“A fun, clean and very colourful hotel near Les Invalides, with low prices and easy access to major sites”
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.
- 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
- Rooms aren’t big
- Bathrooms aren't either
- Noise does travel, and some A/C units buzz loudly
- Children are welcome, but they are charged as adults
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast only
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Safe box
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.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- 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
- Shopping / markets