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Hotel du Lys
Ranked #1,294 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
Honolulu, Hawai'i
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great for the price/location”
Reviewed November 28, 2007

Stayed in Room 22 after reading an earlier Trip Advisor review that recommended that room and a Lonely Planet recommendation. Both wife and I happy we stayed there. Basic, clean accommodations overall in a great location, with the following considerations (some of which may apply only to Room 22):

- Great, central location.
- Clean, bright, modern bathroom.
- Pretty, blue wallpaper.
- On the 4th floor, so lots of stairs and no elevator.
- Small balcony, which would be great in a warmer season (we stayed there in a cold, wet November).
- Just a small room safe and a tiny TV with poor reception; not much else in terms of amenities.
- Staff was not rude, but neither were they especially cheery (most importantly, they let us keep our luggage in the lobby after we checked out, which was the only special request that we made).

If, like us, you're looking for a clean place to stay in a great location and don't need all the bells and whistles of a fancy room, consider this hotel.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Bed comfort
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2007

I stayed with my sister at the Hotel dy Lys in early August and found it to be exactly what we were looking for- simple, helpful staff, modestly priced, clean, and in a great location. I was a little anxious looking for a 1-2 star room in the 1-6 Arr., and I did get myself even more anxious after reading so many conflicting reviews of different places online. We were generally aiming for a modestly priced room with the some essentials (phone, private bathroom, double bed) , which in Paris seemed to be in the 80-130 euro range, preferrably in a very uniquely parisienne hotel (no chains). We looked up Hotel de Nesle, but were a little put off by the conflicting reviews, even though the rooms were absolutely gorgeous, and more importantly we felt we could get a better deal (amenities-wise) for 120 euros (at least that should get us a private bathroom and a phone), so we settled for Hotel du Lys, and I am very glad we did. It's in a great, albeit very touristy location (we wanted to be near Notre Dame), in a small side street with very little traffic at night, right smack in the center of the Quartier Latin. The area is littered with touristy cafes and restaurants with over-priced menus and greasy food, so we went into the smaller inner streets for better fare for dinner. But at least we didn't have to go out for breakfast as it was already included- a beautifully crispy croissant (always fresh thankfully), coffee, butter/jam on gorgeous antique china. The breakfast area is actually in the lobby downstairs- space is tight so get down there early (or order it up to your room, but you'll miss out on chit-chatting with the staff).
The staff were friendly, polite and obliging. They locked up our luggage for us when we arrived, while they got our room cleaned up. But be careful- they tried to give us a small, dark room under the stairs but then offered one of the more expensive rooms upstairs at a 'discounted' price of 115 euros, which of course we accepted. We later found out that smaller room was used by the staff during the night shift! We later saw them pull the same stunt on another couple as well. But we were happy with our room, the bathroom had a stand up shower, it was all very clean- the beds were made every morning after we left, and there was a small safety deposit box in the closet. The TV had 4 french channels, but we never turned it on- in fact we didn't spend much time in our room during the day anyway. We didn't mind the 4 flight climb to the room either, except when we had to haul our luggage. All in all we were both very happy with this place, we didn't have any complaints, definitely recommended. Should mention that there's a pharmacy and a dry cleaner nearby.

  • Liked — great value for simple, pretty accomadations
  • Disliked — Rooms need slightly more light- try to get a room in the top floor, with a balcony
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
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5 Thank merriamh
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Carmel, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2007

Despite many many e-mails and phone calls in advance to the Hotel du Lys to avoid any unpleasant surprises on arrival, I was shocked at the condition when I did arrive September 3, 2007 for a week. Let me say first, I have stayed at many small, old, charming hotels in Paris and prefer that type of lodging to large hotels. This hotel was not a charming, unique place but rather a hotel with dingy, filthy carpet in the rooms, extreme black mold in the small bathroom shower and on the bathroom walls, and the narrow winding staircase with no lift and 75 steps to my room on the top floor , was a potential disaster in case of a fire. There was no smoke detectors or fire escape and I felt like the hotel itself was a fire trap When I expressed how unacceptable the rooms were, the worse part of the experience was the unfriendly, surly, unhelpful , argumentative owner/proprietor who seemed to have no interest in the comfort of myself or my 83 yr old lady traveling companion. .She stated that she did not care if we stayed or not , that we would be charged for two rooms, two nights anyway, and that we would not be able to get any other hotel room in the city as the Rugby Tournament was starting and the city was sold out. She was correct. We stayed as we had no choice.

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Wyoming
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2007

First, let us begin by discussing the staircase. It may easily be overlooked in a travel book or written off as a “charming” attribute when reading about the hotel in a review. The travel guide we had (Frommer’s) said the stairway is “convoluted.” This is an understatement. If you have bags of any size and weight we do not recommend this hotel. We were fortunate to have one of the rooms near the bottom of the stairway so we did not have to drag our bags far (the staff doesn’t offer to assist). If it had been on one of the upper floors, like the third or fifth floor, we would need to make sure we had a license to maneuver our bags up the stairs. Do not stay here if you have any health conditions which limit your ability to wrestle suitcases upstairs. There is not an elevator option.

If you are searching for a warm and charming hotel go elsewhere. The building is charming, but the staff is not, especially the woman who seems to own or manage the hotel. They were kind enough to hold our bags for us before we checked in and looked around town, but this was about the limit of their hospitality. Upon asking a simple question like “Can you name a good restaurant for us?,” the manager simply told us any restaurant would do.

The breakfast is very disappointing compared to similar hotels. The breakfast includes tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with a croissant and hard, dry piece of French bread. The day we were there, the croissant was also hard and dry and crumbled to the touch. The hot chocolate tasted like it was from a mix made with water, not hot milk like most other French hotels where we have stayed. The breakfast did not include yogurt or fruit. We felt like we received better value for our room and breakfast at other Paris Hotels.

The hotel itself can be hard to find as the Rue Serpente does not show up on certain maps of the city, mainly the free Paris metro maps from the train station.

The rooms are very bare bones. Things like a bathmat in the bathroom appear to be an unnecessary luxury.

The good news is that it is convenient to Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee D’Orsey, and other local sites.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The manager/owner
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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Edinburgh, Scotland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2007

Arrived at the hotel to a very nice welcome. Reception area was relaxed and full of character not what you would expect from this back street located hotel. Allocated Room 12 and headed up the spiral staircase my husband managing both of our suitcases (what a star). First time in Paris so full of enthusiasm which upon entry into the room fell flat for both of us, we checked the room out as we always do for the standard of cleanliness and it passed. Sheets clean, under the bed immaculate and bathroom good to go. The wallpaper and the furnishings were bog standard and not in the best condition but the worst thing for us was that you couldn't swing a cat and it was quite gloomy as the wallpaper was dark and made the room look a little worse in my opinion. The description on this trip advisor website was accurate averaging out all the reviews. It was my 40th birthday celebration so my husband decided it wasn't up to our expectations even though we didn't intend to stay in the room that much as we had to explore the city. My husband sneaked away and organised that we moved rooms to No. 22.....far superior, a little more expensive but more room better light and the bonus of a little veranda for us to have our breakfast weather permitting. I was chuffed, o.k we did have to spend one night in No. 12 but that was no big deal like I say it was clean. Staff were very nice breakfast croissant, bread, butter and jam, orange juice and fresh hot coffee with hot milk....simple but just right. Excellent location, would go back with no hesitation as long as I could get No.22!!!!

Stayed May 2007
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5 Thank Jackiem31
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New York City
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2007

Anyone who wants to experience the charms of Paris' Left Bank or, more to the point, its Odeon district, cannot do better than a stay at the Hotel du Lys. Situated on a quiet, almost traffic-free street barely two minutes walk from the Odeon metro, it is perhaps the most centrally located hotel for people seeking the cosmopolitain charms offered by Paris's cafes, restaurants, cinemas, book shops and newsstands.
I know of few greater tourist pleasures than a morning cup of coffee or an early evening apertif at the Cafe Danton on the Boulevard Saint-Germain hard by the Odeon metro station. Film fans have three first-run cinemas within three minutes walk of the hotel, not to mention being smack in the middle of Paris's lively repertory film scene, where there are more old American films shown in a single day than in all of America's own repertory cinemas combined! And then there is the excellent film bookshop (with many titles in Emglish) just down the street from the hotel on the rue Serpente.
At the Lys, you will be just a few minutes from Notre Dame, the Seine, the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Sorbonne.
As for restaurants, I recommend the Mirama nearby on the Rue Saint-Jacques, the best Chinese in the city.
Request a front double and you will be rewarded with a light airy room. Singles can be small and dark, but the breakfast-coffee or tea, orange juice, a croissant and a baguette with butter and jam- is a blessed relief after those heavy English things, and will leave you plenty of room for lunch, a great Parisian experience too often neglected by foreigners. There are dozens of restaurants that serve lunch for a song within a five or six-minute walk of the hotel.

Stayed October 2006
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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2007

I would just like to say how charming my partner and I found the Hotel Du Lys on Rue Serpente on our recent trip to Paris. The hotel is in a great location, down a quiet sidestreet but in the heart of the St Germain de Pres area, equidistant between St Michel and Odeon metro stations. The accommodation is very French, quirky and characterful. It is no frills and the rooms are on the small side but when you have Paris on your doorstep why would you want to stay indoors?

Great value, would thoroughly reccommend to anyone looking for something a bit different to the European/US chains.

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Property: 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 )
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Ranked #1,294 of 1,797 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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