Doubles from: $128 to $167
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Boasting a fabulous location along the Seine with views of the Louvre, the Hotel du Quai Voltaire is an old fashioned dream of a hotel. Rates, while not the cheapest around, are surprisingly affordable.
Pros: Incredible Seine-side location. Fascinating history. Amazing views.
Cons: Rates sometimes steep. Street-side rooms can be a little noisy.
The two-star Hotel du Quai Voltaire, located along the Seine near many art galleries and rare bookstores, is quintessentially Parisian, complete with a rich cultural history and views of the Seine and Louvre.
The hotel seems to be frozen in time. Constructed as a convent in 1780, it became a hotel in 1856 and soon after found itself lodging a “Who’s Who” of artists and writers. These included Baudelaire (who wrote “Les Fleurs du Mal” here), Pissarro (who painted his famous “Le Pont Rouge” from his window in room 302), Oscar Wilde and Richard Wagner (who enjoyed a spacious triple on the second floor).
The hotel’s 32 rooms are pretty and unfussy, with a mix of antique and vintage furnishings, brass light fixtures, dark blue carpeting and light bedspreads. TVs are available upon request, and all rooms have a fan and free Wi-Fi access. Despite renovations, rooms maintain a "grandmotherly" feel. Rooms facing the Quai offer breathtaking views of the Seine (reserve well in advance for one of the rooms with a balcony).
Bathrooms are tiled, and equipped with a hair dryer and either a tub or shower.
Note that even with double-glazed windows, you can still hear a slight murmur of traffic below—request a higher floor (light sleepers could request a room facing the rear).
Downstairs, you'll find a lounge with newspapers and an Internet station. A continental breakfast is served in a spacious room overlooking the street for a not-so-cheapo €10.
About the rates
With average rates for a double hover in the €120 and up zone, the Quai Voltaire makes good sense for travelers willing to splurge a bit on location and history. That said, Paris is filled with far less interesting (and less fabulously located) hotels that charge much more. €120 is quite a deal. We'd suggesting booking as far in advance as possible (and requesting a room with a view).
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
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire neighborhood
Just west of the Latin Quarter in the direction of the Eiffel Tower, St. Germain des Prés is flanked by two Parisian gems—the Luxembourg Gardens to the south and the banks of the Seine to the north. The iconic neighborhood borrows its name from the church of St. Germain des Prés. It is defined by the boulevard of the same name, which slices through the quarter’s winding streets.