“A fun, clean and very colourful hotel near Les Invalides, with low prices and easy access to major sites”
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.
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.