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La Louisiane

Hotel La Louisiane
60 rue de Seine, 6th
Tel 01 44 32 17 17.
M° Odéon


This hotel hasn’t made it into any guidebooks that I know of, perhaps because they’ve never needed to advertise. Ever since Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir lived there from 1943-1946 (so they could be close to the Deux Magots and Café Flore), it has been a favorite with artists and writers. It’s not fancy or “charming”, but has cool artworks in the lobby, friendly staff, and larger-than average rooms decorated in brown (that particularly 70s shade of brown), with sparkling white bathrooms and little refrigerators so you can store all your goodies from the open market right outside. There are also three internet stations in the lobby. Just €100 for doubles, elevator included. No A/C. €20 less in August, €20 more in September-October.