Marignan Hotel

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Marignan Hotel

, Paris
1 star

Rooms: 30

13 Rue du Sommerard - Paris - 75005 - France Hotel Website | |
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Great value
Submitted by: john in 07/08/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Yes I have stayed here. Paul and his staff are fantastic. After 2 mins you feel as if you are visiting a relative. I always look this place up when in Paris. The street is quiet and in the heart of a gorgeous area of Paris. The last time I saw Paul he was sitting at breakfast with his guests chatting about the best place to buy coffee. A great place for tourists. Hope to go back soon.
The real Paris
Submitted by: Anna in 02/05/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: New Zealand
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I am a kiwi traveller who has stayed at Hotel marignan twice in 2004 and 2006. Paul and his staff are fantastic help with directions to things to do (quickest way to get there too). Both visits I stayed with children and whilst it is a budget hotel it is also family friendly. If you have a concern or problem do tell paul or the staff on reception. They will assist straight away. We loved our last visit's experience of morning breakfast - which was the same menu as 2004 (pain and chocolat/cafe) but delivered by a wonderful Mme! The location is the best and you can request which floor to stay on... helpful hint request the 1st or 2nd floor if you have a lot of luggage...the authentic spiral staircase is a challenge otherwise
Wonderful, great deal
Submitted by: Judy Frisk in 16/01/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I've stayed here several times over the years and it's possibly thee best deal in Paris. Wonderful rooms, rock bottom prices, great english-speaking staff. They offer washer-dryer, iron, and make you feel at home, are very helpful with info.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Marignan Hotel

great breakfast!

from nancykathy
It was clean, the staff was very helpful, and the extras are great, like free laundry and access to a kitchen. The location is fantastic;within walking distance of the Louvre, Cluny, Notre Dame........the dizzying spiral staircase is part of the attraction!

very good location

from Bunny00
We just stayed at the hotel for the weekend and i definitely would go back!
The location is very good, many places are in the work distance or when you get tired walking there are also metro stations very near by. you can also find many bars and restaurants in the area.
Just remember that it is a low budget hotel so you should't be expecting something really fancy. The rooms are small and don#t have tv etc., but at least we only stayed there pretty much to sleep between exploring the wonderful city. The prices are very good in paris and also breakfast is included.
The staff was very friendly and english speaking and always ready to answer our questions.

Perfect for students (and others!)

from A TripAdvisor Member
We (a group of 8 young students) stayed at the Hotel Marignan for a week in June. It was in an absolutely ideal location, really near the river and Notre Dame, plus plenty of good bars and clubs. There is lots to do around there, just go down to the bridges near La Place du Petit Pont and there will be something going on (don't, whatever you do, forget to visit Shakespeare and Co.) We also felt perfectly safe in the area too. The hotel was cheap, friendly and with lots of helpful information in the downstairs. The breakfast was fine, especially since it was free - baguettes with a range of spreads, good coffee (or tea or hot chocolate), and orange juice - and the rooms and bathrooms were clean. It locks up at 10.30pm but they offered us an extra set of keys each so you can really come and go as you like. The stairs take a little effort but for the price you're not paying for lifts and porters and whatnot.

Ideal for students, those on a budget, and those looking for a fun area to stay in. Probably not the best place for a romantic getaway - the emphasis is on functionality rather than style - but other than that it was great and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Not a good experience

from Cuca020
We choose this hotel because it seemed centrally located and friendly on the web. It is in a good location, easy access to the metro and within walking distance to the Louvre. That's about as good as it gets. We had a quad room with a shower. The bathroom was some what clean but the beds were terrible. We found bugs in the room and in the morning we had bite marks on our skin. The building had "old charm" but it is not restored. The balcony was nice but the furniture old and worn! Stairs only. Communal toilet was dirty. Girl at the desk after we checked out was not friendly nor helpful. We could not wait to leave. Stayed only one night! We won't be staying at this hotel again.

Superb Low Budget Accomodation

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel Marignan is a wonderful hotel for budget travelers wanting a room in the heart of Paris. I have stayed in the Marignan each year for the past six years on my annual trip to Paris and it is consistent in giving great value and great service for a budget hotel.

The hotel is basic (no elevator or tvs in room), but clean and well managed. The location is as good as any in Paris: a 3-4 minute walk to Notre Dame and the Seine, the hotel is quite near the metro Maubert-Mutualite and between the Blvd. St. Germain and the Rue des Ecoles. The Sorbonne and the Musee Cluny are only 2 minutes away.

The area is safe and relatively quite; the hotel management speaks English and is as helpful as any in Paris, whether giving advice about sight-seeing or the best way to reach one of the Paris airports or train stations.

The Marignan is not luxurious, but it is a friendly and lively place that includes breakfast in the price of the room (unusual in Paris) and the free use of laundry facilities. The Marignan's small lobby and breakfast room make for a hectic morning at times, but the staff is always willing to help in any way possible.

Those who cannot haul their bags up a narrow staircase perhaps should look elsewhere, but for those who want a clean, safe, economical, and friendly place to rest after a long day of walking around Paris, the Marignan is an excellent choice.

Again: the location on the Left Bank in the heart of the Latin Quarter is a perfect location for those who are particularly interested in exploring the 5th and 6th arrondissements. And the Marais and the rest of the center of Paris is within easy walking distance.

For budget accomodations in Paris, it would be difficult to find better than the Marignan.

Less than expected

from A TripAdvisor Member
I should have known to be careful when you couldn't cancel within 45 days of arrival. Our room was tidy but not completely clean. We awoke the first morning to the smell of sewer, which came and went throughout the day. It didn't help that the common bathroom for the rooms without was next to our door either. The staff was pleasant and the location was good.

Excellent for Students/Low Budget!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Let me start off by saying if you expect to get a 5 Star hotel like the Hilton or Marriot or something of that nature, forget about it!! This hotel is awesome. I am a student and I have stayed at the Marignan 3 years in a row and they have continued to be nothing but genuine, accomidating and professional. Sure there may be noise, but hello! There ARE other kids/students in the hotel as well. And also, FREE Library, Breakfast, Laundry, Kitchen! What more do you want?! And the staff is so awesome! They are some of the most witty and fun-loving people you could ask for. Theres always something going on at the Marignan. This hotel is like a dream. The price, the location and everything else. Go somewhere else if noise bothers you and you dont like stairs. But I whole heartedly recommend the Hotel Marignan for anyone who wants good old fashioned hospitality and a great price with great people. I have yet to have a bad situation with them.

Pretty Good

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Marignan for 3 nights in November. It was in a great location, so you could easily walk everywhere, plus it was nice to be near the intellectual activity of the Sorbonne. The room I stayed in was a single and was a bit drab, not exactly spotless, but the bed was very comfortable after a long day of sightseeing. Both the bathroom and shower were in the hall, and were kept clean. The staff was very nice and they provided a map of Paris upon arrival, which proved to be invaluable. It is definitely a great location, near lots of restaurants, Notre Dame, some shopping, bars/pubs and other tourists. Overall, for 45euros/night it is a good place to stay.

Just what we needed

from Tessaca
My sister and I have just returned from a 2 week visit to France where we spent a week at the Hotel Marignan in Paris. I was a bit nervous about it after reading recent reviews on your site, however we were very happy with the hotel and the staff. We had a room on the ground floor (Room 36) which had a double and a single bed and with a spacious bathroom that had a toilet, shower and basin. The room was clean and comfortable and the only noise we heard was from the building oposite on one evening when there was a party. The breakfast was very similar to others I have had in France, fresh baguette, jam, cheese chocolate spread, tinned fruit, juice and a choice of chocolate, tea or coffee - the coffee was great. Paul, the owner is looking at alternative breakfast foods and asked us to try out a couple of cheeses and a fromage frais option that he thought might appeal to guests. We had free use of a small kitchen and laundry - even the washing detergent is provided. The staff were always helpful and even allowed us to return after a week to store our luggage for the day when we were about to leave France. All in all it was a great place to stay, very convenient and with a good range of food shops nearby.

Buyer Beware

from mtroom
I've just returned from Paris and feel strongly about writing this review about the Marignan. The hotel definitely has its loyal following as evidenced by a few repeat guests at the hotel at the time. Maybe it was the time of year, but I think in general, if you're over 30 you won't appreciate this place. It definitely is more of a hostel than a hotel.

Friendliness of the staff-No complaints actually, and I don't agree with anyone who said they were treated like a nuisance. I found Paul Keninger and the rest of the staff to be very friendly and accomodating. His only fault is being completely frazzled and operating on an un-organized system for assigning rooms. For example, my 2 friends arrived after I did and the only place he had to put them was a single room with two beds. The single room is already only about the size of a walk-in closet, so this arrangement was absolutely ridiculous. They finally talked him into making arrangements at another hotel down the street. This is how it should have been anyway since the hotel had already messed up our arrangements earlier.

Noise Level-Again, maybe the time of year and the fault of an old building, but it was LOUD. Loud to the point that my mother moved out and down to the Best Western from her single room. A few nights later I had to do the same thing because a drunk idiot was screaming obscenities from his sixth floor room. Luckily I had not paid yet.

The rooms were clean, as were most of the bathrooms. For a cheap place to stay, there are only so many repairs they can make at once. The top floor showers were beautiful. The lower floors, not so good and the drains had hairballs...pretty disgusting. The beds were very comfortable, but the thing I don't understand is why they don't put pillowcases on the pillows!

The breakfast in the morning is enough to get you out the door but the coffee was wonderful.

I understand they get a lot of young people in the hotel so there has to be a few rules, but some of them are ridiculous. I'm sure I broke a few.

There is no one on duty at night. This was extremely frustrating because when the noise level was bad, there was no one to complain to. Shouldn't any hotel know what is going on at all times? I felt like they just locked the place up and left, like a dorm without an RA. If they're going to have "rules" there should be someone around to enforce them.

The complete screw-up of my friends' reservations.

If you're young, if you're on a budget, and if you have a good set of earplugs, this place is for you. Personally, I don't want to stay in a place I have to make excuses for. That's how I felt at the Marignan. I have to say I wouldn't stay here again, but the Best Western next door is GREAT!

Top Local Tips for Paris

Don't forget the RER The RER is quieter, less frequented by tourists than the Metro and has some great little stops... and you can mostly get a seat for the long trek across Paris

Parc Astérix Don't go unless you are committed to spending lots of money, stand in long queues everywhere, eat raw hamburger meat, exchange your hamburger two times and get two more hamburgers with raw hamburger meat, finally go back home hungry with only 3 rides in the whole day. This has been our experience.

General 1) Buy a 'carnet' (pack of ten metro tickets). The metro is a big help for getting from place to place. 2) If you're interested in the cultural side of things, stay in the Quartier Latin- most things you'll want to see are within walking distance, or a short metro ride. 3) Try speaking a bit of French (no matter how basic) if looking for directions, or when in a restaurant, etc. The locals appreciate it- not everyone speaks English!


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  • Address: 13 Rue du Sommerard - Paris - 75005 - France
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