Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel du College de France
Better than most 2 Stars in area
from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at College Hotel 2 nights Jan 30&31. Good value. I've stayed at a nearby 3 star that was no better. Very clean, great location friendly staff, and rooms were decent size for 2 star Paris hotel. I looked at the rates at other nearby 2 stars.College was cheaper and more charming. Would stay there again.
A big disappointment
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I stayed at this hotel from 17 January to 22 January 2005 after having read many glowing reviews on trip advisor. Agree that the location was very good but apart from that, wonder what all the fuss is about. Our room, on the fourth was floor very small (as was the bathroom) and sound insulation was poor - we quickly became aware of our next door neigbour's flatulence problems and on the other side our neigbour's prediliction for screaming out in foreign tongues at the moment "du passion". Staff were very helpful and friendly. Did not see M. Marc and his family during the stay and cynics might wonder whether he really exists and whether the family photo on the website is just a PR exercise. We were charged high rate tariff (in January) and when I queried this I received several different and unconvincing answers, including: "it's high season because of the many fairs and conferences in January?", and; "it's high season because of the events going on at the nearby university?" Strangely, in every other hotel we enquired at in Paris it was low season in January, perhaps Hotel du College de France is on a different planet and I hadn't noticed. In comparison with hotels of a similar standard in Paris, this is an expensive hotel. We would NOT stay there again.
Great location, but a little noisy
We stayed here Dec. 20-23, 2004. The location was excellent and the staff superb. I found our small room to be just average--very clean, but no charm or character.
The big negative about this place was that we are late sleepers (we like to sleep until 9:30 a.m. or so), and early risers woke us up every morning because we could hear doors slamming in the hallway and toilets being flushed. In other words, the walls and doors aren't as thick as I would've liked.
We found our room to be too hot, so we left the window cracked both nights. But one morning I awoke to the smell of cigarettes--I think someone was smoking in the courtyard and the smell filtered inside. Yuck.
All in all I would recommend this place to budget travellers who are early risers and appreciate a stellar location. We were able to walk to many attractions like Musee du Cluny and even the Pantheon.
Would be happy to stay here again.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I just enjoyed a six night stay at this charming hotel. The location is incredible -- a short walking distance to everywhere from the Ile St. Louis to St. Germain des Pres to the Rue Mouffetard. The rooms are small but clean and comfortable. The staff is very friendly and helpful and they speak English. We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel, but there are many cafes and markets nearby where you can pick up coffee and a croissant or something more substantial. Excellent value.
Great Price...But Still a Few Drawbacks
Husband & I just returned from a stay at the HDC during Christmas to New Years. We were pleasantly satisfied with the location, literally within a 4 block walk of Notre Dame as well as 3 different subway stations. 4 blocks off of the Seine River too!!! If you know little-to-no French, then this is a great, clean boutique hotel because the concierge staff speak good enough English and are very helpful and friendly. Drawback is that none of the taxis we took to get back to the hotel at night knew where in the world Rue Thenard was (it's a little street off of the main avenues Saint-Germain & St. Michel), so we ended up pointing out directions to our none-English speaking taxi drivers. Also, our Double room was VERY SMALL (dorm-room size)--just a small closet to store/hang a few things (no dressers . . . if you overpack or have big luggage, you're screwed!). For the buck though, this was to be somewhat expected. The breakfast for 8 Euros per person consists of just croissants/bread, juice, cereal, milk, coffee/tea. No hot breakfasts here. Also, though in the dead of winter, every time the room was cleaned, the window was left cracked. When we complained of the cold, the staff came to the room and touched the radiator and informed us that it was already at the maximum level; therefore, the room could not be made warmer. They supplied a couple of blankets which they referred to as "carpets" that were of a very rough, scatchy material and seemingly weighed a ton, making for a very uncomfortable sleep. Also, if you perchance need to iron, you must do so in their basement during business hours. Honestly, aside from these drawbacks, it still is worthy of a nod for those looking for a good deal, very convenient location and a helpful staff that can also speak English.
Just spent 3 nights at Hotel du College de France last weekend (Dec 3-6). Every review here is correct, can't beat the friendliness of the staff, price, or location! We stayed in a superior room (room # 62), top floor, with a balcony. We were told by the maid that 62 was the best room in the hotel. If you decide to stay here (highly recommended), request this room. Its worth the extra 18 Euro per night. Very close to 2 Metro/RER stops, and a 5 minute walk from Notre Dame. When we return to Paris, we will stay here again.
A hidden gem on the left bank
from A TripAdvisor Member
May 2004. Having always stayed on the right bank I was curious what a bargain on the left bank would be like since we would be going with friends who actually choose this hotel. It turned out to be just what I hoped it would be. A small friendly place with a very small lift in a very quiet convenient location. We were even able to leave the window open at night without being disturbed. Small rooms and small bathrooms although for a little more you can get one with a bath. The staff speaks english and is very helpful. Their recommendations were always good. Across the street is a restaurant talked about in NY Times, Le Pré Verre, 8, rue Thenard, (33-1) 220.127.116.11. Closed Sunday. A definite plus with mostly parisians for customers. Reservations are a must. This hotel is where price meets value close to Metro stops.
An excellent value in the Left Bank
from A TripAdvisor Member
We spent five night in Paris in Late October 2004 and stayed the entire time in this lovely hotel. The location is wonderful a block from St German and a few blocks away from St Michel. The staff is very helpful, especially the reception people and they are knowledgeable about Paris. Mr Sadr is a very helpful person. The breakfast is traditional French but is plentiful and fresh. Many inexpensive restaurants are in the area. The one in front of the hotel "pre ver" or something like this was reviewed in the NY Times pretty recently. We tried to go there once for lunch but gave up because of the waiting time (a pretty good sign). The restaurant is close on Monday.
We had a double room with a shower, with windows looking into the street. The noise level was acceptable when we closed the windows and thefore, I am not sure this is the best hotel in the summer. Maybe the rooms on the other side are better. Shower and room were very clean. The room was small but like everybody else we didn't use it during the day. CNN, BBS and CNBC were available to keep us abreath of the development in the world.
All in all an excellent value in a great location with a dedicated staff. We'll come back.
money in your wallet... stay here!
My husband and I stayed at Hotel du College de France in September 2004 for a few nights. We had actually booked the room after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. We were QUITE PLEASED with this hotel! The hotel is located just a couple of blocks away from Notre Dame, therefore the location is right in the center of Paris! The street is actually quiet, so you get the location without all the noise! We found that the concierge was the most helpful man that we had met on our entire vacation! He helped us plan tours & shows made phone calls for us & made sure we had everything we asked for & not to mention that he spoke perfect english! The room was modern and quiet. The bathroom has no shower however, you have a hand held sprayer in the bathtub. The breakfast was a standard European breakfast of breads, meats & cheeses which is NOT included in the booking price of your room. You can find breakfast right down the street if you want a bigger breakfast of eggs & such for a similar price. Oh and the elevator is the tiniest in town, but did its job! Overall, we really liked everything about this place for the money, we would even have paid more. We really felt like we lucked out, being that you don't really trust any review until you experience yourself. I don't think you'll be let down.
Wonderful Little Hotel in the Latin Quarter
Hotel du College de France, 7 rue Thenard, is
in the heart of the Latin Quarter (around the corner
from the Sorbonne) and just off Boulevard
Saint Germain. The staff is wonderful--always
smiling and willing to help in anyway possible.
The rooms are very comfortable (great beds)
I have been staying at this hotel for several years
and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. It
offers great value, comfortable and inviting rooms,
excellent location and a cheerful and helpful staff.
It has become my "home away from home" in Paris.
San Antonio, TX
Top Local Tips for Paris
Red open-top bus tour of Paris
Avoid! An absolute rip-off, disgraceful. Half of the audio machines were broken and where they did work, the sound quality was terrible and the commentary virtually inaudible. Some of the stops were much too long and the route was very limited and missed out huge chunks of the city. The price was scandalous - 22 euros a ticket. Don't waste your money and don't encourage them! Use the yellow buses, not the red ones.
It is very easy to eat cheaply and well in Paris. The paninis sold virtually on every corner are a great, cheap option for lunches or dinners.
Getting around Paris
If you'll be there a Monday through Sunday pick up the Carte Orange. It's roughly 30 euro and gives you unlimited access to the Metro and RER. Read more about it before you go. I used Rick Steve's Paris 2006 as a survival guide. Pick it up and read it before you go, then take it with you.