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Hotel Atmosphères ****
This stylish hotel is a few blocks inland from the Seine, just east of the Sorbonne on the rue des Écoles. The Atmosphères has a modern decor, and its amenities include an "honesty bar," a gym, a sauna, and afternoon tea in the lounge.
Eight of the hotel's 56 rooms are suites or junior suites. All have double-glazed windows to minimize street noise.
Best Western Le Jardin de Cluny ****
The modern Jardin de Cluny is a block south of the Boulevard Saint-Germain, close to the Maubert-Mutualité Métro station (Line 10). RER lines B and C are also nearby.
The hotel has 39 rooms. One of the more unusual amenities is bluetooth speakers for your smartphone (available in deluxe king rooms and junior suites). All rooms are air-conditioned, breakfast is served in an historic vaulted cellar, and the lobby has comfortable seating with a small library and bar.
Hotel Royal Saint-Michel ****
This 39-room boutique hotel is on the Boulevard Saint-Michel, close to the Seine and the Île de la Cité. (Notre Dame is just over five minutes away on foot.) The St-Michel Métro and RER station is close by, offering direct service from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The hotel's style blends the traditional with the modern. In addition to standard single, double, twin, and triple rooms, the hotel has connecting doubles and a family room with beds for five adults.
Grand Hotel Saint-Michel ****
With a location that's about a block east of the Luxembourg Garden, the Grand Hotel Saint-Michel is convenient to the Sorbonne and the Panthéon. The nearby Luxembourg RER station offers direct rail access to or from Charles de Gaulle airport.
The hotel has 47 rooms, including several connecting doubles and a "panoramic deluxe room" with balcony on the building's fifth floor. (Even the bathroom has a view of the Sorbonne.) Amenities include a hammam, a fitness room, and free afternoon tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with cookies.
Hotel La Lanterne ****
The Hotel La Lanterne is a rarity in Paris: It has an indoor swimming pool (with hammam) on the premises. And what a pool it is, with its vaulted stone ceiling and massage jets.
Other amenities at La Lanterne include a bar and a small garden.
Some of the 27 rooms are connecting, making the hotel convenient for families. A handful of "privilege" double and twin rooms have terraces.
Hotel Le Lapin Blanc ****
Follow the white rabbit to this Alice in Wonderland-themed boutique hotel on the boulevard Saint-Michel, in the heart of the Latin Quarter a few blocks south of the Seine.
The hotel's 27 rooms range from singles to suites, and they feature a retro 1950s decor that was added during a recent renovation. Facilities for making tea and coffee are provided (something you can't always count on in Paris).
Hotel Le Petit Paris ****
The "Little Paris" is on the rue Saint Jacques, within an easy walk of the Luxembourg RER stop (which offers direct service to CDG Airport on the RER's "B" line). The Jardin du Luxembourg, Sorbonne, and Panthéon are all close by.
All 20 double, triple, and quad rooms are soundproofed. You'll find an "honesty bar" in the lobby, along with free tea or coffee and pastries from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.
Hotel Les Dames du Panthéon ****
Misogynists, beware: "The Women of the Pantheon" celebrates the spirit of great women in French history, with 35 rooms that honor such notable females as Edith Piaf, George Sand, Les Cocottes, and the Signares (mixed-race women who gained economic status and power in French Senegal during the 18th and 19th Centuries).
The Hotel Les Dames du Panthéon lies directly on the Place du Panthéon, a few blocks east of the Luxembourg RER station (with trains to CDG and Orly Airports). Several Métro lines are within walking distance.
Hotel Les Rives des Notre-Dame ****
This is a tiny hotel (only 10 rooms) in a location that couldn't be more desirable: It's directly on the Quai Saint-Michel, facing the Seine and the Île de la Cité.
Standard doubles have queen-size beds, and superior doubles come with king-sized beds and sitting areas. For a splurge, book the penthouse suite on the top floor, which has vaulted ceilings, a panoramic view of Paris, and a living room.
Hotel Meliá Paris Notre Dame ****
Location is one of this hotel's most attractive features: It's on a quiet street just a block inland from the Seine, where you can look directly across to Notre Dame Cathedral. Métro stations and RER trains to the airport are within easy walking distance.
The recently-renovated 19th Century building has 39 rooms that range from doubles to suites. A bar is on the premises, and you can have lunch or dinner delivered to your room.
Mercure Paris Notre Dame Saint Germain des Prés ****
Mercure is a popular midscale hotel group with European business and leisure travelers. The Mercure Paris Notre Dame Saint Germain des Prés is a good example of its type, with contemporary-style double and twin rooms, a bar, and a choice of two optional breakfasts: buffet or continental.
The hotel is on the Rue du Sommerard, about a block from one of our favorite Paris museums: the Musée de Cluny - Musée National du Moyen Age. (The museum's medieval garden, which doesn't require a ticket, is a great place to relax between sightseeing excursions.)
Note: All rooms have coffee- and tea-making facilities, and "Privilege Rooms" come with Nespresso machines.
Hotel Mercure La Sorbonne Saint Germain des Prés ****
This additional outpost of the popular French hotel group is next to the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Like its sister property described above, it's a short distance from the Musée de Cluny - Musée National du Moyen Åge.
The nearby Luxembourg RER station offers train service to CDG and Orly Airports.
The hotel has an ultramodern interior with 47 double rooms (all pet-friendly). Hypoallergenic rooms are available on request.
Hotel Monge ****
The pet-friendly Hotel Monge has 30 double, twin, and triple rooms. It's located west of the Jardin des Plantes near the Place Monge Métro station.
The hotel's decor seeks to recapture the atmosphere of a 19th Century bourgeois mansion, with parquet flooring, marble fireplaces, and tropical-themed wallpapers.
Amenities include an honesty bar, a tea room that offers free hot drinks and madeleines to hotel guests, and a small spa that offers massages and other treatments for singles or couples. Room-service meals are delivered by bike from Frichti.
Hotel Parc Saint Séverin - Espirit de France ****
The St-Séverin is in the Latin Quarter, just a couple of blocks from the Saint -Michel - Notre Dame station of the Metro and RER (where you can catch trains to the airports, the Eiffel Tower, and Versailles).
The hotel has 27 rooms, including several doubles and twins with terraces and panoramic views. Connecting rooms are also available, making the hotel convenient for families.
All rooms have coffee- and tea-making facilities (an uncommon perk in Paris).
Residence Henri IV ****
This 4-star hotel (which Booking.com mistakenly labels a 3-star hotel) is just south of the Rue des Écoles, within a short walk of the Boulevard St-Germain. A pretty neighborhood park, the Square Paul Langevin, is in the adjoining block.
The highly-rated hotel has 8 rooms and 5 two-room apartments with kitchenettes. Amenities include free laptop loan, a massage machine, tea time in the lobby, and a courtyard with garden.
Select Hotel ****
The Select Hotel Rive Gauche is extremely popular with guests, thanks in part to its location: The hotel is located right next to the main buildings of the Sorbonne, only a few blocks from two RER stations that offer rail access to CDG Airport, Orly Airport, the Eiffel Tower, and Versaille.
The hotel has 65 rooms and junior suites, all decorated in a French contemporary style. Public rooms include a glass-roofed winter garden, modern lounges (with a fireplace), a bar with adjoining library, and a breakfast room in the vaulted cellars.
Hotel Villa Pantheon ****
This 59-room hotel is on the Rue des Écoles, a street that runs parallel to the Boulevard Saint-Germain in the northern reaches of the 5th arrondissement. The Seine, the Île de la Cité, and the Île Saint-Louis are all within easy walking distance.
The Villa Pantheon has a British theme, with leather armchairs, plenty of woodwork, and a fondness for mature gentlemen with well-cut suits and moustaches (see photo above).
In addition to welcoming Caledonophiles with a "So Scottish" bar, the hotel imports the look of Scotland into its room decor. (If you can't wangle an invitation to Balmoral, book a room at the Hotel Villa Pantheon instead.)
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Hotel Abbatial St-Germain ***
The Abbatial is on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, a few blocks inland from the Seine, the Île de la Cité, and the Île Saint-Louis. It has a variety of room types, including triples, connecting rooms for families or friends, and junior suites.
Hotel Agora Saint-Germain ***
This "design hotel" is on the Rue des Bernardins, a north-south street that leads inland from the Seine and the Île de la Cité. From the hotel, it's about a five-minute walk to Notre Dame Cathedral. The nearest Métro stop, Maubert-Mutualité, is even closer.
The Agora has double, twin, and triple rooms, some with street views and others overlooking the pretty courtyard.
Hotel Albe Saint-Michel ***
The Albe has 43 rooms that range from singles to junior suites. The latter can acccommodate three people (in three single beds, or in a double and a single).
The hotel is located on the Rue de la Harpe, only slightly inland from the Seine. The Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Métro and RER station is just a few short blocks away, making it easy to reach Charles de Gaulle or Orly Airport by train.
Best Western Quartier Latin Pantheon ***
The Quartier Latin Pantheon outpost of the Best Western group occupies a renovated historic building, with French contemporary furnishings and perks such as coffee- and tea-making facilities in the rooms and a hammam (steam bath) for guests.
The hotel is on the Rue Monge, close to the Place Monge Métro station.
Hotel Cluny Square ***
This small but elegant hotel is in the heart of the Latin Quarter, at the junction of Boulevard Saint-Michel and Boulevard Saint-Germain. RER and Métro stations are within a few blocks, providing access to three underground lines and RER "B" airport trains, and RER "C" trains to Versailles.
Some of the twins and doubles have balconies. For a cozy stay in the building's former attics, book the Voyage or Romance Suite (the latter with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance).
Hotel des Arènes ***
Some of the rooms at this hotel on the Rue Monge overlook the Arènes de Lutèce, a Roman amphitheatre in the middle of the 5th arrondissement.
The hotel itself is a classic Parisian building with 52 air-conditioned singles, doubles, twins, and triples. (The Hotel des Arènes is unusually baby- and toddler-friendly; guests can borrow baby baths, diaper-changing pads, and strollers from reception.)
Two underground stations nearby--Jussieu and Cardinal Lemoine--provide access to Métro lines 4 and 7.
Hotel des Grands Hommes ***
The "Hotel of the Great Men" is adjacent to the Panthéon, a monument that celebrates notable Frenchmen (and a token pair of women).
Rooms are decorated in Empire style. Pricier rooms overlook the Place du Panthéon, and some have small balconies. If your budget allows, consider the "Romantic Junior Suite" on the hotel's 6th floor, which includes a private terrace with panoramic views of Paris.
Hotel Design Sorbonne ***
"Style" is the watchword at this hotel just east of the Jardin du Luxembourg and next door to the Universié Paris-Sorbonne. The decor is modern without being austere, and it's thoroughly French. (You won't wake up thinking you're in Stockholm or Helsinki.)
Rooms range from small but comfortable "Design Classic" accommodations to large top-floor rooms with spectacular views and a choice of a shower or claw-foot tub. Every room is equipped with an iMac or Mac Mini computer.
Hotel des Nations Saint-Germain ***
The Hotel des Nations is on the Rue Monge, close to the Arènes de Lutèce and two Métro stations in a neighborhood of the Left Bank where residents outnumber tourists.
Rooms range from singles to quads. All windows are double-glazed to minimize street noise.
If you're gluten-intolerant, the Hotel des Nations Saint-Germain has you covered at breakfast. Just indicate your desire for gluten-free products on the booking form.
Hotel Devillas ***
The Devillas is only a few blocks from the Gare d'Austerlitz, making it a convenient place to stay if you're traveling to or from that railroad station. (The Gare de Lyon is also within walking distance, across the Seine.)
In addition to the usual singles, doubles, twins, and triples, the hotel offers connecting rooms for families and apartments for up to 7 guests.
Hotel Elysa-Luxembourg ***
This family-run hotel by the Jardin du Luxembourg occupies a stone building that dates back to 1876. Some of the building's 19th Century murals and other features have been restored during subsequent renovations.
The hotel's 30 rooms are air-conditioned and have been modernized with marble-tiled bathrooms. All rooms have tea- and coffeemaking facilities (something you can't take for granted in Paris).
Hotel Europe Saint-Séverin - Paris Notre Dame ***
The Europe Saint-Séverin has a great location: It's just off the Boulevard Saint-Michel on the Rue Saint-Séverin, only a couple of blocks from the Seine. An extremely short walk will take you to the river and the Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Métro and RER station, which is one of the major underground transit hubs on the Left Bank.
Some of the hotel's rooms have balconies. The Junior Suite on the top floor offers rooftop views of Paris, an open bathrom with Jacuzzi, and a stairway leading up to a bedroom overlooking Notre Dame Cathedral (which is illuminated at night).
Hotel Excelsior Latin ***
This hotel is close to the Sorbonne, a few meters east of the Jardin du Luxembourg. From the hotel's 18th Century building, you can reach the Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral in about 10 minutes on foot (or maybe a bit faster, if the traffic lights cooperate).
The 66 rooms and suites include several suites with four to five beds. (The "Family Suite" even has a small kitchen.)
Hotel Home Latin ***
With 54 modern-style rooms on a quiet street just below the Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Home Latin is a handy base for sightseeing. It's also convenient to the Sorbonne, which is extremely close by.
Solo travelers will appreciate the singles, while families and friends can enjoy the three- and four-person apartments (which are suites without kitchens but with two bedrooms). All rooms and apartments have coffee- and tea-making facilities.
Libertel Austerlitz Jardin des Plantes ***
This member of the Libertel group--formerly the Hotel Gare d'Austerlitz--is across the street from the railroad station of the same name, making the hotel convenient if you have an early train to catch.
The Libertel Austerlitz's 51 rooms range from singles to family rooms. You can make your own tea or coffee, and the Club Rooms have espresso machines.
Hotel Minerve ***
The Hotel Minerve Paris has 54 rooms, including singles, doubles, triples, and a two-room family suite that can accommodate 4 or 5 people.
The hotel is on the Rue des Écoles, slightly north of the Cardinal Lemoine Métro station. A neighborhood park, the Square Paul Langevin, is close by.
Hotel Moderne Saint-Germain ***
"Le M. Saint-Germain" has 45 French contemporary (a.k.a. modern) rooms tucked into a traditional Parisian building on the Rue des Écoles, due south of Notre-Dame as you look at your Paris map.
All rooms are classified as "Superior," so the only differences are in decor and sleeping accommodation (single, double, twin, or triple).
Qualys Hotel Apolonia Mouffetard ***
As the name suggests, this small hotel is located on the Rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets in Paris. Its 42 rooms are built around a quiet courtyard, and they range from singles to spacious "executive rooms" on the top floor beneath the roof.
The nearest Métro station is Place Monge on Line 7, which offers convenient transportation to the Louvre and other sights on the Right Bank.
Note: The hotel isn't air-conditioned, so the rooms on the top floor could heat up uncomfortably on sunny midsummer days.
Hotel Saint Christophe ***
St. Christopher is the patron saint of this quintessentially French on the Rue Lacépède, which runs west from the northwest corner of the Jardin des Plantes. The closest Métro station is Place Monge, a block to the south.
The Saint Christophe offers single, double, and twin rooms, with adjoining rooms for families or friends who are traveling together.
Hotel Saint Jacques ***
This traditionally-furnished hotel has 36 rooms, including a number of adjoining or connecting rooms. You'll also find a small library and a bar on the premises (the latter named after Toulouse-Lautrec, an artist who didn't mind a tipple).
The hotel is on the Rue des Écoles, just south of the Maubert-Mutualité Métro stop (Line 10).
Hotel Vendôme Saint-Germain ***
This traditional hostelry was reborn as a stylish "designer hotel" after a complete, top-to-bottom renovation in 2016.
All of its rooms are soundproof, air-conditioned, and equipped with coffee/tea-making facilities and refrigerators. One room features a roll-in shower for guests in wheelchairs.
The hotel is on the Rue d'Arras, a small street just below the Rue des Écoles east of the Rue Monge. The Cardinal Lemoine Métro station is only a couple of minutes away on foot.
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Hotel de Senlis **
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 the premises, 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).
Hotel 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 sightseeing).
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.
Hotel du 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.
Familia Hotel **
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 traditional furnishings.
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.)
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Hotel Marignan *
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 guests.
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 Rue Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre.
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.
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