Paris, France

Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon

Rates from (ex tax)$188.58

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR176.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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Style

Seductive songbird

Setting

Luxembourg Garden heights

In the shadow of France’s monument to its greatest men, Paris’ enchanting chanteuses, exotic beauties and literary darlings have left their mark on Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon. Decked out in jewel-toned prints, sumptuous silks and retro furnishings, six floors of coquettish rooms await inside – a boudoir bolthole just steps from the Latin Quarter’s historic cobbled streets.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

35, including one suite.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $188.58 (€160), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.47 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR176.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Continental buffet breakfast of fresh juices and fruits, breads and croissants, pancakes, hot drinks, cold cuts and omelettes costs from €17 a person (free for guests staying in Romantic Rooms or higher categories).

Also

The beautiful brains behind Smith Parisian favourite La Belle Juliette, owner Corinne Moncelli has hung the breakfast room walls with her old photos. Conveniently, each frame has a magnifying glass, so you won’t have to play the sleuth too long to find her. Look out for hints to her heroines’ colourful love lives, too: vintage boxing gloves hang in one of the Edith Piaf rooms, a bittersweet tribute to boxer Marcel Cerdan, the great love of her life.

At the hotel

Lounge, gift shop, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Carthusia toiletries. The Suite and Deluxe Rooms also have Nespresso coffee machines.

Our favourite rooms

Each floor pays subtle tribute to its muse: climb the stairs to discover Fifties-styled rooms fit for Edith Piaf, chic hideaways inspired by writer George Sand’s home in Nohan, bold references to Juliette Gréco’s jazz age, rich African prints in the Signares rooms and lustrous silks reminiscent of Marguerite Duras’ years in Indochina. The fifth and sixth floors have panoramic views over Paris’ rooftops. All rooms have bath tubs for long leisurely soaks, apart from Classic rooms (although some make up for it with lovely little balconies). If you’re planning on re-enacting the muses’ tumultuous affairs, opt for the Junior Suite Cocotte, a red-and-black boudoir with a seductive roll-top bath.

Packing tips

Take your cue from the dames: bring hair straighteners to perfect a sharp Juliette Gréco fringe, and a well-thumbed copy of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amant to leave on café terrace tables.

Also

Room 1, on the ground floor, is wheelchair-accessible. Stock up on Carthusia toiletries in the shop: scented with heady Mediterranean aromatics, they’re tricky to find outside of Capri.

Children

The hotel is more of a grown-up stay, but one free baby cot for under-2s is available on request. Staff can also arrange babysitting (€30 an hour; minimum booking, two hours).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab a seat by the lobby’s window for gossip over afternoon tea.

Dress Code

Vintage dresses and professorial tweeds.

Hotel restaurant

None, but you need only venture down the hill for classic brasseries, traiteur picnics and lively cafés. Breakfast – a feast of buttery golden pastries and all manner of eggs – is brought up to guests or served beneath the arched ceiling of a stone-clad basement room.

Hotel bar

Decorated with colour-block rugs and quirky hanging glassware, the lounge bar has a handful of inviting tufted banquettes overlooking the Place du Panthéon. It’s a pleasing spot for a pâtisserie and a glass of champagne; sit back and watch stylish Parisian students amble past on their way to class.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–11am; the bar is open round the clock.

Room service

Call for a romantic in-room picnic from 6pm to midnight: order classic French fare such as foie gras, steak tartare or a little helping of caviar served with vodka, rye bread and chive-laced cream.

Location

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Address
Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon
19 Place du Panthéon
Paris
75005
Paris
France

Planes

A 35-minute drive away, Paris Orly is the closest airport, with good domestic links to most of France. UK and international flights land at Paris Charles de Gaulle, a 45-minute drive away. A taxi from CdG to the centre costs about €50; direct trains run regularly to the nearby Luxembourg RER station at a fraction of the cost.

Trains

The Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord is about 15 minutes away by car, or three stops on the RER. The hotel is well placed on the Métro network, with stops on lines 4, 6, 7 and 10 all within walking distance.

Automobiles

Driving in Paris is best left to the stout of heart; if you do decide to brave the traffic, the hotel can point you to parking spots close by.

Other

With separated bike lanes and quiet back streets, the Left Bank can be a pleasure to explore on two wheels. Hire a self-service bike from a Vélib station; there are several near the hotel, although you might be best to try your luck at the bottom of the hill. You'll need a credit card to leave the €150 deposit required.

Worth getting out of bed for

Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon sits pretty atop the Sainte-Geneviève hill, a lofty position at the heart (and height) of Paris’ Left Bank. Just steps from its most prestigious schools and the Sorbonne universities, this is the lively stomping ground for France’s finest and brightest. You could spend a few hours visiting history’s greats in their monumental shrine across the road (Victor Hugo and Jean Moulin are buried here alongside Marie Curie, the only woman so far distinguished with this honour), but more earthly pleasures await in the neighbourhood. Grab a picnic from the upscale traiteur Dalloyau (+33 (0)1 43 29 31 10) on nearby Place Edmond Rostand – its avocado and crab choux pastry is quite the savoury surprise – and head for the Jardin du Luxembourg, where Parisians, their handbag pooches and a small herd of ponies can be found soaking up the rays at the merest hint of sunshine. Spend an afternoon brushing up on French literature: bookshop L’Ecume des Pages (+33 (0)1 45 48 54 48), next door to the legendary Café de Flore (+33 (0)1 45 48 55 26), is the erudite’s hangout of choice. Seventh-art aficionados may prefer L’Epée de Bois (+33 (0)1 43 37 54 59), a diminutive arthouse cinema on the atmospheric rue Mouffetard, which, with its street market and cheap-and-cheerful pit stops, is as good a place as any to stock up on wine, spectacular bread and the whiffiest of cheeses.

Local restaurants

A guide to Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon’s neighbourhood inevitably reads like a who’s who of iconic Parisian eateries. On the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Brasserie Lipp (+33 (0)1 45 48 53 91) does a fine line in art deco mouldings, classic French fare and efficient (if every so slightly frosty) service. Looking out over the Seine and Notre Dame’s fine Gothic buttresses, La Tour d’Argent (+33 (0)1 43 54 23 31) has made a name for itself with its pressed duck and prestigious wine cellar; you’ll need plenty of advance warning, the hotel’s helping hand and a well-padded wallet to secure a table. No bookings necessary at Le Comptoir du Relais (+33 (0)1 44 27 07 97) – in fact, they don’t take any, so just join the queue and pray you’ve arrived early enough to bag one of the coveted seats. Start with a basket of saucissons, move on to buttery seared scallops and see where the day’s menu takes you.

Local cafés

In a sleek, airy loft above a tiny cinema, Le Salon du Panthéon (+33 (0)1 40 46 01 21) flaunts comfortable vintage chairs, rotating art exhibits and a pretty outdoor terrace – a pleasant spot for an afternoon tea and a leaf through Les Cahiers du Cinéma. Bypass Ladurée and head straight to Port Royal’s Saduharu Aoki (+33 (0)1 45 35 36 80) for all your sweet needs: the eponymous baker does inspired things with Japanese ingredients such as sesame and matcha tea, cleverly disguised in classic French pastry.

Local bars

Paris’ recent influx of mixologists hailing from New York and London is finally paying off; squeeze in to the Prescription Cocktail Club (+33 (0)9 50 35 72 87) for tipples shaken, frosted and stirred. Nearby, Le Montana (+33 1(0) 44 39 71 00) is a fashionista’s den of debauchery, with baroque interiors, free-flowing champagne and unshakeable bouncers.

Reviews

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Jonathan Teplitzsky

Anonymous review

What’s happened to the French?

Where have all the surly waiters gone?

Where’s the boulangerie madame who stares blankly through you as you plead for ‘une baguette s’il vous plaît’ as if she’d never heard of a long stick of crunchy bread? And what about the cab driver who takes you from Gare du Nord to Notre-Dame via Marseille?

We just spent a delightful few days in the City of Light only to discover that Paris has become the ‘friendly’ capital of Europe. Everywhere you go people are happy. They smile and want to help you. And even as you murder their language in a pathetic attempt to ask directions, they reward you with warmth and friendliness for at least attempting a few words of le française. I almost missed the snort and the shrug.

Nowhere is this bonhomie more present than at the wonderful little hotel we stayed at in the 6th arrondissement, right smack bang on the edge of the Place du Panthéon. Ah, oui, the excellent Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon. You discover the six-storey stone cornerblock, almost by mistake. We dragged our bags from the local Métro station alongside the Luxembourg Garden, through the cobbled streets and into the Place du Panthéon. So spectacular is the view as you enter the large square and see the neoclassical church for the first time, that we walked right past the hotel, it’s closest neighbour. Doubling back, you rediscover the incredible vista reflected in this boutique hotel’s large glass frontage, a view only bettered by the panoramic spectacle that greets you from any one of the 30 or so rooms that are situated at the front of the building.

These days, ‘boutique’ has come to mean all sorts of things, but often with hotels, boutique is the new minuscule: tiny, cramped, and more like a cupboard. A place you couldn’t even get a cat in let alone give it a good swing. Especially in Paris. But not so at the Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon, where boutique means what it should: cosy, stylish, well designed and intimate. Where the hotel staff is neither brusque nor ridiculously subservient, but rather, warm, friendly, and welcoming. They’re people who appear to take great pride in the hotel that they run which is reflected in the casual atmosphere that they create and the way they interact with their guests.

We’d booked a Panoramic Deluxe room for three nights and couldn’t have been happier. Perched at the top of the building on the sixth floor with a couple of gargoyles next door for company, panoramic it most certainly was. The height gave us a prime perch to appreciate Paris’ mansard rooftops all the way to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and that unique experience of being able to look down and get a sense of the whole city spread before you. There was a sense of place and direction that makes you desperate to get out and explore it. And that feeling of excitement that lies at the heart of arriving at a great destination.

From the sleek reception and intimate bar on the ground floor an ancient staircase descends to what appears to be a 16th-century stone dungeon – used for breakfast rather than scenes from the Spanish Inquisition. (A highlight proved to be a freshly cooked omelette which put many a cheese soufflé to shame, plus great coffee, of course, fresh warm baguette with preserves, prosciutto, fresh fruits, and juices. Délicieux.) Large, and recently redecorated, room 62 was on the corner of the building, which gave us large windows on two sides. With sunlight streaming in all day, each lookout totally pulled its weight. It was also spacious enough to easily swing two cats simultaneously either side of the kingsize bed. We’d read a description on the hotel’s website that ‘the Asian-inspired interior design will enchant and calm you’. But this was Paris – we didn’t want calm, we wanted mayhem! 

Clean, fresh, sunny, comfortable. That wonderful Julie Delpy film had it wrong – three days in Paris was never going to be enough. Of course part of a hotel’s appeal is what goes on outside and around it. The Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon is situated in a great neighbourhood just south of the Seine and the famous Rive Gauche – Left Bank, to us English speakers. Cluttered with a million restaurants and bars, shops and cafés, it’s begging to be explored.

A few years back I’d hear from visitors that it was ‘hard to find a good meal in Paris’. I’m not sure that was ever strictly true, but it certainly isn’t the case now. We had three lunches and three dinners to look forward to. The only hard part was only working out which to miss. Dining wise, the greatest discovery of our trip was Le Comptoir du Relais, a brilliant little restaurant at the end of Carrefour de l’Odeon. A tasty contemporary version of classic French bistro cooking. A big menu full of impossible-to-decide choices, extremely friendly staff and a chef with a cracking sense of humour (in terms of his personality rather than any comedy deliveries of food).

Next door, owned by the same chef, Yves Camdeborde, is L’Avant Comptoir. A thin artery of a bar/restaurant which plays great music and offers an extensive collection of delicious small plates. The menu hangs on cards from the ceiling – it’s a great little place for a glass of wine and a packs-a-punch Basque snack. The patrons are the waiters, everyone just hands the food and booze across.

Our whole hotel-reviewing experience was sensational – in a delicious, refreshing, experience-rich way that only three days in Paris can be – and our little base at the hotel Les Dame du Panthéon was exactly how a Parisian hotel should be.

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Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The room was very nice, and had pretty much everything you need. We loved our balcony with a beautiful view of the Pantheon – a great place to have a glass of wine in the evening.

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Stayed on 5 Aug 2017

We loved

Lovely room and friendly helpful staff. Location was perfect for us for walking or metro.

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Stayed on 24 Mar 2017

We loved

The room was a really great size for Paris, it was on the 5th floor with a balcony and view of the Pantheon, you could almost touch it! The hotel staff were all fantastic and very helpful with great restaurant recommendations and helping us book queue jump tickets to the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The decor in our room and the hotel in general was very well done, modern but not too modern that it wasn't really comfortable. It was also very quiet and well looked after. We loved it! Le Petite Medicis restaurant just down the road was great, with an interesting take on modern French cuisine. We also had lovely and relatively cheap breakfasts at La Creperie rather than paying 18Euros for the hotel breakfast!

Don’t expect

Loud parties and children - this is a lovely quiet and romantic hotel!

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Stayed on 17 Mar 2017

We loved

The location most of all. Our room had a small balcony overlooking the Pantheon and the hotel was well situated close to Luxembourg metro station. We would also recommend a meal at the nearby Le Coupe-Chou which was excellent.

Don’t expect

Loads of space. The room was relatively small, but still above average for a hotel in Paris from our experience and there was a good size bathroom with bath and shower.

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Stayed on 24 Feb 2017

We loved

The rooms have lots of character. Chilled out location overlooking the Pantheon on the left bank. Friendly and helpful staff and we had a lovely romantic break away. Tasty continental breakfast.

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Stayed on 20 Jan 2017

We loved

Decor / efficiency and manners of staff / location / breakfast! Head to the 2nd arrondissement and go to Frenchie (meat) and/or Clamato (seafood). Both excellent.

Don’t expect

An expanse of space - it is a conversion property. Charming and compact.

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Stayed on 7 Jan 2017

We loved

The location was terrific. Most of the sights of Paris were easily walkable and for a hotel that is so centrally located, it was quiet and peaceful. We even got breakfast in bed (which was delicious!) The service was excellent as well. We walked over to the Marais neighbourhood (about a 30 min leisurely stroll) and got falafels from L'As Du Falaffel, which were well worth the walk (delicious and budget-friendly). Then splurged on dinner at Les Enfants Perdue near the Canal St Martin.

Don’t expect

A hotel restaurant. I believe they are refurbishing their current dining room, which meant breakfast in bed and venturing out (in Paris, there is no shortage of excellent restaurants).

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Stayed on 21 Dec 2016

We loved

The bedroom was small but nicely decorated. Bed was very comfy and shower was great. It's also in a great location and our room was overlooking the Pantheon. Complimentary glasses of champagne were a nice touch.

Don’t expect

...masses of room in the bedrooms.

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2016

We loved

Less than five minutes walk to Luxembourg Station which connects to CDG Airport. Amazing views of Pantheon and Sacre Coeur, lovely Asian-inspired design. Really nice wine bar on street behind called Café de la Nouvelle Marie. Filled with locals, just choose a wine (by the glass, carafe or bottle) from the blackboard. Authentic and not expensive, yet still great wine.

Don’t expect

Huge rooms (much like the rest of Paris), a great breakfast.

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Stayed on 25 Nov 2016

We loved

The location, the cleanliness of the hotel, the friendly helpful staff and the 'boudoir' feel of our rooms. We went with our nine-year-old. Go to the adjacent cafes serving delicious coffee and croissants.

Don’t expect

....bright rooms!

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Stayed on 25 Oct 2016

We loved

The beautifully designed rooms with a lot of attention to detail. The room had an amazing view of the Pantheon and everything was almost in walking distance. The street next to the Pantheon is full of nice and cozy restaurants which have views of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. 

Don’t expect

Big and spacious rooms

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Stayed on 18 Sep 2016

We loved

The original decoration of the bedroom

Don’t expect

Breakfast was a bad surprise

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Stayed on 17 Sep 2016

We loved

The location. The friendly, helpful, efficient staff on reception. Lots of cafes and restaurants with in walking distance.

Don’t expect

Large rooms or drawer space. Complementary soft drinks in mini bar.

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Stayed on 16 Aug 2016

We loved

The room decor. A walk in the Luxembourg gardens is a must. And it's just at the end of the road.

Don’t expect

The best breakfast

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Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

Position, views, friendly, helpful staff, room design and furnishings. You can walk to some of the best parts of Paris from here. 9/10

Don’t expect

Big rooms or luxurious bar.

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Stayed on 8 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything: the room, the staff, the location and the quietness of the hotel. The Pantheon and Jardin du Luxembourg are just close by.

Don’t expect

The staff to bother you. They are discreet, super helpful and have tons of useful info to share.

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Stayed on 27 Jun 2016

We loved

The ambiance of the hotel, the décor was stunning the staff were charming helpful. We had a wonderful trip on Bateau Calife enjoying a superb lunch while cruising ton the Seine.

Don’t expect

Anything more than a basic continental breakfast.

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Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

Friendly staff, romantic accomodations. We rented bicycles just a few blocks away and rode all over the city, it was easy to get around from the area.

Don’t expect

A lot of space - it's Paris. The hotel is also a few blocks from the shops and restaurants (a good location but a little quiet).

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Stayed on 12 May 2016

We loved

Location, Balcony, Design

Don’t expect

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

style and decor

Don’t expect

amenities

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Stayed on 29 Apr 2016

We loved

The location, the room decor, the view, efficient service.

Don’t expect

A restaurant - but we didn't mind.

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Stayed on 24 Mar 2016

We loved

The location was phenomenal, and the breakfast delivered to your room was first-rate!

Don’t expect

A substantial bar.

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Stayed on 19 Mar 2016

We loved

Character of the rooms. Overlooks the Pantheon which is a must see.

Don’t expect

Room service and active bar restaurant

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Stayed on 18 Mar 2016

We loved

The excellent service and friendliness of the staff, quick responses to the things we needed, the design of the hotel, the decoration of the room, the view overlooking Pantheon and the tasty breakfast. Also quite a few nice restaurants around the Jardin Luxembourg area, in particular on Medici, which were very nice. Great food and excellent service. 10/10

Don’t expect

A large room

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Stayed on 28 Feb 2016

We loved

Beautifully designed hotel

Don’t expect

Fresh towels everyday

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

The location of this hotel. The views of the Pantheon are spectacular from the rooms. We had an amazing room. The theme of this hotel has a great story behind it, which makes it even more special. The staff were very helpful to us; they guided us and answered all our questions on how to get around the city. It was our first time at this hotel, and we will definitely be going back.

Don’t expect

Spacious rooms. Be careful of the staircase, as the corridors leading to the rooms are super narrow.

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Stayed on 19 Feb 2016

We loved

Beautifully decorated and quiet room looking straight onto the Pantheon. Inviting bathroom, lovely breakfast and friendly staff made this a wonderful place to stay in a great part of Paris.

Don’t expect

Huge rooms (it's Paris) or fast internet (although we didn't ask the hotel to look into that either).

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Stayed on 10 Jan 2016

We loved

Location, comfortable room, decor!

Don’t expect

Large rooms: it's a Paris hotel.

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Stayed on 11 Dec 2015

We loved

The fantastic location, our beautiful room, our amazing view and the helpful staff.

Don’t expect

Too much in the way of room service, or for the mineral water to be replaced each day.

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Stayed on 11 Dec 2015

We loved

The staff....everyone without exception was charming, polite and helpful!

Don’t expect

Enormous rooms, but it's Paris and things are usually on the 'compact and bijou' side.

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Stayed on 3 Dec 2015

We loved

The helpful staff, great location and beautifully decorated rooms.

Don’t expect

A lively bar scene: this is a quiet patch of Paris.

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Stayed on 27 Nov 2015

We loved

The relaxed bar area facing the Pantheon - perfect place for an afternoon tea after a day of walking around the city or a drink before heading out for dinner. The bedroom was really pretty and comfortable and the shower was great - I love rain showers! The staff was quite helpful as well and recommended a really nice bistro nearby.

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Stayed on 26 Nov 2015

We loved

The room and the service and the kind attention during a difficult time in Paris (we were there during the attacks). What lovely folks and we truly wish we could have stayed our full time but with everything going on and the city closed, we felt it was best to head home. We will be back to enjoy this lovely locale sometime soon! Rooms were lovely and just perfect.

Don’t expect

a party neighborhood:this is a lovely quiet spot near enough to walk to everything but far enough away from the hustle and bustle that you can relax and enjoy.

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Stayed on 13 Nov 2015

We loved

The intimacy, the decor, the welcome from the staff, and the attention to personal detail!

Don’t expect

Vast room space - it's a city hotel!

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Stayed on 5 Nov 2015

We loved

The chic but fun room and view plus the staff attitude to helping us

Don’t expect

Lots of public spaces, as it's small hotel

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Stayed on 4 Nov 2015

We loved

The rooms, the bar and the location.

Don’t expect

a noisy hotel; it was nice and quiet.

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Stayed on 1 Nov 2015

We loved

We loved our stay the hotel is so interesting, beautifully appointed, would definitely return. Staff were extremely helpful, nothing to much trouble. Even the breakfast waiter at 11am told us not to hurry. The staff recommended Paradis Latin for an alternative Cabaret show. Thoroughly recommend.

Don’t expect

This is a quiet hotel with an abundance of charm.

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Stayed on 29 Oct 2015

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