Hôtel de Varenne: Spacious and Tranquil
It's an exceptionally mild autumn evening on rue de Bourgogne. On this quiet, residential street at #54, thirty-odd years ago my family rented an apartment for the summer. It was my first experience of France, one that would resonate for years, until about six years ago when I returned, met the Frenchman I would marry and took up residence for several years.
The three-star Hôtel De Varenne is only a few paces from #54. Formerly a private mansion transmuted in the early part of the 19th century into a pension, it was renovated in 2008 into a very charming, typical little French hotel. Despite its nearby stellar attractions-- Le Musée Rodin is around the corner and Hôtel des Invalides a few minutes away, tourists don't often pass by this neighborhood, which gives rue de Bourgogne its steady bourgeois ambiance of calm predictability; for me, a welcome respite from the shoppers bazaar Paris becomes during the holiday season.
You enter into a stone courtyard, with its urns of plants, then through a small door to a reception area. There, Monsieur Pommier, the manager, will greet you. He says about 85% of his guests are Americans "because we have very spacious rooms and this is not usual for Paris." The elevator is teeny, which I adore, but the rooms indeed spacious. From some you can see the tip of the Eiffel Tower, a few have a balcony where you can take breakfast.
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