Victoria Palace Hotel - Paris 5 star hotel
A privately owned 5 Star hotel located in the 6th Arrondissement close to many attractions, this is ideal for families with children being well catered for, and has concierge services, buffet breakfast, a bar including light snacks plus meals available via 24 hour room service, free WiFi throughout and business facilities, etc.
About Victoria Palace Hotel
Even though the Victoria Palace Hotel is located within a building that is over a century old, it was in fact originally designed by the architect Ernest Gaston as a hotel, and when it first opened all those years ago, it provided 150 rooms.
Over the years, always being privately owned and still today being a family run concern, the hotel has been renovated many times, with the last update being in 2015 where spaces such as the lobby, lounges and breakfast room were updated.
This now means that there are also only 62 rooms in total including suites, being substantially larger than previously and at a good size for hotels in Paris compared to many, which also include added comforts for today's travellers, yet they still maintain a traditional Parisian feel.
Situated by many boutiques, restaurants and tourist attractions in Paris that are within walking distance, just like Luxembourg Gardens, the Montparnasse Cemetery and the Atlantic Garden with its Museums such as the Musee Jean Moulin at the train station, the Victoria Palace Hotel is in a quiet side street and does not forget its history.
With many fascinating characters that have stayed here like Katherine Mansfield and James Joyce who were both writers and even took tea together at the Victoria Palace Hotel in the April of 1922, which was in what is called the Green Lounge of the hotel and why the bar is now called the Kit & Jim Bar after these two.
There have been many other famous guests over the years including the last Queen of Italy, Neil Armstrong and footballer Pele to name a few, although discretion and privacy is also something that this 5 Star hotel in Paris takes very seriously, so we may never know about some the famous international stars that have enjoyed a stay here.
Victoria Palace Hotel Facilities
You will find a 24 hour reception with the front of house staff also becoming the concierge team, who are able to speak different languages and will be happy to help you get the most out of your stay, whether it be making reservations at one of the many Paris restaurants, booking tickets for a show or attraction, organising your airport transfers and much more to make your holiday run smoothly.
Even though the Victoria Palace Hotel has a very traditional feel, there is a lift for easy access to the rooms plus the place is fully air conditioned and has free high speed WiFi internet access, and in-room massages with a professional therapist can also be arranged for those of you who want a bit of pampering or additional relaxation.
Being privately owned, this is definitely a true family friendly hotel, because specifically for children aged between 4 and 12 that are staying for a minimum of 2 nights, there is a special gift presented to them with a cornucopia of toys and sweets along with a personalised book with their name and date of stay as a keep sake that is available in French or English.
There are also plenty of toys, board games, books and other items available for children to keep them occupied, not forgetting that staff can help organise family outings, babysitting upon prior arrangement and much more.
For people travelling to Paris on business, there is a business centre by the main lobby with a computer and a printer, which is also ideal if you need to download items such as your flight itinerary and boarding passes. Additionally, there is also a meeting room located on the ground floor that also has direct access to the inner courtyard and garden.
Other facilities at Victoria Palace hotel include a laundry and dry-cleaning service, and if handed in before 10am items are returned the same day unless it is a Sunday or a French National holiday, plus there is an express service for an additional surcharge. Although an iron and ironing board are also available at reception upon request.
A porter is on hand to help you with your luggage and even if you are arriving early or leaving late in the day, you can arrange with the porter to leave your luggage in his safe hands, also providing you with a receipt, meaning you can get the most out of your holiday in Paris, spending as much time in the City of Lights as possible.
Dining at Victoria Palace Hotel
Breakfast is served buffet style within the dedicated dining rooms from 7am through to 10:30am where you can enjoy a variety of choices including hot dishes such as eggs, bacon and sausages, along with a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, cereals and fruit salad.
There are also traditional French breakfast favourites of breads and baguettes as well as pastries including croissants and fruit buns together with accompaniments like butter and jams plus yoghurts, not forgetting fresh fruit juice and hot beverages served to you at your table. Although, if you prefer, you can have this continental option served to your room.
Now there is not a restaurant at the Victoria Palace Hotel, although there are plenty of different options of cuisine and dining experiences located within the area, yet you may be pleased to know that there is room service available 24 hours a day, with continental breakfast available until noon.
From noon until midnight, you can order from a selection of hot dishes, salads, snacks and sandwiches, which you can enjoy either within your room, or sitting relaxing within the bar and lounge area, but from midnight through to 7am there are only cold dishes available.
Talking of the bar, called Kit & Jim, this is open daily from 4:30pm through to just gone midnight where you can enjoy a hot beverage, relaxing drink, have a glass of wine or beer and even enjoy one of the snacks available to accompany your chosen drink. But even when the bar tender is not present, you can still enjoy the lounge bar, whether it be for a nightcap, reading one of the newspapers available or catching up with friends and family back home via the free WiFi, etc.
Rooms at the Victoria Palace Hotel
As we have mentioned before, this is a family friendly hotel with baby cots available for free upon prior request, and for older children and an additional charge an extra bed can also be added to a room for a third person. In addition, there is also the possibility of being able to have connecting rooms for four people as a double and twin, or even five people with an extra bed added as well, plus there is a suite that can also be configured to be like a two bedroom suite that can also accommodate up to five guests in different configurations.
You will find that some of the rooms have a balcony plus there is the possibility of having a room to accommodate someone with reduced mobility, and each room has a typical Parisian almost old-fashioned feel to it, often with period pieces of furniture yet these are all air conditioned (or heated), soundproofed and double glazed for added comfort.
There 62 rooms in total that are broken down to Classic Rooms at between 22 and 25m squared and Superior Rooms at around 28m squared, which are located on the 6th or 7th floor that have a balcony. You then have the Deluxe Rooms, which many would refer to as a Junior Suite, as these are approximately 35m squared and have a lounge area, yet the ultimate luxury at the Victoria Palace Hotel are the Suites at approximately 45m squared that are designed specifically for two people only and have an entirely separate lounge area.
Each room comes equipped with a bathroom with bath come shower, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, shower cap and complementary toiletries, personal safe, free WiFi, direct dial telephone and voicemail, clock radio, flat screen TV with cable and satellite channels along with a courtesy tray with kettle for making your tea or coffee.
Access to the Victoria Palace Hotel
Located in the 6th Arrondissement, when it comes to reaching the Victoria Palace Hotel via public transport in Paris, you will find that on the Rue de Rennes, you have bus lines 39, 89, 94, 95 and 96 along with Noctilien Night Bus Lines N01, N02, N12 and N13. Although heading towards the Montparnasse Tower and a shopping centre with the Galeries Lafayette Montparnassee, you also have bus lines 28, 58, 82, 91, and 92.
When it comes to the nearest Metro station, this is the Saint-Placide stop serving line 4, or a little further in a northerly direction on the same road of the Rue de Rennes and you have the Rennes stop serving line 12.
Alternatively, if you head south to the train station called Gare Montparnasse, which is approximately 500 metres away, you can catch Intercities and TGV trains that travel to places such as Saint-Malo, Chartres, Bordeaux and Toulouse along with the Transilien Line N that goes to places like Versailles and the famous Chateau. In addition, this station links with Montparnasse-Bienvenue that serves the Metro lines 4, 6, 12 and 13.
For those of you travelling into Paris with your own vehicle, even though there is no parking on site, the nearest public car park is located approximately 150 metres away, yet the Victoria Palace Hotel also offers private airport transfers and limousine services for additional charges and by prior arrangement.