If finding hotel accommodations within walking distance of the Fondation des Etats-Unis is important to you, consider one of the three below. None are particularly luxurious by American standards, but each has its own kind of charm, and the lack of pretentiousness is reflected in the rates.
Hôtel Virgina (66 rue Père Corentin, 14th arrondissement, Metro: Porte d’Orleans). This quiet two-star hotel is a 12-minute walk from the Fondation des Etats-Unis. It’s also steps away from the Porte d’Orléans tramway station, two stops west of the Cité Universitaire. Rooms at the Hôtel Virgina are clean and crisp, with private baths in each room. Consider opting for the superior or superior deluxe rooms, as they are larger than the standard rooms and come with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The hallways and common areas are attractive, well lit, and more spacious than in many Paris two-star hotels. If your room is on the upper floors, don’t miss the chance to take one of the smallest and most intriguing turn-of-the-century wrought-iron elevators in the city (room for two people, or one person and one suitcase). The management and staff are friendly and helpful.
Hôtel du Parc Montsouris (4 rue du Parc Montsouris, 14th arrondissement, Tramway: Montsouris, Metro/RER: Cité Universitaire). This hotel is located on a quiet U-shaped cobblestone street, just steps from the Parc Montsouris and a 7-minute walk from the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Their web site is both elegant and helpful, but be aware that neither the rooms nor the common areas are as large as the photos suggest. Consider this option particularly if on a tight budget, if proximity to the Cité Universitaire is important, and if you can fully embrace the concept of “small is beautiful.”
Villa Royale Montsouris (144 rue de la Tombe Issoire, 14th arrondissement, Tramway: Montsouris, Metro/RER: Cité Universitaire). The colorful decorating scheme throughout this hotel might be described as “modernist middle-Eastern oriental.” Those who insist on a more continental feel will want to look elsewhere, but if you want to channel your inner Bogart or Bergman in a Casablanca-like setting, you may just love this place. Click here or here for a look. Room rates aren’t clearly posted on the web site, so use the quick reservation feature instead. Type in your arrival date and the length of your stay to get the total costs of all available rooms. The Villa Royale Montsouris is a 10-minute walk from the Fondation des Etat-Unis.