Hotel Jardin de L'Odeon

Hotel Jardin de L'Odeon
7 rue Casimir Delavig
75006 Paris, France

This hotel is located on Rue de Casimir-delavigne, in a great central neighborhood in the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank in Paris, which is known as the University district. It's very close to the Odeon Theatre, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, and within walking distance from the RER suburban train which links to the Charles de Gaulle airport and the Paris du Nord (where the Eurostar trains depart). The hotel also is within easy walking distance of the Pantheon, where a number of famous figures in history are buried, as well as St. Sulpice Church, which is featured in the Da Vinci Code. Also within reasonable walking distance are the Church of Notre Dame and the Seine. One can also walk to the Louvre, the Champs de Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower, although these are longer walks and may be more easily accessible by the Paris Metro for a 1.40 euro fare.

Within blocks of the hotel are several bookstores, some selling French books and the others selling English books. The neighborhood appears to be very safe at night, as many pedestrians freely walk down quiet narrow streets after midnight.

The hotel itself is modern with air conditioning (a must in the summer) and has about six stories. The room is small (8x14) as is the bathroom (about 5x6), but the bathroom has upscale Grohe faucets and a large mirror. The room itself is tastefully decorated with blue striped vertical wallpaper and blue and yellow curtains, and the double bed if very comfortable as well. The room has a small television with about six channels, all generally in French, a small refrigerator, and a small safe in the closet for valuables. The closet has hangers and about five shelves. I was able to pick up free wifi access from the second floor, although I am not sure wifi is accessible from the higher floors.

The hotel does serve a continental breakfast for a fee, including croissants and fruit, which is available from 7-10 am. One can eat breakfast indoors or in the small outdoor garden to the rear. Since the hotel is close to so many cafes, there are many alternatives for breakfast as well.

If one is traveling from the USA or another country, it is advisable to bring the proper electrical adapter/converter so that one can plug cell phone chargers and computers. One also is asked to leave the electronic room key at reception when one leaves the hotel -- the key turns opens the room door and turns on the lights.

I paid about 140 euros per night for a three-night stay in July 2006.

- Bryan Glass


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