We booked a room at this hotel for 5 nights based on the reviews we read here.
We arrived pretty early in the morning after an overnight flight, and our room was not ready. This is to be expected at a popular hotel. The front desk lady was very helpful, and showed us where to store our bags, and gave us a map and told us how to get to the RER as we had plans to visit the palace at Versailles for the day. When we returned around 3pm, the room was ready and we made our way up for a much needed nap.
Our room was a Standard Double Bath room, which fit our needs just fine. The room had a double bed, a normal sized bathroom, and a built in closet/wardrobe tucked away in the corner. The windows looked out over the courtyard, and were open due the unseasonable warmth. It was a little bit noisy, but neither that nor the weather was much of a bother. There is a small refrigerator and a safe in the TV cabinet, which is always nice. As others have mentioned, the TV has about 3 or 4 dedicated English channels, but you can randomly find reruns of CSI and USA network shows (in English) on the French channels. We didn't watch that much TV, but it is kind of nice to have while doing a bit of relaxing after a long day of walking the city and getting ready for dinner. As mentioned above, the bathroom was a pretty good size for a small European hotel. However, I found it odd that the toiletries provided include shower gel, but no washcloths. A tiny bar of soap is also provided. We got clean, somehow. Also, the bathtub is kind of oddly shaped such that it looks normal-sized, but the area that you are actually able to stand in (i.e., not sloped) is quite small.
The location is unbeatable. It is in a quiet area near a few embassies and government buildings. There is a small supermarket (I would call it a convenience store here in the US) across the street and a BNP Paribas bank with an ATM on the corner (this was nice because, as a Bank of America customer, there are no ATM or currency fees for using this brand of ATM). The hotel is about a half hour walk to the island with Notre Dame cathedral, and about 20 minutes to the Eiffel Tower. It is about 10 minutes to the RER and about 5 to the nearest metro. We pretty much walked everywhere.
Breakfast is not included, and costs 11 euros per person. It tastes fine and includes coffee, very pulpy orange juice, croissants, bread, and an assortment of butter and jelly. The only reason we did get the breakfast one morning is because everything nearby appeared to be closed on sunday morning. On other days, the places nearby can provide a similar meal for significantly less money.
The staff was always friendly and almost always manning their position at the front desk. This is one of those hotels where you return your key when you leave and get it back when you come back. Nothing wrong with that, just mentioning it. We never had to wait for somebody to give us our key, but we did have to leave it at the unattended desk once or twice.
We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel de Varenne, and would recommend it to anybody looking for a adequately-appointed, conveniently-located, and budget-friendly hotel in Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome at the hotel de Varenne... Ideally located, the Hotel de Varenne is a historic treasure dating from the 19th century, decorated with refinement in a Louis XVI and Empire style. Lying in the centre of Paris, the quiet and safe Rue de Bourgogne opens out on one end to the Rodin Museum and, on the other end, to the building of the National Assembly and lies near the Embassies and Ministries. This recently renovated townhouse distinguishes itself by its personalised reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Varenne Hotel
- De Varenne Paris