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Wendy’s Favorite Small Hotels in Paris for 2014

by Wendy Perrin | October 27, 2014

Question:

Hi Wendy,

What are your favorite small hotels in Paris right now? Left Bank preferred. Budget generous but not outrageous.

Thanks,
Lary

Answer:

Funny you should ask, Lary. I’m headed to Paris myself next month and need to book a hotel!

hotel duc de saint simon paris hotel room

The Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon is one of my longtime Left Bank favorites. Photo courtesy Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon.

One of my longtime Left Bank favorites—because it is well-located, charming, and a good value for your euro—is the Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon, an 18th-century townhouse in the 7th arrondissement quite close to the Musée d’Orsay. A couple of four-star finds in the Saint-Germain-des-Près quarter are the Hotel d’Aubusson, in a 17th-century residence close to the Seine, and the Hotel de l’Abbaye Saint-Germain, an oasis near the Luxembourg Gardens. Another hotel I recommend in the 6th arrondissement—to those needing a budget-friendly three-star—is the Hotel des Marronniers, on a charming, quiet street dotted with art galleries. Rooms are small and the elevator tiny, but the garden courtyard is lovely for breakfast, and the hotel is just a two-minute walk from the Saint-Germain-des-Près Métro stop.

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Beyond the Left Bank, Le Pavillon de la Reine hotel is getting a lot of buzz. Photo courtesy Le Pavillon de la Reine.

Lary, next time you feel like branching out from the Left Bank, consider staying in Le Marais—a trendy neighborhood that is practically the new Saint-Germain-des-Près—at Le Pavillon de la Reine. A gem of a hotel right by the Place des Vosges, it’s getting a lot of buzz nowadays.

Readers, I’d love to hear: What’s your favorite hotel in Paris right now? And, since I always want to try new places, where should I stay when I’m in Paris in November?  Merci!

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6 Comments

  1. stephanie tarre

    Just stayed in the Marais district in November at Hotel de Jobo. Great boutique hotel in a terrific location. Rooms small, but very nicely appointed.
    Also, love L’hotel on the Left Bank. Have stayed there several times. Really uniquely decorated rooms, great staff and lovely for dinner and/or drinks or tea.

  2. Sarah Yort

    Wendy, have you heard of Initaly.com? Planning a driving trip to Pesaro Puglia etc. From Rome. Any reccommendations on a travel agency for this? I have followed you for years and respect your opinion or reccomendations. Thank you,
    Sarah Yort

    1. Wendy Perrin

      HI Sarah,
      No, I have not heard of InItaly.com. It’s impossible for me to recommend the right Italy specialist or travel firm for you without knowing a lot more about what you have in mind. How long is your trip, who are you traveling with, what are your trip goals, what types of hotels do you like, what’s your budget, are you planning to rent a car or do you want to hire a driver, etc. Why don’t you submit a question to “Ask Wendy” with more details, and I’ll reply by email? Just click here to submit your question:
      https://www.wendyperrin.com/ask-wendy-question/

      Best,
      Wendy

  3. Fran walker

    We loved the Hotel du Jeu de Paume on the Ile St. Louis Intimate and friendly with an unbeatable central location

  4. Maita Barrenechea

    My favourite hidden gem in Paris at themoment is 6,Mandel. A magical room with a view in the 16th. Housed in a lovely Gothic-style house on the tree-lined Avenue Georges Mandel , a 130 sq.m. room overlooking the Eiffel tower with a private garden. Charming host Architect Jean-Christophe Stoerkel will give you the keys during your stay.

  5. Ann Delaney

    We just returned from a 5 night stay at Hotel Relais Saint-Germain . Great neighborhood and walking distance to everything! Charming 12 room hotel with an excellent restaurant (breakfast included). The architecture, location, and view fit my vision of Paris perfectly.

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