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Hotel Le Petit Paris

Nestled between the Luxembourg Gardens and the Panthéon, the small boutique-style Hotel Le Petit Paris is advantageously positioned on rue Saint Jacques, right in the middle of the historic Latin Quarter. It’s also just a few minutes’ away from St. Germain des Prés, and is an ideal hotel for anyone looking for an exciting travel into the days gone by. Stay in this designer hotel and the past of Paris will unfold right in front of your eyes.

Its history dates back to the times of Louis XV, when it was a just a tavern that later was turned into a family mansion during the epoch of Napoleon III, and then was converted into a hotel during the so called Belle Époque, the time when the place became extremely popular with the Bohemia of Montparnasse. These days, its facade looks almost exactly the same as it used to back in the 18th century, and represents the typical Parisian architecture of the period. It’s rumored that the famous rocker Jim Morrison stayed there during the summer of 1970.

The present day design of this popular and very trendy boutique hotel is attributed to Sybille de Margerie, who designed many 5-star hotels and has quite a reputation for many extravagant creations.

If you are lucky to stay in one of its 20 uniquely designed guestrooms, you will be revisiting five deferent periods in the history of Paris. Find yourself in the medieval Paris, enjoy the epoch of Louis XV, rediscover the era of Napoleon III, dive into the boisterous 20s or refresh the more recent memories of the 70s of the last century. The designers have carefully selected every single piece of furniture for each of the hotel’s rooms, and used most delicate and plush fabrics such as velvets and silks. Contemporary lighting used in combination with the period furniture finishes the look.

Most guests who stayed at the Le Petit Paris agree that every single guestroom is more than just a mere stage set: each room offers a complete allusion of a particular period in the history of Paris. A black-lacquered wingback chair will summon up the ambiance of Louis XV court, or a coat of armour lamp will make you feel as if you are staying in a medieval castle. The designers managed to strike that perfect balance between the old and new  that could only be achieved through an exceptional mixture of striking colors, shapes and fabrics.

All 20 guestrooms are equally comfortable in terms of amenities they offer, with the only difference being the size of each particular room. While some rooms offer a romantic view of Paris’s rooftops, others offer a private terrace (Deluxe rooms). The rooms are divided into three main categories: Classic room, Superior room, and Deluxe room. The Classic and superior rooms can accommodate 1 or 2 persons, while Deluxe rooms can provide sleeping space for up to 4 guests.

All rooms boast fantastic lavish facilities: safe, minibar, cordless phone, Wifi internet, flat screen TVs with seventy channels to choose from, triple glazing, manually controlled heating and air-conditioning system.

Some other services include a 24 hour reception desk, Continental breakfast, free coffee and tea in the lobby during the afternoon hours, and Honesty bar in the evening, library lounge, dry cleaning and laundry service, city garden, and a nearby public car parking.

Reviewers have been generous to this hotel. For instance, 96% of voters at TripAdvisor highly praised Le Petit Paris and recommended it for casual tourists who want to stay in  the heart of Paris and like walking around the city. The best advantage of the hotel is its location, very friendly and helpful staff, and uniquely appointed guestrooms.

Indeed, travelers who wanted to stay in the heart of the Quartier Latin noted that the hotel is conveniently located near Gare du Nord, which makes it easy to get around if you are traveling on the Eurostar. Helpful staff, lovely, funky decor also make the hotel a great place to stay at. At the same time, the hotel is located a little bit away from the main tourist attractions, which is great if you are looking for a quietish and not so touristy location.

The proximity of the hotel to the Jardin du Luxembourg is ideal if you like taking walks in the morning after breakfast, or relax in the shade of the trees after a tiring exploration of the city’s sightseeing venues in the afternoon. Le Petit Paris is also a short walk to the Luxembourg RER station, therefore you would never be more than 10-15 away from any given attraction in Paris. In case you’d decide not to include the Continental breakfast into your rate, you should know that the hotel is actually surrounded by all sorts of brasseries and numerous cafes with traveller-friendly prices and you will never have any difficulty in finding an authentic place for breakfast or romantic dinner.

This hotel is ranked number 8 out of 1,839 hotels in Paris according to TripAdvisor, and it also received TripAdvisor’s prestigious Travelers’ Choice® 2012 award in “best service,” “top 25,” and “trendiest” categories. Hospitality is the best feature of this hotel, apart from its location. The hotel’s staff is very professional, courteous, and speaks fluent English. The staff is also known for going out of their way to help  you with recommendations for tour bookings and restaurants.

Now, if you have never stayed in a European hotel, particularly in Paris or London, you should be aware that the guestrooms at Le Petit Paris may seem too small for you. In fact this is the main complaint from the travelers who reviewed this hotel. Funny as it might seem but the hotel does live up to its name “Le Petit” when it comes to the room size. Generally, it would be a challenge to find a large room in Paris, particularly, in the central parts of Paris. Remember, most of the buildings in Paris are quite old, and the majority of them dates back to the 18th or 19th century. So, yes, the rooms will be small, especially if you are on a budget and can afford only a lower grade room. American tourists may be particularly disappointed as they are used to much bigger rooms, even in the cheapest motels. On the other hand, staying at a place like Le Petit Paris would definitely add up to your overall Paris experience. If the room size is an issue, book one of the larger Deluxe rooms with a balcony, and you won’t be disappointed.

On a side note, when planning your trip to Paris, don’t pack a large suitcase, and at all costs avoid taking two suitcases. Even if you are traveling with a partner, still try to pack just one suitcase, unless you know for a fact that you have booked a really large room.

The unique design of Le Petit Paris, its convenient central location (but not too touristy), and the hospitality of the staff makes this small hotel a primary choice for the sophisticated tourist looking for an authentic Paris experience.

Hotel Le Petit Paris

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    1. Hotel Le Petit Paris - Facade
    1. Hotel Le Petit Paris - Facade
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    2. Lobby
    2. Lobby
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    3. Classic Room
    3. Classic Room
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    4. Superior Room
    4. Superior Room
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    5. Breakfast Area & Open Patio
    5. Breakfast Area & Open Patio
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    6. The nearby Luxembourg Gardens
    6. The nearby Luxembourg Gardens
 
 
 
 
 
 
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