Though it opened years ago, our latest revisit revealed that standards remain high, and the team are a friendly mine of knowledge on the local area. They will also book tables, supply maps, and even lend umbrellas if the need arises. A real bonus of this hotel is that you’re down in Montparnasse, off the south-western shores of the Jardin du Luxembourg, and next to beautiful Saint Germain des Prés, so you can walk off any excess amid glorious formal gardens.
- They want you to think of Sainte-Beuve as your Parisian home - we found it to be smart, comfortable, relaxing and very welcoming
- The salon is a relaxing and warm spot to linger
- The Jardin du Luxembourg is on your doorstep, the Latin Quarter just beyond, and you're well placed for Montparnasse's charming cafés and eateries
- Lovely décor with bold colours and antique furnishing; put together by famous British designer David Hicks
- It's good value considering its location and charm
- The classic bedrooms at the back overlook the courtyard and are rather bijoux (though this is symptomatic of Paris)
- The hotel has a classic rather than contemporary chic style
- It's a fair way south of the main sites, but they're easily accessible by metro or on foot
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 22 rooms
- Breakfast only (walk to restaurants)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
A warm, homely style runs throughout the 22 guests rooms. Each has plush curtains, oil paintings, upholstered chairs and nice pieces of furniture (an old oak armoire, an antique dressing table, perhaps marble-topped bedside tables). They are also spotlessly clean, with loads of storage space and a writing desk. Comfortable beds dressed in crisp white linen ensure the first purpose of all hotels: a good night’s sleep.
Classic Rooms are the least expensive, as they are the smallest and overlook a rather plain courtyard. Rooms continue to be categorised according to size as you move up the price ladder. We stayed in a Superior Room, which we found to be a little small, though the pale green walls and antique writing desk were charming. Deluxe Rooms offer slightly more space and enjoy top-floor views. The Junior Suite is the largest of the lot, with a comfy sitting area. Rooms overlooking the rue Sainte-Beuve are bright and double-glazed, so you can expect a quiet night’s sleep.
Monochrome tiled bathrooms offer bathrobes and big white towels. Some baths are three-quarter size, though all have overhead showers. Families should note that some of the Classic and Superior Rooms can interconnect, making them good for older children.
- Safe box
There's no breakfast room; instead, tables are plonked around the salon in the morning. It's a very casual, delightfully orchestrated arrangement, which suits the spirit of the hotel well. You come down, sit where you wish and are served by obliging staff. Pots of fresh coffee are brought forth, baskets of croissants and baguettes appear with jams and yoghurts, and there's freshly-squeezed orange juice. You can go a la carte with coffee and boiled eggs if that’s what you fancy. Coffee, tea and tisanes are freely available in the lobby at all times.
Neighbouring restaurant Moustache provides the room service menu - a daily changing array of classic French cuisine - from Tuesday to Saturday; on Sundays and Mondays, the hotel works with other nearby restaurants. The end result is the rare opportunity to sample a selection of Paris' finest eateries from the comfort of your bed.
If you do choose to leave the hotel, fantastic local restaurants are on your doorstep. La Coupole on Boulevard Montparnasse is a big old bistro, where hard-up artists (some now famous) used to pay for food with pictures, many of which still hang on the wall. La Rotonde nearby is nice and simple, and serves great meat from the Massif Central. If you want, you can wander up to Saint Germain and have lunch at Les Deux Magots; a café where Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir spent the early sixties in the company of assorted artists and intellectuals.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Spurn the metro. It may be on your doorstep, and thus tempting, but Paris is a city in which to walk; there is too much beauty to burrow underground
- We also loved using the Velib bikes as they’re cheap, really sturdy and very easy to ride. Bike stations are everywhere and there are plenty of cycle lanes. Great fun - just beware of French drivers!
- Stroll through the exquisite Jardin du Luxembourg and rent out the toy 1920s sail boats
- It's just 15 minutes’ walk to the Bon Marché, a large chic department store in the 7th
- Visit the church of Saint Sulpice (as in The Da Vinci Code), stop at a Saint-Germain café for sustenance, then cross the river to Notre Dame - all within a leisurely half-hour walk
- Stray to the east and you will find the lesser-visited Jardin des Plantes (with a small zoo)
- Stay local and explore Montparnasse, its station, its cemetery and its cafés. It's a student area - lively, busy and worth a good wander
- For something less polished, head to Belleville. It has a more alternative, “grittier” scene with a thriving Chinatown, a great park and some real funky cafés and street art
- Explore the vibrant Latin Quarter. It's just a stroll away and boasts the Sorbonne and the Pantheon - both are architectural delights
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
Children under 2 years old stay for free in a baby cot; a maximum of one child per room. Cots and babysitting are provided on request. Extra beds for children over 2 are charged.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Some of the Classic and Superior Rooms interconnect. Most rooms (other than the Classic) can take a cot, but only the Deluxe rooms can accommodate older children on sofabeds.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
You are in the 6th arrondissement, between the Jardin du Luxembourg and Montparnasse station, and 20 minutes south west of Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame. The nearest metro stations are Vavin (with a direct link to the Eurostar at the Gare du Nord) and Notre Dame des Champs, both a 2-minute walk.
Paris Charles de Gaulle (30km) is 45-60 minutes away, Paris Orly (35km) 30-45 minutes. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
From the Airport
Jump on the RER - both airports are connected to the city by line B. Change onto the metro at Denfert Rochereau for a 2-stop hop to Vavin.
Eurostar whisks you from London straight into the Gare du Nord. From there, take metro line 4 direct to Vavin (30-40 mins) or hop in a taxi.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Paris and getting around
- Paris Charles de Gaulle 30.0 km CDG
- Paris Orly 35.0 km ORY
- Beach 150.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km