Hotel Design Sorbonne3.0 out of 5.0
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Nice hotel and good location close to the University. Very small but European rooms are a bit smaller. The workers were very kind and very helpful. We stated here for 5 nights. We loved getting to know the area around the hotel. Highly recommend.
Have to admit, at first, even though we'd been "warned" that rooms in Paris tend to be small, we had no idea what "small" really meant! We laughed when the two of us with our luggage could not share the same elevator because it was so tiny. But that same elevator pushed us to be physically closer, and added to the romance of an anniversary trip to the City of Lights. Even though the name includes "Sorbonne", we'd no idea it referred to the University Sorbonne! I cannot begin to tell you how romantic it was to be relaxing on the bed with the tall windows wide open, listening to the sounds of the city and able to see the Sorbonne just across a very narrow street. Best of all, was as we were just beginning to get the feel of how this tiny room could accommodate all we needed, from the plaza just around the corner came the sound of a trumpet playing "What a Wonderful World"! I got up and just watched people walking below, and pigeons flying by as the next song began and with that, my husband and I danced in that window to "La Vie En Rose" until the song ended and the occasional whiffs of some really excellent food invited us down to enjoy dinner and drinks. We did not get to experience the onsite restaurant, but the room was clean and quaint and peeking in at breakfast I saw crepes, and other perfectly Parisian breakfast treats. The location is pretty great as well. Notre Dame is seriously just a few blocks away, next to the River Seine, and a good spot to catch the tour buses. Our last night we actually walked from the Arc de Triomphe back to the hotel - stopping to watch the Eiffel Tower lighting and sparkling and the boats passing below. It can be pricey getting from CDG - Unless you arrange a shared shuttle ride. It was 65eu whether it was one of us, or two. But with the others it was 35eu for the both of us. Learn a few French phrases, and don't be the ugly Americans we can be in foreign countries, and it will be great. People are helpful and friendly in our experience. Anias - at the front desk rocked! She speaks english fluently, so that helped. Unless you speak French - Avoid calling the front desk, it can be a frustration. Don't expect washcloths - They do not use them. We went in mid-May and it was not only on the seriously warm side, it was seriously humid. You might consider carrying one of the cans of spray water mist - Really refreshing. It was so hot on our last day that we bought a fold up umbrella from one of the many tourist stops for less than 10eu and kept the sun off. If you want the BEST macaroons we've ever had, get off of your tour bus at the Arc de Triomphe and go into the big CVS drugstore. Lots of yummy pastry and snack choices, but also the Pierre Hermé counter. Just, yum! We took our macaroons back to enjoy at the fountain by the second carousel away from the Eiffel Tower. What a view, and less of the souvenir folks chasing you. If you need, there is a small grocery store perhaps a block down from the hotel on St Michel (sp?) called the M&S. For diehards, down another block or so is a Starbucks ... But enjoy the local café at a patisserie for a treat. Oh, and the rumors about the rude waiters ... THEY'RE TRUE!!! LOL At least the two we encountered for two different dinners. If you think you'll save money ordering soft drinks, check the prices of the sans/avec alcohol drinks and you'll see maybe 1 or 2eu is all that separates them. If you ask for water, you're likely to pay more than the cost of a soft drink!!! There are many opportunities to buy souvenirs in the shops and they're very reasonably priced. So, more than just the hotel on this one - But still caught up in the awwwww of it all. Oh! One more thing about the hotel. When you leave the hotel to go out for the day/night, you must turn your key in at the front desk and retrieve it when you return. You also use that key to slide into a grip inside the door once you're inside - this is how you turn the lights on. For fun as we unwound, we'd turn on tv and watch old American shows in french. Enjoy it all. Remember that St Michel (sp?) and St Germain are your big cross roads closest to the hotel, and you'll be fine!
Super location, very clean, friendly staff. Close to town and right next to University so very quiet at night. Rooms on the small side - but typical for Paris! Did not sample breakfast as several cafe's close by. Would stay again.
This hotel is in an amazing location! It makes most tourist spots walk-able. The staff are so nice and are willing to help in anyway they can! Rooms, hallways and bathrooms are small by american standards but pretty good for Paris. Breakfast is available for a small fee. Restaurants and pharmacies are right around the corner. WiFi is free and works really well except for high traffic times.
My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights. We loved it. This is TRULY a GREAT 3 Star value. The rooms are a little small and the elevator is tiny, but this can be common in Europe. Otherwise, I loved everything else. Friendly and helpful staff. Good WiFi. No street noise. Wonderful location in front of the Sorbonne and near the French Pantheon. There are two metro stops nearby. I will recommend to all my friends.
We stayed in this hotel for two nights. We took the RER from Charles de Guallle airport and the train went direct to Luxembourg station which is only a few minutes from the hotel. We arrived around midday and was able to check in to our room straight away which was a bonus. The hotel is only one street away from one of the main roads Rue St Michel. This had the RER stop, bus stops, shops and lots of restaurants. The hotel itself was spotlessly clean and warm. The beds were really comfortable. The room itself was small but not as tiny as some reviews make out. The room was fine but yes, no drawer space. There is a wardrobe and a couple of shelves and that's it. There is plenty of room for little suitcases, we took airline cabin size ones and it was no problem. There is also a free safe in the room. The to is an IMac computer as well. There is free wifi in the hotel. The bathroom is very small and it's not easy to sit straight on the toilet but it's really not a problem. As for the shower, as long as the shower head is facing downwards and the door is shut properly, it doesn't flood the bathroom like other reviews have said. If you are a large person then I guess it would be a bit awkward. Breakfast is a typical continental breakfast, with a choice of teas. You can also cook your own eggs in mini frying pans. Tea, coffee and orange juice are all brought to your table. We booked a time slot at the reception desk each evening. The breakfast room is very small but there was always a table. The best thing about the hotel are the staff, they are so friendly and helpful. The reception desk is open 24 hours a day and they all speak good English. On our arrival they gave us some local information and maps. On the day we left for the airport the RER was not working and the buses were packed. We went back to the hotel and the guy on reception tried to sort out a private car but was unsuccessful so he ordered us a taxi which charged a fixed price, which was excellent. It came within 5 minutes. The hotel was clean, really nicely decorated and the staff were brilliant. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it whole heartedly.
Stayed here March 18 to March 24, 2017. Loved it. Have stayed at the hotel 3 times before. Love the area, close to metro, restaurants, and shopping. Easy to walk to all areas in the city. This is my favorite area to stay in the city. The rooms are small, but my husband and I were very comfortable. We pay for the Sorbonne University views to the street, enjoy being able to look out the window to the city. A few years ago the wifi was terrible at this hotel, however, the hotel now has great wifi. Thank you. Great stay.
I stayed in this lovely hotel the first two and last two nights of a trip to France. The location is excellent. Within easy walking distance of most places and sites in the Latin Quarter. If you want to go to Monoprix (which has a grocery store in the basement), for example, just turn left on the hotel street, go to the Rue des Ecoles, turn left and continue walking for about three blocks. It is easy to get here from CDG Airport. You can take the RER B for only 10 euros. Get off at Luxembourg station. Go towards the Place Edmond Rostand stairs. When you get above ground look to your right and you will see a McDonalds. Cross the street and go towards the McDonalds. Then continue walking and cross the other street to the Quick Burger Restaurant. Turn right and take a hard left at Rue Victor Cousin. Walk for one and a half blocks and the hotel is on the left. Luxembourg Garden is very close by; in fact you will be right by it as you exit the Luxembourg RER B station. You can buy a sandwich and drink from sidewalk vendors opposite the park. Go to the park, sit down and have your lunch in this beautiful place. The employees are very nice and will help you in any way they can. The breakfast was absolutely delicious. You can choose from eggs, crêpes, fruit, breads, cheeses, cold cuts, juices and coffee. I had read about the small rooms so I decided to go for the top rooms. These are the two rooms on the sixth floor with great views of Paris, especially the Pantheon. I prefer room 62 because it had a shower in the bathroom. Room 61 and a bathtub in the room. I found it was hard not to get water on the floor. There is an iMac in the room. This is where you get your wifi password and you can watch TV. There was lotion, shampoo and shower gel in my room as well as a robe and slippers. I would like to stay in this hotel again the next time I am in Paris. Its location is perfect, the rooms are nice, breakfast is delicious and the employees are friendly and helpful.
I stayed at the Hotel Design Sorbonne in February which is the third time I have stayed here in Paris. On arrival the check in is quick and easy helped by the excellent reception staff who speak a range of languages if your French is not up to Scratch. The rooms are small as tends to be the case in Paris but are extremely comfortable. A welcome bottle of water after a long journey is a nice touch. The hotel is conveniently located being around ten minutes walk from Notre Dame with the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay not much further. The Luxembourg RER station is no more than five minutes away meaning that travellers can get from Charles de Gaulle or Gare du Nord without having to change lines. All in all I would recommend the hotel as an excellent base for a short break in Paris.
Great hotel for exploring the sites of Paris. Very easy to get to from airpot and stations. Close to some great restaurants. This is my second visit there and just as good ten years on. Clean, comfortable, lovely friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.
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.
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.
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87% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 1277 reviews