Hotel Mayet

Les Invalides, Paris, France Book from Book from £60 per night

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
  • 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
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Tv
  • WiFi

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...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

As usual in Paris, tiny bedrooms. But this one had efficient use of space and was bright. Very helpful receptionist.

7/10, , April 2016

Perfect location to explore all of Paris. Walking distance to main sights and lots of food options around the hotel. Polite, friendly staff throughout our stay. Room is small but perfectly equipped with modern feel, very clean throughout.

10/10, , February 2016

This is a great little hotel. Location is excellent - in the 6th - it's a short walk up Rue de Sevres to great shops, including Le Bon Marche department store (5 minutes walk). There is a fab Cave de Vins opposite the hotel with a really helpful and enthusiastic shop assistant who advised us on our rose wine purchases. On the corner is an artisan boulangerie which looked great but unfortunately was closed (do NOT go to Paris on 15 August like we did - it's a national holiday and a lot of shops are closed!). Also round the corner is Quatrehommes - a brilliant fromagerie I am told (also closed when we went!). Our hotel room was very small (we had a superior twin overlooking the street) but the aircon worked quietly and very well and the room had clever storage features which made the most of the space. The decor was quite funky and the room was nice and bright. The ensuite bathroom, although again small, was grey marble - most impressive for a 3 star hotel - which meant it felt very clean (no nasty chipped tiles etc). The shower stall was big and the shower itself powerful with lots of hot water. We didn't eat the breakfast as there are many cafes around. Staff were very friendly and helpful (printed out our museum tickets). Value was excellent - seemed cheap for a Paris hotel but I would recommend getting a street view room as apparently others face in to the internal light well. Will definitely return and can recommend 100%.

9/10, , August 2015

Hotel was good - great location near the Metro but the beds were not the normal single size so wouldn't suit everyone. Otherwise, it worked well.

8/10, , August 2015

The rooms are small but they always are in Paris. Very functional. Breakfast very good. Atmosphere very friendly and helpful.

10/10, , May 2015

The hotel in in a good location for the metro, the room was clean and bright, had a safe and small fridge. The bathroom was up to date and clean. However be aware the rooms are very very small, only room for a very small suitcase and no closet to hang clothes.

7/10, , April 2015

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