meridien montparnasse, shopping, dining and attractions in the area
We stayed at the Meridien Montparnasse from the 22 to 27th November, 2004.
Yes it is expensive, but which part of Paris isn’t?
We got rooms on the 16th floor, rooms were pretty nice, small by US standards, but neat and clean and with a really nice bathtub (which is very crucial to restore yourself at the end of the day, when you have walked more than you can imagine, and have plans for the night!).
Room service was prompt and they provide real nice soaps and toiletries. Ask room service if you need an electric kettle or something of the kind. They will place a reserve for the amount on your account. But make sure to return the item before the day you check out, or else it will delay your check out, since they insist on checking whether the item is actually in your room, before they let you go!
About the food, the lunch buffet is lavish and delicious and great value for money. It is actually much better than any food you could have for the same money, at a fancy French restaurant.
A note about the air-conditioning though, I guess because it was winter they only had the heat on. And no amount of turning the knobs helped, once we turned on the ac, it got really hot!! So we just kept the ac turned off at nights and it was pretty comfortable.
Keep in mind that this hotel is really busy, so if you plan to check in early and get a headstart on your sightseeing, check with them first. We were pretty disappointed the first day because we had to wait till 12 to check in and spent our first two hours in Paris in the hotel lobby. So be prepared and don’t get your hopes up!
The hotel location worked out fine for us because you could walk to the Invalides, Eiffel tower, St. Sulcpice. The rail station is a short walk away and the area is pretty busy at night too. The supermarket Inno is just a short walk away. Watch out for the open air market on the lot next to Inno’s on Saturday. Also the asian restaurant right across the road on av du maine is pretty good for quick dining. A wide variety of restaurants is available along the lanes near the hotel. We ate at the valle du Kashmir , it served great Indian fare at pretty affordable prices.
There are wonderful little places to be discovered in the area. Shop at the galleries Lafayette or walk along the rue de rennes for more shops. Walk up to the rue de severes to visit the grande epicerie. There are some great small shops on the general leclerc road, then head up on blv raspail, there is a beautiful flower shop on the intersection of these roads. Walk down the av du main, and walk up rue d’ alesia to browse the shops there.
Hope this information helps!
Great for Our Needs
A friend and I went to Paris in early December, 2004, for five days of sightseeing and shopping. We had never travelled together before, so a small boutique hotel with a small room would not have met our needs.
The room was large, non-smoking with two twin beds. The bathroom had plenty of room for two people to maneover with all their stuff. There was plenty of hot water, and the shower pressure was great.
The staff could not have been nicer. We used the concierge several times simply for directions and help with the Metro. Checkout was a breeze. The part I liked about the staff was that they spoke French or English, whichever you preferred. They didn't automatically switch to English just because they perceived that you were English or American. We wanted to practice our French. There are also two very nice gift shops in the hotel.
Also, the Meridien Montparnasse appealed because it was right across the street from the Gare de Montparnasse where the Air France bus from Charles De Gaulle drops you off. We took the bus to and from the airport for 12 euros one way. We had breakfast every morning in the train station which was much cheaper than eating breakfast in the hotel. However, the best part was that we were able to get into our room upon arrival. No wondering around Paris in a daze while waiting for your hotel room to be ready. There is also a RER and Metro station (14) in the Gare, and an additional Metro station (13), Gaite, around the corner from the hotel.
I would definitely recommend this hotel for someone who wasn't thrilled with the 'boutique' Paris experience and wants a nice, comfortable, well-run hotel with good sized rooms in a fabulous location for getting around town and to and from the airport.
Nice hotel but location so so
Booked with Priceline @$90US. We had stayed at this hotel before, a large highrise style hotel. Location is only fair. It is a long walk to/from the main subway line (around 15-20 minutes) so be prepared. Also walking back to hotel at night is a little scary. You need to either walk through the railway station (that's OK) or around it (you need to take care). Although the price was right i would rather stay in a more central location closer to the subway. We were upgraded to a better room with a king sized bed. Quite hotel. Not a charming hotel but a businessperson style hotel. A lot of airline staff stay at the hotel. The airport bus (Airfrance) stops in front of the hotel.
Comfortable but uninspired
Decent enough location in Montparnasse (handy for rail, metro and airport bus), but a fair way from tourist sights. This huge tower-block of a hotel is comfortable enough – fairly modern rooms, nice enough but there are much better options in Paris than this.
How is Le Meridien Montparnasse Hotel located
How far is the Le Meridien Montparnasse hotels from the PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT
And How far is the hotel from teh Efel tower.
Re: How is Le Meridien Montparnasse Hotel located
If you go to the hotel site you will find a map:
or you could put the hotel name into google maps.
Then you can see exactly how far the hotel is from all Paris sites.
Hotel is about 2.5 km from the Eiffel Tower and about 42km from CDG.