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Class and quirkiness converge at this historic property on the Left Bank
Housed in a historic 17th century stone building -- Louis XIV used to house his grooms on-site back in the day -- Hotel Fontaines Du Luxembourg offers a charming juxtaposition of old-world charm and funky modern design. The reception area at this 30-room boutique hotel speaks well to this aesthetic, where exposed beam ceilings and stone walls blend with colorful murals and modern chandeliers. The hotel's lounge and breakfast area offer a similar vibe. The lounge, where coffee, tea, and other beverages are served at certain points throughout the day, features a wall of bookshelves, a flat-screen TV, and comfortable seating. The breakfast room retains its original vaulted ceilings and features lovely murals of classic Parisian architecture, creating a cozy atmosphere. On nice days, guests can move outside for meals or drinks to a small private courtyard. Breakfast itself is a hearty continental fare, but it is not included in the room rate.
Rooms are pleasant, with stylish decor, comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. But they are quite small (as is the hotel's elevator). Bathrooms are surprisingly large and offer modern fixtures, including large shower/tub combos with rain showerheads.
The hotel's location in the lovely Ste. Germaine des Pres neighborhood on the Left Bank is excellent, within walking distance of various tourist sights, including the Luxembourg Gardens (which are just around the corner) and Notre Dame. It is also very near two metro stations and a bus stop, making it extremely easy to reach other areas of Paris.
In an excellent location on the Left Bank, free of tourists and near metro stops
Hotel Fontaines Du Luxembourg is excellently located on the Left Bank, in an area removed from hordes of tourists, at the junction of Saint Germain des Prés and the Latin Quarter. It's surrounded by quiet streets and restaurants, and is within easy walking distance of two metro stations, which include lines to both airports. The metro can take visitors to all the major sights in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower. The Luxembourg Gardens are just around the corner and the Notre Dame Cathedral is within walking distance.
Paris is one of Europe's most densely populated cities, and is currently one of the world's most important business and cultural metropolises. Known as "The City of Light" for its growth during the Age of Enlightenment, Paris is home to some of the world's most luxurious fashion (Hermes, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent), iconic museums, and structures, as well as major media and business outlets.
Rooms are small, but have suprisingly large bathrooms and quirky design charm
The Hotel Fontaines Du Luxembourg is a historic hotel dating back to the 17th century, so guests should expect small rooms. Some overlook the hotel's petite courtyard and the rest face the street (the latter are decidedly noisier.) The decor is quirky; large, iconic photos of Paris serve as headboards, and additional fun details include wall sconces and unique lamps.
All rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with several cable stations. Bathrooms are surprisingly large and most have shower/tub combos with rain showerheads. Not all rooms come with shower a curtain, and water does spill onto the bathroom floor.
Hotel Fontaines Du Luxembourg is a solid boutique option in Paris' charming Left Bank neighborhood, and offers a lively atmosphere and quirky design throughout its 30 rooms. But its home in a historic 17th century building means small spaces (though bathrooms are surprisingly large). Breakfast is served daily in a quaint room on the first floor and, on nice days, meals and drinks from the hotel's lounge can be enjoyed outside in a small, private courtyard. But breakfast is not included in the room rate and is quite pricey for standard continental fare. Rooms feature solid amenities, including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and comfortable beds. It's a good pick overall, but there are many similarly priced hotels in the area (including the hotel's sister property, Hotel Le Clos Medicis), so it's worth comparing rates.