm–4 am on weekends–a rarity in this quiet neighborhood.

The cocktail bar at Hotel Seven serves up some impressive cocktails with the glamour and glitz at a price much less than most hotel bars.


A hotel that strives to make you feel at home is always a find, and succeeds on many fronts, from sensitive, generous service, to its in-room facilities that make a long-term stay a real pleasure. No shortage of elegance, the grand staircase, original artworks and many elegant touches only enhance the Old World feeling.


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Phones: -01–44–41–31–81

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