Paris has many faces and if you like the continuous buzz and lively scenes, the place to be is on the Left Bank of the city – and more specifically in Latin Quarters. Our latest hotel tip from this area is the Select Hôtel Rive Gauche – a little four-star boutique hotel with a modern and edgy decor. The hotel is perfectly located on Place de la Sorbonne, the square in front of the entrance to the famous Paris Sorbonne University – and just steps away from the beautiful park Jardin De Luxembourg where masses of people chill on the lawns facing the elaborate French Senate building.
The hotel itself has only 66 rooms which are decorated with a clean and contemporary style – with an added bonus of lively and pretty views out of the window. Our room was clean and stylish – and definitely worth the 4-star rating that the hotel has. However, keeping in line with Parisian hotels the rooms are quite small, yet functional. However, the bathroom was a bit of unusual one with its frosted glass sliding walls as it gave a feel of being in an aquarium. As we love the busy sounds of the city, we kept the windows open late into the night and enjoyed music and the hum of conversations on the background. There is just something extra special about Paris!
The decor is really what makes this place so special, there is art, funky furniture in eye-popping colors scattered around giving the place of a more of art deco-style house feel than that of a hotel. The lobby area has a cozy little bar and a couple of living-room -style lounges for relaxation, but there is no restaurant – and who needs one when there are several right next to the hotel entrance! The hotel serves a traditional Parisian breakfast though in their funky basement-level breakfast room. And if you feel inspired by the decor of the house you are already perfectly located in the Latin Quarters, where there is in addition to all those colorful restaurants plenty of art shops and fabulous little boutiques to browse for little finds for your home.
Place de la Sorbonne and the entrance to the university. The hotel entrance is on the far right hand side corner. There are already several little bistros to choose from for a meal, coffee or just drinks in the evening in this square.
The location of the Select Hôtel Rive Gauche is great for city sightseeing as well. The best starting point for the tour is the lovely Jardin de Luxembourg where one can admire the beauty of the Senate, visit the museum and enjoy a fresh cafe au lait and almond croissant while watching little boats gliding across the pool. If you are a fan of some particular book placed in Paris, such as the Da Vinci Code, then the church of Saint Sulpice is a must stop. And while in the area there oldest church in France, Abbey of St-Germain-des-Prés, is also worth a visit. At the end of the day staying in the heart of the Latin Quarters opens up a whole new world of the vibrant Parisian lifestyle for you, and you are guaranteed to have a good time!