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Hotel Highlights

  • Very affordable – rooms start at €150 a night
  • Relaxed but incredibly efficient service
  • A quiet location, but near the crossroad of Paris’ main boulevards

Overview

Epitomizing the boho-chic of Paris' Left Bank, Hôtel des Academies et des Arts is a homage to the legendary artists who‘ve painted this town red over the centuries. This intimate hotel may be located on the same street where both Gauguin and Modigliani once lived, but you won’t get starving-artist lodgings at this stylish sanctuary with sky-high service and standards.

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A selection of Pierre Hermé macarons

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Facilities

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Hotel des Academies et des Arts – Paris – France

Need To Know

Rooms

20 bedrooms (split into Classic, Club and Superior categories) spread over five floors.

Check–out

12 noon; earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $201.46 (€153), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast.

At the hotel

Library, home-cinema room, spa and beauty treatments on request, WiFi. In rooms: air-conditioning, flatscreen TV, minibar, safe, video and music on demand.

Our favourite rooms

We love the Commedienne rooms (available across all categories), which are inspired by legendary 1920s party girl Kiki de Montparnasse. They have a real theatrical feel, and come with scarlet headboards, vibrant purple throws on the beds and an extremely decadent atmosphere. The black, grey and white rooms inspired by Mannery, a close friend of Picasso’s, are also beautiful.

Poolside

There is no pool at Hôtel des Academies et des Arts.

Packing tips

Bring a sketchbook – you’re bound to be inspired by those white figures that are painted everywhere.

Children

This hotel is better suited to couples – leave the children at home.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant, though guests are welcome to dine at the restaurant next door or at the hotel owners’ salon de thé Chez Charlotte next to the Jardin du Luxembourg – meals can be added to your bill. Breakfast can be taken either in the library, the adjacent ‘petit bistro’ or the hotel’s Salon d’Art Video.

Hotel Bar

There is no dedicated bar, but you can ask staff to bring you a drink wherever you are in the hotel.

Last orders

Drift in and out of the hotel at any time of the day or night.

Room service

Drinks can be ordered at any time.

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Dress code

Immerse yourself in the area’s arty vibe and go for crumpled, open-necked shirts and silk vintage-couture scarves.

Top table

Enjoy breakfast on the café-style tables and banquettes of the next-door petit bistro.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Arrange to have a selection of Parisian vintage pieces brought to you by Ooh La La! (ring +33 684 765 865 ahead of your trip for details). See the city from the back seat of a Citröen 2CV, courtesy of Paris Authentic (www.parisauthentic.com).

Local restaurants

Owned by English chef Chris Wright, Le Timbre (3 rue Sainte Beuve; +33 (0)1 45 49 10 40) is a small and cosy restaurant that offers classic French dishes and wine. A favourite of Hemingway, after whom its bar is named, La Closerie des Lilas (171 boulevard du Montparnasse; +33 (0)1 44 27 00 30) is one of the city’s most legendary brasseries. Another Parisian favourite is the fish and seafood specialist Le Dôme (108 boulevard du Montparnasse; +33 (0)1 43 35 25 81), which ha long been frequented by Left Bank intellectuals. For super-fine dining, head to three Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin’s Le Sensing (19 rue Brea; +33 (0)1 43 27 08 80), and for one of the city’s best selections of wine, try traditional French restaurant Le Parc aux Cerfs (50 rue Vavin; +33 (0)1 43 54 87 83).

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Hôtel des Academies et des Arts

15 rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006, Paris, France

A stone's throw from Montaparnasse's best eateries, the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts is within walking distance of the Luxembourg gardens.

Planes

UK and international flights land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, a 30-minute drive away. Paris Orly, a 20-minute drive away, has good domestic links to most of the country. A taxi from Charles de Gaulle international airport to the centre costs about €50; buses and trains run regularly into town at a fraction of the cost. Air France runs regular airport shuttle buses to Montparnasse, a 15-minute walk from the hotel. From Charles de Gaulle, the Port Royal stop (five minutes’ walk down Boulevard de Montparnasse) is straight down RER express train line B.

Trains

Montparnasse station, a 10-minute walk away, has connections to cities such as Bordeaux, Toulouse and Rennes (www.sncf.co.uk). The Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord is about 20 minutes away by car, or 25 minutes away on the metro. The hotel is well placed on the metro network, with stops on lines 4, 6, 12 and 13 all within walking distance

Automobiles

Paris is not a fun city to drive in. If you do decide to brave the traffic, the hotel can point you to parking spots close by.

Other

With separated bike lanes and quiet back streets, the Left Bank can be a pleasure to explore on two wheels. Hire a self-service bike from a Vélib station; there are several near the hotel. You'll need a credit card to leave the €150 deposit required.

Reviews

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Hotel des Academies et des Arts – Paris – France

Anonymous review

by Rufus Purdy , Word wizard

‘Right then,’ says the barman in an accent that’s more Brummie than Belville. ‘That’ll be €15, mate.’ As I walk back through the crowd of British and American drinkers here in the Latin Quarter, gripping three pint glasses that spill warm beer onto my hands, I can’t help but feel a little short-changed. This is the Paris’ Left Bank, after all, a…
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Hôtel des Academies et des Arts

Anonymous review by Rufus Purdy, Word wizard

‘Right then,’ says the barman in an accent that’s more Brummie than Belville. ‘That’ll be €15, mate.’ As I walk back through the crowd of British and American drinkers here in the Latin Quarter, gripping three pint glasses that spill warm beer onto my hands, I can’t help but feel a little short-changed. This is the Paris’ Left Bank, after all, and the least that Mrs Smith and I had expected was some, well, Frenchness on our romantic boutique break.

We'd asked a Parisian friend, who recently relocated back to her family home in the Marais, to pick a good meeting place within walking distance of our hip hideaway, Hôtel des Academies et des Arts in Montparnasse. Draught bitter, Premier League football on the TV and a clientele of almost exclusively Anglophone students from the nearby Sorbonne wasn’t what we had in mind. She’s brought us to the Bombardier, a no-detail-overlooked recreation of an English village pub opposite the Panthéon. ‘You’re British,’ she shrugs apologetically. ‘I thought you’d like it.’

Thank goodness that we’re soon returning to the Parisian-as-they-come Hôtel des Academies et des Arts, which so epitomises French chic that it even has a salon de thé, Chez Charlotte, adjacent to the reception desk. When we checked in earlier, the beau-monde staff at this arts and design hotel – in their Louboutin suits and Jarvis Cocker glasses – looked as though they were milling around backstage at Paris Fashion Week. They even managed to summon up a complimentary selection of delicious Pierre Hermé macaroons for us to nibble on while they perused our passports and punched our details into the computer system.

Tucked away on the tiny Montparnasse street where both Gauguin and Modigliani painted masterpieces in between conducting doomed affairs, Hôtel des Academies et des Arts is a temple to its locale’s painter pedigree. It’s the artist’s model – of the wooden figurine variety as opposed to the student taking off her bra to earn a few extra centimes – that’s the recurring motif here, and bendy figures with swivelling limbs appear everywhere throughout the hotel. In the dark, inside-of-a-crimson-jewel-box downstairs lobby and tearoom, images of these mannequins are posturing on mantelpieces and shelves, clambering up tiny ladders towards the ceiling and appearing two-dimensionally on the walls. You’ll see them forming chains in the lift shaft and up the exterior walls. They’re even in the bedrooms, swinging from the picture rails or tumbling towards the headboards.

Our Man Ray ‘club room’ may be a little on the small side, but that’s to be expected. This is Paris, after all, where square footage is as rare as a St Germain steak. The grey, cream and brown decor – enlivened by a painted figurine that seems to be attempting a star jump behind the flatscreen TV – is crisp and elegant, and I am particularly taken with the voyeuristic potential of a large bedside window that provides views of several private apartments. Mrs Smith emerges from the ensuite with news that the bath might just be deep enough to take us both. I tell her to start running the taps.

The bed is both comfortable and disproportionately gigantic, and we wake in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Breakfast, taken in the Chez Charlotte tea room, is an elegant procession of pastries, jams, fruit and brain-joltingly strong coffee, and Mrs Smith is particularly smitten with the witty red, heart-shaped sugarcubes, which remind her of corner-shop penny sweets. It’s not the only optical illusion on offer. A mirror placed strategically between the reception area and our table creates such a bewildering perspective that I find myself addressing a waitress’s reflection while the real woman stands patiently beside me wearing an expression of mild amusement.

In honour of the hotel’s artistic leanings, we decide to head for the Louvre. We walk through the café au lait-coloured terrain of the Jardins de Luxembourg, over boulevard St Germain and cross the Seine at the Port des Arts, debating whether to head to Egyptian antiquities or Italian Renaissance painting first. We finally arrive at the foot of IM Pei’s iconic glass pyramid, surprised to see no sign of the legendary queues. The Louvre is closed today. Undeterred, we recross the river and make for the Musée d’Orsay, home to many of France’s greatest Impressionist canvases. Other Louvre-deprivees have had the same idea – the queue curls around the square in front of the museum like the swirls on a pain aux raisins.

So, for the next couple of hours, we become flaneurs; padding along Parisian rues and boulevards, enjoying the sights and sounds of a city in full weekend flow. We gaze into gallery windows on the rue des Beaux-Arts, watch pompom-like dogs shuffle after their owners in Place Saint-Sulpice and finally end up deep in the Latin Quarter, just around the corner from last night’s pub, ordering cold glasses of wine from an infinitely more sophisticated café on Place de la Contrescarpe.

Sipping our chablis, we watch burly, white-aproned waiters, looking like extras from a Scorsese movie, chalk up the day’s specials outside their restaurants. Book-carrying students with wire-framed glasses and furrowed expressions bustle past us, while mopeds and slowly waddling pigeons circle the softly burbling fountain at the centre of the square. This is more like it. Feeling suitably Frenchified, we head back along the Boulevard du Montparnasse to the Hôtel des Academies et des Arts and settle down on window-flanking chairs to work our way through several bucket-sized glasses of velvety red wine. Now, to order another plate of those macaroons…

The Guestbook

Reviews of Hôtel des Academies et des Arts from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very helpful staff

Don’t expect

I found the room size pretty small, but it was OK for what we needed.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the small but smart rooms, nice decor and friendly staff, and the excellent location for getting around Paris and convenient for many good restaurants, cafes and bars.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

There really is very little to dislike about this wonderful, quiet, boutique hotel. The welcoming and very helpful staff recommended two sensational restaurants nearby. We will go again! The leisurely late breakfast was a particular joy.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The decor, especially the tea room, was lovely. The staff was exceptionally helpful, always going out of their way to give advice and assistance. The rooms were small, but comfortable and well designed. It was a convenient location, with good metro links (especially to Gare du Nord, which made arriving on the Eurostar very convenient) and a velib (bike rental) station just around the corner. The macaroons on arrival were delicious and I had to visit Pierre Herme to buy a box to take home!

Don’t expect

I would've liked slightly better pillows, though I still slept like a baby.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location is great and the staff very friendly.

Don’t expect

Nothing could be better; it's all good.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved this hotel – it's tucked away on a quiet street near the metro. It's a lovely location and the surrounding area is worth exploring on foot. We had a fifth-floor room with views across rooftops, which meant that even though the room wasn't huge it felt light and spacious with the views. There were friendly reception staff and the room worked perfectly for our two-night stay. The hotel should also be given big credit for offering free WiFi, which many hotels are too stingy to do.

Don’t expect

I would've liked more toiletries in the room, for example, conditioner and moisturiser in addition to the shower gel and shampoo proviced.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked everything.

Don’t expect

Nothing.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is in a great location, and is central for all sightseeing attractions. The staff was excellent and the hotel was spotless. The rooms are small but very comfortable and beautifully decorated.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was fantastic! We really enjoyed our stay and would have loved to have stayed longer. The hotel is small but quaint, the staff were extremely friendly and the location was superb. Walking distance to the Luxembourg Gardens, close to the Metro and surrounded by good restaurants. We look forward to coming back soon!

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The quirkiness of the hotel was just gorgeous. They really had thought about every detail, and it had such a friendly, boutique feel to it. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff – they really are such an asset to the hotel. The champagne and macaroons on arrival were a nice touch too!

Don’t expect

Room sizes – we were in a club room and it was still tiny. But it is Paris and space comes at a premium!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Location was a bit off the beaten track to what I usually prefer.

Don’t expect

Unfortunately, the sizes of the rooms are really small so that can't be changed. I like a larger room with better amenities...like breakfast included in the rate as well.

Rating: 3/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Patricia and the rest of the staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful; nothing was too much trouble.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Wonderful hotel and very attentive staff - nothing was too much trouble. Great location with lots of superb restaurants around. The RER staition is only a couple of minutes walk away, alowing easy access to the metro network and CDG Airport. We ate at La Coupole just across the road which is a very large brasserie, it was very enjoyable. We enjoyed a glass of chamagne and macaroons on arrival, courtesy of the hotel. And we got engaged!

Rating: 10/10 stars