For the most part an enjoyable experience
Posted Jun 3, 2009
There are quite a few nice things about this hotel. It is clean. The staff are friendly, and in Paris that's always a plus. It is off the street so the usual Paris street noise is all but absent. The rooms, although European small, are nicely appointed and are clean and comfortable. The hotel is also right around the corner from Montparnasse, a major Parisian plaza (buses, metro, shopping, restaurants, movies, etc.) yet is far enough away so that the noise and hustle of the place are absent. It was also nice that the hotel is just a stone's throw from the Monparnasse-Bienvenue metro stop. This is a pretty central stop with connections to just about anywhere you'd want to go in Paris; the touristy places and the cultural venues, as well. The only challenge we had during our stay was with the air conditioning, and that only on the last evening. It stopped working for our last night and the hotel staff were clueless as to what to do. I finally told them to forget about it and we opened a window (whic turned out to be lovely as we listened to the fountain in the courtyard all night -- very relaxing!). Then again, that's happened to me in 4 star American hotels, too. All in all, I'd recommend this hotel as a relatively inexpensive yet pleasant experience.