Excuse this five-story hotel for having no personality to speak of; it's too busy being all you need in an affordable and clean place to sleep. Rooms are tight and there's barely room to turn around in the shower cube, but the prefab bed-and-desk design is simple and thoughtful, with a small desk behind the headboard and a few pegs for hanging clothes. The shower/sink area is separate from the toilet's water closet, which can be helpful for couples. Rooms on the front have double doors that open onto the boulevard for fresh air—they have a view across the street of the Métro's line 5 cruising quietly past on elevated tracks. Three primary draws of this corporate-run hotel is the row of cheap snack-bars lining the sidewalks below, the convenient location of the Gare d'Austerlitz (dreary by night) directly across the street, and its proximity to the Seine, about a three-minute walk north. Its street backs onto the lovely Jardin des Plantes for easy scenic strolls. The hotel promises it has the lowest rates if you use the promo code "fidel", but we've gotten it even lower—€80 a night using blind Hotwire results.
- Jason Cochran