Hôtel Poussin

This is a pleasant little three-star hotel in the Auteuil quarter, which I chose because I had never even set foot in Auteuil up to then and wanted to get acquainted with the neighborhood.

Like most Paris hotels that are located in obscure corners of the city, this one tends to fudge a bit when describing its location. On its website, the hotel claims to be “in the Passy area,” which is not exactly a lie, since they don’t actually claim to be in Passy, just in the same general area. (Auteuil is in fact south of Passy, in the far southwest corner of Paris. Auteuil and Passy together make up the 16th arrondissement.)

The hotel also claims to be in “a peaceful spot well located in relation to the Parisian monuments”, which is also not exactly false, since they don’t claim to be near any Parisian monuments, just “well located in relation to” them, whatever that means. (This is not a translation problem. The original French text is just as fuzzy.)

In fact the nearest major monument is the Eiffel Tower, which is a little over three kilometers away — a forty-minute walk or a twenty-minute bicycle ride, it you take the scenic route along the river. But it would take half an hour to get to the Eiffel Tower by Métro (including some walking to and from the stations) and also half an hour by bus (including at least one change of bus lines along the way).

The location is excellent, however, for someone who wants to explore Auteuil, as I did, or for someone who wants to go to the horse races at the Hippodrome d’Auteuil or a tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium.

Room prices go up drastically, by the way, whenever there is a tennis tournament or some other major event in the neighborhood.

My room in the Hôtel Poussin

In 2015 I paid 68 Euros per night for a comfortable single room with en-suite facilities, including WiFi (aka WLAN) but not including breakfast, which was 11 Euros extra. Breakfast was in the form of a “Continental buffet”, which is something I had never heard of before, but it turned out to be a modest buffet that offers more than just a continental breakfast but less than you would find in a fancy four- or five-star hotel.

Nicolas Poussin

In the window of the Hôtel Poussin there is an explanation of who Nicolas Poussin was, namely a painter who lived from 1594 to 1655. Several of his paintings are on display in the Louvre, including this one, “The Abduction of the Sabine Women”, which is usually in room 14 on the second floor of the Richelieu wing.

Rue Poussin

Here are some of the early 20th century stone buildings on Rue Poussin, across from the hotel. In this period the architects all felt the need to elaborate on the basic 19th century design that had been mandated by Baron Haussmann in the 1860s. Personally I find these later buildings rather fussy-looking, but I still wouldn’t mind living in one (not that I could afford it).

Hôtel Poussin, 52 rue Poussin, 75016 Paris, https://www.hotelpoussin.fr/en/

My photos in this post are from 2015. I revised the text in 2019.

See also: Villa Montmorency in the Auteuil quarter of Paris.

1 thought on “Hôtel Poussin”

  1. Its a habit in Paris to give general areas of hotels especially if convenient to the hotel. I helped 2 vt’ers on hotels claimed to even be in Paris when were not. Passy and Auteuil two neighborhoods of the 16éme favorites areas of mine. Cheers

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