It was OK but for 147 euros a night for two you would like to get more than OK. This didn't include breakfast (another 12 euros) but I avoid the stewed catering coffee of hotel breakfasts whenever I can. And for 7.50 euros we had brilliant breakfasts round the corner in the shadow (the sun did shine for us) of the Sorbonne. The room was small, which didn't matter too much on a hefty sightseeing trip, and the one accessible plug was hanging out of the wall, having been abused no doubt by countless phone and laptop chargers.
We cased other hotels in the area to see if we'd been ripped off - and the evidence in fact suggested that we hadn't. Around the Luxembourg gardens and down along the left bank is a great area, culturally and aesthetically, so maybe it justifies a premium. One of the best bistros ever (Les Papilles) is just round the corner and the Marc Chagall exhibition was across the Boulevard St Michel at the back end of the gardens themselves. A sign outside says it was the hotel Freud stayed in when he first came to Paris. It was the called the Hotel de la Paix, and for all its lack of value and the wailing sirens of the police wagons harassing the anti-gay marriage protesters outside the nearby Senate apart, it certainly lived up to its former name.
In summary, value - not really, adequacy and convenience, I guess so.
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