Located right in the heart of Paris, just steps away from Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame Cathedral is the magnificent Hotel du Jeu de Paume.
This family-run hotel has everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay in the lovely French capital – from modern interior design and well-equipped rooms to the charming feeling you’re always looking for when you’re traveling.
From the moment that I passed through the entryway door until I left to catch my train to Ghent I was treated extremely well. There was never a time that I was left wanting or needing for anything.
The staff were extremely attentive. Any time that I entered or left the hotel I was asked how I was and whether or not there was anything I needed.
In this post I want to share the experience that I had at the Hotel Jeu de Paume in Paris. I want to provide an in-depth review of my stay so that I’m able to convince you that it’s one of the best places to stay in the city.
The Hotel Jeu de Paume in Paris: An In-Depth Review
It’s not often that I visit a hotel with such an interesting history and I usually don’t mention it in my reviews but this hotel had such a unique history that I wanted to share it.
After checking into my room I wandered around the interior a bit and was surprised to see exposed wooden beams everywhere and an intricate network of wooden rafters nearer to the ceiling.
I was given an in-depth tour of the interior of the hotel where I was able to learn more about what it must have been like in the past as well as a short discussion about whether or not it was haunted.
The hotel is essentially the last remaining Jeu de Paume, or tennis court, left remaining in Paris from the the 17th century.
The rest were destroyed, covered over to never be found again, or just forgotten about but when the owners of the hotel discovered what they had they knew it needed to be showcased for the world to see.
The building, and the interior court, were built in 1634 and for more than one hundred years the courts were used for indoor tennis by royalty and the wealthy of the era.
After the mid 18th century the courts were no longer needed and the building had a few different uses, none of which brought its interior and rich history to glory.
In the late 1980s the family that currently owns the hotel renovated the building and was surprised to find so many relics of the past left behind – from underground supporting stone pillars to the more than 300-year old wooden beams in the ceiling and walls.
Today, apart from being a hotel, the building is also listed as a French Historical Monument and there’s even a historical informative sign right beside the entrance.
I had never stayed at a hotel before with such a unique and interesting history and it was refreshing to discover how passionate the general manager was about everything she had to work it.
Now that I’ve covered a little bit of the history of hotel let’s take a further look at my Hotel du Jeu de Paume review.
Check-In and Interior
Before even reach the hotel I was already impressed with the street that it was located on.
Running across the length of the Ile Saint-Louis, the Rue Saint-Louis en L’Ile is like stepping back in time and has a very charming vibe to it.
On ground level the street is lined with a range of different small shops, cafes, restaurants, and it’s easy to imagine what the area must have been like throughout its history.
After reaching the hotel and walking through the secure entranceway I was immediately greeted by everyone sitting behind the receptionist desk.
I spoke with Nathalie, who currently manages the hotel, and I was happy to meet her in person after exchanging emails in the past.
She gave my some quick information and then I was off to my room to relax after a long day of getting from Edinburgh to Paris.
I was quite pleased with the interior entrance area of the hotel – it was very cozy and had a very welcoming feel to it.
The comfortable seating area and crackling fireplace really helped to make me feel welcome and later on in the night I ended up sitting there and staring into the fire for longer than I’d like to admit.
My room was located right beside the main hotel area and there was an exposed outdoor area, sort of like a greenhouse, that was nice to walk through on the way to my room.
After opening the door to my room I was surprised to see a set of stairs leading up to an upper level so I closed the door behind me and made my way up to see what the room was like.
The first thing I noticed in the room was the exposed brick and this gave the space a very natural feeling and also acted as a nice throwback to its historic roots.
There was plenty of lighting so that even though it was dark outside the room was still very bright and since the wall was lined with windows it was also very bright during the day with natural light from outside.
Right in the centre of the room was a large, comfortable bed that was a suitable size for one or two people.
There were two closet storage spaces beside the bed. This results in there being plenty of room to keep things out of the way during a short-term stay. There are also some outlets near the bed as well. It’s easy to keep things charged close-by for quick access (such as your smartphone).
Along with the bed there was a large desk. Above the stairway was a piece of glass. This allowed for more storage space where you could keep things that you wanted to quickly access before heading out for the day.
Unlike what I’ve found in the rest of Europe, there was a wall unit for heating rather than a radiator. This was great because I could choose a more specific temperature to keep the room comfortable rather than hoping for the best.
Overall, I found the room to be very well equipped and perfectly suited for one or two people to enjoy a short-term stay in the city.
The bathroom at the Hotel du Jeu de Paume was surprisingly well equipped. It came with a wide range of different amenities for bathroom use.
Not only did you have your typical soap and shampoo but it was also possible to have a nice bath thanks to the bath crystals that were left along with quite a few other helpful amenities that you don’t typically find at a hotel.
This just further goes to show how the hotel staff really want you to enjoy a comfortable stay at the hotel and have everything that you would have at home.
The bathroom was essentially split into two parts with the first half being the shower/bathtub and sink with the toilet in its own room.
The bathtub was rather spacious and the shower came equipped with a standard hose along with an overhead rainfall shower but you could choose from depending on your preferences.
Thanks to the towel heater there was always access to warm towels and a robe and slippers were provided as well.
The bathroom came equipped with anything needed for a short term stay and was a good size for one or two people staying in the room.
Depending on the type of room that you choose it’s possible to find rate for the Hotel du Jeu de Paume starting at around $145 USD.
I do believe that the rooms come with a continental breakfast and it’s possible to order some hot options for reasonable prices if you don’t feel like grabbing something to eat nearby.
Given the location of this hotel as well as the standard of quality that you can expect if you stay here I find this price to be quite reasonable and very competitive compared to the surrounding options.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates. This way you can avoid any issues with availability and have a better chance at securing the best possible rate.
Given that it is a family run hotel I will also recommend contacting the hotel directly and seeing what sort of rates they can offer you personally.
One of the best features of the hotel is its prime location.
In under 5 minutes on foot you’re able to reach the Notre Dame Cathedral. Just a few steps more you have access to the Latin Quarter and a metro station that will whisk you anywhere in the city that you want to go.
Nearby it possible to find a wide range of different cafes, restaurants, bakeries, and plenty of other interesting small shops to choose from.
A short walk and a quick metro ride away and you can reach the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre. Just about every other main attraction in Paris can be reached in 20 or 30 minutes.
It’s a 45 minute walk from the Gare du Nord train station. Alternatively, you can reach the hotel in 15 minutes using public transportation.
Another thing I loved about the location is that it’s more of a local area despite being so central. There aren’t too many tourists walking around and the area is quiet throughout the day.
The wifi at the hotel worked very well. I didn’t run into any problems with connection strength or speed during my visit.
After going through the little sign-in process I was able to easily connect on all my devices. The speeds were high enough to download photos, upload videos to YouTube, and stream Skype.
Having good internet these days is important to many travelers. It’s refreshing to see that the Hotel du Jeu de Paume has made this a priority for a better visitor experience.
Parking and Accessibility
I arrived to the hotel from the train station so I’m not too sure about the availability when it comes to parking nearby.
However, I would imagine that there are plenty of options for parking in Paris. As long as you follow the parking guidelines you shouldn’t run into any problems.
As for accessibility, the train station was just 45 minutes away on foot. There is a public transportation metro stop less than 5 minutes away so you can quickly get anywhere in the city.
If you’re up for walking just about all of the main attractions in the city can be reached on foot in under an hour. Nearby to the hotel are plenty of options for eating, drinking, and browsing storefronts.
Alternatively, given the prime location it’s always possible to order an Uber or a taxi if you’re looking for a quicker and more private method of getting around.
The Hotel du Jeu de Paume is a unique, comfortable, and charming place to stay right in the heart of the city of Paris.
Given its prime location the nightly cost is quite reasonable and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better hotel with a more personal experience this close to the city centre.
The rooms are all very well equipped for a short-term stay and there are a few different room types to choose from depending on whether or not you’re travelling solo or you’re visiting Paris with a family.
I’ve stayed at quite a few different hotels over the past few years and at the Hotel du Jeu de Paume I received the most personal and welcoming experience.
So if you’re looking for something more unique and interesting than your run-of-the-mill hotel chain then I would definitely recommend checking it out the next time you’re planning a visit to the lovely French capital.
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