Doubles from: $84 to $145
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A popular budget-friendly pick just off the ritzy Boulevard St-Germain, the Grand Hotel des Balcons offers comfortable two-star rooms, charming touches and a full-blown American breakfast. Oh, and lots of balconies.
Pros: Great location near St-Germain and Odéon. More than half the rooms with private balconies.
Cons: Can be noisy, especially if you sleep with open windows. Smallish rooms.
The 49-room Grand Hôtel des Balcons is a well situated two-star hotel with some Art Nouveau touches downstairs, and, you guessed it, loads of balconies. The hotel’s lobby was renovated in March 2014, which gussied up its stained-glass windows and fanciful woodwork, and added a retro chandelier.
Upstairs, the quiet rooms vary in size, although most hover in the “smallish” category. Most have some artwork livening up the cream-colored walls, as well as some bold red-and-orange bedding and pretty blue carpets. All rooms are equipped with a telephone, TV, safe, and free Wi-Fi.
Notably, of the 49 rooms, 30 open to the street outside and have small balconies—we recommend asking for one of these.
As with most two-star hotels, the rooms don’t have air conditioning (although you can request a fan). This normally isn’t a problem in Paris, but it could prove to be noisy if you sleep with open windows. The street is relatively quiet, but you might pick up the noise of nearby motorists and passing pedestrians. If you’re booking during the summer months and noise is a concern, you may want to ask for a room off the street—or at least pack earplugs.
Bathrooms have nice fixtures, brown tiles, and most have bathtubs (request ahead).
The Anglo-American style breakfast buffet, which serves up eggs, sausage, and bacon, is available for a hefty €12. For those guests sick of the petite French-style breakfast, it could be worth it. Otherwise, we’d recommend heading off to any of the neighborhood’s many cafes for a lighter (and cheaper) petit déjeuner.
The Grand Hotel des Balcons sports a very convenient location near endless shops, restaurants and cafes. Make a left out the door and you can head to the Odéon National Theater and the Luxembourg Gardens. Make a right and you'll step onto the Boulevard St-Germain. Heck, go straight across the street and you'll end up at Berkeley Books, a pleasant English-language used bookstore.
Is the hotel a good deal? We think so. On a recent search, we found doubles for €78 one night (deal!), and €135 a week later. In fact, most doubles we found for upcoming months were going for between €98 and €135, which is decent, if not particularly "cheapo". The hotel, however, is a reliable and comfortable pick with a great location. That's certainly worth something.
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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
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About the Grand Hotel des Balcons 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.