For a family trip (my mother and two pre-teen daughters), we simply couldn't afford the expensive and tiny city-center accommodations in Paris. This little gem in a more residential neighborhood offered an ideal hotel experience for our 9-day exploration of Paris.
Location: More residential, out of the tourist area, to the east of Paris proper. Very close to Nation metro station, where we we started our journey to points all around and outside of Paris. Walking distance to the Bastille--we actually walked all the way to the Marais, but note that we enjoy walking to take in the sights. BEST PART: Walk along the street immediately behind and parallel to Picpus, which offers the quintessential arrangement of charming, authentic shops: bakeries, cheese shop, and the lovely Tony Fruits, where we stopped almost every morning to purchase the most glorious fruits ever seen! Finding this street on our first evening became one of the highlights of our trip. There's another boulangerie right on the corner, a brasserie at the small circle at the end of the block, and a quaint Italian restaurant a few doors down. This offers a REAL Parisian experience.
Accommodations: Hotels in Paris are small, so let's be real. Our room was cozy and well laid out. The small bathroom was impeccably remodeled. Rooms were clean daily. Front desk staff were welcoming and spoke English well enough to help us with metro directions and restaurant recommendations. We did not partake in the hotel breakfast (extra cost), but the owners always welcomed us into the lobby/dining area with our morning purchases when we returned each morning with our fresh croissants and tiny black coffees.
So...this isn't a five-star property; however, Hotel du Printemps offered charming, neat, and cozy accommodations in a neighborhood that provided new experiences that added to our Paris vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique hotel entirely renovated and decorated with taste, the hotel du printemps will captivate you with its elegant, understated charm and its reasonable prices. You will be warmly welcomed by a staff eager to assist you and ensure you have a pleasant stay. Close to four metro lines and the RER A, it's the perfect departure point for site seeing, shopping, going to meetings or to Disneyland Paris. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Printemps Hotel
- Du Printemps Paris