8, rue Victor Cousin, Paris, France
Doubles from: $79 to $114
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located across the street from the Université de la Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter, the friendly Hotel Cluny Sorbonne possesses a prime location, renovated rooms and low rates.
Pros: Generally low rates. Friendly owners. Elevator. Great Latin Quarter location.
Cons: Not quite as cheap as it was. Small bathrooms.
The Cluny Sorbonne has been one of our “go to” Cheapo hotels for years, as it has consistently offered some of the lowest rates in town for charming, old fashioned rooms across from the Sorbonne. Thus we were a bit nervous to hear about its 2013 facelift, which upgraded it to two-star status and raised its rates a smidge.
Happily, it remains a budget pick, its 23 rooms freshened up with new carpets, floral bedspreads and matching curtains. While some of the same old wooden tables and chairs are still in place, rooms have new flat-screen TVs, and bathrooms have been nicely retiled and now are equipped with hair dryers. Perhaps it's lost some of its old fashioned charms, but it was time for a little attention.
The rooms on the fifth and sixth floors provide dreamy rooftop views of the historic Latin Quarter. There is no air conditioning (fans are offered during warm weather), and the hotel’s free Wi-Fi reaches “most” of the rooms.
Breakfast is available in a bright and sunny breakfast room for €7. Notably, the hotel has an elevator.
Location: The Cluny Sorbonne is located across the narrow rue Victor Cousin from the Sorbonne University (Université de Paris IV) in the academic heart of the Latin Quarter (as opposed to the “tourist heart” near Place St-Michel, about 5-10 minutes away). The lovely Jardin du Luxembourg is also about a five-minute walk from the hotel.
We’ve long thought that the Cluny Sorbonne had a certain “starving poet” quality to it. In fact, upon his return to Paris in 1872, the dashing Rimbaud wrote by candlelight in room 62, overlooking the hotel’s “bottomless courtyard.”
And speaking of Rimbaud’s poem, “Eternité,” keep your eyes peeled for friendly spirits! The hotel is rumored to be haunted.
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
- Cable TV
About the Cluny Sorbonne 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.