There are a lot of hotels in Paris. Scroll the booking websites and you are bound to be overwhelmed with choices. I am often asked by people where to stay which is why I am happy to provide my hotel favorites. Hôtel Monge is one of my favorite stays in Paris. It's a hidden gem on the left bank close to Jardin des Plantes in the Latin Quarter. People often request for hotels close to the Champs Elysée which is great if you are going to be in Paris for the first time and a quick visit it provides a great location. After visiting Paris a few times I really appreciated being away from the tourist attractions and more immersed in the culture.
The actual location of Hôtel Monge is fairly centrally located. I lived not too far from here in 2014 and really loved getting to know the neighborhood. There are two markets to visit, Place Monge as well as Maubert mutualité depending on the day. You are also located between boulangeries, patisseries and fromageries. For those of you wanting a neighborhood feel without staying in an apartment this is a great option.
Upon entering Hôtel Monge I immediately felt as though I was entering someone's home and not a hotel. Every detail has been thought of and you will see this throughout the hotel. The check in desk is in the most adorable entryway.
The lobby area feels so comfortable and the light coming in from the outside is perfect even on a grey day. You can sit here to wait for friends, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and read one of the many newspaper options the hotel offers.
The breakfast room is just off of this main area offering a delicious spread of meats, cheeses, yogurts, and an assortment of croissants. Not to mention fresh juices and coffee and tea.
I arrived early so my room wasn't quite ready yet so I took a stroll around my old neighborhood and stopped by Jardin des Plantes.
Jardin des Plantes is a perfect place for enjoying a picnic, a walk through the gardens, or to even visit the zoo. In the Spring, there are huge trees that have the most beautiful white and pink blossoms.
My room was spacious as Paris hotel rooms can be quite small. I had the most comfortable bed with butterflies over my head. I completely fell for this adorable wallpaper. You may have seen a few photos of this on my instagram during my stay. The decor matches the downstairs and is carried throughout the hotel. I was lucky enough to have two beautiful balconies that opened onto the street with this beautiful view onto Rue Monge.
My stay at Hôtel Monge was short and sweet and quite honestly I would have been happy to stay here a few nights longer! The hotel offers a private steam room in the lower level of the hotel. You can reserve one hour to use as you wish. When I checked in, I was able to reserve some time before breakfast. You can wear your robe and slippers as provided in the room or change in the changing area of the steam room.
Paris Must See Spots close by to Hôtel Monge also include:
The Panthéon - 8 minute walk
Notre Dame - 15 minute walk
île st louis for Berthillon ice cream - 15 minute walk
The Sorbonne - 10 minute walk
Shakespeare and Co - 13 minute walk
Jardin du Luxembourg - 15 minute walk
Bastille - 20 minute walk (my favorite market)
Pompidou Museum - 25 minute walk Marais area.