Port Royal Hotel

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Port Royal Hotel

, Paris
1 star

Rooms: 46

8 Boulevard Port-Royal - Paris - 75005 - France Hotel Website | |
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Congenial and tres francais
Submitted by: Valerie and Jim in 25/04/08
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
We keep coming back here--since 1995--it is "our home" in Paris. Location is the best! It is in a colorful and safe neighborhood with all the conveniences. This is a family run hotel with a fascinating history--we are returning again in Fall 2008.
Submitted by: Jean Paul in 06/03/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
Horrrrrrribleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I will never ever go there again!!!!! I do not adivise it to anyone!
Great value
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 13/09/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I loved this hotel -- it's true the rooms are small but the staff was very friendly and patient. They speak English for you if you need it and are very helpful. Most of all, as a single woman traveling alone, I felt safe there.
Excellent hotel in excellent location
Submitted by: Brad in 05/03/06
  • Age Group: Under 18
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
This hotel, though rated 'One Star' by the French Hotel Commission (last time we were there) sports excellent service in a very good part of town. The rooms are small, but not less than what you need. Not all rooms have bathrooms, but there are plenty of bathrooms to share if you do not have one of your own. The shower in our room was heaven each morning of the two weeks we were there. The breakfast, though simple, is one you get attached to very, very quickly. The women running the breakfast room quickly got to know my grandmother and I and ended up having our drinks ready for us when we got there (same time each morning, same drinks each morning).

But for the location - This hotel is two long blocks away from the Luxembourg Gardens, and if you exit the hotel, turn left, walk some 50 feet to the corner and turn left again, you're looking ahead at the Rue Moufftard, not only the very same road that the Romans walked on from Rome to get into Paris, but also the location of one of the best open-air markets in Paris. We bought superb fruit there for our flight back. But besides that, the Rue boasts a plethora of cafes, ristorantes, an internet cafe, rotisseries, and upscale clothing stores. But, anyway, back to the hotel. There is a supermarket across the street, which looks small on the exterior, but is actually quite large and built on multiple levels. If you go back to the corner mentioned before and turn right, you're facing down the Boulevard Les Gobelins, towards the Place d'Italie. This strech of road, besides hosting the historic Gobelins Tapestry factory (the first outside of Holland), is also home to some of the best Italian food my grandmother and I had ever tasted. But---here's the clincher. You can walk straight up the Rue Moufftard to the Seine and a direct view of the Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame, and then you're in a stone's throw of the Louvre, the Palais Royal, Chatelet, and the whole host of downtown activities, OR you can cross the street and hop on the Subway (Line 7 - Les Gobelins), which offers quick access to down town, having stations at the Louvre, the Opera, Sacre Coeur, and direct connections to the Eiffel Tower, the Musee D'Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, and a whole host of other important and fun sites. When you use the Metro in Paris, it is vital to know the terminus of the Metro line you are taking so you know in which direction to take it. Going into town from the hotel is easy; it's a single-line stop (Line 7), and you head towards La Courneuve - 8 Mai 1945. On the way back on the 7, though, you have a choice, but it does not matter which you take. The 7 splits at a station called Maison Blanche, which is further down the line than Les Gobelins. Heading back to the hotel, the trains are denoted by Marie D'Ivry (Yellow Light) and Villejuif-Luis Aragon (Blue Light), and you can take either. Trains run consistently throughout the day every 5 to 7 minutes, opening at 5 am and closing at 1 am. Remember, though, the doors of the train will NOT open automatically in the station, on the 7, you must press the green button on the doors to open them, unless someone on the other side of the train does it for you. On most other lines, however, you have to lift a small metal bar that is in the same place as the button (in the center of the doors). But trust me, the subway system is exceedingly easy and convienent to use, if you know where you are going. If you plan to stay for a full week, buy the Carte Orange (Zones 1 and 2 if you plan to stay within Paris, and if you plan to travel outside using mass transport only once or a couple of times, buy those tickets individually). The Carte Orange gives you unlimited bus, train, and RER rides within the city. You MUST have a passport-sized photo with you to use the Carte Orange-besides your actual ticket, you also have to stick your photo on an identification card that you must keep with you while using public transport (they give you a little carrying case as well). Otherwise, opt for a Cartnet, which gives you 10 individual ride tickets for buses, subway,a nd RER within Paris. The cartnet comes at 10,50 euros (about $13), while the Carte Orange was 15,60 euros (about $19) when I was there. The cartnet is a value of 1,05 euros a ride, while if you buy your tickets individually, its 1,60 a ride (again, when I was there).

The hotel is also easily accessable from the Airport (de Gaulle). Hop on the RER-B at the airport (in the center of both the terminals, there are numerous signs) towards Massy-Palaiseau or St-Remy-les-Chevreuse, and it's about a 45 minute ride to the Port-Royal station. There's only one exit out of this station that I know of---it's an elevator that brings you up into an island in the middle of a largeish intersection. When you exit the elevator, you are facing down the Boulevard de Port-Royal, and it's a 10 minute walk down the left side of the street to the hotel, which (obviously), will be on your left.

Excellent, all around. I just hope that it doesn't recieve a higher star rating because then the prices will go up. We stayed for two weeks at about 70 euros ($90) per night, including breakfast in the middle of the summer. Yikes! Doesn't get much better than that inside Paris.

PS -- If you're young, don't forget to check out the Ibis Hotels...there are a ton of them, and if you're under 26 and show up after 9 pm without a reservation, they guarantee you a room under 50 euros ($65) a night. There's one at the airport and one in Villjuif (one of the termini of the Metro 7 line) that I know exist for sure.
Clean and charming
Submitted by: Teresa Erwin in 15/04/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
This hotel was recommended to us by a friend of a friend (both French) as a very nice little budget hotel close to the Luxemburg Gardens in Paris. We were very pleased with this hotel. Every member of the hotel staff we had contact with was friendly and helpful and the hotel itself is extremely clean and charming. (Every morning when we came down to breakfast there were people literally washing the walls!) There were no t.v.s in the rooms when we stayed there (2001) but, we certainly didn't miss them. There is far too much to do in Paris than to waste time watching t.v.!

Top Local Tips for Paris

Check out L'Encrier (The Inkwell) restaurant L'Encrier (The Inkwell) restaurant is amazing. The food is wonderful, and the prices are very reasonable. Also, the service is top-notch--the staff are friendly and efficient. It had a great, welcoming atmosphere.

Train/Subway We took the train/subway directly from the CDG Airport to the hotel. We got off the train at the stop called Port Royal but we had to walk quite a way down the street called Port Royal to get to the hotel. A close stop to the hotel is Les Gobelins - almost across the street. We went from there to the train station Bercy to catch the overnight train to Rome. It is very easy to get around from this hotel and the staff are very good at giving directions.


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  • Address: 8 Boulevard Port-Royal - Paris - 75005 - France
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