The 'design' in the name helps explain the quirkiness of this delightful hotel in Paris.
Hidden away on a quiet street literally opposite part of the Sorbonne university the hotel is very quiet - our room looked over a lovely courtyard - but just 100 yards from busy Boulevard st Michel. A quiet area and not overrun with students, apart from in Costa coffee, with bookshops at every turn. Just a short walk from the ever impressive Jardins du Luxembourg and seemingly very French and Parisian - as opposed to an immigrant area full of turkish, indian, chinese restaurants and shops.
The hotel entrance is slightly hidden and you squeeze through the door to a small reception area. Very friendly welcome and a complimentary map and insight into local area including recommended restaurants.
Only 3 or 4 floors in the hotel and a lovely curved staircase - but if you do take the lift it is VERY small so be prepared to go up one at a time! The rooms aren't huge but ours was fine and yes, had the stripey black and yellow wallpaper meaning that we did wake up to something of a barcode!
Very comfy bed, small area for hanging clothes but we did miss tea-making facilities - we are English after all. Apple mac computer for TV and internet surfing and good free WiFi. The novelty of having a computer in the room has probably worn off now that everyone has smartphones though.
Radiator in the room gave good warmth, which was handy with the freezing temperatures and snowflakes outside.
Only downside was the tiny ensuite shower room - small, cold (no heating, not even a towel rail) and a shower cubicle that was unable to retain water so floor seemed to flood at every showering.
We didn't have breakfast at the hotel as seemed a bit pricey and instead tried local cafes for this.
Hotel also very helpful in swift ordering of taxi back to the airport.
Would certainly consider a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A bigger brighter lobby, all-new designer rooms, new sound system, new breakfast area, new photo exhibition on every floor, unlimited free internet access, a freshly-cleaned fa??ade... you'll be amazed and delighted by the new Hotel Sorbonne! Total comfort, refreshing style and attention to detail; all our rooms have been fully renovated with daring designer fabrics, sumptuous wallpaper, completely new bathrooms and your own iMac for surfing the web, watching a DVD or checking your e-mail. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Design De La Sorbonne Hotel
- Hotel De La Sorbonne