11 Rue des Ecoles, Paris, France
Doubles from: $148 to $172
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Set near the eastern base of the Rue des Ecoles, the two-star Familia is a family-run hotel with personal touches, some interesting perks, and rates that can be a good deal.
Pros: "Family"-run hotel. Hand-painted murals. Some rooms with balconies and great views.
Cons: Interior rooms dark. Rates often not really “cheapo.”
We do love a good family-run hotel with personal touches. Unsurprisingly, a hotel called the “Familia” provides exactly that, with 30 charming bedrooms, most with exposed stonework, hand-painted murals of old Paris, and furnishings carved in Brittany for the hotel.
Rooms sport attractive blue carpeting, and all are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. A few rooms have minibars.
Those in search of views should ask for top-floor rooms, many of which offer rooftop vistas down the nearby rues and boulevards. (You can even see Notre Dame from some.) Although 19 of the rooms face the street (and some have lovely little balconies—ask ahead), 11 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.
Throughout the hotel, oil paintings, photos, historical maps and antique fabric tapestries dress up the hallways and staircases.
Breakfast is available for €7.
Location: 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.
About that “Familia”
The hotel is run by the friendly Eric Gaucheron and his wife Sylvie. It was opened by his grandfather, continued by his parents, Bernard and Colette, and is now enthusiastically run by the couple. They also run the three-star Hotel Minerve next door.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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, 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.