I took my daughter to Paris last week for her 17th birthday and was a bit anxious about where to stay as I didn't want to disappoint her but didn't want to pay the earth either. Previously we have stayed in apartments in Montmartre and place de la Concorde areas as a family but it wasn't worth getting an apartment for just the two of us. I like the Left Bank but was aware that it is a very popular, busy and an expensive place to stay. For that reason I was very pleased to stumble on Jardins de Luxembourg whilst trawling through umpteen websites. The reviews on Tripadvisor were mostly very good so I went ahead and booked. I didn't regret it at all. The location is perfect, just a couple of minutes away from the RER station Luxembourg, which gets you to and from Gare du Nord in 15 minutes or less. Yes the rooms are small but very nice and perfectly good for a few days' visit as you are probably not going to spend much time in there anyway. I found the beds really comfortable and slept very well. Yes I did hear the beeping of trucks quite early in the morning as mentioned by another reviewer but that was the only noise I noticed and didn't bother me too much. The bathroom was small but had a bath and shower, towels were soft and plentiful, and the water very hot. Everywhere was very clean and nicely furnished. We had asked for a balcony room and we got one on the second floor; however due to the rain, not much time could be spend out there! It is also pretty small and there was only one chair. The hotel is right round the corner from the famous Jardins and they are lovely though disappointingly not much was in flower this spring due to the long winter which it seems Paris suffered same as UK. You can walk to Notre Dame area in ten minutes down the Boulevard St Michel and then along the river or virtually anywhere in Paris you like. The lively Boul St Germain is really close, loads of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Other major attractions such as the Eiffel Tower are a couple of stops away by metro if you don't want to walk. There is a cafe on the corner opposite the hotel where we had breakfast, a boulangerie selling delicious cakes on the other and loads of restaurants up the road round the university. We sampled the Chinese: very nice but like most restaurants in the area rather pricey for what it is (compared to London prices that is). We also ate at the Terazza St Germain which was a very good Italian and in the St Germain market area.
All in all, a very good trip. We enjoyed the hotel and were made to feel welcome by the friendly staff in particular Aurore. I would definitely stay there again on future visits.
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