When visiting Paris, it can be difficult to find accommodations that are family friendly. Many hotel rooms are limited to two people per city regulations, so families often find themselves reserving multiple rooms or apartments. Villa Daubenton by HappyCulture offers families apartment living with the amenities of a hotel. Everyone can sleep under the same roof at Villa Daubenton, a family friendly hotel in Paris, France.
Villa Daubenton: Family Friendly Hotel in Paris
We recently stayed at Villa Daubenton, part of the HappyCulture chain of properties in Paris, and were very pleased with our stay. The property is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, on a quiet side street, less than five minutes walking from the nearest Metro. We stayed in a spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with a kitchen, private balcony, and access to a shared garden space.
What Works for Families
Villa Daubenton has plenty of space for families. Each bedroom has ample closets and one room had an en-suite bath. The living room area has a sleeper sofa which was perfect for our children. The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking meals. Villa Daubenton even offers Netflix for nightly movies (which our kids loved) and popcorn. Just like we do at home! The kids could not wait to enjoy this every evening after long days of exploring.
The staff at Villa Daubenton was extremely accommodating. They offered directions, assistance with taxis, and restaurant recommendations. They were extremely kind when we accidentally took the room key with us to Portugal. Thankfully, they waited patiently for us to return it four days later instead of charging us a fine.
Centrally Located to Restaurants and Groceries
Within five minutes walking is Rue Mouffetard, one of my new favorite streets in Paris. This is where we found our favorite boulangerie, fromagerie, gelato shop, wine store, and produce stand. Having access to this mostly pedestrian friendly street was a huge bonus of staying at Villa Daubenton.
Good Access to Public Transportation
Within five minutes walking is the Metro Censier-Daubenton. From here you can reach anywhere in the city. We used it many times to visit Versailles and other districts of Paris.
What Doesn’t Work for Families
Distance to Major Attractions
Villa Daubenton is in the Latin Quarter and close to many markets and restaurants, but it will take about 15 minutes minimum to walk to the nearest major attractions. The Sorbonne and Luxembourg Gardens are about 15 minutes walking, Notre Dame is about 25 minutes. The Louvre is about 35 minutes. This isn’t a problem when the weather is delightful. Unfortunately we had one child in an air foot cast, so we found ourselves using Uber or the metro instead of walking.
One of the best benefits of staying at Villa Daubenton was their offer of a pocket wi fi device for 1 Euro/day. This means anywhere we went in the city, we had access to wi fi. This was cheaper than the plan from our provider and most mobile wi fi companies.
Villa Daubenton is part of the HappyCulture collection of hotels. This means that no matter where you are in the city, you can stop at another HappyCulture hotel for a break. This might be coffee, a cocktail, or charging your device. Each property features something different for guests in their lounge area. We stopped at Hotel Le Petit Belloy St. Germain and enjoyed afternoon coffee and macarons while charging our devices and getting out of the rain for a bit. This is a wonderful addition to the property’s amenities.
The hotel also offers Netflix and popcorn in the room in addition to satellite television. Our kids loved relaxing in front of a movie after a long day of exploring. Nespresso coffee is available to guest in the lobby (I wish this was in the apartments). Chargers are available to use for electronics if yours don’t work or you need extras.
Villa Daubenton is located at 34 Rue de l’Arbalète in Paris. There is private reserved parking available through the hotel, but we took a car service from the airport. The street is very quiet, with a school across the way and the rest of the block being residential.
As I mentioned above, there were two rooms in our apartment and two bathrooms. The bedrooms both faced the quiet street below and had televisions and ample closet space. The beds were two twin beds pushed together and quite comfortable. The rooms were a bit dark, but that was fine since we were only there to sleep.
The bathroom showers would not be easy for young children to get in and out of as they were pretty high off the floor and had a glass half door. It worked fine for our older children and ourselves.
The kitchen space had a full size refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishes, utensils, and dishwasher. The adjacent dining room had a six person table. Next to this was the living room area with the sleeper sofa where one of our children slept each night.
Off the kitchen was an awesome private patio with chairs and a table perfect for coffee or wine in the evenings. Further on was a common garden space where the kids could run around. It really was a perfect set up for families.
The hotel offers breakfast and room service for an additional fee. However, there are plenty of dining options nearby. Families may choose to eat meals in their room to save money. Rue Mouffetard has some awesome dining choices; just start walking and follow your nose.
Depending on the time of year, rates can vary from $135/night for a studio to $326/night+ for the two bedroom apartment.
We enjoyed our stay at Villa Daubenton and experiencing life as locals in Paris for a few days. The staff is amazing and the space of the apartment was fabulous. We would recommend Villa Daubenton to families looking for a place in Paris with all the comforts of home.