11 Rue des Ecoles, Paris, France star
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Set near the base of the Rue des Ecoles, the two-star Familia Hotel has a family history, personal touches and interesting perks.
Pros: Small family-run hotel. Charming touches. Some rooms with balconies and great views.
Cons: Interior rooms dark. Some complaints of thin walls.
The Familia's 30 rooms boast richly patterned bedspreads, exposed stonework and soundproof windows. Most of the rooms showcase original wall frescoes depicting Parisian scenes. Furthermore, the guestroom beds and doors were crafted for the Familia by woodworkers in Brittany.
Although 28 of the rooms face the street (and some have lovely little balconies—ask ahead), 12 rooms face an interior air shaft and don’t get much light. These could be better for light sleepers (even with soundproof windows there might be some traffic noise), although we’d prefer light and fresh air to an air shaft.
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Top-floor rooms have exposed wooden beams and balconies (ask ahead), and many have great views of Notre Dame.
Throughout the hotel, oil paintings, photos, historical maps and antique fabric tapestries dress up the hallways and staircases.
The hotel knows a thing or two about "familia." It was started by Eric Gaucheron's grandfather, continued by his parents, Bernard and Colette, and is now enthusiastically run by Eric and his wife Sylvie. The couple also runs the three-star Hotel Minerve next door.
Breakfast is available for an additional fee.
The Familia is situated at the eastern edge of the rue des Ecoles, near the University of Paris’ Jussieu campus. This part of the Latin Quarter bustles with more students than tourists, and is about a 10-minute walk north to the Place St-Michel, Notre Dame and Ile Saint-Louis.
Metro: The Familia Hotel is located one block from the Cardinal Lemoine Metro stop (line 10).
Reviewed by: Tom Meyers, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Extra Charge
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Conference room
- Fax Machine
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Balconies/Terraces Available
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
- Soundproofed Windows
11 Rue des Ecoles
Latin Quarter, Paris, France
About the Familia Hotel neighborhood
The student district of Paris since the 13th century, the Latin Quarter is located in the Left Bank's 5th arrondissement. It's home to the Sorbonne University, the vast Jardin des Plantes, the Place St-Michel, the Panthéon, and Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cité. It's a lively area of Paris completely overrun with students and tourists and the cheap shops and eateries that cater to both constituencies.