We stayed at the Hotel Varenne for four nights in early February. We would recommend it again without hesitation.
Varenne itself is close to the Hotel des Invalides, on a quiet street with a village feel. i was expecting a student area, but nothing could be further from the truth - the area is very quietly very wealthy. If you wanted you would have everything within a five minute walk either side of the hotel, including a good selection of good small restaurants, a small supermarket, the Musee Rodin, a tabac, a chemist/pharmacy, and plenty of boulangeries! There was no shortage of places to have breakfast or dinner, which was handy - although the hotel does provide breakfast, it does not do dinner. Although it's close to the centre, Varenne is definitely not a tourist area, which for us was an absolute positive, and it was wonderful to be able to stay in an authentic, Parisian, residential area. i should stress that the area is in no way remote, but everything is very accessible.
It feels like a very safe area, and we had no hesitation in walking around the area at night. Rarely did we have to take a taxi, and that was only out of laziness! The road is behind the Assembly Nationale, and there was no shortage of taxis if needed. It's fair to say the road was also patrolled by a lot of police, which did give it a very safe feel!
It was so lovely to be away from the main tourist centres, and yet these were easily within reach - the Varenne metro stop is two minutes walk around the corner from the Hotel, and 2-3 stops to the centre of Paris. Place de la Concorde or Musee D'Orsay are probably ten minutes stroll away, and we explored the shops of St Germain, which are another 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. On our first evening we ambled to the Eiffel Tower, which took approximately 25 minutes. All in all, we did as much or as little walking as we liked, and never felt rushed.
The hotel itself is small, very cosy, very comfortable and the beds were better than other hotels I've stayed in of similar age or cost. The room had a TV (with only News in English) and a Bose iPod speaker. The room is ensuite (we had a room with a bath), with a separate toilet and bidet, and the shower was fabulous! With a mixture of late and early starts, not once were we disturbed by housekeeping. The staff were exceptionally discrete. We were never woken by road or any other noise, even with the window open. Our room wasn't overlooked.
The only downside was that there was no tea and coffee in the room, nor any iron or ironing board (we didn't ask for one, so the hotel may have them), but certainly wouldn't put us off staying again, or recommending the hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome at the hotel de Varenne... Ideally located, the Hotel de Varenne is a historic treasure dating from the 19th century, decorated with refinement in a Louis XVI and Empire style. Lying in the centre of Paris, the quiet and safe Rue de Bourgogne opens out on one end to the Rodin Museum and, on the other end, to the building of the National Assembly and lies near the Embassies and Ministries. This recently renovated townhouse distinguishes itself by its personalised reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Varenne Hotel
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