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5th ARR: Hotel du College de France

7, rue Thenard, Phone:

Reviewed by: Panda from UK, review #1912

When: May 2007

An excellent, simple hotel in a good and quiet location in the Latin quarter with friendly staff. {2 stars}

There are two outstanding features about this hotel: the quiet, central location in the Latin Quarter and the friendliness of the staff. It is on a very quiet side street off the Bvd St Germain, near to the Maubert-Mutualite and the Cluny Sorbonne Metro stations. (The last is also the Bvd St Germain exit from the RER B line, direct from Gare du Nord (for Eurostar) and CDG Airport.)

The decor is a slightly sombre brown, with a heraldic theme in line with the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages which is a very short walk away. It probably wouldn't appeal if you were looking for light Provencal or frilly charm, but it was clean and well maintained (they were re-laying all the spiral stair carpet when we were there). The bathroom in particular was kept very clean by the lovely, cheery housekeeping staff.

We stayed on the top( 6th) floor in one of the superior rooms, which gives slightly more space - and a view at night of the top half of the Eiffel tower all lit up! The small lift only goes up to the 5th floor, with a short flight of stairs to the 6th. No problem to us but something to keep in mind if there are mobility problems or exceptionally large suitcases.

The beds are very comfortable (we had 90cm twins plus a fold out bed) and the heavy curtains blocked out any light very effectively. There were ceiling fans, which we didn't need to use and satellite TV. Because we were under the slope of the roof, the shower was not full height but the water was always hot and plentiful.

There is a small lounge, with a breakfast room off (though the breakfast staff will make up breakfast trays). We don't normally take hotel breakfasts in France, preferring to find a cafe, but it suited us on this occasion. For 8E, the breakfast waitress brings large jugs of coffee and hot milk, tea and chocolate to your table and then you help yourself to as much of the croissants (very good), pain au chocolate, bread, cheese, ham and yogurts plus OJ as you like. With two hungry teenagers, this was an excellent start to the day!

There is always someone on reception (with good English, if required) and they are happy to let you leave luggage after check out. The clients were a mix of French, Americans and British.

It is a very good 2* - nothing fancy or full service but good value for the pleasant atmosphere, cleanliness and location. We paid 120E for a superior room (64 - 62 is the superior double, which looked like a slightly nicer room with a balcony, from a quick peek!) I think normal doubles on the other floors are about 97E.

Reviewed by: Ginny from Canada, review #1661

When: October 2006

Well located, charming, little balcony ... {2 stars}

This small 2* gem offers good value. Located just above Blvd. St-Germain on a quiet street, it is close to many of the major sights. Our pretty room with lace curtains on the 5th floor featured a small balcony with a table and two chairs: ideal for relaxing with a pre-dinner glass of wine. The bathroom was modern and very well-lit. No shortage of hot water for showers.

All the rooms have WIFI access. An internet station is available free of charge in the reception area. The desk clerks speak English.

The buffet-style breakfast offered cereals, croissants (of course), bread rolls, danish pastries, jams, cheese, ham, yogourt, plus generous pots of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Our double room with shower was 94/night. I highly recommend this hotel.

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