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“Basic, but clean & cheap” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Romantic
Ranked #1,494 of 1,794 Hotels in Paris
Ghent, Belgium
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188 reviews
130 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Basic, but clean & cheap”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2010

If you don't mind to stay in a basic hotel that isn't brand new and could spare the extra dime, then Hotel Rubens might be just it for you. We had a not too tiny 4-person room on the 4th floor with bathroom. Both were clean and in an okay shape. The water was warm and stayed warm, which is not always the case when you're a group of four.
The hotel is located in a decent neighbourhood, within walking distance of the Panthéon and the Seine. There are all kinds of restaurants and bars in the area and.
One more thing: don't take the elevator. It's claustrophobic and old. One night, when we got back, someone was stuck in the thing.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank MikeV84
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2009

My wife and I have visited Paris many many times and ususally stay in this hotel. Our view is that we dont go to Paris to sit in the hotel, we basically just sleep there, so we'd rather spend our money on having fun than on a hotel with a massive marble lobby and loads of lackies running around.
So, the hotel is down a side street and feels very "real". When you walk out of the doors and turn left down onto Avenue des Gobelins, you see real people going about their business. If you look to your right, you can see the patheon, about a mile or so away up on the hill, (great walk up through rue moufflet - on saturday morning there is wonderful food, veggies cheese fish etc for sale outside the shops on on a small market - brilliant.
Hotel does breakfast but I think its pretty basic, so turn left out of hotel, left again at avenue gobelins, and about 100m down on your left is a cafe. Cracking, not touristy, just proper french street cafe. Not cheap, but good experience and its a great way to get the day going. You can eat the same croissants etc if you stop at the bakery just before you get to the hotel, but you'll have to find somewhere to sit to eat them (we've ordered breakfast quite late in the cafe and seen the waiter leg it down the road to the bakers to buy our criosaants! At least we knew they were fresh!
The hotel itself is very very basic. The public areas are small and functional, I have the feeling they prefer cash to cards, the stairwells are dark and utilitarian, and only the use the lift for your suitcases. Apart from being a tiny lift, you really get the feeling you might end up stuck, or sitting in a pile of debris in the basment! (joke - but it is quite rickety).
The rooms are furnished with what appears to be second hand furniture (not antique, just functional 2nd hand stuff - some of it may have some "shabby chic" attraction, but actually if it does then that is accidental. Beds are a bit bouncy or saggy, depending upon your luck, but I've always slept well in them.
The en-suite bathrooms are a decent size, often with a big old fashioned bath and basin, sometimes with a separate shower (otherwise there is shower attachment in the bath). It feel like something straight out of a 60's black and white movie set in paris (but by accident rather than design).
I'm, not trying to put you off ... like I said we have stayed there loads of times because its cheap and well situated, but it aint luxurious.
If I'm honest I feel kind of affectionate toward the place, because of the great times we've had when staying there, so I probably don't see how basic it really is.
There used to be an excellent pub (la pompe du biere) on the opposite side of avenue gobelins, run by 3 brothers, who dont speak much english, but are a good laugh. There are quite a few italian restaurants around and even an indian. What we do is usually do the sightseeing stuff during the day then just hang out locally at night. Mind you its walking distance up to the parthenon, where there are some pretty funky studenty bars and places.
Anyway, I hope that helps. I hope I've been fair in this review. I mean nothing to sound negative, because, as I've said, this is a great way to stay in Paris on a budget, but if you want your bed turned down for you at night, and little chocolate on your pillow, dont stay here!

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank lizandtone
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Property: Villa Romantic
Address: 35 rue du Banquier, 75013 Paris, France (Formerly Hotel Rubens)
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Gobelins
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1,494 of 1,794 Hotels in Paris
Price range (per night): $81 - $104
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Villa Romantic is located in a quiet side street near the Latin Quarter, a few minutes walk from the picturesque Mouffetard street and its wonderful market place (open every day except on monday) which run into another very pleasant street : Rue Monge. ... more   less 
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