Clos Notre Dame
22 Rue de l'Hirondelle, Paris, France
Doubles from: $218 to $438
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The three-star Clos Notre Dame is the another case of a budget hotel that went boutique and raised its rates dramatically. If it works for your budget, go for it. However, when we walked into its newly hipped-out lobby this summer and glanced at its rates, we quickly realized that it can no longer be considered an “Editor’s Pick.”
(Important note: If you're looking for an old-timer that still offers cheap rooms, try the nearby Hotel Saint-Andre-des-Arts.)
This hotel was known for decades as Delhy’s Hotel. It was a one-star cheapo wonder—charming budget travelers with wooden beams across the ceilings (and down some walls), a creaky old staircase, and very low rates. (And we mean cheapo: Doubles ran from €63-86 a night.)
The building is old, dating back to the 16th-century days of King Francois I, when it was known as the "Hotel de la Salamandre." Preservation laws being what they are, the hotel still feels old, even in its newest incarnation. We're pretty surprised that they were able to add an elevator during the renovation.
Rooms today have all the modern boutique trappings (large flat-screen TV with a zillion channels, coffee/tea makers, AC, Wi-Fi) and a trendy décor à la "Renaissance".
The hotel’s central location is a major plus. It is steps from the St. Michel fountain, along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Seine. It's also close to Notre Dame, and the winding streets and cafés of the Latin Quarter.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
About the Clos Notre Dame neighborhood
Just west of the Latin Quarter in the direction of the Eiffel Tower, St. Germain des Prés is flanked by two Parisian gems—the Luxembourg Gardens to the south and the banks of the Seine to the north. The iconic neighborhood borrows its name from the church of St. Germain des Prés. It is defined by the boulevard of the same name, which slices through the quarter’s winding streets.