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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Hotel Design Sorbonne is a sleek three-star "design hotel" with a boutique style, modern furniture and dramatic lighting. This is one sharp, centrally located hotel, and its rates sometimes (but not often enough) dip down into affordable territory.
Pros: Cool, boutique design. All rooms with Mac. Latin Quarter location near Sorbonne.
Cons: Often not “Cheapo.” Rooms a bit tight.
First of all, why is this arty boutique hotel on EuroCheapo? Good question. It’s here because it sometimes does offer its swanky rooms at affordable rates, especially at the last minute and off-season (when rates have been seen hovering around €100). For those willing to shell out a bit more in the Latin Quarter, it's certainly worth considering.
The 38 rooms at the Hotel Design Sorbonne are delightfully designed with a hip, boutique style. Expect bold red, blue and green patterned wallpaper and sleek modern furniture and mirrors. Expect, as well, that rooms are pretty small. Many rooms facing the rue Victor Cousin offer a view of the Sorbonne, and, as the street doesn’t get much traffic, remain pretty tranquil.
Rooms are well-equipped with standard three-star amenities, including a flat-screen TV, DVD player and telephone. However, the most notable amenity is the Mac computer installed in each room (and all rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi).
Bathrooms are similarly tight, and are equipped with either a shower or bathtub, hair dryer and toiletries. Note that superior rooms give a bit more space, both in the bedroom and in the bathroom.
The boutique style carries out into the hallways, which interestingly are lined with framed art and photos. Each floor, it turns out, hosts its own art “installation.”
The entire hotel is non-smoking. The hotel does have an elevator (although it's pretty small). Breakfast is extra-charge.
Located directly across the street from the historic school on the tiny rue Victor Cousin, the hotel is about 30 seconds from the Place de la Sorbonne. This is a quiet little street, packed with students, professors and other bookish types during the day.
The Hotel Design Sorbonne is in the Latin Quarter, but it’s the part of the Quarter devoted to schooling and not to cheesy souvenir stands and Greek restaurants. The hotel is also a quick walk to both the Luxembourg Gardens and to Place St. Michel.
If you love this location, but want something truly “Cheapo,” head next door to the much more affordable EuroCheapo pick, the Hotel Cluny Sorbonne.
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.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Hotel Design 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.