Observatoire Luxembourg Hotel

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Observatoire Luxembourg Hotel

, Paris
3 star

Rooms: 37

107 Boulevard Saint Michel - Paris - 75005 - France Hotel Website | |
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Love it!
Submitted by: Lorna Wright in 28/05/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Culture Vulture
I love the Hotel Observatorie-luxenbourg. I have made this hotle and their sister St. Jaques, my hotel(s) of choice in Paris. I've lodged with them now, five times & each time the staff makes me feel right at home. I highly recommend them to anyone. They have even accommodated a group of twenty for me.
I love them and look forward to staying there again in the near future.
Wonderful Hotel!
Submitted by: Cathy Helms in 14/03/05
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  • From: United States
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I stayed at your quaint hotel a couple of years ago and just loved it. The rooms, service, breakfast, etc... were
excellent. Hope I will be able to come back soon to your wonderful Hotel. I have given the name to several people when they ask me where I stayed in Paris?. Keep up the good
service. We Love you.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Observatoire Luxembourg Hotel

Just Average

from 7Cycle
This is just an average hotel, somewhat overpriced. The rooms are tiny and completely lacking in charm. Ours overlooked Blvd. St. Michel, a very busy and noisy commercial street. However, the fifth-floor view was pleasant. The room was well air conditioned. Breakfast is over-priced at Euro 13, but better deals are available at any of the many nearby cafes.

The Jardins de Luxembourg Quartier is very beautiful, with many great shops and restaurants. However, the immediate area around the hotel is uninteresting. The hotel itself is located very close to the RER (train to CDG Airport), but is at least a 10-15 minute walk from the nearest Metro station, so plan to do lots of walking. While the RER is linked to the Metro, and tickets are shared, the connections between the two systems are inconvenient.

Bottom line - good value if a discounted price is available. Otherwise, this hotel does not distinguish itself from the crowd.

Would stay there again

from A TripAdvisor Member
We searched many hotels , comparing on Trip Advisor, Expedia and other sites and finalised this hotel. We stayed there in July for 5 nights.The details are as above.
-The hotel has a superb location as the metro and RER are just a couple of minutes walk.Its the best to take a Metro pass. Remember, the metro closes at many stops aropund midnight.There is a night bus, but every hour.
-.The staff at the reception is Multilingual and very helpfull.The dining room staff does not speak english, but is hospitable.
-Part of the lobby is concerted into a breakfast room till 10.30.am. Breakfast was included with our room which had a promotion going on.They serve Baguettes (no to9ast), rolls, cornflakes/muesli, fruit, juices, friut salad, yogurt, eggs, cheese,bacon , coffee, milk.
There is nothing to eat in rooom service or at night.
However they serve continental breakfast in room and buffet in the dining room(lobby)
there is no concierge/bell boy .Its a small elevator and you have to take the luggage yourself.
The rooms and bathrooms are small by American and Indian standards..
There is Air conditioning,unlike many hotels in Paris. the window also opens.Remember to take umbrellas. Hotel also alloows you to use theirs(take early or they may finish).
The room and bathroom is pretty, vey small, but very neat. Good towels, toiletries, bed, pillows....Also small Tv, but on the desk in from t of bed, not on cieling as other hotels.Woth upgrading to delux room if your want bigger room.We sytayed in standard and were okay, as you only return to sleep at night.
They do not give an iron/ironing board in room.Ironing is expensive so, privately use your travelling iron and the carpetted flroor as your ironing board.
The location is superb, the Luxembourg Gardens in front.Quiet, charming, gives a fell of paris.
Chemist close by.Bar just outside.Best restaurants opent tilll 2 am walking distamce (St. Michel).
Book the Hotel shuttle- its very convenient. The shuttle driver is a very helpfull Srilankan fellow who gives very good restaurant tips.
The hotel is walking distance to St. Michel (Latin quarter) which has superb, safe night life, restaurants , jazz clubs, bars open till beyaond 0ne a.m. at night. Most students go there, All kinds of budgets. Must visit place.St Germain des pres is very pretty with shops and cafers.. You will want to go each night.Also for superb south Indian (veg and non veg) food, Gare du Nord had many south Indian/Srilankan reastaurants. Take the metro and eat there as very reasonable. Must visit Montmarte as its the best place in Paris -on a hill, artists sit there painting portraits (must get yours done), restaurants etc.Best time is evening. Also Champs Elyses- the main shopping area (Rue de la paix- all major jewellery stores etc)
The top floor of Eiffel tower is very windy. No good restaurants near it.Queues of minimum 2-3 hors to reach top and come back.Take the Seine river cruise at 10 pm at its lit up and very nice, Good reataurant on its bank.
Must visit Versailles and buy headphone guides.
Museum Orsay is great (all Impressionists etc). Louvre has no directions execpt to Mona Lisa. After 6pm. rates are very reduced.

Do not stay near eiffel tower as its a dead place at night and no variety of restaurants. This location is excellent for all purposes.Do use the metro and Rer and take it to Versailles.
Visit, Invalides, Pantheon, Louvre, musee De Orsay, Versailles (best of Paris is Versailles palace and gardens). Plan a whole day for Versailles or else you will be very tired. Must visit Monmarte too., take boat ride on Seine (buy tickets on bank opp Eiffel tower). Dont take the bus tours/ night tours- they are not worth it.Only Cristmas has an additional lighting at night as the brochures show, not otherwise.Near Versailles there is Mc Donalds, small restaurants- buy baguette sandwishes- filling and chep. all entry tickets to tourist spots are very expensive (6 francs) coffee and baguette sandwiches are 3 francs each. For Indian and Vegetatians do go to Gare du nord to the South Indian restaurnts -best value for money , and best tasting food ever.If you have a metro pass, it wont cost you at all.There is a nice north Indian restaurant in Champs Elyses.July- loads of sales in all shops, great weather, best time to visit.Needed a jacket or sweater at night or when it rained and temp. fell otherwise if its sunny, the AC is welcome in the day in the rooms. One tip, ask any youg student or lady on the street or in Metro for directions-they are very helpfull.with metro pass you have to get card made at the booth where the computer takes photo-only directions are in French, but ask any traveller for help and they will help.Please say Bonjour and parlez vous anglais and then speak in English.Do say Merci/thanks at the end.Be very polite and all will help.
Stay at this hotel-its value for money.Do eat the crepes in st Michel or other places/roadside cafes- they are not to be missed...
Bon Voyage!!!

Really great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at Observatoire Luxembourg for 3 nights and were delighted with what we found. Lovely hotel, very clean rooms with everything you need and pleasant reception staff. Weren't able to check in on time, however this wasn't really problem as the surrounding area has lots to explore, eg. Jardin du Luxembourg). Lots of lovely cafes nearby for breakfast (we liked La Brioche Doree - Boulevard St Michel). Think it would be very difficult to find such an excellent hotel in a prime location for the money, well worth it!

Will definitely stay here on next trip to Paris and have already recommended it to friends and family!

Great location, friendly staff

from EscapesfromTexas
The Observatoire is ideally located, being just steps away from the RERB station (direct shot from DeGaulle) and the Jardin du Luxembourg-- a perfect place for our week long stay. We walked to Notre Dame and the Louvre easily, and on the way passed the students from the Sorbonne. Also, nearby is the often overlooked Musee de Moyen Age with some marvelous pieces. Many picturesque shops and cafes nearby as well.
The rooms were compact, but comfortable, and the bathrooms were well-appointed and nicely maintained. Housekeeping here was quite conscientious.
The reception staff members were very congenial, and if they laughed at my pitiful french, they waited until I left the room. They were quite helpful with directions and general information, providing us with several nice recommendations.
Breakfast buffet is typical French fare--pain au chocolat, croissants, yogurt, cheese. Even my finicky teenagers were happy. Service was fair.

Excellent location

from A TripAdvisor Member
Booked through Expedia returning to Paris after many years away, had an absolutely wonderful time, RER is direct from Charles De Gaulle and is approx 35 mins to Luxemborg, hotel then only 2 mins walk away. Centrally located for everywhere, buses excellent, with signs in buses and on bus stops to ensure in right place. RER brill, nearest metro 15mins. Hotel staff very friendly indeed and speak English. Lots to do Notre-Dame if you walk, 15 mins. jardin de luxemborg 5/7mins, bus to Eiffel 20mins (82). There is a bus (85) to Sacre Coeur but did not take this time - will on next trip Definitely would choose again, by the way view from window great, which ever side you view, (road side can be noisy if window open). Cafe's every where, 10 min to Panthenon, excellent Cafe's from expensive to cheap - good food.

Great Latin Quarter Location

from airpixie
My husband and I stayed here a few years ago. We really liked this hotel. We had a great corner room. Some friends who travelled with us, had a much smaller room than us, though. Our room was clean and had all that we needed. The only complaint was that the bed wasn't the most comfortable. The location was fabulous (we really liked the Quartier-Latin) and within walking distance to many things. I would definitely recommend this as a nice 3-star hotel.


from A TripAdvisor Member
the hotel is a perfect base for seeing paris - its clean, well kept and the staff are helpful, and its incredibly convenient for the metro

More than I could expect from a 3 star Hotel...

from Pontooner
Just returned from an abbreviated 3 nights + 1 night stay at the Ob. Lux. Our trip to Barcelona was more than well worth the interuption. We chose the Ob. Lux. based on the reviews here and it's location to the RER B line station (a must if you wish to save a lot of $ and time over a taxi). We were literally 150 feet from top of the stairs (Abes and Epps? exit-go to front of RER train car on way in from CDG) to the front door and the RER is interchangeable with the regular Metro line. It was a relief to have our room at least look very close to those on their web-site. Avoid the 13 Euro breakfast and find many at that price for 2 in the area. We were very happy with the polite, multilingual staff whom were very helpful in confirming our departure flight(s) for us. The area is a short walk to the St. Germain and Ille de la Cite area, as well if turning south to the nice Cloisiers des Lilas (2 blocks) where we enjoyed a few nightcaps of champagne. Don't miss the Cuban bar farther west from the Closiers bar 1/2km? down a side street that the trendy Lotus bar is at the corner of. An unbelievable trip. Thanks T.A.

Great value, great place!

from magster
We booked this online for about $125 per night, breakfast included, a bargain in Parisian terms, and were worried about what we'd get. What a relief. Friendly, helpful staff (in Paris? Who knew!), spacious room and clean, big bathroom. When the windows are open it's terribly noisy from Boulevard St. Michel traffic and those dreadful scooters that plague every European city. When windows are closed tight, it's much quieter. In warm weather, the flower boxes in each window add so much charm. Walking distance to Notre Dame, Boulevard St. Germain, the Sorbonne, and other interesting sights in the Latin Quarter. Two blocks to a metro stop. Would definitely stay here again.

Only good things to say about this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went with this hotel because of all the positive reviews and I must concur with the other patrons, this was a great hotel. We were there for 7 days. The location is right across the street from Le Jardin du Luxembourg where you can go for a run with hundreds of others. The restaurant next door, Le Luco, had a very freindly staff and good food. Sabina, at the front desk, was extremely helpful. Her English was excellent so she was able to make reservations at local restaurants for us and handle other requests with ease. The rest of the staff, though not as fluent, spoke quite a bit of English and were equally as freindly. The room was an adequate size and very clean. The bathroom was large even by American standards, and again, extremely clean. No shelf space though, had to stack some stuff on the floor. There is no room service but this place is next to so many little bistro's there would be no point. I would definately recommend this hotel. I will stay here again if I ever return to Paris.

Top Local Tips for Paris

Use the bus/boat tour as an additional way of getting to the Latin Qtr! If you are staying in the atin Quarter and are going to use one of the tour buses, get your ticket from th station at GareDu Nord and use this to get to see the sights on the way to your hotel if you arearriving during the day. There are 4 different circuits and the boat along the seine and they go to all the attractions. We paid about £80 for a family of 4 for 2 whole days.

First trip? The l'Opentour was excellent, but don't buy your tickets on line! They are much cheaper buying on the bus or in Paris. Enjoyed the pleasant excellent l'Opentour bus drivers, good commentary, convenient stops to all major sites. Also buy your metro tickets as a carnet, 3 tickets free! and again best buy at railway stations, not online!

Be Friendly! By being friendly, kind, respectful of the Parisians, and you will receive the same attitude. Try to learn some French language skills to help show your desire to communicate.


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  • Address: 107 Boulevard Saint Michel - Paris - 75005 - France
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