Hotel Cluny Sorbonne
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cluny Sorbonne Paris
Family stay mid-January 2005
Just back from a stay at the Hotel Cluny Sorbonne with my family (two adults and two boys, aged 12 and 14). Booked here based on the reviews and also that this is one of the few hotels I could find that had a quad room at a reasonable rate. The rate was 110 Euros/night.
The hotel was in a great area with lots of schools around, a convenience store and Internet cafe a block away, small pubs, restaurants and shopping nearby. Also within 5 minutes of the Luxembourg Gardens and Palace. Hotel is one street off the main street in the area and was quiet and safe. Front door is opened by the person at the desk after you buzz and is staffed 24 hrs/day.
Notre Dame is a 10-15 minute walk and the small winding streets of the Latin Quarter by the river are also only a few minutes away.
We took the metro to the Cluny station and it was a 10-15 minute walk to the hotel. On our way out we took the train to Heathrow from the Luxembourg station which is less than 5 minutes away and was an easy walk with our luggage (45 mins to Heathrow).
We had room 63 on the 6th floor with a veiw of the Pantheon out the window that is nothing short of awesome! The room was quite large with two large beds, a table and two chairs, and a small bathroom with a very small shower. Everything was very clean, beds had very warm wool blankets, extra pillows for all, and beds were made each day and we received new towels for everyone each morning.
Breakfast was 6 Euros each and a breakfast for two people was enough for the 4 of us. It was brought to our room each morning and consisted of coffee, warm milk, orange juice, criossants, french bread, butter and jam - not a bad deal. You can also eat downstairs in a small room for the same price.
The kids loved the elevator which is barely as large as a phone booth - too cool and a hoot to ride to the 6th floor! Staff were all excellent and very helpful, polite, and courteous.
Booked by phone and then sent contact info by e-mail and received a confirmation e-mail back within the hour.
Excellent value and a great hotel with lots of character in a nice location in the city.
I've stayed at this hotel a number of times over the last four years and will continue to whenever I visit Paris. The rooms are traditional (small) but clean and pleasant. The lift can't hold more than one person and a few bags at a time. Breakfast is more than adequate. The staff are always firendly and very helpful (all desk staff speak very good English).
The big advantage is the location. The hotel is in the heart of the Latin Quarter and many of the best sights are easy walking distance (i.e. Notre Dame, Louvre, Museum Moyen Age, catacombs etc). There are dozens of wonderful cafes and shoppes in the neighborhood. For the location and price it is a wonderful value. I recommend this place without hesitation.
have just arrived back from staying in this hotel. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms, they are small but perfectly adequate. The bathroom was also tiny and had a funny bath/shower thing - if you stood up and sprayed yourself, you would be likely to drench everything(toilet, ground, basin, toilet paper, towels and anything else in the tiny room). It is made to sit down in but this could cause problems for larger or older people. My friends were in Room 11 where there had been some kind of flood so the carpet was wet and smelly - the guy at the desk did not seem to concerned and said it had also happened the day before but offered free breakfast or a reduction (the hotel was full). We went for the reduction and negotiated a bit more than he offered. Overall, it was perfectly adequate for its price range and the flooded room was an unfortunate incident. The lift is truly the smallest I have been in - and I have been in many a small Parisian lift! I would recommend it for a weekend or short trip but think the compactness of the rooms and bathrooms (we were in two identical double rooms) might make it uncomfortable for a longer stay.
I would go again but would request not to have room 11!!
Excellent for it's price range
We stayed at Hotel Cluny Sorbonne in late May of 2004. This hotel was excellent for it's price range. It came to around $100 a night after the currency exchange. We had a 5th floor room with a view of the the Pantheon over the rooftop of the Sorbonne, which had fantastically ornate chimneys and other architectural details. Being streetside, there was some noise but it is a small sidestreet, so it is not a constant barrage. We also enjoy the bustle of a city, so it was OK. (We heard an accordian playing one afternoon and there was one of many street musicians coming up the street after working the Place du Sorbonne. He then entertained us and another party with a couple of tunes as we hung out the window and threw him a tip. A fun Paris moment.) Another in our party had a room overlooking the interior courtyard and that was very quiet, so you have a choice. There is no air conditioning, but that was not a problem in May, which, by the way, is a great time to go weather-wise. It stays light until around 10-10:30PM, which was a pleasant surprise to us coming from the southern US where it is dark by 9:00.
Several steps away is Place du Sorbonne and a few cafes, which made for some pleasant cafe experiences. Luxembourg Garden is a block away. There is an RER stop at the park. The metro is a few blocks at Blvd. St. Germain. We were able to walk to Notre Dame in about 5 minutes from our hotel. There were many places to eat in a variety of price ranges everywhere we turned.
The room was cleaned daily by an amiable staff. The bathroom is tiny and the shower especially so. The elevator is miniscule - for 2 or 3 at the most - but I'm glad it had one. We got locked out once during a 2 week stay (see one of the other reviews) for about 5-10 minutes when we came in around midnight because the desk clerk was away momentarily. It is a small hotel and does not have an army of employees. It didn't seem like a cronic problem.
We like to travel but can only afford to do so on a strict budget. This hotel worked out well because of it's price, great location and simplicity. We would consider it again.
Great location, not so great service
The biggest complain I have about the service is the fact that when I checked in no one told me that the reception isn't open all day. So next day when I tried to get out to catch an early train I found out that the hotel door is closed. I had to wait 30 minutes for someone to come down and open the door for me. So I wouldn't recommend the hotel for the service but the price is acceptable if one considers the location which is great.
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