Port-Royal Hôtel

8 bd. de Port-Royal, 5e, Paris, 75005, France

Jennifer Ladonne

This extreme budget hotel on a leafy intersection near the wonderful Rue Mouffetard market at the border of the 13e arrondissement, may be somewhat removed from the action, but the tidy lounge areas, garden courtyard, and no-frills rooms are just fine for a travelers happy with a snug place to sleep.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a traditional family owned hotel in the best sense and the worst, meaning you'll enjoy friendly old-fashioned hospitality along with some throwbacks to the past, like showers in the hall for the least expensive rooms, and some furnishings that have seen better days.


Small, no-frills rooms have no decor to speak of, but are well-kept and tidy, with a desk, chair, armoire, and bed (some rooms have a sink in the room instead of a bathroom, with showers in the corridor). Just imagine yourself a struggling Parisian poet and you'll do just fine.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Walls are not the thickest so you might hear your neighbors if they're at all rowdy. But double glazing keeps out any din from the street


In-room baths are tiny and basic, with a small half or full tub or minuscule shower. Rooms at the lowest end of the price range are equipped sinks only, and guests are free to use a scrupulously clean shared shower room is in the hallway.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Lines for the shower are rare, but they do happen.


The more contemporary lobby has comfortable seating arrangements and a pleasant view onto the street.


A basic no-frills breakfast is served in the clean downstairs dining room. But for the money, you might want to venture out to a café on nearby Rue Mouffetard or grab a croissant and head to the Jardin des Plantes.

A few minutes walk away, Carl Marletti is one of the best pâtisseries in the 5e. His pastries walk away with honors every year. You could even head over to the Grande Mosquée de Paris for a hot mint tea and a delicious pastry from the Magreb.


Getting Around

A few minutes from Les Gobelins metro stop, which takes you to through the city center and connects to Châtelet, where you can get the RER direct to both airports and five metro lines. Set in a leafy neighborhood in Paris’s in Paris's Port Royal neighborhood, just minutes from the Rue Mouffetard market street, one of Paris's oldest and most delightful, this is a neighborhood for walking. Despite being a residential area, there's plenty of restaurants, cafés and very Parisian open-air markets (Marché Monge, Marché Mutualité). Many important sites and monuments can be reached on foot within 5-15 minutes, including the Panthéon, the historic Jardin des Plantes (Louis the XIV's botanic garden) and the Grandes Serres greenhouses, the Grande Mosquée de Paris, the Arènes de Lutèce, left over from Roman Paris, the Musée de Cluny medieval museum (with the famous unicorn tapestry), and much more.


For a budget option, a 15-minute walk away, or a quick metro ride to Place d'Italie, takes you to Paris's Chinatown, with myriad Chinese restaurants, some quite good. For a more gastronomic experience, L'Agrume, about 10 minutes away by foot, is a casual, well-priced neighborhood bistro, serving Asian-inflected French dishes. Au Petit Marguery (9 Bld Port Royal) is a nearby neighborhood stalwart, serving all the French classics in an intimate space.


This is not a neighborhood known for its happening bars, but you can always grab a glass of wine at a café. For a little nightlife, Little Bastards, 10 minutes on foot from the hotel, is the Latin Quarter's newest cocktail bar, speciailzing in gin and infused vodkas, as well as craft cocktails. It's also open till 2 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends–a rarity in this quiet neighborhood. The cocktail bar at Hotel Seven also serves up some impressive cocktails, with a sort of oddball glamour, at a price much less than most hotel bars.


To be straight, this is an option only for those looking for a cheap, clean place in a quiet, very Parisian neighborhood that's a delight to explore on foot. And if you don't mind not having a private in-room bath, it's a great choice.


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