My partner and I stayed here for six nights in April while on holiday in Paris. In all of my travels around Europe (and there have been many), this was the best hotel experience I’ve ever had. The day and night staff were all incredibly friendly. We appreciated being allowed access to our room before check-time, especially after arriving on a red-eye flight at an ungodly hour and hoofing it almost a mile with luggage from the Port-Royal RER station to the hotel. They also put up with my incorrigible French for six days with a smile, which was also very much appreciated. Our room, on the fourth floor (fifth if you’re American), came complete with a balcony featuring two chairs and a small table and featured a view over the rooftops all the way to the Eiffel Tower. It was fantastic during the day, but completely mind-blowing at night, especially at the top of the hour when the tower sparkles. Had the weather been warmer, it would have been a perfect place to enjoy a bottle of wine and an assortment of cheeses in the evenings. The room was small by American standards, but larger than others I’ve stayed in around Europe, and came with a closet which made storing luggage and clothing incredibly convenient.
The hotel is in a residential area of town, which went a long way in making us feel like temporary locals. The hotel is situated between two metro stops, both a short walk away. Les Gobelins will take you directly to the Louvre and the Opéra Garnier. Saint-Marcel, in the opposite direction, is great for getting to Le Marais. Gare d’Austerlitz, slightly farther than Saint-Marcel, was great for getting to Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and Versailles. In short, the hotel is well-positioned for sightseeing despite not being in the center of all of the tourist action. There are also wonderful cafes, restaurants, patisseries and markets both on the Blvd. Saint-Marcel and a short walk away on the Rue Mouffetard.
My only complaint is that if multiple people on multiple floors are trying to use the very small elevator at once, you may find yourself waiting for quite a while to descend to the ground floor. I don’t fault the hotel for this; I imagine that size and efficiency aren’t exactly options one has when retrofitting an elevator into a 19th-century building. Plus, I came home with calves the size of balloons from regularly ascending five flights of stairs in my impatience, which I should probably be thanking them for instead of complaining.
A note: Remember, Paris (and travel for that matter) is what you make of it. Knowing a little French here will take you a long way. I took joy in seeing the locals tickled with my French spoken in an unabashedly American accent, and found everyone I encountered to be warm and pleasant as long as I was trying. We had such a great time that we are thinking of returning in November, and can’t think of any place we’d rather stay than the Hotel La Demeure!
- Also Known As:
- La Demeure Hotel
- La Demeure Paris
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A very nice hotel in the heart of the latin district in Paris. ... more less
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