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Hotel de la Bretonnerie
Ranked #320 of 1,801 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“excellent 3-star (for Paris)”
Reviewed 19 May 2005

We stayed here for a week in the late April, 2005. It is in the heart of the Marais district which is a great place to base your exploration of this great city. Le Marais is charming, bustling, gay, Jewish (part of it) and central. You can walk anywhere in Paris from here or take the metro if it is raining. This hotel is on one of many narrow, quaint cobblestone streets with lots of nearby bars, restaurants, cafes, etc. The people who run the hotel are friendly and helpful (by Parisian standards). Make sure you book way in advance (months) or you will be disappointed. After looking around this and other central areas we realized this place is a bargain and great value (for Paris). We were in their least expensive room type at 110 Euros per night - no multiple day discounts. This city is expensive - if you think the accommodation is expensive, wait until you start paying to eat out!

It is easy to walk (2 short blocks) with your wheeled luggage from the metro stop at hotel de ville. There is a tiny elevator (2 people or 2 bags, not both) and 5 floors. The decor is traditional with exposed timbers in places. Everything is clean and basic, this is not a luxury hotel. Our room was small and the bed even smaller. A standard bed for Paris but very difficult for 2 people - about the size of a standard double bed in North America but seemed shorter. This is the standard in Paris though unless you want to pay $500 US equivalent a night. Don't know why - the people seem to be the same height (though much thinner) and the bed is small even if you find a large room. The bathrooms were large, somewhat modern, clean and complete with bidet. They unfortunately have the large tub with no shower or curtain so you have to sit and spray yourself if you don't want to flood the entire place (again - why? - a shower would easily fit). The bed was uncomfortable by North American standards but adequate (except that size thing). There was barely enough room for your luggage on the floor and we kept tripping on it. There are no amenities in the hotel except for free internet in the lobby - kudos to this this hotel as this is very unsusual and if a hotel has it here they often charge a lot (20 Euros per hour) to use it. Customer service is not a big thing in Paris - hotels or restaurants - but that is part of the charm :)

Hint about food - avoid the cafes for meals and go to a restaurant for much better value and quality. Better than that , frequently picnic - the food (and wine!) in the groceries (one around the corner from this hotel) is cheap by comparison and excellent quality. Our best meals were sitting on a bench in a park or on the wall of the Seine.

Word of warning - this, and seemingly most hotels in Paris are fire traps. Alternate exits or fire escapes are unheard of. Smoke detectors are rare, no one seemed to know what a sprinkler was! The outside of most buildings were not made for climbing. We almost bought a rope and would consider it next time. A travel smoke detector would not be a bad idea either. This is not to single out this hotel as this is standard but the one very narrow stairway from the top floor was very sobering.

All the above aside, this place is a find (for Paris) and we would definitely go back. Learn some French (just "bonjour" helps immensely) and roll with the "rudeness" and you will have a great time in this city. The staff at the hotel are there 24 hours a day and always willing to help. Take a day or two to skip the museums, etc and just wander the streets in Le Marais - one of the best things we found to do in Paris!

Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed 23 March 2005

We just returned from Paris and stayed in this hotel March 20-22. What a charming little gem! The decor is beautiful - our room had lots of toile fabrics in deep red and mustard (room 36). The bathrooms seemed to have been remodeled recently and I loved how the toilet was in one room, and the sink and tub were in another - great setup. FYI - the tub has just a handheld shower device (no shower curtain)- just a little different if you are not used to that. The huge french windows with beautiful wrought iron railings opened onto the busy street below, but surprisingly the street noise did not keep us up - it seemed to die down and with the windows closed, you could not hear much. This was a Sunday and Monday night though. We loved just keeping the window open and enjoying the buzz of activity from the street below before going to sleep.

We paid 110E for this room and I think it was a great value. The previous week we paid just a little less than that for a less charming 2-star in the Latin Quarter. Even the lobby area and other common areas were very charming - exposed beams, lace curtains, etc. Oh, and the complimentary internet in the lobby was great! Just don't hog it like on particular guest did while we were there ( :

The location is great too. Close to Notre Dame, a plethora of cafes and shops, and also Metro/RER stops. Oh, we did noticed the area is a tad bit gay. Not overwhelmingly so, but if you have any aversion to that (shame on you) you might not like this area particularly.

I am surprised there are not more reviews for this hotel on this website. I would most definitely stay there again!

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Reviewed 2 February 2005

I spent a long weekend in a junior suite and liked the hotel and the area very much. Staff spoke English, and was generally helpful. The are was charming and very interesting.

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Property: Hotel de la Bretonnerie
Address: 22 rue Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie | 04 Arr., 75004 Paris, France
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Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Le Marais
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#479 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#481 Business Hotel in Paris
#494 Family Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel de la Bretonnerie 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A few steps away from the Place des Vosges, the Picasso Museum, the Georges Pompidou Center and from the Notre-Dame, you will enjoy a charming residence typical of the Marais area, which has managed to preserve its character.Each of its 7 suites and 22 rooms, uniquely decorated, invites you to an intimate stay. It resides in an old private hotel from the 17th Century and buried in the heart of Pari, where it is easy to get lost among the old facades and flowered interior gardens. ... more   less 
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