I've stayed at the Devillas twice now and find the price to be quite reasonable for Paris and want to write a review for disabled travellers.
On entering the hotel there is a permanent ramp in from street level (through a side door right next to main door) and although it does not actually lead to the reception (where there is a step to access) it does lead to the corridor where there are about 3 guest rooms, one of which is wheelchair access (003). Despite reception not being accessible they will always see you and walk over to assist so it's not a problem. The reception staff are quiet but very helpful and speak good English.
Check in was easy they ask only to see the card you booked room with, quick look at passports and then you get a key. They ask you to return the key to reception every time you go out which some might not like but it didn't bother me.
The room itself is very quiet but there is no view whatsoever and could be a bit dimly lit for some. However, there is nice halogen ceiling lights and I found it restful with a very pleasing ambience. There is a small door out to a walled off patio area (no chairs or anything) so you can at least check the weather and look up to the skies before you go out. There is lots of wardrobe space, hangers, a desk, shelves and side drawer for your things. Once you've unpacked you feel at home because of all the space for your items.
The bathroom is actually awesome, particularly for wheelchairs as there is turning space, a good toilet (not low) and a spacious roll in shower with bench and dual showerhead/overhead grid 'rain' shower feature. The mirror has a built in radio so you can listen to some music while you shower. The sink is built into a long worktop with plenty of space but unfortunately the mirror is placed too high so you have to stand to view yourself.
The bed is not a double but twin unfortunately (two beds pushed together). For a couple it is a bit annoying as you do feel restricted to your 'side' and the beds are constantly separating. I requested a double mattress before arriving but they said no.
The rooms are cleaned beautifully (although I did speak to one of the cleaners one day and she said they are really overworked and barely have time to get around the rooms which isn't good. Maybe the hotel should employ more staff). The hotel is small but even so it does seem quite understaffed. i'm a low maintenance hotel guest and generally have a solid understanding of the area so don't need to be spoonfed advice by the reception staff about where to go etc. There are lots of Paris maps and pamphlets in the reception area for those who haven't done any research.
Wifi signal is strong which was fantastic. There seems to be a problem with ants, at least in room 003 but on our second visit there weren't many so they seem to be getting rid of them.
We didn't do breakfast in the hotel as we always want to eat later for brunch or breakfast in a streetside cafe. I don't think the breakfast room is accessible as it's in the basement but the reception staff would let you know before booking as they always replied to my emails.
Sights: Boulevard de l'Hopital and Boulevard Saint Marcel are full of interesting local shops, bakeries, restaurants and supermarkets. There is a small monoprix opposite the opening for Gare d'Austerlitz and a big one further down the blvd after Rue des Wallons. Try out Bibimbap for good value Korean and India Gate - both always attracting locals. Don't miss Rue Mouffetard and Place de la Contrescarpe close by for late night food and summer al fresco dining. Jardin des Plantes nearby is a beautiful gift on hot sunny days and is literally only a max 5 minute walk from Devillas. We walked (well I scooted on my mobility scooter and my boyfriend walked) into major sites like the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, even the Eiffel tower although that is a tough walk. Bastille and the Marais are easily walkable and the Seine promenade is close to Devillas so it is well located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few steps away from the Famous Botanic Garden, a typical Parisian hotel (just renovated) welcomes you.Comfort, Quiet, StyleAll the charm of the Left Bank for your trip in ParisNot far from the Quay de la Seine, the Saint Germain Boulevard, the Mouffetard Quarter, the Bastille Opera, right in front of the Pitie Salpetriere Hospital Center, two steps from the Botanic Garden, and the Universities & Latin quarter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Devillas Hotel Paris