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Hotel Design Sorbonne

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We really enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is modern and beautifully finished, located on a quiet street within walking distance to lots of tourist spots. If you don't want to walk the metro station is only a 6 minute walk away which has direct links to the main train station and airport so it is easily accessible. We stayed in room 22 which was very comfortable, had excellent air conditioning and wifi, however, the bathroom was incredibly small - almost impractically so. The shower also leaked quite badly which meant we had a small flood every time. We didn't eat breakfast here so can't comment on that but can recommend the lovely restaurants just around the corner in the pretty Sorbonne Square. The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful in providing information and printing out tickets for us. Overall very good value.

Located near Metro & bus stops, very close to Luxembourg Gardens (one of my favorite places in Paris). Pleanty of basic shops & restaurants in the neighborhood. The rooms are small but nicely decorated and we had a kettle for coffee & tea. Decent shower. The staff was friendly and helpful. We've been to Paris many times and we were going to be gone from morning to night, the price was reasonable. Worked out well.

The hotel is nicely located but the service is awful. Jean Michel is a great person but his Latin colleague is not educated at all. Asking at what time we were to have breakfast, and unavailable to help has with the dead tv. Any way, for this money there are other options in Paris that are better. Will not come again. The Melia Colbert is a great place and fairly priced.

I only have good reports of the Hotel Design Sorbonne. There are 3 important elements of a good hotel (for me): location, amenity and staff. The Hotel Design Sorbonne has all three. In terms of location. It is superbly positioned in an interesting and central part of Paris (rue de Michele, San Germain Blv, the sorbonne, Luxembourg gardens, the Pantheon ...). So its walking distance proximity to many of Paris' major landmarks. However the immediate locale is also a draw card. It has all one needs. The Place, around the corner with the magnificent buildings of the Sorbonne as the backdrop was a perfect spot for a coffee or end-of-day drink but near by there were interesting streets and shops. The Hotel itself can only be described as classic french chique with a modern contemporary interpretation. It is very 'boutique' - and like many boutiques it is compact. This is not a place for people who need large spaces. So if you're comfortable with compact then this Hotel has all that one needs. The rooms were small but comfortable. The inclusion of the Apple Mac with google maps was helpful (reinforcing the modern theme). The beds were good. The en suite minute (word of warning ...), but cute. Also noteworthy is that each room has air conditioning (and given the recent heatwave this was necessary). The breakfast buffet were complete with a range of croissant, pastries, cereal, yogurt, coffee etc. Again all rather compact but superbly arranged more than compensating for its size. My biggest rave and shout out goes to the staff who were, without exception helpful and charming. The desk was always staffed and they were always ready to assist in giving directions, providing excellent suggestions for eating out, organising taxis, airport shuttle, late night tea ... Always there and with a friendly helpful face. This I think is the Hotel Design Sorbonne winning edge.

You couldn't ask for a better location. Easy to reach from the airport (you only have to walk a short distance with luggage), and so many things are within walking distance (including Gertrude Stein's house, which I was very excited about). Yes, the rooms were teeny as was the shower (make sure to angle the shower head down before you turn it on), but the beds were comfy, the air conditioning worked well, and the staff was lovely and accommodating. We loved exploring the neighborhoods near the hotel along with the more famous sites.

Room was typical European "smallness" but had air (Paris temps 30+ deg C), was very quiet, clean, with friendly english speaking staff, storage space for clothes so 2 suitcases could be managed and was only a stroll away from the Luxembourg Park, Seine, Metro and RER. Also within walking distance to Notre D., the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Les Halles (shopping), etc. Lots of nearby cafes, restaurants and economical "take a way" locations. Will be my first consideration when I return.

Hotel is on a quiet street in Luxembourg, a short walk away from the station. They said we were upgraded to a superior room for free, which was very nice of the hotel but the room was still teeny, tiny (barely had enough room to roll out one yoga mat) but I guess unless you pay more, all Parisian hotel rooms in convenient areas are small. We were given one bottle of water complimentary on the first day but had to pay for other bottles during our stay there.. felt like they could at least provide their guests one bottle free each day, doesn't seem like a lot but it's little things like that that I feel could add to little perks.

We had initially booked to stay at another hotel that didn't meet our needs. We then moved to Hotel Design Sorbonne when we arrived in Paris. The staff are all friendly, professional and approachable. Rooms were comfortable and clean. The only area for improvement was breakfast seems very disorganised and on one morning we had to clear and set our own table to be able to have breakfast. Would stay again.

I stayed here for 6 nights in early June. The main purpose of my visit was a conference but my wife and two friends joined me for the last three nights. The rooms are small - as you expect in Paris unless you pay the earth, but that is the only drawback. The location is excellent, close to the RER and the Pantheon. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful. I only had breakfast once as I don't eat much then but the breakfast buffet was of good quality. Watch out for one thing there: the eggs are not hard boiled as I found out to my mild embarrassment! The only negative is that the Wifi code changes every day which is something I've never come across before.

We recently stayed 11 nights at the Hotel Design Sorbonne and it was a pleasant experience. We had made our reservation with Expedia and booked the standard room. When we were checking in the desk clerk tried to get us to upgrade, but we said we would just take the room. When we went to our room we were very surprised at how small it was. Hotel in Europe have small rooms and we didn't expect a large room. But this room was really small. We bought the upgrade and were satisfied with the room. The desk clerks were great and could not have been more helpful with any thing we asked of them. The room was always cleaned, the A/C worked and the TV had 1 English channel. There are restaurants near by, the Metro is a 10 min walk, and we walked to Notre Dame. We are in our 70s so you know it wasn't a long walk.

6 Rue Victor Cousin Paris Paris

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 1299 reviews