41 Rue Mr. Le Prince, Paris, France star
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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 20 rooms at the Hotel Stella are large, and antique furniture, including a stand-up piano in one room, give these old guys some kick. “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.
The Stella is 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.
But 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.
Note: The Hotel Stella does not accept credit cards, and reception hours are limited. The hotel does not have an elevator.
Two restaurants, one French and one Japanese, share the Hotel Stella’s ground floor. This makes for an interesting set of smells in the rooms on the hotel’s first 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. Chocolate fans can rejoice as they frequent the many nearby sweet shops on rue de Seine or the Georges Larnicol pastry store just down the street.
User reviews in brief
Almost all guests agree that the Hotel Stella offers rooms at very low rates for its location. After all, €70 for a double room near the Luxembourg Gardens is a great deal.
Guests who arrived expecting an old-fashioned, funky place are not disappointed. Most appreciate its old world charm, wood-beamed ceilings, large windows and creaky floors.
The lack of amenities (no Wi-Fi, no TV, no elevator) does bother some guests, unsurprisingly (however, the hotel is pretty upfront about this). Some guests also complained about finding dust in the room or dirt under the beds (although this isn’t terribly surprising, given that we’re talking about a very old one-star hotel).
Getting to the hotel is easy because the area is well-serviced by both local Metro lines and the RER system.
Charles de Gaulle Airport: Take RER B to St-Michel-Notre-Dame and exit via Cluny-La Sorbonne. From there you’re a 5-10 minute walk to the hotel.
Orly Airport: Take Orlyval train to RER B to St-Michel-Notre-Dame as well.
Gare de Lyon: Take line 1 to Chatelet and switch to line 4 to Odéon and walk south on rue Monsieur le Prince.
Gare de l’Est or Gare du Nord: Take line 4 to Odéon.
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.
- Cash Only
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Fax Machine
- Luggage Storage
- No Elevator
- Reception: Limited Hours
- Steep Stairs
- Wake-Up Service
- Bathroom: Private
41 Rue Mr. Le Prince
St. Germain des Pres, Paris, France
About the Hotel Stella neighborhood
Just west of the Latin Quarter in the 6th arrondissment, St. Germain des Prés is a class act. The neighborhood is flanked by two Parisian gems—the Luxembourg Gardens to the south and the banks of the Seine to the north. It is defined by the Boulevard St-Germain, which slices through the quarter’s winding streets.