19, rue Monsieur le Prince
Paris, St. Germain des Pres
Ahh… Paris is the city of love. And, we’ve got lots of it for the charming two-star Villa des Princes. In fact, you may recall that we mentioned Villa, the tiny 12-room gem in the middle of the trendy St. Germain des Pres neighborhood, a few days ago.
First, a little history. Back in the days of King Louis XIII, the 17th-century home was actually a dormitory for school teachers and was called the Hotel des Ecoles. Today, many out-of-town teachers and professors choose the Villa as their headquarters, because of its close proximity to university life (the Sorbonne is just blocks away) and its reasonable rates.
Each room is tres petite, and outfitted with comfy beds and spotless bathrooms. The hotel has named each room after a different neighborhood of Paris. We stayed in the “Marais” during our last trip. For those steamy summer nights, the Villa des Prince offers air conditioning, often over looked by other cheapo-friendly hotels.
One word to the wise: The hotel’s home-cooked buffet is worth splurging for, but don’t oversleep! We woke up too late on our first morning, not realizing that a lovely woman had been up since the crack of dawn making fresh breads and egg dishes. We’re still sorry about missing that meal!