More about Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse
great location to gare montparnasse--we had to catch a train from paris to bordeaux at gare montparnasse which was only a 10min walk to hotel with luggage..no subway needed.
hotel is very new and clean..our room had 1 double bed and a
double sofa bed for our son..great sized beds for europe.
washroom is a little small but everything is new and modern so no complaints...the duvet for the bed is wonderfully comfortable but the sofa bed had just a regular blanket...we asked for a duvet for the sofa bed but they said they only have enough for
beds so we couldn't get one.
little fridge in room was great for buying our own beer and pop..they even gave us 1 bottle of free h20 everyday. there was also a coffee machine with coffee and tea complimentary.
safe in our room was handy as well.
there are 2 metro stops nearby--pasteur and montparnasse bienvenue...both need a 5 to 10min walk --not bad at all...there is even a small supermarche--leaderprice--5 mins away from hotel and a few little restaurants nearby...quite neighborhood which we liked..felt safe...
my son rented their electric bike for half a day for 15 euros because the 1 euro paris city bikes take only international visa cards and cards from canada didn't work in the machine.
we didn't have breakfast at the hotel because 16euros is expensive...we walked over to the train station--gare montp, and
found ourselves coffee shops and q quick (like a mcdonalds).
if you like new and modern hotel, then this one is for you...we enjoyed our stay at the novotel even more than at sofitel bordeaux which was a high calibre hotel...we will definitely return to the novotel gare montparnasse....
Best Holiday Ever!
We awere a group of youths (17-20 year old) going to Paris for my 19th birthday. We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights and we don't have a bad word to say against it!! The hotel was about an hour away from Charles Du Galle airport via the R.E.R. and The metro. There was the option of the bus from the airport straight to Gare Montparnasse (10 mins from the hotel) but was quite expensive. The R.E.R. to Tuileries was 6 euro, compared to the 17 euro they were charging for the bus. A few metro stops later we were at Pasteur, the metro stop closest to the hotel (5 mins). I would advise anyone going to Paris to buy a Paris Viste pass for the Metro, it was excellent value for money!
The hotel itself was impressive but hidden from the idyllic main street from Montparnasse. When coming out the metro, go up the hill, rather than down as we did! At the cross at the top where the pedestrian precinct stops, take a right and you'll see the hotel infront of you. It was very clean and modern looking. The reception staff are very helpful. friendly and even funny! We even made friends with some of them! The hotels elevators are the only way to the rooms from the reception and are key-card operated so there is a feeling of security from the start. The rooms are very clean and well presented. The complimentary bottles of water, tea and coffee are well recieved after hawling cases through the metro! There is a toilet, safe, fridge, plasma TV, bath, shower and sink, which are all in excellent condition! The hotel's cleaning services are excellent if you need something washed in a hurry!
I would definately advise this hotel to persons of my age group. There is no curfew which is excellent for coming home after sampling Paris' awesome nightlife. It is 10mins away from Gare Montparnasse so getting home in a taxi is easy for directions too! If you're hardcore however, the metro opens at 6!
In conclusion, we found this hotel to be excellent and would definately recommend it to anyone wanting to spend a weekend in Paris! It made my birthday!
Ok, but learn some French
Nice Hotel, close to stations Pasteur & Montparnasse. Not very close to any good shops though, you'll have to walk back up to montparnasse for shops.
It's also very hilly, so if you have walking problems or asthma, you may struggle.
Staff were generally OK, but seemed to have limited English, so have a phrasebook ready. We were expected to speak French.
Dinner in the restaurant was good, but not cheap & served quickly. Portions were average.
Breakfast was 16 euros & very sparse - a roll, a croissant & a pain au chocolat each & some coffee & a small glass of juice.
Rooms were clean, well sized & comfortable & also air conditioned & also had a good sized, well furnished, bathroom
Average with a Bad Smell
We stayed at this Novotel at the start of July 2007 with friends. We chose this hotel as we figured that it was new so "how bad could it be?"
We stayed on the 6th floor which I DO NOT recommend. There is a very weird and musty smell on that floor, like it was flooded at some point and is now growing a kind of mould. They tried to cover up the smell with a strong smelling cleaner and I think that makes it worse.
Also, the gym is on the 7th floor so in the morning you can hear constant banging noises from people running on the treadmill.
Our room was small, but larger than other European hotels we've stayed in. The room was designed very well to maximize space. Even though the hotel is only a year old, our room seemed about 5 years old, with our picture ripped from the wall and our curtains dirty and damaged. Some days the cleaning staff did a better job than previous days, and some days the only thing they did was make the bed.
I found the bed to be average, but that the sheets were cheap and rough on the skin. They also did not use top sheets, so all you had was the duvet cover.
This place is good if you're looking for a "no frills" kind of place.
Breakfast is NOT included, and is 16 Euros, so we opted for faboulous
crepes from street vendors for 3 Euros.
We likely would not stay here again.
We stayed in a triple room. I think all rooms are equipped with sofa beds, so the room size was standard. I had thought that staying away from the centre of Paris would give us a larger room, but that was not true.
Overall, a very nice room but it could have been larger. We had also requested for complimentary breakfast, which was not given.
The hotel is quite far from the nearest metro station (Pasteur), at least a 10 minute uphill walk.
The staff was good and spoke English fairly well.
I would recommend a hotel closer to attractions.
Nice hotel, not the easiest location
Our room was very comfortable, clean and bright. It was bright because of the very large window which opened fully which we thought was very dangerous especially for young children and that we were on the 7th floor!!
It is a very long way from the station which has no escalators!! We later found that you can get 2 buses from Gare de Nord and the change is at The Louvre.
We thought the price of breakfast was excessive at €16 so ate a a cafe nearby for only €8 each.
Overall we would stay at another Novotel but not this one only because of the location.
Good, clean modern hotel
Stayed here 27-30 Jul 07.
Booked via Eurostar. Very nice clean modern hotel. Nice rooms and bathroom, bedding changed daily. Helpful staff. We were on 8th floor. As mentioned by previous reviewer, the huge window opened wide into the room with no security for children, we felt you could easily fall out! Room key needed to operate lift from ground floor, good security measure, but would of been helpful if reception had told us this was needed to operate the lift!
Location a little bit out of town for sights and a little walk from the metro. Would stay here again, but maybe another novotel a little nearer main attractions. Didnt try the restaurant due to previous reviews, although it looked very nice. Some very good places to eat and drink nearby.
Good family hotel
Excellent value for a three star hotel, decent room, good bathroom, nice decor.
Staff efficient, friendly and helpful..
Breakfast pastries scored big time with kids and mum.
Ten minutes from hustle and bustle of Gare du Montparnasse.
Noise levels from trains non existent.
Highly enjoyable stay, recomended.
An Affordable Hotel with the City Breaks option
My wife and I are in our 40s, middle class, live in Canada and most often are used to staying in a North American Best Western motel. This is our third time in Paris. We booked this hotel months in advance for five nights and selected the City Breaks Rate which required payment up front (no refunds) and also included breakfast. This rate provided significant savings over other pricing options and made this hotel more affordable.
The hotel appears to be relatively new, and next to railway tracks. However, we never heard any noise from the trains nor much road traffic since the hotel is on a quiet street. Grocery stores and restaurants are in the neighborhood, and catching the train to Chartres for a day trip was easy.
The rooms were clean and air conditioned. We liked the separation of the toilet from the rest of the bathroom, and appreciated the shower and full bath. The queen-sized bed was firm but not hard. The room also included a small fridge, which is rare in many European hotel in this price range.
Breakfast included a hot option: bacon, scrambled eggs, and sausages, plus an assortment of breads, cheeses, fruits, yogurts, juices, and cereals.
Service was polite and efficient. Speaking English was not a problem.
I agree with other reviewers that the hotel does require a fairly long walk to the nearest Metro stations. Furthermore, it requires a short but not steep uphill climb, but nothing like the steps of Montmarte.
The hotel lacks the "charme" and the atmosphere of the older hotels (and their neighborhoods) that we have stayed in, but makes up for it with its cleanliness, breakfast, and quiet location. If walking is a problem you'll want to consider a more central location nearer the river and major sites.
We recommend this hotel and, if available, would encourage you to investigate the City Breaks option.
Nice Hotel - away from the tourist traps
Like the other Novotel I stayed at - nice room, with clean newer furnishings. Very high tech furnishings that take a bit of getting used to.
Decent sized room. The sofa folds out into two twin beds.
Very friendly and professional. Everyone spoke perfect English, which is very comforting when you speak very little French.
Wired ethernet cable in-room. 5 Euros for one hour, 20 Euros for 24 hours, or 24 Euros for 24 hours of internet and unlimited pay-per-view movies.
You can order wireless access, but you have to get the access code from the front desk before you can order. I didn't use it.
Didn't try it.
Twenty or so channels - mostly in French, but also including Al-Jazeera and Japanese NHK. English language channels included CNN World, BBC1, and BBC2.
Good neighborhood - never felt unsafe. You could see the train tracks to Gare Montparnasse from our room, but you couldn't hear them.
The area around the hotel is very non-touristy. No souvenir shops, no fast food chains, and very few tourist-traps. The area around the hotel is made up of flats and apartments, small cafes and bars, and small markets. Some great take-out places on Rue de Pasteur - and a nice Chinese-French market at the corner of Rue Du Cotentin and Rue Falguiere.
While the hotel is right next to Gare Montparnasse, prepare to do some walking. This is one bit that looks a bit misleading on the maps, because there is no one metro stop close to the Novotel. The hotel is actually centered about 10-15 minutes away from several Metro stops. It's a 10 minute walk to Pasteur, 15 minutes or so to Montparnasse Bienvenue.
OTHER STUFF ABOUT THE HOTEL
Excellent security, since you need a room key to operate the elevator. If you need to get to Charles De Gaulle airport, the Air France Coach runs their buses from Gare Montparnasse. Very convenient for getting to the aiport quickly and cheaply.
Terrific hotel. Highly recommended.
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Hotels in Paris
have you ever been here or could you recommend any of these hotels:
- Hotel Villa Luxembourg
- Hotel de l'Avre
- Novotel Paris Gare Montparnasse
I've checked VT's tripadvisor's and venere's reviews, but I'd like to have your personal feedback or recommendation for other hotels. (i'll be travelling in late august).
Thanks in advance,
RE: Hotels in Paris
Haven't been to those hotels, but if you want to stay right in the centre of Paris, on the Ille de la Cite, consider the Hotel Hospitel. It is on the top floor of the general hospitel, right next door to the Notre Dame Cathedral. It costs 104 euros per room per night for up to three people. En-suite bathroom, clean and comfortable, cafeteria downstairs in hospital lobby. Cheers , Jan
RE: RE: Hotels in Paris
I stopped by Hotel de L'Avre last October as it had been getting good reviews. It was very attractive and the man at the desk was pleasant. The nearby metro stop, Motte-Piquet-Grenelle is useful as three lines go through there. There is a Monoprix nearby and the Eiffel Tower is maybe a 20 minute walk away. I haven't been able to stay there yet, but it's on my list.
how to get to my hotel from CDG
Next July we will stay at Novotel Paris Porte d'Italie, 22, RUE VOLTAIRE
Paris. Could you advice how to get to my hotel from CDG. We arrive at CDG at 6.55, there are two of us with two medium baggage.
RE: how to get to my hotel from CDG
There must be dozens of questions in the Paris forum about how to get from CDG to central Paris, all giving links to the airport's website which lays out all the possibilities. You could always check those out after looking up exactly where your hotel is so that you can decide which one is right for you!
As it happens the nearest metro station to your hotel, which is in the 11th arrondissement is Rue des Boulets on metro line 9, which is 1 stop (and about 6 blocks away if you were to walk) from Nation, which you can reach by RER A (CDG is on RER B so you would have to change at Châtelet-les-Halles) or by bus 351 directly from the airport.
RE: RE: how to get to my hotel from CDG
I would advise you to take the AIR FRANCE SHUTTLE (Car Air France) line 4 to Gare de Lyon (12 euros) and a taxi from there to you hotel (very short ride, some euros).
See all the details about Car Air France on my home page.
RE: RE: how to get to my hotel from CDG
Thank you for all of your advice. Air France shuttle sounds fine.
SHUTTLE or TAXI
We will be staying at
Novotel Paris Vaugirard
257, Rue Du Vaugirard Paris,
For a family of four what is the best $$ to get to Charles de Gaulle airport on saturday morning 8a.m. ??
Shuttle or Taxi ??
IS IT TRUE THAT TAXI ONLY TAKES THREE PASSANGERS ??????
How much can I expect to pay for a taxi trip from the Eurotrain station to that hotel on thursday night 11p.m . family of four ???
Thank you for your help....
SHUTTLE or TAXI
bookmark, I'd love to hear about the number of people in a taxi.
Re: SHUTTLE or TAXI
There are larger taxis, typically minivans, that take 4 plus luggage. It may not be next in que at the airport, but you can wait until one that is larger arrives. The trip to CDG will cost about 60 euro if there is not traffic. From Gare du Nord late at night I would guess around 30 euro. Sometimes the taxis charge more for each piece of luggage. We took a taxi early Sunday morning (around 8 am) and the taxi driver did not even help with the bags. Our concierge told us not to tip him. While I have never used shuttles in Paris, apparently there are good ones and ones that suck, so you need to check out the reputation.
Re: SHUTTLE or TAXI
it is right there are some big taxis at CDG airport, for the same price (around 60 euros) + luggage
you can book a shuttle on line
generally, it will cost around (to be checked) :
20 euros for the 1st person
15 euros for the next ones
convenient and bug, but you will wait and it will stop for the other people, sometimes beofre you.
it is good if you have time to visit Paris,
if not, I will suggest the taxi
Re: SHUTTLE or TAXI
I wanted to write:
convenient and big (not bug)
Re: SHUTTLE or TAXI
Thank you so much......