Hoetl du Parc Hotel

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Hoetl du Parc Hotel

, Paris
2 star

Rooms: 36

6 Rue Jolivet - Paris - 75014 - France Hotel Website | |
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Affordable and Convenient in a Great Area

from beesquare
We just returned from our first ever visit to Paris, and on the recommendation of a flight attendant we know who has stayed here, we decided to give it a try. While this is pretty much a “just the basics” hotel (which is reflected in the reasonable-for-Paris rates), nevertheless it suited our needs perfectly as we knew the majority of our time spent in Paris would be spent exploring the city and environs. We really just needed a private space to call our own (even if rather tiny), and a place to flop (albeit on fairly firm beds and pillows) at the end of the day, with a clean bathroom (exceptionally so) – and based on that criteria, at the Hotel du Parc, we got everything we were looking for.

Added bonuses for this hotel included it’s location – found in the Montparnasse area of the city, it was literally steps away from the main transportation hub Gare de Montparnasse (which also suited our needs perfectly), and just around the corner from the Edgar Quinet Metro station. Also in the immediate area were countless creperies, cafes, small convenience stores, cinemas, a pharmacy, bank machines, internet cafes, and every other morning, there was a large and busy market in the nearby square where we were astounded by the variety and quality of the fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and cheeses available.

Just a little farther down the street within close walking distance was the Rue de Rennes, a long and busy street jam-packed with affordable shopping (for those whose budgets preclude shopping the Champs-Elysees!), and also a direct route into the popular Saint-Germaine des Pres area, and down to the Seine in the area of the Pont des Arts.

On the down side, as another reviewer here has mentioned, the night staff of the hotel spoke little to no English – not a HUGE inconvenience in the big picture, as all we really needed to do was pick up our room key from them – but in my case, it would have been comforting to have someone to communicate clearly with, especially on one evening where I became separated from my boyfriend and needed some reassurance/guidance on what to do should he not show up. In defense of the night clerk, however, he did try his best in what little English he could muster to console me that all would be well – and of course, he was right – my boyfriend eventually returned to the hotel and we were reunited (a word to the wise – make sure you travel with Europe friendly cell phones, or at the very least, walkie-talkies!) I should also mention that due to flight mix-ups and schedule juggling, we had to readjust or reservations a few times, and the staff was very accommodating via email in addressing our requests to our liking.

It has also been mentioned here by another reviewer that the main reception area is two flights of stairs up – this is indeed the case, as is the fact that the elevator is a very tight squeeze with two adults and a few suitcases. At the end of a long day of sightseeing on foot, walking six flights up to your room (we were on the 4th level above reception) is daunting to say the least, so this hotel may not be suitable for the handicapped or aged. Overall, though, if you’re willing to brave the stairs/tiny lift, and are looking for clean, efficient and affordable accommodation in an area full of conveniences, within walking distance to the main tourist areas of the city (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, etc.) look no further than the Hotel du Parc.

Nice Hotel In a Good Location

from MNBigRedFan
Prior to the internet I don't know how anyone ever booked a hotel in Europe without getting a "Fawlty Towers" experience. With the plethora of reviews on the internet these days there is no excuse to end up in a bad hotel in a bad location. All it takes is some time and due diligence and anyone can find a nice hotel that meets their needs.

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel du Parc in Paris for three nights during the first week of April 2007. If you are looking for the Ritz-Carlton at the Hotel du Parc, you better look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for a clean, budget friendly hotel in a good location, look no further than the Hotel du Parc.

We really enjoyed our stay at the Hotel du Parc. After spending the four previous nights in an absurdly small room in a London B&B, this room seemed deluxe. While the furnishings were somewhat spartan, the room was very tidy, cleaned every day and they provided fresh towels every day. The bed was very firm, but comfortable and plenty long enough even for me and I am 6'2" tall.

Another positive was the size of the bathroom. It was quite large even by American standards. It had a full-size bathtub with a separate standup shower.

A third positive of the Hotel du Parc is the location. It is about 4-5 blocks from the Gare de Montparnasse metro station and one block from the Edgar Quinet metro station. From these 2 stations you can get just about anywhere in Paris.

The neighborhood around the hotel was also quite nice and clean. There are some very nice pastry shops and boulangeries in the neighborhood. Also there is a Monoprix right down the street, which is nice for snacks and other shopping

While our overall experience was very positive, there are a few issues some travelers may need to consider before staying at the Hotel du Parc. The first is that the elevators/lifts do not go to the ground floor. This means you have to walk up two flights of stairs before you reach the lobby and are able to use the elevators/lifts. If you are elderly, handicapped, tired at the end of the day, or travel with lots of luggage, this could present a problem.

The second was the front desk workers did not speak very good english. The website advertises this as a bilungual hotel, but the front desk workers spoke minimal english. Especially the persons that worked at night. This was not a major problem, but did lead to some communication problems regarding having to leave our key at the front desk when we left the hotel and making dinner reservations.

My overall experience at the Hotel du Parc was very positive. As this was our first trip to Paris we sort of expected the worst, but were very happy there. If you are looking for an affordable hotel in Paris, do not hesitate to book the Hotel du Parc, but do know there are some negatives with the hotel.

Good Hotel in a convenient location

from CarltonFC
This hotel is well placed to two metro stations, a quaint triangular park, two supermarkets and a wonderful clothes, fruit, vegatables, cheese, meat and fish market in the street that runs beside Montparnasse Cemetry. The hotel rooms are small, the bathroom is very clean and if you get a room at the back they are very quiet even with the windows wide open. Breakfast was samll but adequate, the staff are friendly and there is one computer iat reception that you can access 9for a reasonable fee). We would certainly stay there again as the local rtestaurants are reasonable and it is out of the touristy areas. The tourist areas are still easily accessible using the excellent metro.

Pleasant hotle, great location

from 4-go-travelling
Very conveniently located just a couple of minutes walk from Edgar Quinet metro station means that all of the main Paris sites can be reached within 30 minutes or so. Edgar Quinet station is only 2 stops from the main RER line which links to the airports. Be warned though, pickpockets DO operate on this metro line. Buy metro passes in advance - look for the Paris Visite passes for foreign travellers.

The hotel room was clean and comfortable, extra pillows were provided on request. Breakfast at 5.50 euros, consisted of croissants and baguettes with butter and jam, with coffee. I asked for tea, and hot chocolate on occasions but always got coffee (and I do speak French!).

The staff are pleasant and helpful and all except one spoke English. You will need to speak French to get the night porter to understand you.

The reception is on the first floor which means carrying your cases up at least two flights of stairs, after that there is a tiny lift to other floors. Our room came complete with toilet and a good shower. I have seen websites which suggest that all rooms have toilet and shower. This is not true so check carefully what you are booking.

Check out is at 10am but we were allowed to leave our cases at the hotel until we had to leave for our flight at 8pm which was a definate bonus.

The area of Montparnasse has lots of good restaurants. An average evening meal costs about 20 - 25 euros including a drink.

This is a "no frills" hotel but I would recommend it for a short stay.

Great little hotel in a great neighborhood

from londonrookie
Picked the Du Parc based on reviews here and the pluses of an elevator & a/c. Found the bathroom to be roomy with an adequate shower with plenty of hot water. a plus for cooler weather would be the heated towel rack. Service was friendly and courteous. Maid service was top notch. Just to be accurate, we stayed in room #51. As previous reviewers have stated, a big plus is the lively, but not busy with traffic, locale. If you want to relax and have a good time after a hard day of sightseeing, this is the place to be. We had a wonderful time choosing different places to eat. Prices are way, way below the touristy areas for food & drink.

Great hotel for staying in Paris

from Ulf
The hotel is situated in a small street at Montparnasse, and may be a bit tricky to find the first time. Location is perfect with only 1 minute to walk to the Metro (Edgar Quinet), and 2 minutes walk from Gare Montparnasse with trains, metro and busses to Charles du Gaule and Orly.

The rooms could be a bit larger, but is ok for sleeping and relaxing and does not offer a lot of floor space. The bathroom is very nice and clean, and offers ok floor space. Wall mounted flat screen TV and safe deposit box, and not at least individual airconditions in every room is a pluss.

The area has many restaurants (creperies, chinese, japanese) and several cafees and pubs right outside the main door. We experienced it as a quiet place, and most of the rooms are faceing to the backyard.

The service personell is nice and speeks english, but we experienced that the night portier only spoke french.

This is a hotel we want to recomend!

A great place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
A lovely hotel for a short stay in Paris. I stayed for 3 nights in an ensuite twin room on the top floor. The room was small but big enough if you're spending most of your time sightseeing and very clean. Ditto the bathroom. Facilities in the room included a wardrobe, safe, air conditioning unit and flat screen TV. The hotel reception is staffed 24 hours a day and the staff were friendly. Breakfast isn't included, like most hotels in Paris, but is worth paying extra for if you want the convenience. Otherwise there are plenty of places nearby.

The area is full of cheap cafes and restaurants and had a nice atmosphere without being too noisy - the hotel itself was very quiet. The Edgar Quinet metro station is very near the hotel and Gare Montparnasse isn't much further. If you travel by Eurostar, the metro is direct from the Gare du Nord to Montparnasse.

I'd definitely stay at the Hotel du Parc again and would also recommend it to others.

Great value, great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
About 2 mins walk from the Montaparnasse Bienvenue metro station, in an area buzzing with friendly cafes, bistros, shops and cinemas. As a lone female traveller I felt safe returning to the Hotel after dark because the streets were still busy. The Jardin du Luxembourg is about 5-10 mins walk away and is the perfect place to relax for an afternoon in the Paris sunshine. The hotel is basic but clean and friendly. The economy room is great value at 50 euro a night. My only complaint was that there was no shower in the room - the shower was located behind the reception desk which meant walking through the breakfast area to get to it! Ask for a room at the back - although you don't get a view of the square, it is very peaceful. Don't bother with the hotel breakfast - although it is nice enough there are loads of great cafes around where you can soak up the atmosphere and practice your French! The location makes this hotel - with the Latin Quarter a quick walk up the road, and the centre of Paris only a couple of metro stops away it is great value.

Clean and pleasant

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is clean and has new bathroom fixtures, TV and aircon. It is very close to a metro station. It is facing a noisy park, but ok with the very soundproof window and aircon. The price is reasonable; good value. The internet is not free, but can usually find a few wireless connections from the neighbours.

d reccomend

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a quiet, no frills hotel that was perfectly suitable for a 4 day stay in Paris on my honeymoon. As we were travelling by car, we found it distressingly hard to find, but that is due to the way the one-way streets run surrounding the hotel. The best part of staying here, besides from the quiet, is a full-scale supermarket right across the street so arranging little meals was inexpensive and a snap. Walking distance to Montparnasse Cemetery and the Catacombs.

Top Local Tips for Paris

Angelina's After visiting the Louvre museum, head over to rue de Rivoli to Angelina's Tea Salon and order the chocolat a l'africain for hot chocolate like you've never had before!

Watch out for staff in the metro who make young children pay full adult fares! Always have a metro map with you as even if you speak French the Metro staff will not help you.This is particularly bad in the Monparnasse Station.Also small children are charged full adult rate even if the ticket seller can see he is less than 10 years old...this happened every time! The metro maps on the walls are unreadable,well below the standards of London,New York, Barcelona..so be prepared.

Especially good food and service Two restaurant experiences impressed me; 1) Les Vins des Pyrenees - rue Beautrellis, 4e near the Saint Paul or Bastille Metro stations. I had Foie Gras and a great rump steak along with a wonderful half-bottle of wine. Book your table as this place fills up with the neighborhood locals. The food, wine and atmosphere impressed me. 2) Au Pied de Cochon - 6 rue Coquillere, 1er near Les Halles Metro station. It was a drizzely and cold late afternoon and I wandered in here for their French onion soup and I was impressed by the great service I received from, Thomas, a young waiter. The head waiter bossed Thomas around something fierce, but he kept a smile on his face and endured icey stares and stern words from a particularly nasty little Napoleon. I wanted to try this Brasserie ever since I was a student at Georgetown University in Washington, DC where we had a late night bistro with the same name. (unrelated to this restaurant) My main course at Au Pied was grilled salmon.

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