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“Great Location in the Latin Quarter”
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Familia Hotel
Ranked #808 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
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Toronto
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67 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Location in the Latin Quarter”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Familia for 6 nights, Sept. 14 to 19. I have given this a 4-rating as it is an excellent hotel for the price (E119/night), is well located close to Metro and is a good focal point for walking tours (Pantheon, Notre Dame, Ile St. Louis, Marais district etc..). There were lots of restaurants to choose from at night within easy, safe walking distance. But do not look for luxury and space; the rooms are very small with little or no storage space - so for a 6-night stay it was a major challenge dealing with clothing. We had a room facing the street, which was nice for the view, but tended to be noisy as there is a brasserie nearby frequented by students and conversations and laughter could be clearly heard at 2:00 am. We did not opt for a pretty basic breakfast at the Familia (E7), but went to the Hotel Minerve (same owner) next door for a more substantial breakfast with boiled eggs, ham, nice granola available for E9. The staff was always helpful and friendly.

We enjoyed our stay, but I think 6 days in such a small room is tough - the next time I think we will splurge for a 3 or 4 star where we know there will be more spacious rooms

Room Tip: Rooms facing the back of the hotel will be quieter but will have a poor view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We arrived on Sept. 11th and were greeted by Nicolas, not ready to get in our room, but he took our luggage and we came back at around 12:00. Very nice room overlooked Rue des Ecoles, modern bath with shower, room is tight, closet to hang clothes, but no chest of draws so we kind of lived out of our luggage. There is a breakfast for additional 7 or 9 euros a person, but we decided to go out. Places in area on St Germain and just a few doors down from Hotel, an american breakfast place, very good, enjoyed hearing Beach Boys music and other American groups. You are in walking distance of all major attractions except Eiffel Tower and Are Triomphe, but metro and bus line 10 and 12 will get you there and they are in easy walking distance of hotel. We found Nicolas and Olivia a big help. Olivia was working for most of time we were there and she was an immense help to us telling us which metro or bus line to take to get to Montmarte or the Eiffel Tower. Nicolas also very helpful in finalizing our return flight plans when we left, printed our boarding passes for us. This is a reasonably priced hotel at 119 euro a night without the breakfast, also small fridge in room they keep stocked with water and soda, but we found little grocery store close by where we purchased juice or whatever we wanted. Staff was friendly and rooms cleaned everyday, just make sure you put used towels on shower floor, that way they know you want fresh towels. We have been to Paris four times now and found this a very nice experience. They also have WIFI and you can use their sister hotel next door Minerva for 1/2 hour / one euro for internet. Enjoy your stay in Paris, hope you have better weather then we did, was chilly all week for Sept. we thought. Our last two stays we beautiful 70 degree temps, but we were told that isn't the normal, it's hit or miss in Paris, some come prepared for all types of weather....and bring that umbrella.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel in a good location surround by cafes and bars with two metro lines near by. Just a short stroll to the notre dam and many many more restaurants. Hotel staff very friendly and helpful. Will come back again

  • Stayed August 2013
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Ticked the boxes as a small value French hotel with character. Easy walk to the river and Notre Dame. Rooms small but comfortable. No safe which we would have liked. Bathroom fine. Not noisy though on street. Staff friendly and helpful. Took breakfast in diner up the street as prefer to cold croissants.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This was an excellent hotel. The service was warm and very helpful. Although I spoke with the staff in French, I did note, repeatedly, that the staff was quite fluent in English. My wife had a hip injury and they were willing repeatedly to boil water for a hot water bottle to use on her hip. That's great service! Furthermore, the location is excellent -- right near two metro stops going on two different lines, in a great neighborhood. One can easily walk to the Seine from this hotel, as well as to good, reasonably priced places for dinner (French, American, Indian, Vietnamese, etc.). (The Indian restaurant on rue Descartes was excellent.) The only drawback to note was that the rooms are quite small -- we rented a triple, and it was a tight fit. (The only reason I don't give a "5" rating is the smallness of our triple.) That being said, when we are back in Paris, we'll stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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California
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Familia Hotel was terrific and I definitely recommend it. The staff could not have been more helpful with directions, arranging airport transportation, etc. The room was very good (albeit small/tight on space). The location was very convenient and we walked to many places. A metro stop (Cardinal Lemoine) is just around the corner. Breakfast was lovely.....coffee, juice, and breads. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Familia on July 25th, and were very pleased with the hotel, the location and the room. Olivia at reception offered us the choice of two rooms, and we opted for room 21 with a balcony overlooking Rue des Ecoles...such a treat! The room was small, but that's typical for a small, European hotel. The compact bathroom was very clean with a great shower, and best of all the room was air conditioned.....very hot in Paris while we were there. Lovely breakfast room and breakfast for 7 Euros each, delicious croissants, baguette, coffee, juice. Lots of restaurants, bakeries and shops within easy walking distance, and a city bus just up the block will take you all the way to within a couple of blocks from the Eiffel Tower. We would stay at the Familia again!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Familia Hotel
Address: 11 rue des Ecoles | 5th Arr., 75005 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Quartier Latin
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Hotel Style:
#573 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Familia Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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