Hotel des Mines, Paris
Reviews - Hotel des Mines
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: Canada
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Great value for moneyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Ugly hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The ubication is ok, is very centric.
A great hotel in an excellent location.from Loopykate
I found the hotel after trawling through masses of review sites and travel guidebooks. To be honest the number of hotels in Paris is overwhelming and after hours of searching through various hotels using Tripadvisor I came across the des Mines. It seemed to rank very highly amongst all the reviewers, wheareas in so many other hotels' reviews there seemed to be an odd mixture of 5 star and 1 star reviews.
I am - to put it mildly - rather fussy when it comes to hotels. I love a bit of local colour (no Novotels for me) but am not a fan of creaky, eccentric hotels that Paris seems to be famous for. I am a light sleeper who HATES humming, air-conditioning noises, loud music etc etc and I like my room to be comfortable and above all clean. I don't expect to live in luxury though as my budget is limited and I like to spend most of my holiday exploring the city.
In all these respects the Hotel de Mines came up trumps. It is situated very near the Jardin de Luxembourg in the 5th and virtually next to the RER underground train line (we came straight from CDG and it took all of 3 mins to wheel our suitcase along the road). The Bvd St Michel is a fairly busy street, but it is certainly not the heaving mass of traffic that some reviews of this area would have you believe. The road doesn't have the ultra-chic boutiques that abound in some areas of Paris, but we felt it was a nice, very safe road. There are some little grocery shops very near for supplies of water, fruit, wine etc. The hotel is a little way away from anything noisy, but definitely near enough to all the action: after we checked in we immediately walked down the Bvd St Michel and were in the heart of things within 5-10 mins. After having spent lots of time walking around Paris into other areas I can safely say that the des Mines is very handily situated, very quiet and excellent for public transport (The Metro was 7 mins away).
The rooms are very reasonably priced for what you get. In Paris, rooms tend to be rather smaller than elsewhere: we had a good sized room and a little bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. The bathroom would have been slightly challenging had either of us been overweight (there was not a lot of room between the shower and loo) but it was clean and well-appointed, with a little wall-mounted hairdryer and lovely clean towels every day. There is a fan system that is very efficient: on one evening it rained a lot and we were able to dry our clothes overnight in such a warm, dry space.
The room itself had a VERY comfy double bed with pristine sheets, good pillows, a TV and a phone. There was a lot of useful storage space in the room so that our large suitcase fitted in easily and we could hang most of our clothes up.
We had asked for a room facing the courtyard, higher up (as one of the reveiwers here had recommended) and this was a good choice. Obviously this does mean that you don't have a great view, but as we were out for so much of the time it didn't matter at all.
We both had 3 excellent nights' sleep at the Hotel des Mines. It's not a completely silent place (no hotel in Paris is!!) and we could hear a little noise from the other rooms' water pipes, but I had read before that this is part of the Paris hotel deal and it didn't bother me at all.
The service from the hotel staff is outstanding. All were very friendly and very helpful (one even found me an indigestion remedy when I was woken up by awful cramps after a night consuming too much chocolate mousse!). They all speak excellent English, but were more that happy to let me try out my schoolgirl French. In fact in so many places we visited in Paris the people really do seem to appreciate it when you have a go with their language. Indeed, every French person we met was extremely pleasant and helpful - not at all like we had been led to believe.
The breakfasts looked great, but we skipped them because we wanted to try the local cafes. By the way, we really have to recommend the Tabac du Sorbonne cafe down the road for an evening drink/coffee.
The only thing we would be wary of is the timings of the shuttle service advertised on the reception desk. It offers excellent value (15 Euros each to CDG) but we had a problem because there were so many pick-ups. I enquired about the ad and how long it would take and the lady at the des Mines desk quite rightly explained that it takes an hour for the shuttle to get to the airport. We told her our flight time and we thought we'd allocated plenty of time, but I think she didn't realise that you also have to add on time to pick other people up from various hotels all around the city. We spent over an hour just picking other travellers up before we left central Paris and we nearly missed our flight! If you decide to use the shuttle (and it is very good) please remember that you have to allow an hour for being ferried to other hotels then another 45mins to 1 hour to get to the airport.
To summarise: DO go to Paris and DO book a room at the Hotel des Mines if you want a place that is clean, safe, quiet and friendly. I'm glad I read all those Tripadvisor reviews!!
Nice hotel in great area - Value for moneyfrom cornfellow
Our hotel budget was ~70-90 euros/night, so this immediately limited our options. We were mostly interested in staying in the latin quarter, and wanted something clean, with a good location, and value for money. After reading many reviews of hotels I decided to go with Hotel Des Mines (81 euros/night for a double room with shower).
I really liked the hotel, thought it was clean, safe, good value for money, with plenty of eating places within walking distance and was also walking distance to the Pantheon and Notre Dame. Staff was friendly, Metro stop just a minute or two walk away, and room was bigger than I expected (but small by US standards). Easy access to both CDG and Orly airports. Bed was big, and bathroom was clean and had a hair dryer. Very nice area and just a short walk away from the Jardin du Luxembourg. Grocery store next door was convenient too. I would stay here again, and it passes the mom test… I’d recommend it to my mom too.
TRANSPORT TO/FROM AIRPORT
The RER line B will take you straight to/from CDG with no other connections. It’s about 8 euros each way and is very convenient. The Luxembourg RER stop is about 1 or 2 minutes walk away from the hotel. I’m guessing the trip took about 30-40 minutes.
Orly airport is also easily accessible from the hotel. My girlfriend took the RER B/Orlyval combination (about 8 euros), but you also have the option of taking the Orlybus shuttle from the Denfert Rochereau Metro/RER stop (just 2 stops away from the hotel).
I thought the location was very nice, safe, clean, and others also told me “oh you are staying in a nice area” when I told them where I was staying. The Luxembourg gardens are just a couple of minutes walk away. Pantheon is a few minutes walk away, Notre Dame is also walking distance... about 10 minutes walk I’d say.
There is a grocery store right next to the hotel which was convenient for buying water and cheese/chocolate/anything you want. If you walk a little further north on Saint Michel Blvd there are more café’s, pastry shops, and restaurants, and if you walk even further than there are even more restaurants to the east of Saint Michel Blvd.
There also clothes shops and other shops along Saint Michel Blvd.
The metro/RER Luxembourg stop was just a short walk away and it was pretty easy to get to anywhere we wanted with a metro map and figuring out where we should connect to what line.
FOOD PLACES WE LIKED IN THE AREA
For breakfast we liked the Brioche Doree Café which is about a 5 minute walk north on St Michel just after you pass the Luxembourg Garden I think. It had a small special - get a pastry and a coffee for about 2 euros, or two pastries , one coffee and one orange juice for about 3.80. There is a good amount of seating available inside to sit down and eat, and all the workers were nice.
There was another nice bread and pastry shop where I got pastries for breakfast on other days. I THINK this is the location… head north on Saint Michel Blvd, turn right on R. Royer Collard which is opposite the Jardin du Luxembourg, and then you will run in to Rue Guy Lussac. It’s on that corner.
For a snack, a nice crepe/other quick food place was located north on Saint Michel on the opposite side of the street to the hotel. It was past the Jardin du Luxembourg, but I don’t remember the name or exact location. It was next to a chocolatier if that helps.
All members of the staff were very kind and all spoke English fairly well. There is someone at the front desk 24 hours/day and at late night/early morning I think they lock the front door but all you have to do is ring the doorbell outside and they will come open it for you.
They also put a reminder notice on the elevator about daylight savings time starting that night, which probably helped a few people avoid being late to places.
The size was bigger than I expected but still small by US standards. The bed was definitely bigger than I expected. The room was clean and the bathroom was clean too.
The room had a small closet area thing to hang our coats (see picture), a TV with CNN, BBC, MTV, and a few other channels (some English some French). Previously we had read in other reviews that on the lower floor you can hear the RER train passing by underground early in the morning, so we took their advice and got a room on a “higher floor” which ended up being the 3rd floor. I had also read a recommendation to get a room on the courtyard side to avoid any street noise. With our room on the courtyard side on the 3rd floor we didn’t hear any train or street noises and enjoyed quiet nights to sleep through. There were extra pillows and a sheet and blanket and maybe even another thin quilt I think, it was plenty to keep us warm.
We could sometimes hear the rooms next to us if they talked loud or laughed loud or were starting the shower, but it was nothing too bad…. I think a lot of cheaper hotels in Paris have thinner walls so I kind of expected that.
Bathroom was clean and had a hairdryer. The shower was smallish, but big enough to comfortably shower in with no problems. (see pictures) Plenty of hot water and good water pressure all the time. Every now and then we did get a funny mildewish smell from the bathroom, but we just opened the windows before we went out for the day and when we came back it was gone. It wasn’t there all the time though… so nothing to worry about.
There is a computer in the lobby that you can purchase minutes for… I think 2 euros for 15 minutes. That’s what we did since it was right there. But there is also an internet café down the street on St Michel that will give you better rates (1 or 2 euros for an hour I think). Keep in mind that the keyboard is not the same layout as the QWERTY keyboards in America so it took longer to type things and figure out where certain special characters were.
ELEVATOR (see picture)
Small elevator but big enough for 3 people, 4 people would be more of a tight squeeze… when we did try to fit 4 people the weight limit was exceeded and so the other couple just got off and let us go up first. No real problems or complaints though.
WAKE UP CALLS
Everyday we got a wakeup call at whatever time I requested. It is not automated.. the person at the front desk will call you. We got our call on time every day EXCEPT the last day, which I was the most important day to get it since we had morning flights to catch. Luckily I had my cell phone alarm set and so we woke up on time, and received the wake up call about 20 minutes late. That night was also the start of daylight savings time, so I’m not sure if that threw off the front desk person or not since time skipped ahead an hour, but just be wise…. If it is important that you wake up on time on any day be sure to have your own alarm clock as a backup.
Top spot.from A TripAdvisor Member
Would stay here again.
Excellent Hotel, Good Areafrom A TripAdvisor Member
Unfortunately when we were there they were refurbishing some of the bathrooms and installing A/C. Although we were not disturbed by the workmen the lift was out of operation and there are over 80 steps to the top floor (5 floors) of the hotel. Work taking place Jan - March '05.
Bedrooms reasonable size with TV & hairdrier (no tea/coffee making facilty).
Supermarket close by, nice cafe opposite and good selection of eating spots on Rue Mouffetard with food from all countries available.
Thoroughly enjoyable, will return here again.
Great place to stay!!from jwgatorgirl
Great value for moneyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
1. Great value for money. 80 Euros a night.
2. One block from the Luxembourg RER metro stop, 15 mins from Gare Du Nord.
3. One block from 2 internet cafes
4. Grocery store next door
5. 10 min walk to Notre Dame
6. Quiet, comfortable, clean rooms
7. Friendly staff
8. L'Open Tour buses stop almost across the street
Only negative was having to climb over the toilet to get into the shower. But we managed.
Overall we had a very pleasant stay without any problems. Definitely recommended for travelers on a budget looking for a decent place to stay while in Paris. =:- )
GREAT HOTEL!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Great find!from A TripAdvisor Member
Lovely location next to les Jardin des Luxembourg, the hotel was clean, comfortable and very well-priced. Staff at Reception were pleasant and helpful. A continental breakfast is available at a supplement but is generous. The hotel is well placed for the RER line for access from Gard du Nord and also Orly airport.
Easy walking distance to Notre Dame and a great selection of nearby shops, bars and cafes.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone!
Top Local Tips for Paris
The Metro A great way to get around Paris. Book a hotel within walking distance.
Dining near the Hotel Des Mines What's great about the Latin Quarter is that you can walk 10 minutes down the road and find loads of restaurants. In an evening, when you're all dressed up for a nice meal, the waiters and owners stand outside to try and get you to come in. Some smash plates at you to show respect (or something like that). Being 18, I just laughed at those guys, but that's besides the point. In an evening, the nightlife is great and you can have good fun walking down the streets with people all around you and restaurants to your left and right, looking at the menus and deciding where you want to go. One thing; I have never liked wine, but after trying the wine they gave us before the meal (which I didn't ask for by the way, but we had it anyway), I thought "Yep, I love French wine". The wine there is amazing, so give it a try!
Rent a bike in Paris! There are numerous self-service bike rental locations throughout the streets of Paris, where you can use your credit card to check out a bike at about 1 Euro per half hour, ride the bike to any other rental location and check it back in. The bikes are clean, new, fully adjustible, 3-speed and it's a great way to check out the quieter streets of Paris (don't attempt the Arc de Triomphe or Champs de Elysses, though, unless you are a seasoned biker).
Other names for Hotel des Mines
- des mines paris
- des mines hotel
- Address: 125 Boulevard Saint Michel - Paris - 75005 - France
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