Hotel Du Commerce
14, rue de la Montagne Sainte Genevieve, Paris, France
Doubles from: $61 to $83
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Hôtel du Commerce is a hotel-hostel hybrid with history, some charm, some scuffs, and a superb location. Rates for the hotel’s modest rooms are a steal considering its prime Latin Quarter location off the Place Maubert, just a short stroll from Notre Dame and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Pros: Old-school, shabby-chic atmosphere. Cheapo rates. Fantastic St. Germain location.
Cons: Probably too “bare-bones” for many non-student travelers. Steep stairs, no elevator.
Let us set the scene: The Commerce is housed in a former 13th-century convent, and it maintains a certain austerity which luxury-lovers may find akin to martyrdom. Floors are uneven, rooms are bare to the bones and bathrooms are mostly shared.
Located up a set of steep stairs (no elevator), the 32 guestrooms are painted in Provençal hues of yellow and blue, although the walls may be scuffed here and there. Matching curtains and bedspreads are not new.
Most rooms are quite narrow with high ceilings, and furnished with simple wardrobes, lamps, sinks and desks. Courtyard rooms are a tad wider (ask ahead). Amenities are low on the list here: Rooms do not have air conditioning, a television or phone.
Only three rooms have both a shower and toilet in the room, although many of the rooms have their own shower. Shared bathrooms and showers are clean, but note that there is an additional €2 fee every time you use a hallway shower.
Downstairs, the Commerce’s generous public spaces are outfitted with bright cherry red walls and include a library, art gallery, a free Internet station and vending machines. There’s also a guest kitchen, an especially nice perk since the Place Maubert (one block away) has an open-air market three mornings a week for picking up fresh supplies!
There is no elevator and the stairs are quite steep and uneven. We slipped while making our way up to the fifth floor, so those returning from a night of merry making should be especially careful and hold onto the skinny handrail.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Note that credit cards are not accepted, and rooms are not cleaned every day. Also, we wouldn’t call this place kid-friendly.
Did we mention it’s cheap?
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
- Bathroom: Private
About the Hotel Du Commerce neighborhood
The student district of Paris since the 13th century, the Latin Quarter is located in the Left Bank's 5th arrondissement, and includes the Ile de la Cité in the center of the Seine. It's home to the Sorbonne University, the vast Jardin des Plantes on its eastern end, the Place St-Michel, the iconic Panthéon on the Ste-Geneviève hilltop, and Notre Dame cathedral on the Ile de la Cité.