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“Lovely boutique hotel in great location” 5 of 5 stars
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Le Lapin Blanc
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   41 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, France (Formerly Hotel Dacia Luxembourg) (Sorbonne)   |  
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Ranked #667 of 1,793 Hotels in Paris
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“Lovely boutique hotel in great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is beautifully decorated and excellently designed! Small in size but made really good use of the space! Breakfast options are small but suit the style of the hotel. It's quiet and very luxurious in a simple way. You will truly enjoy your stay here.

Stayed November 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

On first glance the place looks quite pleasant and welcoming but then the problems become evident:

- shower lacks a simple place to put toiletries such as shampoo and soap.
- Internet is free but useless 99% of the time. This is a major issue for anyone planning to do any work while there and possibly even for those that don't. Compounding this problem is fact that cell phone coverage is weak too so best data connection is GPRS on my phone which doesn't allow me to connect either. Very disappointing.
- Noise: can hear almost every sound and scratch in neighboring rooms and in the hallways.
- Slippers: didn't find any bath slippers in the room.
- no 'do not disturb' door sign anywhere. If you want to sleep in I guess you have to make your own somehow or wing it.
- Shower made a loud groaning noise that was annoying though water pressure was good. Bad plumbing likely.
- Shower door handle was missing. Looked tacky.
- Rooms are well lit compared to other hotels and this was welcome as there is limited natural light in the inward facing rooms.
- No safe in three of the rooms in the hotel. Apparently this was overlooked somehow in the design and there is no alternative for storing valuables.

If you get a really good deal then the hotel may be worth it especially if all you need is a bed and you don't plan on doing much in the room otherwise. There are also limited public spaces to hang out in the hotel. The location is central with a marks and spencer food shop next door among many other shops.

The place is also within close proximity of the Luxembourg Gardens.

Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We went to Paris for 3 nights looking to stay somewhere in the 5th / 6th and a friend recommended we try the newly re-branded Le Lapin Blanc. The price was reasonable at 265 Euro but hardly a steal though the location looked perfect for our plans of simply "wandering around Paris".
We arrived at an unassuming building on the busy St Michel and walked into the narrow entry to a cramped reception area. The reception was a nice young and very casual man who sped us through check-in. The elevator is very small (3 people or 225kg) which means large luggage can be a problem and the stairs somewhat narrow. The area is right next to La Sorbonne and hence there are a lot of students in evidence. At night however the street and room were happily quite quiet.
We were given room 22 which was lovely (wonderful huge bathtub and light blue hues with white) and had a private little balcony overlooking the street (no chairs or anything but standing out in the evening breeze was nice). The king bed (we looked specifically for one - they are harder to find than you might expect in Paris) was very comfortable and the duvet soft and warm. No extra pillows / towels or blankets were provided however (assume you could request). The room was cozy but no place to properly store baggage and the closet is quite small with no additional place to put things. Toilet is in a similarly small room with a sliding door.
We came and left seeing a number of quite young and always casual staff. Most were mildly indifferent (not rude but hardly energetic or particularly helpful). The room was serviced well our first day but the second saw no replenishment of toiletries nor removal of used coffee mugs etc... Good thing we are not messy but unbelievable that housekeeping would come and not remove obviously used dishes.
Apparently they have room service which is provided by an off-premises caterer. Did not order but the menu looked nice. Why you would stay in and where you would eat in your room...?
Television had reasonable selections but if you wanted to chill out and say watch a movie then better bring an iPad with Netflix. Speaking of which - the internet is free but spotty; several times it crashed while streaming content and the device had to be rebooted to again connect properly.
We did not have breakfast, preferring to venture out, but heard a few non-specific grumbles from others.
In essence a lovely though not cheap room in a good location for sightseeing, dining, shopping etc... but those looking to be pampered in house will be left feeling disappointed.

Room Tip: Room 22 has a private balcony (also the room next door = 23?). Rooms seem to vary quite a lot in ter...
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

.. I just hope I was just extremely unlucky and this is not the way how hotel is ran all the time. I go to Paris twice a year and I've stayed in many places, but Le Lapin Blanc unfortunately was the biggest disappointment. I'm sorry if there is too much information and if I sound fussy, but I think there are certain things one can expect staying in such a place. Starting with such a trivial thing as a lack of toilet brush in toilet. At least I can say it's not hygienic. Hotel also doesn't have umbrellas to offer their guests when it rains - it was raining heavily one evening and I was going out to meet my colleagues at dinner. No umbrellas, only helpless smiles and a relieved look when a word taxi was mentioned. I know I can book a taxi, but it means that I'll be late! Instead of 15 minute walk it took me twice as longer to get there with a taxi because when it rains traffic gets very bad in Paris. On next day I had an unpleasant surprise that my room wasn't done when I came back to hotel in the afternoon, around 3. I had some food on the night before and put the rubbish in the bin. It had started to smell and I had to open a window and leave my bin outside in a corridor to be emptied. I got it back after about an hour. But what really made me think that Le Lapin Blanc was definitely not my right choice was the breakfast room. It is possibly the smallest breakfast room in the world - there were only 7 tables which means maximum 14 people can have breakfast there. When I was there we were on average 6. Guests were not greeted or welcomed, they were not served.. To make myself noticed and get a coffee I almost had to step inside the kitchen and tell what I want. There were constantly plates and cereal bowls running out, one morning I heard a couple asking for a bread and croissants, I looked at the plates - empty. People came in, stood there confused not knowing what to do... Then also a guy came to table next to mine, which unfortunately was not clean. He waited a bit, hesitated, but as no one payed attention to him or to a table, he took a serviette and cleaned a table himself! ok, one can do that, but again just to remind you - it's possibly the smallest hotel breakfast room! when people left, no Have a good day! or Thank you.. nothing.. It's just sad. No design or boutique concept in the world will help if a hotel can't get the basics right.. To make sure guests are welcomed (in a breakfast room) and that they are taken care of (offered an umbrella when it's raining heavily outside)! I've stayed in much more simpler places but I've never experienced that kind of attitude.. and then - as a cherry on the cake a girl at the reception desk when I was checking out asked me to pay a double city tax! She explained that it's 2 euros per person per night, so, 16 euros. I'm sorry, I said, but I was staying there by myself and booked this room as a single room. oh, my colleague must have made a mistake... It was just too much. but as I said I hope I was just being extremely unlucky. Even rooms are so nice and comfortable I will not stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

We had a great 6 night stay, upgraded to a beautiful spacious room on the top floor, the only thing that was small was the lift. King size bed, champagne on arrival, modern fitout out breakfast every morning and a great central location. Only fault was the wifi, it was actually free unlike many places but was painfully slow

Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We spent 6 nights at le lapin blanc last week and were very impressed. The hotel, which is 5 minutes walk from the Notre Dame, has recently been rebranded and it's clear that a lot of care has gone into the design of the rooms. The building is a typical small Parisian building so the hotel is small, however there is a small lift and modern air conditioning and all modern amenities, including a large bathroom.

We received excellent service from Anatole who responded to our enquiries and kindly upgraded us to a junior suite from our superior room, with champagne on arrival - the room was gorgeous and very large by Parisian standards. He was very helpful and also found a fantastic champagne tour for us in Reims, which was a highlight.

The bed was king sized and extremely comfortable and breakfast was simple but of high quality, with excellent croissants!

The only pitfall was very poor wifi access, however this was free, and may have been impacted by the fact that our room was in the top floor.

We had a great stay and would recommend Le Lapin Blanc.

Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Contrary to a a common reputation of Parisians, and contrary to other experiences of mine in other hotels, the service here was stellar: very welcoming and efficient receptionist, also very helpful with advice. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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martinwihp, Responsable relations publiques at Le Lapin Blanc, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your generous comments on TripAdvisor. We’re delighted that you found your stay earlier this month to be comfortable, with a very friendly staff. It is true also that it is all in the details, so we’re so pleased that you had a special guest experience.

Look forward to a return visit!

Best regards,

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Address: 41 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, France (Formerly Hotel Dacia Luxembourg)
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Sorbonne
Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #667 of 1,793 Hotels in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Lapin Blanc 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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Dacia Luxembourg Hotel
Dacia Luxembourg Paris
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