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“Traditional Parisian Gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel du Lys
23 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris, France (Odeon / Saint-Michel)   |  
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Ranked #1,035 of 1,791 Hotels in Paris
newbury
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28 hotel reviews
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“Traditional Parisian Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Delightful Parisian Hotel with authentic exposed beams and brickwork, timbered ceilings and old oak furniture and wardrobes. 5min walk from Notre-Dame and adjacent to Odeon Metro (direct to Gare du Nord) and St Michel RER (direct to Airport). Friendly staff who have limited English. Perfect French breakfast - lots of coffee, orange juice, croissants and bread. Very clean with modern bathrooms. Bedrooms are double-glazed but some slight street noise. Higher bedrooms are quieter and with superb views but there's no lift!

Room Tip: Higher rooms are quieter but no lift. Compromise on 2nd or 3rd floors
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Stuttgart, Germany
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68 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

This hotel is ok. The rooms are quaint but with character. We were on the 4th floor - no elevator! There was actually a problem with our reservation and the manager was willing to work with us but the night guy at the front desk was horrible! Totally unwilling to help so we checked out. Too bad because the hotel wasn't bad. The manager waa apologetic the next day though.

Room Tip: There is no elevator so try for a room as close to the ground floor as possible.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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hungary
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

It is an authentic XVIIth century building with nice furniture and decoration. The location is excellent between the 5th district (Quartier Latin) and the 6th (ST Germain) just near Notre Dame and other sights nearby.
The staff is really kind, breakfast is a real french breakfast.
It is a bit tiring to climb the stairs if your room is on the 3rd or 4th floor but it is worth it.

Room Tip: Each room is differently decorated, but if you are old or not willing to climb stairs, try to get a...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We arrived at the hotel after a wonderful week in Alsace. When we arrived the young man behind the desk shuffled through our papers with a quizzical look and pronounced that our reservation was cancelled. I said ‘no I didn’t cancel’ and I confirmed the reservation directly with the hotel via e-mail 3 weeks ago with a reply from the hotel agreeing to the reservation. Oh, he said, Booking.com cancelled it. He produced the print out to verify it. Upon examination of the printout (in French) we noticed the hotel requested the cancellation. When we grilled him about it he finally confessed that he asked Booking.com to cancel it because he tried to verify our credit card but it failed twice. We don’t know why, however we had no problems with the other 5 hotels the previous week. I explained to him that travelers carry multiple credit cards and there was never any issue with payment. Anyway the first night he put us up in an ‘apartment’ belonging to the hotel (I won’t go into that one!!) and then gave us a room with a full bed and a twin. The room was large enough but full of BED! The bathroom sink took up most of the bathroom. We had a good experience with this hotel 20 years ago and have always recommended this hotel, but since they canceled us the way they did I won’t recommend it, won’t stay there again, and won’t ever again use BOOKING.COM to make a reservation.

Room Tip: Choose another hotel, Paris is full of them.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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ESteffen, Gérant at Hotel du Lys, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
We very think your commentary is not appropriate. For the day you come, the hôtel was full and for keeping a room for you we must refuse many reservations requests.
In your very long commentary you never speak about what would happened if you couldn't come. In this case as your credit card will be rejected and we lose money : we keep a room requested by many people and we lose the night because nobody comes.

That's why for the days the hotel is going to be full we verify all the credit cards less seven days before arrival. You say you didn't have problems with the same credit card in other hotels. This mean that not like of Hotel du Lys they were not going to be full. In this case if you come or not, they were not going to lose money because they must not refuse reservations for keeping a room available for you.

When we see your credit card was wrong we told it to Booking.com. This for having the numbers of an other credit card and we keep the room for you. For this Booking.com sent you an email. We wait 72 hours. You never answer. So as it is the rule we ask Booking.com to cancel the reservation. For this Booking.com sent you a second email.. Again you never answer.

It is a very good thing to reserve rooms by internet but if you give wrong credit card and if you don't read your mails you will have problems very often. So please don't do it like this.

When you arrived we knew it was very difficult to find for this night a room in hotel in Paris. We had the right to leave you on your own. Fair we propose you a solution which was correct and you accepted after seeing it. When we read you commentary we regret our fair reaction.
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Uppsala, Sweden
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Situated in the lively part of the Quartier Latin it still is a haven of tranquility. The old spiral stair case can be difficult for people unable to move freely but if you are fit it is quite okay ...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This is my third stay at Hotel du Lys over many years, and it keeps getting better. Its location is superb, within easy walking distance of most of the great sites in Paris, the Metro and the RER. Yes, the room is small, but it and the bathroom were both very clean. And it was quiet enough for someone who is so picky about noise like me! Breakfast was perfectly fine for me, and the staff were most helpful. They even arranged for me to have breakfast earlier than normal on my departure day!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philly
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Maybe I'm being too picky, but: GREAT location. Great historic building, with good vibes, but my room (typical French hotel room) was rather small, with 3 single beds, but very little room to move around. When you have 3 adults in 1 room, it made it quite cramped. Since I don't spend much time in a hotel room, it was ok, but if you spend lots of time relaxing in your room, this wouldn't be the room to do it in. Nice petit dejeuner included. Limited selection, but more than adequate for me. No elevator but again, I knew that before. If you can't walk steps, stay away.
Would I advise staying here: yes as long as you are aware .

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel du Lys

Address: 23 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Odeon / Saint-Michel
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,035 of 1,791 Hotels in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a 17th century old mansion situated in a very quiet street, Hotel du Lys is one of the best offers in Paris for its location, services and reasonable prices. It is located on the left bank, in a stone’s throw from the Seine river, and in walking distance of Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Sorbonne, the Luxembourg 's garden, Saint Germain des Prés, Beaubourg, Saint Louis island, Invalides, Sainte Chapelle and the Musee d’Orsay ... more   less 
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