Hotel Du Cygne
3 rue du Cygne, Paris, France
Doubles from: $112 to $148
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Hotel du Cygne is a two-star cheapo standard, a budget-friendly pick with a super convenient (some would say “sketchy”) location just two blocks from the Les Halles Metro stop.
Pros: Clean, well-equipped rooms. Very convenient location.
Cons: Street-side rooms can be loud. Lively neighborhood may seem sketchy to some.
The Hotel du Cygne is a friendly, old fashioned hotel with a great location and heaps of charm. The building was constructed in the late 17th century, and today feels a bit like a country cottage plunked down into the center of Paris. With double rates that range from €100-120, we find the hotel to be a pretty solid deal.
The 20 rooms are pretty and comfortable, although not fancy. Many have cream walls, a hodge-podge of furniture, wooden beams (in six rooms), and matching bedspreads and curtains. Double-paned windows should keep out much of the street noise.
As the area can be lively at night, especially on the weekends, light sleepers should ask for a room on a higher floor or one of the twins facing the courtyard. If you’re up for a winding climb up to the fourth floor, there’s a very sweet double tucked away under the roof.
All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, telephone, safe and free Wi-Fi. And all rooms (except two cheapo singles) have a small private bath, equipped with a shower or tub and hair dryer. (The two cheapo singles share one bathroom.)
Downstairs, a street-level lounge with stone walls and wooden beams offers a friendly welcome. Head through the small courtyard (with its swan -- “cygne” -- planters) to the charming and cozy breakfast room (served for a reasonable €8).
About those streets: While we find the area around the Cygne to be "lively" and convenient, others may find it simply sketchy at night. Rue St-Denis, a favorite for red light establishments that would make your mother blush, is right around the corner. However, you're in the very heart of Paris. Be smart and it's all quite safe.
The hotel does not have an elevator.
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
About the Hotel Du Cygne neighborhood
Located to the west of Châtelet, the area surrounding the Louvre museum is an art lover's playground. The quarter boasts grand Haussmann-style boulevards leading to the gold dome of the Opéra and the banks of the Seine. The quarter's biggest draw is the Louvre museum and the Seine-side Jardin des Tuileries.