Hotel de la Sorbonne

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Hotel de la Sorbonne

, Paris
2 star

Rooms: 37

6 Rue Victor Cousin - Paris - 75005 - France Hotel Website | |
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Avoid at all costs!
Submitted by: J in 04/09/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Netherlands
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Having been led to believe by Rick Steves that this a decent place, my family and I booked it for 3 nights. What a mistake! The room we got was moldy--I was later told by the guy at the desk that they know this but since the owner plans to add on, they don't want to spend the money to repair. Another desk guy later told me the owner wants to add on, but doesn't even have permission. So, moldy room. Night 1: shower doesn't drain. Night 2, power goes off due to some short circuit. Night guy can't fix it. OK, it's night anyway. Night 3: despite day guy's promise, power not fixed. I ask for a new room. Great resistance, but I finally get one. I ask the desk guy for help moving the beds for my kids into the new room. "That's the day guy's job, not mine. I don't do that." Amazing. I finally get mattresses down two flights of stairs by myself so that my kids have beds to sleep on. And the better--yes, it was better--room still is moldy. So, horrible rooms, staff who don't give a darn and aren't afraid to tell you so--find anywhere else to stay!
Very homely and cosy
Submitted by: Laura in 19/12/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
My partner and i visited this hotel for three nigghts on Valentines day this year. I have visited Paris three times before and found this hotel to be idealy situated very close to the Latin Quarter and Metro station. The rooms were basic but vey cosy and staff friendly. We chose not to have breakfast at the hotel as there were plenty of nice cafes within easy walking distance.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel de la Sorbonne

Very nice stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
While it is a typically small European hotel, we very much enjoyed our stay at the Hotel de la Sorbonne. Very conveniently located - only a 5-10 minute walk to the river and very near to Notre Dame, Pantheon and the Luxembourg Gardens. We were easily able to get a cab and found many lovely cafes in the vicinity. Although the bathroom especially was very small by American standards, and a bit difficult for us to use (my husband and I are fairly tall), we managed fine and for the price it is a bargain. Very clean and friendly staff - the even inquired about setting up and airport transfer for us before I had a chance to ask. We definitely would stay there again.

Very nice stay at the Hotel Sorbonne

from Jonkwl
We stayed at the Hotel de la Sorbonne over Valentines Day weekend. It is by no means fancy, but very pleasant. The room was quite small, but the bathroom surprisingly large for a Paris hotel of this price range. The hotel was very clean and the breakfast more than adequate. The location was great. It is an easy walk from the Luxembourg RER station or the Cluny Metro station. It was also close to Notre Dame and the Louvre. It would probably be a little noisy in warm weather with the windows open, but we were not much bothered by the noise on this trip. I would recommend it and would definitely stay there again.

Good deal, pleasant stay

from Filmgirl29
My boyfriend and I stayed here for four nights this February. We got a great deal online--a nightly average of 70 euros. The hotel is about a five minute walk from the RER B Luxembourg station, and about a 15-20 minute walk to the St. Michel area. It's right in front of the Sorbonne, so it's pretty quiet. Our room faced the street, and we had no problems with noise at night or anything.

The room itself was quite small, but all the rooms have private bathrooms, which was quite nice. The shower was more of a mini bathtub with half of the bottom raised up a little to sit down on while you showered with the handheld showerhead. This was a little odd for us, but it worked out all right. Also, it was nice to have a clothesline above the bathtub for our laundry needs.

We never tried the breakfast. The staff was, well...French. They were a little nicer than I expected them to be, but did not always seem to try. For example, my boyfriend called one morning to ask about the weather, and the concierge mumbled and then hung up on him. On the other hand, there was a female staff member who searched high and low for a corkscrew for us and was very friendly.

Overall, we would stay there again, if the rates were similar.

t Beat the Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm a huge fan of the Left Bank. This hotel is located directly across from the Sorbonne and is on a sidestreet. The pictures featured at the hotel's website of the common areas are accurate. Our room was very cramped - just enough room for the double bed and a desk. The decor was - as they say in French - "un peu fade." On the plus side, there are little cafes adjacent to the hotel. Shopping, tourist attractions, metro lines and central Paris are short walks away. I wouldn't recommend this place to honeymooners or budget travelers, but it's definitely an option for everybody else.

Good, basic, clean, centrally located hotel

from Bar1
Have just returned from 3 nights at the Hotel de la Sorbonne.
1. The room (55) and the shower/toilet was very small.
2. The sateline TV only seemed to have French channels so not much use to us.
3. Uncomfortable lumpy pillows.
1. Reception Staff very helpful and good internet deal of 70euros per night for a double room (no breakfast - extra 8euros).
2. Position very good for reasonably priced bars and bistros all within walking distance.
3. Clean rooms, tastefully decorated with real French character.
4. Luggage room to store luggage if flying after checkout at 12.

Had a wonderful stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here for 5 nights from 31rst of dec, 2004 till the 5th of january, 2005. I highly recommend rooms 61 and 62. We were in 61.. and you can just just see the tip of the eiffel tower if you look out the skylight, and the pantheon is right out the other skylights.. only skylights but so so charming and actually 2 beds in room 61. Our friends transfered from their other hotel to room 62, cause they liked it a lot, so we had the whole top floor to ourselves. The elevator only went to the 5th floor so you have to walk one more flight up.. but the rooms were as clean as could be, the bathrooms were spotless and the whole atmosphere was charming, professional, and matter of fact. If you can get a price of 110 or under I think it is a wonderful hotel, can someone steal the french bulldog statue in the lobby for me ? PLEASE?

and yes the elevator can only hold 2 americans max!

Pleasant stay, simple hotel, nice location

from kmbmea
Had a pleasant 4 night stay here in early January 2005. Room 35 was a pleasant-enough room that faced the courtyard, with small shower/toilet/sink. Toilet was a tight fit -- it faced the wall, and my knees were right against the tiled wall. Bathroom wasn't ventilated well, so the paint at the top of the walls was peeling off, but other than that, and a door handle that kept falling off, the place was clean and reasonably well-maintained. This is not a fancy hotel, and the rooms are not as cute as their website's vibe might suggest. But it is a functional room in an excellent, safe location.

We had an excellent deal: 50 EUR per night via the hotel's own website. We would not have been happy paying much more than that -- rack rate of 100 EUR is too much.

An earlier reviewer praised the quiet courtyard: We found there to be a bit of noise in the mornings, with rolling trashcans, clanging gates, and the sounds of people going to work. Windows that open onto the courtyard look into apartments, as well as other hotel rooms...

Double bed was actually two twins pushed together and "wrapped" with a single sheet. Not the greatest.

Breakfast at 8 EUR was a bit much for my taste. Instead, there are several bakeries in the area, or the ubiquitous cafes as well. The local bakery chain Paul is a few blocks north on Boul. St.-Michel, and is well worth the walk. They have an upstairs dining area where you can sit and enjoy your coffee and baked goods.

At checkout, my hotel account didn't reflect the one night that we had prepaid via the website. However, unlike an earlier reviewer who had problems settling this, a few keystrokes remedied this problem and the proper amount was charged to my credit card.

Local phone calls are supposedly 20 cents/minute, but we were not charged for the 3 short calls we made.

Overall, this was a functional stay, thus the 3-star "neutral/average" rating, but the deal was excellent, so it borders on 4... If the price is right, I would stay here again.

Fine but there are better deals next door

from JoseSantiago_Chile
The hotel's website grossly overstates the place. For the 120 Euros plus 5 breakfast we paid, there are better places in the neighborhood which is extremely well located. In fact, right next door is another 3 star hotel (Hotel Cluny) whose website grossly UNDERSTATES it, but in fact is much prettier, roomier, lighted AND less expensive. The other thing is the cigarette smell in the room, linen and mattress, as they dont have non-smoking rooms. Avoid it from late spring to early fall, as there is no air conditioning. No safe in room either. Staff was friendly allright, but rooms and all public areas were as if made for Lillyputians. And yes, the elevator will hold 2 people very close together OR part of your luggage, but not all of them.

What hotel were all these people staying at?

from ski_bhum
I don't know what hotel all these glowing reviews are about, but it sure wasn't the impression I got from staying at the Hotel de la Sorbonne. Yes, the location is great, but there are TONS of hotels in the Latin Quarter area. Some of them are even closer to the Metro and Notre Dame and the banks of the Seine.

The rooms are the smallest I've ever stayed at in my 4 trips to Paris. Granted, I am talking about their standard rooms, not the more deluxe ones on the lower floors. The walls, however, are the thinnest of anyplace I've ever stayed at. Every morning, the maids would chat away in the hall and we could hear them as if they were in the room with us.

Trust me, there are better hotels for the same price in the same area.

And yes, the elevator is reeeeeeally small.

Excellent - hidden gem

from Lizh73
We stayed here in November 04 as part of an anniversary trip to Paris. Lovely little hotel, room clean, warm, newly decorated, excellent bathroom (marvellous power shower!) - we had room 4 on the courtyard and would recommend it. The staff were very nice and helpful. Hotel is in absolutely brilliant location just off Pl. de la Sorbonne.

This is just like a little Paris hotel ought to be - unpretentious, comfortable, friendly, excellent value. We'll definitely go back.

Top Local Tips for Paris

Excellent Bistro Check out Le Timbre in the 6th. The best restaurant I've ever eaten in.

Paris is nice and people are polite but keep you eyes open Doublecheck the price on the menu and on the bill. I was asked to pay a cappuccino 6,80 while it was 4,80 on the menu outside the cafe, in the square beside La Sorbonne. Make up your mind by reading the menu outside and estimate how much you are likely to spend. If the bill is particularly different doublecheck.

Walk its the only way! It is so easy to walk around Paris and you really get to know the city layout and everything is so beautiful it doesnt feel stressful to walk.


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  • Address: 6 Rue Victor Cousin - Paris - 75005 - France
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