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Reviewed October 19, 2016

The hotel Gay-Lussac is what we call a ‘boutique hotel”, but it’s quite tricky to assess it as so many contradictory elements come together!

The descriptive says that the same family has run it for a few decades.
It shows; the hotel is in need of TLC.

The room I booked had a newly installed bathroom, modern and clean.
The room itself will follow I presume as I needed it.
The main issue for me was that it was extremely noisy until late at night.
It faced the street - the hotel stands at a junction, so there is quite a lot of traffic until quite late.
The window was not double-glazed; it was one of these beautiful original windows.
It was also quite warm in the room.

However, when looking at the details, I discovered a wealth of amazing decorative elements representative of the ‘old Paris”.

As I wrote, this is really a ‘boutique hotel”, however, in the non-trendy sense of the word!
The radiators were old but genuine cast iron ones; the ceiling had an original central rose and cornices, the windows original cremonas etc…
This is something you hardly find these days in Paris, so I hope they’ll restore them soon!

Breakfast was ok, except the coffee that was prepared in advance I assumed, as it tasted of ‘cooked’ coffee.

There is a small lift by the reception.
The staff – all family members I understood – was nice.

What concerned me was that the staircase going up to the rooms could be accessed from the street entrance.
There is a double door, but it was wide open most of the time during the day - it was closed in the evening.
It would therefore be quite easy for someone to sneak in and go up to the rooms.
By the way, the staircase has a gorgeous wrought iron banister!

The reception desk is opposite the entrance and the staff sometimes has to disappear for a few minutes – so the entrance can be unmanned.

The other issue for me was that the board with the keys was not behind the reception desk, but in the lobby, on the way to the lift.
Therefore, i would think that anyone could take one of these keys and access the rooms (during the few minutes nobody is at the desk!)

This is a very old fashion hotel that functions in a very old fashion way!

However, the fantastic Plus for the Hôtel Gay-Lussac is its LOCATION!
You can’t beat it!

Indeed, it’s a 2mn walk from the Luxembourg gardens and the RER station (the line going to Gare du Nord and therefore Eurostar but also central Paris - Halles, Châtelet etc...)
It’s a 2mn walk from the Pantheon and the Latin Quarter.
Walk down Boulevard St-Michel and 10mn later you are on the Ile de la Cité with Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Conciergerie etc…

Because of its ‘state in need of TLC’ the hotel is under-priced.
So here you have a choice to make:
Paris is excessively expensive, so if you are prepared to put up with all these bits and pieces, you are in the heart of Paris.
And, you can’t find better location for the price!
After all, when you go to Paris it’s not to spend the whole day in your room.
You’ll eat out every night so by the time you return to your room you’ll be tired and the traffic will have calmed done.

Difficult to recommend or not this place.
It’s a question of what compromise you’re ready to make to have the best location in Paris at the lowest price!

Room Tip: I would guess that the top rooms with balcony are the less noisy
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

The hotel is well located close to a number of train stations and a 5min walk to Luxembourg gardens, about 20mins to notre dame and close to alot of great cafes/restaurants in the latin quarter.

The room whilst in need of some refurbishment was clean and comfortable. It was a sizeable room and had a good sized bathroom, desk, tv and wifi. There is a lift which isnt the case for many older hotels in paris. They can provide breakfast although there is cafes in the area. If in a room facing the main road it can be a bit noisy with all the traffic. The staff are friendly although their english is fairly limited. When you leave the room you need to hand the key back to them (not unusual for paris).

I give it 4 stars based on the price i paid. As a hotel it doesnt look like its been renovated since the day it was built so it has a dated look. But again i spent most of the time exploring paris so it wasnt an issue. Budget accommodation is difficult to find in Paris and i had a comfortable stay here.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
1  Thank Adam K
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Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

A family run hotel in the heart of the buzzing Latino quarter within walking distance of many bars and restaurants. The hotel is basic but clean and the beds are comfortable. Helpful staff. We'll certainly be back.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Heidi H
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Reviewed August 6, 2016

Had two nights here with the grandchildren, and booked a family room to sleep four of us. There was a double bed and two singles, and a shower room en-suite. It was probably a magnificent building at one time, but these days it looks like it could do with a little tlc. As seasoned travellers it was OK for us, but the children were a little disappointed that we hadn't taken them to a five star place!
We had the breakfast on both days at €5 per person per day and it was OK. Buffet style, offering cereals, juice, hot drinks, bread and pastries but a bit of fresh fruit would have been a welcome addition. It was good value and set us up for the day.
The welcome from the staff was very warm. With their little bit of English and my petit peu de Francaise we just about got by!
The location is about 20 minutes walk from Notre Dame and the nearest metro station is Luxemburg on the RER line. As with any city centre hotel, there is a little street noise from traffic in the night, but it didn't disturb our sleep.
Wifi worked OK in our room.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank rayatkinson
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Reviewed July 5, 2016

Stayed in this hotel for one night. It was very good value for money. The place was clean and quite spacious considering the price. Obviously it was not 4stars but it was not 4stars prices either. There were 11 of us, most agreed with this.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
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