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Hotel Design Sorbonne

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We left booking the room until the day of arrival via Euro-star, and there was limited choice by then, one of which was the Design Sorbonne, they had the small basic room on show via, when we got there they also had another deluxe room for more Euro's of course. After inspecting the two rooms on offer, we felt the extra price asked for the larger room was not worth paying as it barely much bigger and they wanted 40-50 Euros for the 2 nights we were staying there. So we went for the smaller room, 5th floor room 51. Adequate room....just, you could get around the bed, but that was it, The shower room was tiny, when sitting on the loo, my shoulder was up against the sink and the shower was so small I could hardly squeeze into it. But it worked and we survived! The TV was also the computer, so you had internet access if you wanted it. The WiFi code everyday at noon, and to be fair was poor, the signal kept dropping out due to being overloaded i think. service was slow and I could not use my Ipad at times so I hot spotted off my phone and it was quicker. The TV had lots of Euro channels with 1 English channel.... CNN. so after 1/2 hour I was bored to death of the same rotating news. This was poor service after just being in the states recently where even the cheapest Motel had 100+ satellite stations and even the BBC. So this irritated me more than the small room. Being so small, there was no fridge, so drinks were out on the window sill to keep cool. 1 free small bottle of water for the 2 days. Breakfast was extra but discounted if we paid up front, and to be fair it was OK, hot pancakes pre-made by the kitchen server or cook your own eggs on a griddle. nice croissants and bread and some slices of salami and ham, plus cereals. The lift in the hotel was the size of two people, and noisy too, so if you had a room by the lift, I would not be happy. There were only 1 spare sockets each side for chargers by the bedside, nothing else in the room, Location was great, in the Sorbonne area and the Left side of the Seine, there were lots of cafes and restaurants nearby to eat at. Very close to Luxembourg Gardens and Metro train station (Blue Line B) which runs from Charles DE Gaulle airport thru Gare De Nord and on to the south of Paris, as it has less stops it moves across town quicker too. One night we went out locally to a Southern specialty restaurant and had a fantastic meal La Petite Périgourdine on 39 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris, France. There are better rooms to stay in at the hotel, and depending on when you book the rate will be better, we paid 371 euros for 2 nights so it was not cheap but about normal for Paris. For the best deal call the hotel direct as they will do deals. Will we stay there again..... maybe, but they have to do better with the TV stations and provide fridges and a kettle/cups for tea making. Personally I think I can do better than this place and get bigger rooms for a better price elsewhere, not sure my wife is convinced though! The bed was hard and uncomfortable, both me and the wife suffered and kept turning to ease back pain.

Great smaller boutique hotel, excellent location, staff most warm and welcoming eager and enthusiastic to assist. Rooms very comfortable, nicely equipped, tastefully furnished. All round great place to stay and rest. Hotel less than five minutes walk (with case) to Luxembourg station (RER Line B to / from CDG and Orly airports), five minutes in opposite direction is nearest Metro station (Cluny la Sorbonne). Less than ten minutes easy stroll will see you on the doorstep of a whole plethora of restaurants, bars to breakfast, coffee, wine and dine or just have a glass of wine and people watch; catering for every taste (my Lady vegetarian - not a problem).'Almost perfect hotel' if you want to be staying in the lap of luxury - this hotel is not for you; however, if you want to stay in very comfortable surroundings, very well located, easy reach of centre, staffed by warm, welcoming, attentive, enthusiastic people quick with a smile - based on our experience - Hotel Design Sorbonne is for you.

We loved the small boutique hotel which has a great location. Everything is really small, the rooms, elevators and staircase, but it was worth being in such a great location! Walking distance to transit, Pantheon, Notre Dame and the gardens of Luxembourg(don't miss this beautiful park!)

This is a lovely, boutique urban hotel with a few minutes of walking distance of Jardin du Luxembourg with great local brasseries accessible on the main road by walking for great brunches. Ideal for those looking for a short break in Paris and yet not be in the hustle amd bustle of the city while accessing all central points within 20 minutes by metro. Rooms maybe small but well designed and the staff are always available. Rates are affordable via Trip Advisor or directly sometime. Bonne Parising.

Small rooms, helpful staff, safe and great location. I'm a big guy so taking a shower was hard, however our room was on the top floor and our windows fully opened overlooking the university and other buildings in the distance.

There is a lot to like about this little hotel. The location is in the middle of the University area so it is very quiet at night. Furthermore it’s only a short walk to (largely touristy) cafes, metro stations and the spectacular Pantheon. It’s also near to Luxembourg station on the RER train line leading directly to and from from CDG, so there’s no need to spend a small fortune on a cab ride accessing the airport. The rooms are small and some of the bathrooms are tiny. If there is two of you and you like your space, perhaps upgrade to a larger room. The rooms are clean and well maintained. However, cleaning them starts fairly early so maybe don’t count on sleeping in if vacuuming at 8am disturbs you! You can also hear pretty much everything going on in neighbouring rooms. The staff are all very friendly, bi-lingual and helpful. They are an asset to the hotel. If wifi is important to you, this may be a source of frustration. It sometimes take ages to log on and you have to change your password daily. It drove me nuts, but I am a bit impatient! I would stay here again.

Lots of positives for a hotel in this price category in Paris: The location is great, close to Saint Germain with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. It's located right next to the Pantheon and the Luxembourg gardens and just 5 minutes walking distance from the Luxembourg subway station that takes you within minutes to the center of the city. My room was facing the back so it was very quiet, which is something I really appreciate after spending a hectic day. The room itself was nice and clean. The staff was lovely and very very friendly at all times, always smiling and offering to help. The only complaint I would have is that there was a strange stuffy smell in my room during the whole stay. I opened the window often but it seemed to linger (carpets, curtains?)... It wasn't horrible and I only really noticed it when I was coming in. My nose would then get used to it after a while. I am very sensitive to odours so others might not even notice. But as I wrote, overall a great reasonably priced and safe place to stay.

I could not turn around in the tiny shower stall. The room was well appointed and the air conditioning was good. Plenty of hot water and water pressure. The breakfast is adequate but over priced. The wi-if was excellent.

I had a hard time choosing the hotel for my short break, trying to get the best value without compromising on quality. I am happy to say I made the right decision. This hotel is very comfortable, clean, the location can't be beat for proximity to many historic and cultural destinations and convenience of transport connections. The staff are extremely accommodating and helpful. No shortage of restaurants, wine bars around, and there is a market several days a week nearby. There is a nice mix of residential, academic and touristic Paris in the surrounding area. The Luxembourg Gardens nearby is an added bonus. The breakfast was quite nice too. Highly recommended!

This was my second time staying at this hotel. I had encountered some problems the first time, but I'm happy to say that everything was good this time. The rooms are small, which is typical in Paris, but comfortable and clean. The location is great, on a quiet street, close to many of the places you might want to visit, and close to Metro stops which makes it very convenient. The staff are all really pleasant and very helpful. My 3 days there were very pleasant.

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Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Sorbonne University and Pantheon
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in 5th Arrondissement, Hotel Design Sorbonne is adjacent to Sorbonne University and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like Pantheon. This 38-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, coffee/tea in a common area, and a computer station. It's in central Paris and also a short walk from Notre Dame Cathedral and Luxembourg Palace.


Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Hotel Design Sorbonne's 38 air-conditioned rooms provide computers and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and satellite TV. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

Hotel Design Sorbonne features free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a computer station. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. This hotel also has a library.

Room options

Superior Double Room (Design)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double or Twin Room (Design)

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double or Twin Room (Design)

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, Bathtub, Executive Level (Design)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1334 reviews