Hotel Mayet

Les Invalides, Paris, France Book from Eur78

Reviewed by Tom Bell
A fun, clean and very colourful hotel near Les Invalides, with low prices and easy access to major sites
You’ll be hard pressed to find better value in Paris. This is a friendly small hotel, the hallmarks of which are bright colours, uncluttered interiors and great prices. Recently updated, the walls of the lobby-cum-breakfast room have retained 2 enormous graffiti-style splashes of colour, which work well with the new Moroccan style lamps, mixed fabrics and tranquil colour scheme.

There are minibars in the rooms with a small selection of soft drinks, and a bar downstairs serving coffee, beers and snacks. You can also step outside to find cafés and restaurants on your doorstep. Duroc metro station is 100 metres from the front door and will whisk you north to Invalides and Champs Elysées for sightseeing, or to the airports and Gare du Nord with one change. If you looking for a low-cost city base that’s super clean, welcoming and friendly, you’ve found it.

Highs

  • Great value and spotlessly clean
  • Pretty design
  • Super friendly and knowledgeable staff who are happy to provide local restaurant recommendations
  • 100 metres from the local metro

Lows

  • Rooms aren’t big
  • Bathrooms aren't either
  • Noise does travel
  • Children are welcome, but they are charged as adults

Best time to go

Paris is wonderful all year round. A good time to come is August when the locals leave and the city is relatively empty; the sales are on in January. And if you're planning that romantic spring time break, this is the perfect destination.

Our top tips

Pick a street-facing room on the fifth floor for the chance to have a balcony. It's not quite big enough to sit out on, but it makes a lovely addition to the room.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 25
  • Breakfast only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Comfort Apartment

Rooms

The double, twin and triple rooms all share a similar colour scheme; white bedlinen and walls contrast with bright orange or pale blue furniture, and the focal point is an exotic jungle or desert image above the bed. Each picture is slightly different and some are peppered with starry lights (which have their own switch). Air-conditioning in all rooms is a plus for the summer months.

You'll pay more for a Street View room as these get more light, while those at the back look onto a slightly drab courtyard. The sixth floor rooms are snugly ensconced in the eaves, and there's a lift to whisk you up and down.

Simplicity is the virtue here. Space is used wisely with halogen spotlights for bedtime reading, a fold-away mirror above the desk and, in most rooms, a small open shelving unit or rail for clothes. (We'd recommend that you pack light.) Rooms aren’t big, nor are they ‘broom-cupboard small’; you wouldn’t want to hang about all day in one, but if you return after a busy day for a shower and a nap before going out, you’ll be happy.

The compact grey and white marble bathrooms are spotless, with chunky square basins, a stack of white towels and a three-quarter-size bathtub or shower (we preferred having the latter).

Since our visit, a Comfort Apartment has been added. Located just down the road, it has space for 4 people and a well-equipped kitchen. Great for longer stays and families.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

The lobby area morphs into a breakfast room where an ample buffet is laid out each morning (additional cost). It’s a help-yourself affair: baguette, croissants, eggs (to boil yourself), cheese, yoghurt, cereal, orange juice, coffee and a selection of teas. The apartment has its own kitchen and dining area, too.

This is a B&B hotel, you’ll be eating out at night. For restaurant recommendations ask the helpful reception staff for ideas. Try L’Authentique for bistro food while La Cadole offers traditional French cookings.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Visit the big names; you are midway between the Eiffel Tower (which you approach the right way past the Ecole Militaire, then up the Champ de Mars) and the Jardin du Luxembourg

  • Dine and people-watch on Boulevard Montparnasse - it is just around the corner from the hotel

  • Be a culture vulture at Les Invalides and Musée d’Orsay (a 15-minute stroll north)

  • When you’re over at the Eiffel Tower, cross the Seine to the Trocadero and visit the Musée de L’Homme, an inspirational museum dedicated to pre-history, ethnology and anthropology

  • Drop down onto Allee de Cygnes, a bank in the middle of the Seine below the Eiffel Tower, where you'll find the Statue of Liberty: smaller than its New York cousin, it stands on the southern tip

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children are welcome but charged as adults - there is a triple room or an apartment (but there are no extra beds or baby cots).

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Kid Friendly: Triple

Our guests' ratings...

7/
Rooms
10/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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