Hotels in Saint-Michel, Paris

by Teo Spengler
Le fontaine de Saint-Michel looks down at lively Saint-Michel square.

Le fontaine de Saint-Michel looks down at lively Saint-Michel square.

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Saint-Michel is not just a street in Paris -- it is a neighborhood, an ambiance, a way of life. Running west from the Seine, the Boulevard Saint-Michel is a main artery of the famed Latin Quarter, the lively Paris "quartier" housing the Sorbonne University. "Saint-Mich" feels like a small village, with its winding streets, international restaurants and cafes. Hotels are tucked everywhere, from student hostels to luxury quarters, many from earlier centuries.

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One-Star Bargain

Dehly's, a 15th-century hostel, is hidden away on a quiet pedestrian street a stone's throw from the Saint-Michel fountain. Dehly's offers 20 small rooms on five floors, most with showers. Budget travelers will appreciate the reasonable price, which includes a typical French breakfast; the proximity of the direct RER-B train to Orly Airport; and the charm of the 15th-century building. The lack of an elevator and shared bathrooms may limit its popularity.

Two-Star Charm

The Hotel du Lys is a converted 17th-century mansion, located a few blocks from Saint-Michel. Its strong point is old-world charm -- exposed oak beams, antique furniture and stone floors -- with a large lobby and quaint rooms decorated with floral tapestries. But like many quaint hotels, the Hotel du Lys has smallish rooms, no air conditioning, and a long, winding stairwell as the only access option. Classic continental breakfast included in its typical two-star price.

Three-Star Comfort

It looks like an elegant country house with its white shutters and lovely grounds. The Hotel des Grandes Ecoles is a quiet haven in the artsy west side of Saint Mich, near the Sorbonne. Many of the 51 rooms have large windows looking in to the rose-filled courtyard. Don't expect in-room televisions or air conditioning, and breakfast is extra. But baby-sitting is offered, pets are allowed, and the hotel hands out guest umbrellas when it rains.

Four-Star Splurge

The Hotel Relais Saint Germain is another intimate hotel in a 17th-century building, but it is distinguished by the elegance and spaciousness of the 22 sound-proofed rooms. Each room has a private bath -- albeit small -- air conditioning, Internet hookup, antique furnishings and satellite television. The hotel offers a "navette" (shuttle) from the airport and guarantees its guests a table at the excellent neighboring restaurant, Le Compoir, owned by the hotel.

About the Author

Living in France and Northern California, Teo Spengler is an attorney, novelist and writer and has published thousands of articles about travel, gardening, business and law. Spengler holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from San Francisco State University and a Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley. She is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in fiction.

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