Arriving at the Hotel de l’Universite at 8:00 am after 22 hours of transit from Sydney, Australia, we were pleasantly surprised to find that our room was ready. A charming and reasonably priced 3-star hotel in Paris’ Left Bank, the Hotel l’Universite’s rooms were comfortable, clean and not as minuscule as my husband, Peter had led me to believe - he has stayed at this hotel about 3 times over the past 10 years. The beds were superb, a ‘must’ for any sleep deprived traveler!
Ideally located in the heart of the Left Bank, Hotel de l'Universite is nestled amongst bustling cafes, restaurants, art galleries and antique dealers, with St Germain des Pres around the corner and Pont Neuf connecting us to the Right Bank a mere 5 minute walk away. So much to explore and discover!
We looked forward to our breakfasts at the hotel: Delicious baguettes and croissants, jams and cheeses, good coffee and a homey atmosphere. The staff, especially the 2 ladies that served us breakfast in the mornings, were always chirpy, friendly and accommodating, even though their English was limited.
The downside of this hotel was its internet connection, which was lousy, but you can’t have everything. I made the decision then and there to give myself a break from the internet and my travel writing for a few days - a wise decision as it compelled me to immerse myself in Paris without any distractions. We'd stay here again on our next trip to Paris; we loved the fact that this hotel was small, ideally located, reasonably priced, and has a personal touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel de l’Université is a former Benedictine convent and has retained many period features while adapting to the needs of 21st century society. The reception area is vast and delightful with its ancient beams. It is an immediate illustration of the style and appeal of this quality establishment. The Hotel de l’Université only has 27 bedrooms, allowing the staff to focus on an individualized care. Each room has its own decor and character, many ornate with ageless beams, but all benefiting from tall traditional Parisian windows allowing daylight to flood in. All the rooms have been renovated in 2011 and include air-conditioning, mini-bar, safety deposit box and a free Wi-Fi connection. A laundry service is available upon request. The rooms on the top floor overlook the rooftops of Paris and some have the rare bonus of a private terrace. The Hotel de l’Université is not a place to stay for the night. It is a journey into the history and style of Parisian life, a chance to experience life as one of the locals and bring back unforgettable memories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De l Universite
- De l Universite Hotel