Even though we were exhausted, wheeling our luggage across town, we couldn’t help but to take notice of the surrounding area. It was obvious that we had transitioned into an upscale neighborhood– after all, we were now in La Rive Gauche.
Approaching Hotel Verneuil, we were now in the heart of the famous Saint Germain des Pres quarter. The street was quiet and calm, despite previously being a graffiti hotspot at Serge Gainsbourg’s house across the street.
Pushing open the door, we were greeted with a warm smile and kindly ushered inside to sit down. Checking in early, our room wasn’t quite ready, but the receptionist securely stowed our luggage before pulling out a map to point out nearby points of interest.
Later in the afternoon we returned, even more exhausted, and we were more than ready to be shown to our room.
After receiving our luggage that was sent up to us, I excitedly pressed on the bed. It looked so comfortable, with plush bedding, a welcome sight for our tired bodies. Laying down to test it out, I couldn’t help but to indulge in a short nap. After awakening to a fresher state, I could better explore the hotel.
The room was on par with most European hotels size-wise, with the beds taking up most of the room. However, the bedding and pillows were extremely plush; a recipe for a good night’s sleep (Or nap as I had quickly learned).
Our room had everything you could need from a fully stocked mini bar to a shelf full of books to read, if only we’d had time to do so. It even had all L’Occitane toiletries in the bathroom– what more could you ask for?
The rest of the Verneuil barely even seemed like a hotel. The lobby area was a fully leather-furnished living room with a working fireplace.
Again there were books everywhere and decorations, which added a nice touch. It was more like we were guests at someone’s home. Someone’s very nice home.
Wifi worked great throughout the hotel, but I could barely get myself to do any work. After all, there was Paris to be explored! And did I mention that Hotel Verneuil was in a fabulous location?
We were literally a stone’s throw from the Seine and could easily walk to Notre Dame, museums, cafés, and shops. It was also a short distance from multiple metro stations, making it easy to quickly get anywhere around Paris, including out to the Palace of Versailles and Disneyland Paris. Hotel Verneuil proved to be a perfect location from which to explore Paris.
They were the “keepers of the keys”, literally, for us, as each room has one antique key, kept on a huge tassel, that they hold for you while you’re away exploring—no worries about finding keys or key cards! Part of Verneuil’s unique charm.
However, before we could go anywhere, we needed to start our day with a hardy breakfast. The hotel had a lovely breakfast each morning in its cute, downstairs dining room. They had a wide array of fresh fruits, charcuterie, yogurt, pastries, and croissants– the staple of any Parisian breakfast.
Hotel Verneuil surpassed our expectations and I couldn’t recommend them enough. If you’re looking for a hotel in the heart of Paris with exceptional customer service, look no further.