Four of us, two couples, booked a week at Delareynie. The host, Ghislain, is a French-Canadian who has lived in Paris for 7 years. He is most accommodating, preparing a typical French continental breakfast daily - orange juice, coffee, croissants, baguettes, My wife likes eggs for breakfast and we bought them at a nearby market. Ghislain happily prepared them for us to our specifications each morning.
There are two spacious rooms with double beds and one smaller room suitable for a solo traveler. Ghislain sleeps in this room when it is not occupied. Otherwise we sleeps in the very large living room. Don't let that dissuade you, as he is up and about before you awake.
You have free WiFi and free access to the small kitchen and refrigerator - handy for storing beer, soft drinks and wine and left-overs from your afternoon picnic. You may also use his washer / dryer, saving a bundle on outside laundry service, as well as time that would otherwise be wasted sitting at a laundromat.
The B&B is about a 2 minute walk from the Chattelet - Les Halles train / metro station and about 15 second walk from the Pompidou Center. It is also a block away from the Hotel d' Paris and about 5 minutes to Notre Dame Cathedral. In other words, it is in a prime location.
Drawbacks are that it is on the 4th (American 3rd) floor and the elevator only runs from the 2nd floor (American 1st), so yo will have to walk one flight. Also, there is no A/C, and while the weather was pleasant when we visited in early June, the lack of A/C in July and August will be sorely missed. Fans are available. The floors are wooden and creaky, so be prepared to hear everyone at night trek to and from the toilet. Not a big deal, and kind of funny trying to recognize who is making the walk by listening to the tell-tale creaks.
What really sold us was the price, about $110 per night per couple. Another couple that we traveled with stayed at a 4 star hotel near the Musee d 'Orsay and paid $420 per night and 45 Euros each for breakfast. (Obviously, they went to a nearby Starbucks for their morning java.) And, when we visited them we learned that their A/C was not working.
An additional note: Ghislain will gladly call restaurants or otherwise help you with your stay. We were traveling to Burgundy and wanted to dine at a particular restaurant. After we left Paris, Ghislain called them, made the reservation for us, and emailed us the information while we were on the road.
Bottom line, Delareyne is highly recommended for its location, price and terrific host.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- I am situated in the heart of Paris, just steps away from famous centre Georges Pompidou and of the Marais, 22 rue de la ReynieIt will be a pleasure for us to greet you in this historic and animated neighbourhood. By foot, by bus, by bicycle (Velib) or by metro, you will easily discover the Hôtel de ville (city hall), the Louvre, the Notre-Dame cathedral, the quartier Latin, as well as many cafés, pubs, and excellent restaurants ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bed And Breakfast Delareynie Hotel Paris
- b&b Delareynie