Affordable Luxury at Trianon Rive Gauche Hotel Paris
On our second day in Paris we moved from the Pigalle area to the Latin Quarter. When you visit Paris for the first time you will probably want to tick off all the mainstream attractions. I recommend changing hotels and areas at least once during your stay. The Trianon Rive Gauche hotel is a four star hotel, perfect for those wanting to visit some of the most famous locations on the left bank. I found myself within walking distance of some of the top Paris attractions: The Sorbonne, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre Dame and the Louvre, were all only 5-10 minutes walk away.
The Hotel Lobby
Once you’re inside the hotel lobby you can see this hotel is a glamorous and flashy affair. For starters, the lobby is decorated in black, red and silver with beautiful flowers and mirrors, cosy sofas are upholstered in neo-baroque prints and a fabulous round mirror oversees the space.
The breakfast room is decorated in a similar opulent fashion to the lobby with crystal chandeliers and huge black vases full of flowers. I liked that the tables weren’t too close together so you can get some privacy.
There is a buffet with a massive amount of choice to cater to even the pickiest eater. Choices are eggs, bacon, sausages, fruits, cheeses, cured meats, pastries, fresh breads and yoghurts. There are also crepes and cereals such as muesli. To drink there is tea, coffee and water and you can also squeeze your own orange juice, a novelty that never gets old for me!
This is definitely a fabulous hotel for those who value a wider selection of breakfast dishes as many Paris hotels only have a small selection. You can also choose to have a continental breakfast in your room. I must say, this was the best breakfast we had in any hotel in Paris.
Inside Your Hotel Room
The Trianon Rive Gauche has eight floors, linked by a staircase that wraps itself around the retro cage-style lift. We had a room with a balcony which I strongly suggest you opt for when you book as well.
The stylish bedrooms are themed red, brown and white, with fabric covered walls, soft carpeting and crisp white bed linen. The bed and pillows were lovely and comfortable and the rooms extremely clean.
The bathroom is simple, white and also very clean. The shower worked well according to my travel companion (due to my immensely clumsy tendencies I had sprained my ankle at that point and decided dicing with death in a shower wasn’t the best plan for someone with such poor hand eye/foot coordination)!
There is free wifi, toiletries and use of a hairdryer available. Our room also had French doors that opened up onto a small balcony with tables and chairs, this was lovely and meant you could also have an al fresco breakfast, if you so chose or just get some fresh air into the room.
The Trianon Rive Gauche is located in an older style building so while the room is just big enough for two, with luggage; it’s definitely a Paris sized hotel room, which are typically on the small side.
That being said, if there’s anywhere in the world you really shouldn’t be spending too much time in your hotel room, it’s Paris. I’ve been there twice now and still have so many more things to see. So unless you’re sleeping or enjoying the view from the balcony, get out and get amongst the action in the evening and cram as many sights and restaurant visits in during the day!
What to do Nearby?
Nearby attractions are the Sorbonne, Notre Dame and the Luxembourg Gardens, there’s also a Batobus stop nearby where you can purchase a ticket for the hop on/off river bus on the Seine, a must-do in Paris to see the sights from the water.
To eat and drink nearby I recommend Les Papilles for exquisite food and Le Rostand which has everything you could want from a Paris bar. However the Latin Quarter is a lively area and there are plenty of other options if you just have a wander around.
Who Should Stay Here?
Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche is the perfect base for a city break, it has great design, an amazing location and affordable rates. It feels like a hidden gem in Paris where you can sit on your balcony in the evening, feeling like a Parisian on the elegant Rive Gauche. If you want to discover the attractions nearby, have the option of leisurely sitting and people watching in the nearby Luxembourg Gardens and enjoy a hotel in a peaceful street just off of the main roads then this one is for you.
Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche
1 bis et 3, rue de Vaugirard