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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located at the eastern base of the Rue des Ecoles, the Hotel Royal Cardinal offers a pretty good value. Its 36 rooms may be small and décor dated, but they're clean, and the location puts you a very quick walk to the Ile Saint-Louis and the Latin Quarter.
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.
Rooms are outfitted with solid, attractive headboards, cabinets and writing desks, and a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. 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 great views and people-watching, but it can sometimes come with a noisy soundtrack.
The hotel has a small 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 for €8.50 (we loved the retro hotel logo coffee cups!).
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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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, 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.