Villa Lutece Port Royal Hotel is situated in the heart of the Latin Quarter—once the favorite stomping ground of Paris' intellectual elite who spoke little else here—and within easy walking distance of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Elegant design concept and contemporary flair
The simple 1940s architectural facade of the 4-star Villa Lutece Port Royal gives no clues to the level of sophistication hiding within. As you enter, be sure to observe the impressive glass staircase, specially constructed by a master glassblower, even if you do choose to take the elevator up to your room. In the evening the fireplace in the lounge bar is a warm and welcoming spot to use the free Wi-Fi. Each room is fitted with comfortable beds, air conditioning, hair dryer, minibar and power showers; guests can choose between classic double rooms, connecting rooms for families, a duplex or even one with a whirlpool bath.
Rubbing shoulders with the Parisian intelligentsia
Close to the Villa Lutece Port Royal Hotel you will find the grounds of prestigious La Sorbonne University and its student community. The historic Gare d’Austerlitz train terminus is also nearby, offering timely connections to Toulouse, Nice and other French cities besides. If you're planning a picnic in the Jardin des Plantes then be sure to visit the little supermarket next door to pick up fresh baguettes, soft cheese, crackers and a bottle of French wine.
I like the cozy and unique feel of the hotel.
1930's art deco decoration. Art deco bathroom and sink.
Clean, comfortable hotel very close to metro staion
Bedrooms were a bit small
Nice room. Good breakfast. Near metro.
The bathroom was nice, and the room was reasonable. Breakfast was quite good with a fair amount of choice. Although, the hot food was cooked in large batches. This was fine since we got up early for breakfast, but might have been nasty if you got up a bit later. The hotel was very close to a metro station.
The room smelled of smoke, although that was partially my fault because I did forget to ask for a non smoking room. The walls were quite thin, and I could hear a child crying during the night in a room nearby. The neighbourhood also seemed a little bit dodgy, with homeless people sleeping on the street corner. We also got charged for a drink from the minibar. I think this might have been because we kept some drinks we bought ourselves in the fridge. So check your bill carefully when you check out.
The staff were excellent, as was the location, just round the corner from Campo Formio Metro (Buy a Paris Visite card from CDG, works out about £9 per day, definitely worth it).
room was small, but as many people have said, this is the norm in Paris.