Hotel Design de la Sorbonne
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Good hotel - great location!
Good hotel - great location. The hotel was decent (for European standards). The room was small, the bathroom even smaller (I am 6'4" 220lbs and the room wasn't built for someone like me). The location is great so you won't be spending anytime in the room anyways. The staff were always very friendly and willing to answer any questions we had. The location is within seconds of the Luxembourg gardens and within minutes of Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, and the Louvre. It also has easy access to the Metro so short jaunts to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumphe, the Catacombs, Sacre Couer are super easy. For a sight seeing trip this is a great place to be. If you are looking for the Ritz, find another locale.
Very pleasant stay
My husband and I spent a very pleasant five nights at this hotel in early September. We had a double room on the third floor facing the street, which was a bit noisy at night with students and mopeds, but not something that really bothered us. Our room was small, clean, and nicely furnished; the bathroom was an adequate size. The hotel overall is very well-decorated in terms of paint colors and artwork. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the location just can't be beat--so close to the river, Notre Dame and the Ile St.-Louis, various Metro and RER stops, and all the nightlife and sights of the Latin Quarter and St.-Germaine. We could walk to the Marais, the Louvre, and even the Eiffel Tower (the latter was close to an hour walk, though).
Breakfast, while decent, turned out to be 8 euros per person rather than the 5 euros posted on our room door, which was really our only complaint.
Very nice hotel in an excellent location
PROS: Hotel de la Sorbonne is a very nice hotel situated in the Latin Quarter, about 2 minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon. It is about 5-10 minutes walk to the centre of the Latin Quarter where there are hundreds of restaurants, shops and the Notre Dame. The Louvre and D'Orsay are also within 45 minutes' walking distance which is a thoroughly enjoying walk along the banks of the Seine. There are also several metro stations situated within very close proximity of the hotel. The room was clean, comfortable and simply decorated. There was a television in the room and an ensuite bathroom, which appeared to have been recently renovated. All staff in the hotel was very friendly, accommodating and spoke good English. The breakfast was also quite nice, and consisted of croissants, fruit juice and cereal.
CONS: Although our experience at the hotel was overall very good, I do have some comments about a few other things. The shower space in the bathroom was very small, and we ended up drenching the bathroom floor everytime we would take a shower. Also, noise from neighbouring rooms could be easily heard, and you could often hear other guests walking up or down the hallway, and opening and closing their door, and speaking loudly in their room. There was also a strange issue with the bathroom towels - there were two of us in the room, but they only always gave us one large towel and 3 or 4 small ones. But then again, we didn't bring this issue up with the hotel, so it may have been avoided had we inquired about it.
Aside from that, our overall stay in the hotel was very pleasant, and we were able to get an excellent rate on the internet for booking in advance. I would definitely stay in the hotel again if I were in Paris, and would recommend it to travellers.
Very Nice Stay
We stayed here for four nights in late July 2004. We got an online summer special price of €60 for a double with a private bathroom with a shower, and it was a great deal. The staff members speak English and are very friendly and helpful. They let us pay for the room partly in cash and partly with our credit card and were very accommodating. We had a room facing the courtyard (room 15), and it was VERY quiet and clean. They provide fresh towels, soap, and shampoo/shower gel daily. I would have given the hotel a top rating of "excellent" except for the moldy shower curtain and slow shower drain in an otherwise immaculately clean bathroom and the fact that the hair dryer got so hot after just a minute or two of use that it had to be turned off or it would burn our hands. But those are minor complaints that are easy to remedy for such a great bargain in such a wonderful neighborhood. It is an easy walk to so many major sites in Paris, and there's an Internet cafe one block away. Take the RER directly from CDG airport to the Luxembourg stop and it's an easy walk to the hotel. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would stay here again!
We just returned from 3 nights in Paris after 10 days in southwest France. We had booked this hotel online and got an internet rate of 90 euros, which they honored. Our room was perfect: brand new bathroom fixtures, maid service daily, quiet (room #3 on the courtyard) and sufficient space for our stuff. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and courteous (all English speaking as well). The location near the Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter was close to everything: Metro, restaurants, shops, sites, yet very quiet.
We'd definitely stay there again.
Avoid this hotel....crooks
Despite repeated attempts (phone, e-mail, fax) management refuses to even answer my compaint that I was overcharged after staying at this hotel. When checking out I was told the deposit would not show up on my credit card thus I was billed for the full six nights. Of course the deposit was charged to the card and I ended up paying a full extra night and a service charge. I have sent all the paperwork at their request and made numerous attempts to contact them in this matter and have received absolutely no answer, explanation or refund. It appears they couldn't care less. The Hotel advertises friendly service - it isn't.
Very well situated, check their website
Great location, clean, simple but well decorated room,smart shower room, only noise from tv next door(take ear plugs in case). Breakfast (cereal bread croissants) good value at 5 euros but if you fancy more protein an egg Mcmuffin at the McD in adjacent rue Soufflot does the job. Internet special offer for double with shower was 70 euros booked well in advance ,check the website. There are lots of good inexpensive restaurants in the area eg, Le petit prince, rue Lanneau, Au bistrot du Sorbonne off rue cujas. The Luxembourg Gardens are handy for relaxing in and Metro and RER stations are close.
Great location, made out holiday perfect!
We found the Hotel de la Sorbonne perfect for Paris trip. Being in the centre of town means never having to worry about getting back even if you are out late for a romantic evening. It's also simple to get the airports, which take a weight off our minds. The hotel itself is beutifully decorated, the staff were very frirendly and my husband appreciated beign able to use the free wireless internet access in the lobby with his laptop (leaving me to pamper myself in the room!). Best of all, it wasn't even very dear; we found a special offer on their website (----------------------------). All in all, we had a great time in Paris, and a good sleep every night really helped! I've already told my friends about it, and would recommend the hotel to anyone.
Good small hotel, great location
I stayed at this hotel for 10 nights in March 2004. It is an excellent value. The hotel is very well managed by a pleasant, professional staff who are completely conversant in English. It is located immediately across the street from the Sorbonne University, but the area is quiet yet handy to all of Paris. The hotel is very clean; breakfast is a bargain at 5 euros. Every room has TV, phone, shower. I was very happy here.
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