It was my first trip to Paris in more than 10 years. So I wanted to visit all the tourist sites of course. The Notre Dame, the Eiffel, the Lourve, the Musee D'Orsay, the Luxembourg Gardens, the list can go on. The best thing about this hotel is, most places are within walking distance. I'd say mostly under 20 minutes. Yes, the Eiffel Tower may be a 40 minute walk away, but it was a lovely stroll along the beautiful River Seine on a cool evening. No problems if you don't want to walk. The Metro station is just across the road. The Hop-on-Hop-off Cruise station is also about 30 metres away. The cruise boat stops at 8 popular locations.
My room faced the River Seine. Sure, poke your head out and you see the Notre Dame but why do that when the whole thing, gardens and all is just a few metres down the road?
Small room but there's still space for 2 big suitcases, a wardrobe, a small table, 2 chairs, a bed, fridge, and a tiny escritoire. A quaint and pretty room decorated with floral curtains and blooming window boxes. The shower cubicle is small but the whole bathroom is of adequate size. Towels are thick and white, the whole place is very clean.
Service is reasonable. Towels are changed daily, and the bathroom is always clean and tidy when I return to the room. I slept in one morning and when I left the room around midday, I found the housekeeping stuff quietly left outside the room. No one disturbed my sleep.
From the airport, you can take the RER train to Quai St Michel. One of the exits is by lift only and comes right up to the lane next to the hotel. Saves you from lugging your luggage down to the traffic lights and across the road. But, unless you already have a ticket or is prepared to pay for a ticket by card, do not enter the Metro/RER from here. It has only 1 ticketing machine and does not accept cash. It's better to cross the road and use the main entrance.
The Latin Quarters are just behind the hotels. Dozens of restaurants, bars and cafes for you to choose. For this same reason, I did not try the breakfast offered by the hotel. I had breakfast at a different cafe every morning. Tried a different restaurant for dinner each evening. What a wonderful holiday.
Despite some negative reviews, I'd still choose this hotel for its location. Can't get better than this. Besides location, cleanliness is most important to me. This hotel is clean and the bedsheets are spotless.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the romantic heart of Paris, on the Rive Gauche in the Latin Quarter, and facing Sainte Chapelle, the Hotel Les Rives de Notre-Dame is even more pleasant for the location and charm desired in a hotel in the center of Paris. With only 10 rooms in perfect Parisian style, services and unmatched comfort, a view over the cathedral of Notre Dame and on the Seine: a truly exclusive stay in a hotel in Paris. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Rives De Notre Dame Hotel Paris