Hotel Royal Cardinal
1, Rue Des Ecoles, Paris, France star
Doubles from: $154 to $190
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated in the Latin Quarter along the vigorous Rue des Écoles, the still swanky two-star Hotel au Royal-Cardinal will definitely strike a high note with swinging Rat Pack Cheapos. The hotel’s 1960s exterior signage sets the ring-a-ding scene from the get-go!
Pros: Convenient Latin Quarter location. Touch of quirky personality. Balconies available.
Cons: A bit dated. Some street noise (on lower floors). Rooms can be small.
Worthy of a “flying honeymoon” or any marvelous celebration, the Royal-Cardinal’s 36 rooms are petite and immaculate, with high ceilings. They’re outfitted with solid, attractive headboards, cabinets and writing desks (perfect for some old-fashioned postcard writing) and a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
Two-toned private bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers, bidets and toiletries. Bathtubs are available (request ahead).
Most of the rooms face the street, and 12 lucky ones have private balconies with views of the Montparnasse Tower and the University of Paris. Do note that the central location offers killer views and a people-watching mecca, but it does croon to the tune of street noise.
The hotel has an elevator, but we enjoyed taking the stairs for the swell murals there. There are more murals in the lobby, which is decked out in stylish, comfy leather club chairs.
The historic building is getting up there in age and perhaps doesn’t shine as it once did back in its heyday. (But heck, who does?)
Breakfast is available in the dining room for €8.50 (we loved the retro hotel logo coffee cups!).
Low-season discount: From November 15 through December 24, single and double rooms are discounted by 20 percent.
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.
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- Breakfast Extra Charge
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Machine
- Groups welcome
- Hair Dryer – at reception
- Historic building
- Internet Station
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Pet Friendly
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Room Service
- Safe at reception
- Shuttle service
- Tourist information
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Alarm Clock
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Internet Access
- Rooms with view
- Soundproofed Windows
1, Rue Des Ecoles
Latin Quarter, Paris, France
About the Hotel Royal Cardinal 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.