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5th ARR: Hotel des Carmes

5, rue des Carmes, Phone:

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2759

When: June 2009

Economical, clean 2 star hotel in a great location in the Latin Quarter.

Our family of three had about 14 hours in Paris, en route from Munich to southwestern France. For such a short stay, we wanted a very economical well-located hotel, ideally in our favorite area of Paris, the Latin Quarter. Hotel des Carmes was recommended by other Slow Travelers, and we were very pleased with our stay.

This is a 2 star hotel, so simple with small rooms, but very clean - and with air conditioning. We had a triple room, facing the street, which was still very quiet. The man who checked us in at the front desk was friendly and helpful. We did have the breakfast in the morning.

The best part of all is the location... just up a side street from Boulevard St. Germain and the Seine... an easy walk to Notre Dame. Near the Maubert - Mutualité metro station.

Reviewed by: Anastasia from Canada, review #2539

When: September 2008

Great hotel in a very convenient location.

Pantheon, photo by my husband

Hotel des Carmes is a very clean hotel. There is an elevator. The room and the bathroom were relatively big. The bathroom had a big window. The room was simple, but very functional. It had one double bed and one single bed. The closet was big.

It was a bit difficult to find the hotel. The taxi driver spent some time to find out as some big streets were closed because the Pope arrived the same day in Paris. The taxi driver didn't charge extra for that.

Our room had a french balcony and a view to the street. At one end of the street we could see the Pantheon. The hotel is a simple place, but the location is excellent. We could walk to Notre Dame cathedral in less than 3 minutes, same for Pantheon.

There are several fruit stores on the same street selling wine and other things. A big supermarket was close on Monge street. The hotel street is quiet, but it is very close to the restaurants and bistros in the 5th, and also numerous places for food to go.

It was very pleasant walking in old streets and having dinner in that area. The hotel is also very close to the metro Maubert-Mutualite. We found an Internet point on one of the streets on the way to Notre Dame.

We didn't take a breakfast at the hotel, but there are many bakeries and pastry stores in that area. There was also a street Market. We had our breakfast at the Eric Keyser pastry store close by. Last time we stayed in the 9th, but we were happy to stay in the 5th this time particularly with a child.

Hotel personnel were very helpful and nice. When we arrived the welcome was really warm. When leaving, the receptionist tried for a long time to get us a shuttle, but finally recommended a taxi for the three of us, as it was too late for a shuttle.

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