Central Paris

1 bis rue du Maine, 14th Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75014, France

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  • Families85
  • Couples85
  • Solo85
  • Business88
  • Conenient location


    We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights. Very conveniently located for those arriving from CDG airport. We took the Air France bus from CDG to Gare Montparnasse. And the hotel is just across the street.
    We used it as the base for our day trips to Tours (for visiting the chateaux of Loire) and Mont St Michel. From the hotel room, it took us only about 5 minutes to the Gare Montparnasse where trains leave Paris for these places. Besides, the SNCF counters at Montparnasse seem less crowded than in other stations. It's also easy to explore Paris from Central Hotel, as the metro stations for two differnet lines are just about 5 minutes away. Despite the convenient location, the street was very quiet.
    The room was not very big, but for 99 euros (breakfast included), we had a room with TV plus shower and toilet for 4 persons. There are choices of eateries in the same street and a supermarket just round the corner. The people at the reception were ready to help concerning direction. The lift was very small, but functioned well. Still we were cautious enough not to go in all at the same time when we were carrying luggage.

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    Quiet little hotel.


    I stayed in the Central Hotel just a few blocks away from the Montparnasse building. It was a quite little hotel just a short walk away from the Edgar Quinet metro.
    I don't know the exact price because it was part of a program fee, but I'm assuming it wasn't too expensive. The front desk was helpful and courteous. Be sure to bring your own pillow, they only provided a thin "log roll" thing that was very uncomfortable.

    Unique Quality: I thought the bathroom was cute, not immaculately clean, but cute. There was a tiled shower in the corner that was very tiny and a window just outside from it. Do not stand too close to the window when you get out of the shower, as there is a building facing across a small courtyard.

    Directions: near the Montparnasse building.

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Clean, Affordable and Close to Central Paris

by Manyana about Hotel Wilson**

The hotel is located only 10-min away by the metro from central Paris, affordable and clean though the room was a bit small.
Housekeeping is available everyday which is a big plus since it's a 2-star hotel.
There is also a cinema 5 min to the hotel, fast food restaurants, super-market and bakery stores are all available within a walking distance.

one thing i didn't like is the walls...the walls are thin that you can hear the noise and the talk from the room next door, but i could bear it later on.

strongly recommended for budget travel and comfortable stay. Bar and Dining room for breakfast only (no restaurant available)
Free internet at the lobby (one computer)
Lift available
Very clean and tidy

Dreadful...Simply Dreadful (Avoid!!!)

by A TripAdvisor Member

Where to start? This hotel is dark, dreary & in bad need of being refurbished. My wife & I travelled wth 4 members of my family and having viewed this hotel's website were looking forward to a cheap but comfortable hotel. Our rooms, all on the 3rd floor all seemed to be stuck in some sort of timewarp (circa 1980). The bed, the carpet, the wallpaper, the desk & chairs were all well worn. Instead of a door to our bathroom we were presented with a sliding shutter which didn't slide!!! All the fixtures in our bathroom was absolutely filthy...I won't go into detail but the toilet, the sink & the shower cubicle looked as though they hadn't been cleaned in years. Oh and for some reason the hotel thought it might be helpful for us to have a 2nd toilet bowl sitting on the floor of our bathroom...it wasn't connected to any plumbing...just sitting there in the middle of the floor!

As you can imagine, we quickly checked out and moved to a much more comfortable & cleaner hotel just 2 minutes around the corner.

Do NOT book this hotel...unbelievably bad.

Good budget hotel - but you must stay in a Superior Room

by TripAdvisor Member TexasRanger

The Central Hotel on Rue Du Maine in Montparnasse really is a hotel of two halves - standard & superior.

We (family of 2 adults & 3 children) stayed here 10th to 14th April 2006 having booked a triple superior & double superior.

Unfortunately something had gone wrong with our booking (even though we confirmed by email) and so the adults had to stay in a standard room for one night.

Although clean, this room was dreary and in desperate need of a refurb. The management were able to find us a superior room from the second night onwards.

Both our superior rooms were excellent - clean, comfortable and well decorated.

If you book on the hotel's website you get breakfast included which is more than adequate croissant, bread, coffee etc.

The reception area is in need of modernisation so don't let first impressions put you off. I am sure they will do this when they have finished upgrading the guest rooms. In any case you don't spend your time in Paris in the hotel voyer.

Area is good for metro links and many good bars & restaurants particularly Japanese. Several patisseries & supermarkets are also close by.

The hotel staff (despite my initial annoyance at the booking error) were always friendly & helpful.

3 Tips if you are planning to stay at The Central:

- 1 week ahead of your stay contact the hotel to confirm your booking.

Well done Central Hotel - a great value for money budget hotel.

Unfair Bad Review

by TripAdvisor Member Expat-in-Italy

Having stayed several times at the Central, I wanted to tell readers that the review by the reader who mistook the bidet for an extra toilet bowl (!) is truly unfair. The Central is not fancy--other than the superior rooms--but it's always been very clean and, while some rooms are better than others, I've seen quite a few of them and they all seemed okay. There's a lift, it's close to the Metro, there are lots of cafes and restaurants handy, and the management is extremely courteous and friendly. The fact that someone has never seen a pocket door or a bidet shouldn't lead them to totally trashing a hotel's reputation. (People who don't travel much can take offense at strange things--I read a review in which a traveler thought the European cotton pique towels were just towels so old that the nap had worn off!) The Central is fine.

Nice Hotel for the Price; Good Service

by TripAdvisor Member smclain81

We stayed at the Hotel Central for 9 nights in a double superior room. Our room was great, it was completely renovated and was on the 6th floor. The room had a nice modern bathroom and we even had a view of the small park in front of the hotel. Our room was very quiet. We did see some of the regular room (non-superior) and they did not look that great (of course they are cheaper). I would definitely recommend that if you stay at the hotel, get a superior room. The location of the hotel is perfect, within a short walk to the metros, lots of great restaurants and bars, right by the train station and also right by an air france shuttle for pickup to the airport. It is also right by a wonderful farmer's market (runs twice a week) that is absolutlely fantastic. The hotel staff is very nice and helpful and even gave us a free breakfast on the last day. The only change I wish the hotel would make would be to renovate its hotel lobby - this is definitely needed. Otherwise, great place to stay for the money.

A really good value

by TripAdvisor Member iltte

This hotel was very conveniently located to the Gare Montparnesse and Edward Quinet metro stops. The hotel itself is located on a quiet street, but within walking distance it gets more lively. There were a ton of restaurants, bars and cafes close by along with movie theatres.

Accomodations and reception area were basic. Breakfast consisted of bread, beverage and a croissant.

It is great for budget travelers esp solo ones.

Find Rue du Maine!!!

by TripAdvisor Member AmigoBert

Once you have the difference between AVE. du Maine, and Rue du Maine sorted out, the rest is easy. It's very near the Tour Montparnasse (and Gare Montparnasse). The Air France bus from CGD will drop you off there. The neighbourhood is just fascinating. Small streets, cobble stone sidewalks, cafes & restaurants of all types. We would rate the hotel as basic, good, 2 star type. Our room was one of the renovated ones (#105). Ground floor, quiet location, looking out on the small courtyard.
Quite comfortable, regulation Paris size, not overly big, with nice bathroom, (only thing lacking: a hook to hang the shower head overhead while showering)
Regulation Paris petit dejeuner, in comfortable basement locale.
If you miss it, no problem, just head around the corner.
Although the first impression of the lobby may not be awe-inspiring, the staff is polite and friendly, and our reservation was on file. Value for the price, 80 Euro per night.. We stayed there for 4 nights in August, 2006. Would stay again.

Good value for your money

by TripAdvisor Member Bobby1802

Since many years we come to this hotel. The lobby does not look very promising, right, but the rooms are very clean, if you need some luxuary you should book the superior rooms on the 6th floor. They cost a bit more but are newly renovated and in other hotels you get this kind of room not below 100 Euro but for 140 Euro at least. All other standard rooms are a bit outworn but still o.k. The breakfast is French Style, that means, cafe and one croissant and a slice of banquette. Breakfast is not the most important meal in France. The location is very nice, rooms look on a small square/park and this side street is quiet. Around the corrner are many restaurants. Japanese, Italian, Creperies, Lebanese etc., nice shops and everything is in walking distance even the Tour Eiffel. Many Metro stations are here for your conviniance. On Sundays and holidays there is a nice street market just around the corner of the hotel. Don´t miss the nearby Montparnasse Cemetry, it is not that famous but Belmondo, Satre and many others are buried there. All in all: for many years the hotel did not disapoint us and the staff is very friendly.

Forum Posts

Apartment in Paris for 1 week in August?

by Petit_Prince

Hi there,

A spanish family, friends of mine are going to spend 1 week in Paris in August (likely the second week of August). They have two kids, aged 6 and 3.

They are looking for something bigger than a hotel room, some kind of apartment or "Aparthotel".

Better if it is in the city center

Can any VT member share his/her experince on this point? (Replies can be in english, french or spanish)

Thank you very much.

Re: Apartment in Paris for 1 week in August?

by cosmicbunnygirl

my suggestion would be to stay at hotel printemps , 31 rue due commerce 75015. its cheap but realy nice :) you could book out two rooms that face each other. it is only 5 minutes walk from effeil tower so great location.

Re: Apartment in Paris for 1 week in August?

by Petit_Prince

Thank you very much Mel for your quick answer.

The point anyway is that they do not want to have their children too far away from them, because they are to small. That is why an apartment or "aparthotel" would suit better than 2 separate rooms. They will take your suggestion into consideration anyway.

Re: Apartment in Paris for 1 week in August?

by khushala

www.locaflat.com is where you will find the availability, price, which are, a to z info........happy holidays

Re: Apartment in Paris for 1 week in August?

by Petit_Prince

Thanks a lot, Kushala.

Re: Apartment in Paris for 1 week in August?

by flyfish

We booked a quadruple room for our family of four. There seem to be several central Paris hotels offering similar accomodations. I bought a travel book and marked all of the hotels with quad rooms then started doing some research.

Re: Apartment in Paris for 1 week in August?

by Petit_Prince

Thank you, Steve, I'll take that into account.


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