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“Excellent location”
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Hotel du Lys
Ranked #1,365 of 1,804 Hotels in Paris
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.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank beabrigi
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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.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank June D
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ESteffen, Gérant at Hotel du Lys, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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1  Thank Dan J
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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
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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
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying in the room on the very top floor. Just a forewarning to anyone that doesn't like climbing stairs -- you have to climb about 96 to get to the top! But who's counting? I don't mind the stairs but I can see where this could hinder others from enjoying this hotel. Staff is very friendly and breakfast is a good traditional French breakfast. Rooms are basic but all of your needs are covered. It is a good value for the price and location. And yes, just steps away from all the fun of the Rive Gauche and beyond!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Stayed a week - 2 good sized rooms - free wifi good - helpful staff - ok breakfast -location excellent with underground and RER to airport close by. Stairs an issue for elderly - pack light!! Staff will assist to move cases. Great value for Paris

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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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 )
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Ranked #1,365 of 1,804 Hotels in Paris
Price Range: $108 - $206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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