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Le Prince Régent Résidence & Spa in Paris’s 6th arrondissement is located in an 18th century building that has been restored as an apartment hotel. The recently-renovated suites are decorated in a contemporary style and range in size from studios with a kitchenette that will sleep two guests up to 3 bedroom apartments that will sleep six or seven. These spacious accommodations make it an ideal choice for a family vacation in Paris.
The Prince Régent is located in the Latin Quarter/St. Germain-des-Près neighbourhood near Luxembourg Gardens, the Sorbonne and the Pantheon. This neighbourhood is ideally situated for sightseeing in Paris. Our family (mom, dad, a 15 year old and an 8 year old) were able to walk to nearly all the attractions that we wanted to see, métro and RER train stops were nearby, and there were numerous cafés and restaurants in close proximity to the hotel.
Service and Amenities
There is a small office/Reception Desk inside the front door which is staffed daily from 7am til midnight. All of the staff members that we encountered were friendly, helpful and switched from French to English if we were having any difficulty communicating.
There is a continental breakfast served in the Breakfast Room daily from 7am – 10am. We didn’t try the breakfast during our stay as it was easier to have breakfast in our suite while getting ready in the morning.
There is a pool and spa in the hotel but it is restricted to guests who are 16 years of age and older. This would have led to a great deal of disappointment if my younger daughter had ever realized that there was a pool on the lower level of the building but since we didn’t use the breakfast room she had no idea that it was there.
Daily housekeeping service is provided. Free WIFI is available to guests.
We stayed in the 2 Bedroom L’Élegant suite which was perfect for our family’s needs. We loved the set up of our spacious suite which was decorated in a contemporary style with gorgeous dark hardwood floors and simple yet stylish furnishings. The suite consisted of a master bedroom overlooking the hotel’s courtyard, a second bedroom with two twin beds which had a street view, a kitchen, a large living/dining area, a full bath and a 1/2 bath which was located off the living area. The lounge is furnished with a double sofa bed so that the apartment could accommodate up to 6 guests easily.
The kitchen in our suite was large and well-equipped with everything that one could have possibly need to prepare meals including a refrigerator/freezer; a dishwasher; a microwave; a small combination washer & dryer; and a small bistro-style table with two chairs. We didn’t make extensive use of the kitchen but we did have our breakfast in the apartment each day, brought home takeaway dinners on two occasions and prepared evening snacks. During the day we ate on the go and, generally, we ate dinner out at neighbourhood restaurants.
There were two bathrooms in our apartment – a full bath outside the bedrooms (with the toilet in a separate room from the sink and shower) as well as a powder room (with a sink and toilet) inside the front entrance. As is the case with most European accommodations, the shower consisted of a tub with a hand-held shower head. This one was about 4 feet off the bottom of the tub which meant that my 8 year old was the only one who could shower easily – part of the charm of traveling in Europe.
The living room was a very comfortable place to relax after a hectic day of sightseeing. There was satellite television service, however, the only English language channels were news stations. This didn’t bother Emma, however, as she watched French cartoons while we were there.
The Master Bedroom was furnished with a bed equivalent in size to a North American Queen or King as well as a dresser and two bedside tables and had plenty of cupboard and closet space. Each bedroom in the suite had a LCD flat screen TV in addition to the one that was located in the living area.
The second bedroom, which our daughters shared, had two twin beds, two bedside tables and a desk and a dresser. The windows had sheer coverings as well as heavy drapes which kept out the light in the morning.
The only issue that we had with our suite was that there was quite a bit of noise from a bar located directly across the street from our apartment. We were on the second floor so bar patrons were standing almost directly under the window of the second bedroom in our apartment and the sound from the street made it difficult for the kids to sleep at times. We spoke to hotel staff about this and were advised that the windows are to be replaced to make them more soundproof.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property to others and would probably stay here on a future trip to Paris. The location is ideal – I can’t imagine wanting to stay in any other neighbourhood in Paris- and the hotel itself has the charm and character that one doesn’t find in chain hotels.
We loved having the convenience of staying in a spacious apartment while still having the luxury of hotel services such as daily housekeeping and a front desk that was willing to help with any issues or arrangements. Free WIFI is a very important amenity for us as well. My husband and I both appreciate the service, however, our teenage daughter finds it impossible to live without checking in on-line from time to time. Any hotel that provides free WIFI and thus manages to keep the family peace gets a very big plus in my rating system.
Lisa Goodmurphy writes about family travel adventures at Gone With The Family.