5th arrondissement hotels:
1, 2 stars &
Paris Left Bank Hotels
The Hotel de Senlis is on the Rue Malebranche, a
neighborhood street east of the Jardin du Luxembourg and within walking distance
of the Luxembourg RER station (which offers train service to Charles de Gaulle
and Orly Airports via the "B" line).
In addition to an assortment of room types (singles,
doubles, twins, and triples), the de Senlis has a lounge bar and a courtyard
where you can enjoy breakfast or outdoor relaxation in good weather.
Hotel de Suez
The Suez is just south of the Rue des Écoles and one of our favorite
Paris museus, the Musée de Cluny - Musée National du Moyen Age with its public
medieval gardens. The nearest Métro stop, Cluny - La Sorbonne, is only a
short walk from the hotel.
Rooms range from singles to quads. An optional continental
breakfast is available downstairs or in your room at a reasonable cost.
Hotel du Bresil **
Sigmund Freud once lived here, before the building became a hotel. You won't
find his couch in the hotel lounge, but you will find a variety of room types on
including a double/twin room with wheelchair access on the ground floor.
The Hotel du Bresil is located on the Rue Le Goff, on the
eastern side of the Jardin du Luxembourg near the Luxembourg RER and Métro
station (where you can catch a "B" train to CDG or Orly Airport).
Cluny Sorbonne **
As its name suggests, the Cluny Sorbonne is near (across the street
from, in fact)
the university of the same name. It's also within walking distance of the Jardin
du Luxembourg and the Luxembourg RER/Métro station.
The hotel has 23 double, twin, and quad rooms, one of
which was lived in by the French poet Arthur Rimbaud in 1872.
Hotel du College de France **
This hotel is located roughly midway between Notre Dame Cathedral and the
Panthéon, a block east of the Rue Saint-Jacques (which runs north and
across the Île de la Cité to the Right Bank, making the hotel convenient for
An elevator leads from the lobby to the 29 rooms, which
are distributed across six floors. All rooms have double-glazed windows to
minimize noise from the street, and most of the pricier rooms (those that aren't
designated "classic") have small balconies.
Mont Blanc **
France's most famous mountain is a good distance from Paris, but no matter:
Its namesake hotel in the 5th arrondissement has an astonishingly good location
for a two-star property.
The Hotel du Mont Blanc is just a block inland from the Seine and a very
short walk to the Saint-Michel - Notre Dame RER and Métro station (where you can catch trains to the airports, Versaille,and locations throughout Paris).
All 42 rooms are air-conditioned (something you can't
count on in this category), and soundproofing helps to control noise from the
lively Left Bank neighborhood.
The name may inspire thoughts of Sister Sledge's "We Are
Family," but the hotel is thoroughly French in style and atmosphere. What's more, the Familia has the
imprimatur of publications ranging from The Telegraph to Lonely Planet,
which describes the family-run hotel as "one of the most attractive 'almost
budget' options on this side of the Seine."
Inside the classic Hausmann-style building, which dates back
to 1865, you'll find a cozy old-fashioned lobby and 30 rooms with
The Familia Hotel is on the Rue des Écoles, just north of the Cardinal
Lemoine Métro station and a few blocks inland from the Seine.
Hotel Royal Cardinal **
Like so many hotels in the 5th arrondissement, the Royal Cardinal is located
on the Rue des Écoles. Its address (number 1) is easy to
remember, and it has a pleasant location near the Cardinal Lemoine station on Métro Line 10.
Rooms include singles, doubles, twins, triples, and quads.
(Most of the doubles, twins, and triples have small wrought-iron balconies.)
Don't let the one-star rating fool you: The Marignan has a
good reputation, and the owners boast that many writers, directors, and
academics (including e.e. Cummings and Zorba the Greek author Nikos
Kazanzakis) have stayed at the family-run hotel over the years.
The Hotel Marignan has rooms with one to five beds, some with ensuite bathrooms and
others with facilities down the hall. A shared kitchen is also available to
Location is another reason to pick the Marignan: It's just below the
Boulevard Saint-Germain, about a block from the Maubert-Mutualité Métro station.
The Seine and the Île de la Cité are a few minutes north of the hotel.
This small hotel has been attracting value- and
view-conscious visitors for years, thanks to its wonderful location almost
directly across the Seine from the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Rooms range from singles to triples, most with views of
Notre Dame, the river, or the tree-lined park directly across the street.
Decorative touches such as stone walls, ceiling beams, wood paneling, and
antique furniture give the Esmeralda a unique atmosphere.
The hotel is easy to reach from Charles de Gaulle or Orly
Airport: Just take an RER "B" train to the Saint-Michel - Notre Dame underground
station, come upstairs, and walk a short distance along the riverfront to the
Hotel les Degrés de Notre Dame
With a 16th Century building, beamed ceilings, a winding
wooden staircase, and a location close to the Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral,
the Hotel les Degrés de Notre Dame has a lot to offer visitors who value
historic charm and aren't traveling with heavy luggage.
The hotel has 10 rooms, all with private baths. You'll
find a bar in the old-fashioned lobby.
This reliable budget hotel has a variety of single,
double, twin, and triple rooms, all with private facilities. Pets stay free, so
why leave Fido or Fifi at home?
The hotel is directly on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, almost next door to the
Maubert-Mutualité station on Métro Line 10.
6th arrondissement: 4, 5 stars