Monday, June 30, 2008

Hôtel du Panthéon

Housed in a splendid 18th-century corner building opposite the Panthéon (5th arrondissement) and just steps from the Sorbonne and Luxembourg Gardens, the Hôtel du Panthéon is one of those top of the scale 3-star properties that provides good value for money. The decór leans toward Provence, and an added bonus is that the walls of both the rooms and corridors are upholstered in toile-du-juoy fabrics, making for a remarkably quiet hotel experience.
Rooms are small, but tastefully furnished, while the bathrooms are modern and relatively large. Closet space is tight, but some rooms have an added bonus of direct views of the Panthéon. All rooms are air conditioned. A minuscule elevator serves all 36 rooms, some of which have exposed ceiling beams. The entire hotel is non-smoking, and there is free Wi-Fi. There is no restaurant, but breakfast is served in the stone vaulted cellar. The handsome lobby doubles as a bar. Rates are about 200 Euros per room per night.
The hotel's distinguished wine-colored awnings beckon from the Town Hall of the 5th arrondissement located right across the side street.
Recently an episode of Coronation Street, the long-running British soap opera (first aired in 1960!), was shot on location in the lobby of the Hôtel du Panthéon (photo below).

This hotel was thoroughly refurbished and redecorated in 2001, and its next-door neighbor, the Hôtel des Grands Hommes, has the same ownership/management. See separate post and photo below.
The near-by (RER B-line) Luxembourg underground station connects to both Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly airports.
Hôtel du Panthéon
Métro: Luxembourg (RER B-line)

Photo below, taken from the dome of the Panthéon:
The sandstone building with the tall arched windows is the Town Hall of the 5th arrondissement. The white corner building with the wine-colored awning is the Hôtel du Panthéon:

This photo is the reverse view, looking at the dome of the Panthéon from the hotel windows:

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