The Fifth Arrondissement is one of the central districts of Paris and includes some of its most famous sights, including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sorbonne university. Most of the hotels in the arrondissement are found in the Quartier Latin, housed in centuries-old buildings with views of the Seine and the bustling streets of the city. They tend toward the compact side with fewer than 50 guest rooms, but this only adds to their cozy charm.
Hotel Cujas Pantheon
Hotel Cujas Pantheon is a family-owned establishment named after the Pantheon, a neoclassic mausoleum and famous Parisian monument located just steps away. The Sorbonne, Notre Dame and the Luxembourg Gardens also are close by. The hotel's 48 guest rooms are housed in an 18th century stone building that has been updated to include an elevator and air conditioning, as well as modern amenities like free wireless Internet access. Guests are invited to enjoy a daily continental breakfast in the hotel's vaulted stone cellar. The hotel offers discounted rates for booking online and for three-night stays.
Hotel Les Rives De Notre Dame
Located on the Rive Gauche (the southern bank of the Seine), the Hotel Les Rives De Notre Dame boasts direct views of Notre Dame cathedral's splendid Gothic facade. Another picturesque attraction near the hotel is the Marché aux Fleurs, a flower market. The subway is minutes from the hotel doorstep, while a boat ride along the Seine is an attractive alternative. With only 10 guest rooms, the hotel has a cozy and intimate atmosphere. The decor is classic Parisian, with wrought-iron bistro chairs and sunny pastel-hued walls and fabrics in the guest rooms. The largest room is the penthouse suite, which is located in the apex of the building with exposed beams and skylights. The building is notable as the residence of John Steinbeck during his time in Paris, but long before that it was an inn for the laundry ladies of the neighborhood in the 1500s.
Hotel du Levant
The family-run Hotel du Levant, which dates to around 1800, offers 47 distinctive guest rooms. Rooms are available in eight configurations to accommodate from one to five guests. The hotel's cozy lounge offers plush sofas, a chess board and a selection of magazines and Paris brochures to help you plan for sightseeing. Guests have a choice of an in-room continental breakfast or a buffet spread in the breakfast room, both of which are included in the room rates.
Hotel Familia in the heart of Paris' Latin Quarter is conveniently located within walking distance of Note Dame, the Louvre and three metro stations. The circa-1865 building features balconies on some upper floors and its interior is ordained with delightful painted frescoes depicting the major monuments of Paris. Hotel Familia offers 30 rooms. Eight of the rooms feature balconies, some have frescoes on their walls, some boast views of Notre Dame and one has a classic, carved, four-poster bed. Guests enjoy a typical French breakfast of fresh croissants and coffee in a cozy breakfast room with antique furnishings and tapestries.
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