Paris, France

Hôtel Verneuil

Rates from (inc tax)$193.36

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 (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Historic hideout

Setting

Saint Germain chic

Tucked away in Saint-Germain des Prés, the small-but-stylish rooms at Hôtel Verneuil are traditionally Paris-sized (ie, compact) but the cultural whirl of the Rive Gauche location is first-class Parisian perfection.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

26.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. If you’re arriving early or leaving late, staff will be happy to store your luggage.

Rates

Double rooms from $193.36 (€172), 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 (EUR189.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include free local and international calls, and WiFi; and exclude buffet breakfast (€16).

Also

The tiny but traditional lift is not for the claustrophobic… but taking the elegant original staircase gives you a chance to admire the stained-glass windows.

At the hotel

Concierge, free WiFi, free local calls. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, L'Occitane bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For the most space, book into a Deluxe Room. Their historic features (look out for the whitewashed beams crisscrossing the ceiling) combine pleasingly with the bright spots of colour in the top-quality furniture.

Packing tips

You won’t need to pack a book: they’re everywhere here. Their spines to the wall, they act as intriguing decorative flourishes… play literary lucky dip and read whatever anonymous title you end up pulling off the shelf.

Also

This is an historic building, and isn’t wheelchair accessible.

Children

Accepted, but this hotel is aimed at a grown-up crowd.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

There's no restaurant on-site, but the breakfast buffet – the baguettes and croissants are from the nearby Dominique Saibron bakery – is served downstairs in the historic building's atmospheric vaulted cellar, with its stone ceiling and backlit book-filled alcoves.

At the bar

The very cool library bar, just off the lobby, is a cosy, art-book-packed place to lounge, with a fully stocked drinks cart.

Room service

Snacks, sandwiches, soups and the like are provided 6pm–midnight by an external local service.

Location

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Address
Hôtel Verneuil
8 rue de Verneuil
75007
Paris
France

Planes

Touchdown at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, 37km from the hotel. Flights land daily from destinations around the world, including London Heathrow, Glasgow International and Belfast City.

Trains

Arrive by Eurostar at Paris’ Gare du Nord, 5km away: there are frequent daily services from London’s St Pancras, as well as trains from Brussels, Amsterdam and throughout France.

Automobiles

Paris isn’t a fun place to drive; if you do decide to arrive by car, there’s parking five minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

The Saint Germain district’s about as central as it gets in Paris. Hôtel Verneuil is just a short stroll from the Seine’s rive gauche, surrounded by galleries and antique shops, and opposite the graffiti-tribute-adorned former home of Serge Gainsbourg.

One of the must-see attractions, the Musée d’Orsay, is right on your doorstep. Originally a railway station, the museum now presents art from 1848 to 1914, as well as concerts, films and lectures (62, rue de Lille; +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14; www.musee-orsay.fr). La Pagoda cinema is worth a visit even if you don't fancy sticking around to see that night's film: it's a small and uniquely beautiful 19th-century building with particularly lovely painted flowers on its doors (57 Bis Rue de Babylone; +33 (0)1 45 55 48 48). For something rather different, check out the Musée Des Égouts De Paris, a walking tour inside the city's sewers (Face au 93 Quai d'Orsay; +33 (0)1 53 68 27 81).

If you like markets, you're in the right place. The Rue Cler is one of the city's most famous market streets: you'll find specialty food stores, patisseries, butchers, delicatessens, fishmongers, greengrocers, chocolate shops, cafés and more; the market is at its best Tuesday–Saturday 8:30–13:00 or 15:00–19:30. Another option is the Marché Saxe-Breteuil, a fresh food market open Thursdays, from 7am until 2.30pm (Avenue de Saxe; +33 (0) 1 45 11 71 11).

Local restaurants

Renowned as one of the top restaurants in the area (and the world), L'Arpège has an extensive menu but the stand-out dish is the Cévennes onion gratin complete with black truffle (84 Rue de Varenne; +33 (0)1 47 05 09 06; www.alain-passard.com). Another nearby gastronomic hot-spot is Le Chateaubriand (129 Avenue Parmentier; +33 (0)1 43 57 45 95; lechateaubriand.net). Head to the roof terrace at Les Ombres to take snapshots of the Eiffel Tower that will put all your friends' to shame… as well as try delicious new takes on French favourites (27 Quai Branly; +33 (0) 1 47 53 68 00; www.lesombres-restaurant.com). 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

I am going to surprise Mrs Smith.
Mrs Smith really hates surprises.

These are the sentences wrestling in my mind. Every time I do this, I think it will be fun. Every time it’s about to happen, my face starts to sweat.

Sunday is date day, but this Sunday’s going to be different. I force Mrs Smith out of our 20th arrondissement apartment two minutes ahead of me so I can sneak out a few overnight essentials. Because little does Mrs Smith know – and I wish I could make this sound less sinister – she won’t be coming home tonight.

We métro it to the Champs-Elysées, and walk, arms tangled, past the stately greenhouse of Le Grand Palais and Chinese couples taking elaborate pre-wedding photos on the Pont Alexandre. Then we stop for a quick Martini blanc. I hope that if she’s a little drunk, she will be easier to manipulate.

‘Where next?’ asks Mrs Smith.
‘To the Musée des Beaux-Arts!’ I say breathlessly. (My nerves are soaring. That’s not where we’re going at all, at all. If she hates the surprise, will she hate me?)

It’s at the tip of Rue de Verneuil, a quaint Seine side street, all antiquarian piano shops and appointment-only galleries, that I angle Mrs Smith through the heavy glass door of Hôtel Verneuil. ‘But what are you doing? Where are you taking me?’ Mrs Smith thinks I have gone temporarily mad. ‘Trust me,’ I say. A line that usually has the reverse effect.

We take a seat in the dark, velvety reception and I check in for two nights. All the while, Mrs Smith has nervous giggles. ‘Why?’ she keeps on saying ‘Why?’ She is almost vibrating on her chair. I put my hand on her knee to steady her.

We’re handed a heavy gold key and take the snakeskin-lined lift to the third floor. The lighting is low and rich; we feel like we’re entering a broodier, soft-focus world where anything might happen. And it does. One of the first things Mrs Smith does when she enters the room is jump on the bed. Jump. On. The. Bed. Mrs Smith – a mature and cerebral writer-editor – is jumping on the bed, with her arms in the air, grinning and squealing ‘wheeeeeee’. Wow.

In Paris, the sweetest things come in small packages. Macarons, madeleines, caramelly canelés. The same can be said for Hôtel Verneuil. Don’t expect a Versailles-sized room, but hey, look how badly that ended for Louis XIV. Our room has whitewashed exposed beams and neutral walls, with cash injections of orange and turquoise. To the left of our bed is a Jenga-like stack of old French books with beautiful dip-dyed page ends.

The toiletries are L’Occitane, the sheets are silky, and out of our tall window we have a view of Serge Gainsbourg’s former home. No. 5 (that classic Parisian number) is adorned with a black-and-white airbrush mural of Serge’s jolie laide face as a 20-year-old. I ask Mrs Smith if she is happy. Normally, I’m banned from doing this. She thinks it’s a rude question laden with pressure. But this time, she just slides her arms around me and says ‘yes’.

Hôtel Verneuil sits at the centre of everything Paris is famous for. It’s sandwiched between the Seine and Saint Germain, at the heart of a formidable art-triangle: the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the independent galleries off Rue Bonaparte. You can walk anywhere that’s anywhere, in Eiffel Tower-high heels, and not feel the pinch. That first night, we vogue back from famed art deco bar La Palette in 4.2 minutes. We fold ourselves into thick starched dressing gowns, then into bed, and take photos of our feet for a friend starting – I kid you not – a hotel slipper Tumblr. The street below is dreamily peaceful, and the next morning, riding high on a wave of 10 hours’ sleep, we start the day with Dominique Saibron pastries in the 17th-century vaulted breakfast cellar.

Like I said, Mrs Smith and I live in Paris. Mrs Smith is a true old-timer: six years and counting. But that’s why going for a mini-break on the other side of the river is, well, important. We remember why we live here. It’s like being back on Erasmus, but better. We window-shop – in French it’s lèche-vitrine, to window lick – on the Boulevard, get crêpes to go and eat them leaning against Haussmanian limestone; we sneak copies of the IHT out of the hotel and into the Jardin de Luxembourg, and catch Annie Hall at Le Champo.

It’s a great place to burn through any bucket list. You can lock your love down on the Pont des Arts (though padlocks are old hat, so take a rugged bike chain or, as Mrs Smith suggested, handcuffs), or visit the Maison des Millésimes wine lair, manned on most days by a charming British boy called Daley. He can send you off with anything from a 10 euro Bordeaux to a 1,000 euro-plus Pétrus; and if you fancy bubbles in bed, he can put Billecart-Salmon on ice. There’s the triptych of great restaurants on the rue de Seine (Fish la Boissonerie, Cosi and Semilla); alternatively, you can have a liquid dinner at Paris’s first NY-style cocktail bar Prescription. After that, there’s always Montana’s, a nightbar with a notoriously strict door policy, where we ended up power-dancing until 4am. On, rather shamefully, a Monday.

After all, there was no need to worry about getting home. We tumble back as the birds start to sing, tip imaginary hats to Serge as we go past, and retreat into our sumptuous, Paris-in-a-heartbeat Hôtel Verneuil hideaway.
 

The Guestbook

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 Verneuil’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location is excellent, on the Left Bank close to Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre. It is located in the midst of a great shopping area featuring antique and art shops. The hotel is very chic in styling and the staff are very friendly and accommodating. The bathroom in our room was particularly inviting and stylish. The street is very quiet with little traffic.

Don’t expect

While the room was very stylish, the classic size was very small. If staying for more than 2 days, a larger room would be more comfortable.

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Stayed on 5 Sep 2016

We loved

The staf was very helpful and friendly. The room very quiet for a good night sleep. Recommend Eric Kayser cafe for fresh pain au chocolate

Don’t expect

Spacious rooms

Rating

Stayed on 31 Aug 2016

We loved

The location - In the heart of Saint-Germain, yet very quiet and peaceful at night. Room is small but very cosy, modern and comfortable. Extremely good value for money. Quite a deal actually. Stay in the small streets of Saint-Germain, between the Seine river bank and the boulevard to find the best food and avoid tourist traps.

Don’t expect

Space. Things to bring is a cabin size luggage, not a check-in baggage. Coffee machine in the room would have been an extra star.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Aug 2016

We loved

The location of the hotel was perfect in the heart of St Germain. The hotel is tiny, just 26 rooms, but it is very quaint and atmospheric. Walking up the winding staircase to our room we really felt like we were stepping back in time. The buffet breakfast was simple but excellent. The buffet seemed to stay open until the last guest had come down to eat - we never felt rushed even though we always came down late! A very pleasant stay – we would return. Bistro Bonaparte, a 5 minute walk away on Rue Bonaparte, was a great place for after dinner drinks. Lovely cocktails, very friendly waiter service and fantastic for just sitting and watching Parisian life go by.

Don’t expect

Big rooms - the rooms are tiny but well designed.

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Stayed on 26 Aug 2016

We loved

Location, it's clean, comfortable, service was fine.

Don’t expect

Large room

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Stayed on 2 Aug 2016

We loved

The location was excellent and quiet.

Don’t expect

Large rooms

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Stayed on 13 May 2016

We loved

Ideal quiet Left Bank, St Germain location. Charming, genuine, helpful staff. Stylish room with lovely amenities and deliciously comfy bed. FAB-U-LOUS local Epicerie just around the corner!

Don’t expect

Oodles of space.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Apr 2016

We loved

Personal attention from friendly English-speaking staff. Wonderful job at recommending restaurants and making reservations. Right down the street are two great restaurants: Bonne Excuse and Cinq Mars.

Don’t expect

Large rooms. This is a super quaint old building so the rooms are like something from a storybook.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Mar 2016

We loved

This hotel is the nicest I have stayed in in Paris for the price. Lovely staff and, great location and lovely rooms.

Don’t expect

The hot water didn't work very well in the shower. The staff were however very helpful.

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Stayed on 29 Jan 2016

We loved

We felt welcome from the moment we arrived. The staff were welcoming and friendly, the room was lovely and we found the whole place charming. They made us feel special and we will definitely go back!

Don’t expect

It is a boutique hotel rather than a large luxury hotel, so it doesn't have all the facilities of a 5 star such as 24/7 room service, pool etc.

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Stayed on 7 Dec 2015

We loved

Welcoming hotel, quite back road, yet close to the lively Saint Germain

Don’t expect

We had booked a small room and it was cozy, but very welcoming. Don't expect the bathroom to be any bigger. We were disappointed that some small complimentary details seemed to be missing (boiler for coffee and tea).

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Stayed on 5 Dec 2015

We loved

The location was ideal - we could walk everywhere and within minutes of restaurants, shops and museums.

Don’t expect

Large rooms (it's an historic building), a restaurant (the breakfast buffet is served downstairs), coffee and tea making facilities.

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Stayed on 20 Nov 2015

We loved

The staff was amazing. I was at the hotel during the terror attacks in Paris on November 13 and the staff literally went out of their way to make us comfortable and keep everyone calm. The hotel is lovely and peaceful and the location is amazing. Definitely coming back again.

Don’t expect

Don't envision this being a hotel to bring children to.

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Stayed on 11 Nov 2015

We loved

The hotel itself is beautiful. Very tiny, but so well laid out. Decor is lovely, very relaxing atmosphere. Made for a fantastic girls weekend away in Paris.

Don’t expect

Much space in the room. Won't be necessary as we spent most of our time walking around Paris as it is so easily situated behind the Musee D'Orsay in Saint Germain.

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Stayed on 7 Nov 2015

We loved

The hotel staff, location. Lots of restaurants and cafes nearby, perfect for Serge Gainsbourg fans.

Don’t expect

Too much space

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Stayed on 29 Oct 2015

We loved

The décor, the staff, the area.

Don’t expect

Big rooms.

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Stayed on 22 Oct 2015

We loved

The great Decor, the quality of beds and wonderful bedding, towels etc.The position is perfect-near the river and a short walk to lots of the sights.

Don’t expect

Large rooms, in-house restaurant.

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Stayed on 28 Sep 2015

We loved

Location!

Don’t expect

Loads of space.

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Stayed on 23 Sep 2015

We loved

Great location in Paris very close to the Louvre, metro and local restaurants. Quiet location. The decor. Underground breakfast area.

Don’t expect

A large room.

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Stayed on 20 Sep 2015

We loved

The good location. 

Don’t expect

I thought our first hotel room couldn't possibly be any smaller; I was wrong. No place to put even one suitcase, let alone two. If you were a heavy set person you would have to sit on the toilet sideways. 

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Stayed on 17 Sep 2015

We loved

We had a delux room which was a good size. The bathroom/ toilet was quiet small and I think if you was on the ?larger size you would struggle however we found it fine with lovely LOcctane toiletries which were replenished often. The staff were lovely.

Don’t expect

The breakfast was ample however it would have been nicer to have included a variety of French pastries as the ones on offer felt a bit basic.

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Stayed on 31 Aug 2015

We loved

Nice area in st. Germain des pres. L'occitane bath products

Don’t expect

A kettle or coffee making facilities in the room

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Stayed on 3 Aug 2015

We loved

Free room upgrade on arrival, very small but still felt like a boutique stay. Option of having breakfast served in room was a surprise and delight. Location is amazing, wanted to spend a whole day at the Louvre and it was not even a 10 minute walk away.

Don’t expect

Very tiny rooms but well layed out.

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Stayed on 10 Mar 2015

We loved

Location and amazing bathroom.

Don’t expect

Space.

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Stayed on 23 Feb 2015

We loved

Lovely hotel, stylish, quiet but very central, within walking distance of attractions and restaurants, clean, professional and friendly staff.

Don’t expect

The room was small and it was quite expensive but that feels like the norm for central Paris. It was perfectly adequate for a short break.

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Stayed on 10 Feb 2015

We loved

Staff in this hotel were very courteous and helpful. Room was small but well equipped, with an excellent shower and great amenities provided. Lobby was charming. Location excellent.

Don’t expect

Whilst room was small, it was still enjoyable.

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Stayed on 26 Jan 2015

We loved

Location, staff were exceptional. A real sense of style and personality were present.

Don’t expect

Room was quite small - with the shower/bath in the actual main room itself, but very well equipped.

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Stayed on 26 Jan 2015

We loved

The warm welcome and the friendly staff. The decor was as I hoped from the images and description online and the rooms were finished to perfection.

Don’t expect

Breakfast inclusion option. Complimentary coffee in the salon as well as the rooms would encourage more use of what is a lovely room.

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Stayed on 16 Jan 2015

We loved

Very beutifully designed hotel, perfect location, very friendly and helpful staff, espec. Mme Sandrine, concierge. Room - as typically for Paris - very small, but simply perfect for my needs. Very good bed, spacious shower. I will definitely book again.

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Stayed on 14 Jan 2015

We loved

The hotel was small but perfectly formed! Everything was top quality and worked. Bed linen, dressing gowns, towels, bathroom amenities. Staff exceptional. Position couldn't be better. Complimentary international calls and water. Cosy library bar lounge.

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Stayed on 7 Jan 2015

We loved

The location was great, close to lovely restaurants and not to far to walk anywhere! The hotel is small and the atmosphere is very relaxed and cosy. The bed and linen were amazing, best nights sleep I have ever had at a hotel.

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Stayed on 3 Jan 2015

We loved

The location and the decoration.

Don’t expect

More spacious rooms.

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Stayed on 29 Dec 2014

We loved

The location was great.

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Stayed on 9 Dec 2014

We loved

The hotel was beautiful. Very Parisian experience. The salon on the ground floor was a great spot to regroup before heading out. I travelled with 2 friends so was able to see some of the rooms. Although mine was very compact, the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom had a showerbath. One of the other rooms was larger and had windows out onto the street. The location proved to be very central and easy to explore Paris either on foot or via the metro. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

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Stayed on 23 Oct 2014

We loved

The beautiful decor, comfortable bed, amazing bathroom in such a small space, personal attention and great breakfast.

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Stayed on 6 Oct 2014