41 Rue Mr. Le Prince, Paris, France
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Located just around the corner from the Odéon theater and the Luxembourg gardens, the one-star Hotel Stella is old, cheap and charming. The hotel is frequented by budget-minded families, and the strict night disturbance regulations make it unattractive to party animals.
Pros: Very cheap. Great Left Bank location. Old fashioned and romantic.
Cons: Very limited amenities. No Wi-Fi. A bit too shabby for some.
The Hotel Stella is an old favorite of our (with the emphasis on “old”). The stairs are steep and worn, the carpeting has seen so much traffic it seems plastered to the floor, and the gigantic wooden beams seem to be the only thing holding up the place. Wallpaper seems lifted out of a 60's French musical.
And these are all the reasons we loved this place! It might be getting on its years, but it hasn’t lost its charm, and it doesn't look rundown.
Its 20 guest rooms are truly large (how often do you get to say that about Paris hotel rooms?) and sport some truly antique furnishings, including a stand-up piano in one room. “Thirty years ago the piano used to work, but that was another era,” the owner told us.
And that “other era” is exactly where the Stella will transport you. Old-fashioned pieces, like carved wooden desks perfect for penning postcards, harken to the days when furniture making was an art.
To be clear, the rooms here are simple. (One of the oldest rooms on the second floor was being renovated when we visited, but don’t expect the others to be redone anytime soon.) As for amenities, there are no televisions, Wi-Fi or anything else to muck up the “old world” experience.
But those rates! €60 for a single and €70 for a double, with private bath. A cheapo through and through.
Note: The Hotel Stella does not accept credit cards, and reception hours are limited. The hotel does not have an elevator.
Also note that two restaurants, one French and one Japanese, share the Hotel Stella’s ground floor. This made for an interesting set of smells in the rooms on the hotel’s first floor when we visited. (You might want to ask for a room on a higher floor.)
Set back from the busy Boulevard St-Germain, the Hotel Stella is in the heart of Paris and close to most major attractions. A quick walk in any direction will leave you at the Luxembourg Gardens, the Cluny Museum, Notre Dame, and the St-Germain-des-Près neighborhood.
Reviewed by: Bryan Pirolli, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
- Bathroom: Private
41 Rue Mr. Le Prince
6th: St. Germain des Prés / Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
About the Hotel Stella 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.