Historical Traveller Reviews of Montpensier Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked this hotel through the internet after reviewing other trip advisor reviews. The location couldn't have been better. We were central to just about everything. The Louvre is a jump away. There is a shuttle bus that takes you to Charles de Gaulle about a 10 minute walk away. There are wonderful shops nearby, great bakeries, Starbucks, Printemps and the Lafayette Galleries - two gigantic shopping destinations. All the major sights like Champs Elysses, Arc de Triumph, Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, the Opera are all within walking distance if walking is your thing. If not, the metro will get you there and there is 2 stops not far from where the hotel was. The Hotel is clean, we actually had a room on the 2nd floor with the shower facilities down the hall. At first I wasn't sure what to think of that but it turned out to be fine. The hotel staff were friendly if you make an effort to speak a little french as with everywhere else in Paris. Don't bring sandals - no-one there wears them and besides if you plan to do a lot of walking then the cobble stone streets will do some major damage to your leg muscles if your not used to it. We received clean towels each day, our view was nothing exciting. We neglected to do the continental breakfast and usually picked up fruit at a local convenience store. There are also a few nice places to eat within walking distance. There is an elevator fit for 1 person and a piece of luggage. Other than that your taking the stairs.
I totally recommend this hotel. You can't beat the location and the price. We paid 66 Euros per night. Worth every penny.
Surprised with the great location and big room for five
from A TripAdvisor Member
I had read reviews for this hotel for five people and was pleasantly surprised with our room with beds and nice table in the middle. I was worried because I asked for non smoking but there is no non smoking policy. Well the room had no evidence of any smoke. I recommend a little restaurant up the street near the Moliere statue named Chez Stella - only a few long shared tables - very french - very inexpensive- like being with at a family get together for the two straight nights we ate there.
we loved it!
from A TripAdvisor Member
spectacular location, great value. the staff is helpfull, very nice.the rooms are cosy and BIG! which is rare for Paris.
Great location, fine hotel, nothing fancy
It was a very good hotel for our price of 77 euros for each of 12 nights. It's so close to the Louvre, and just so central. If you think of Paris as a spider, this hotel is literally located in the body.
The room was very clean. The staff was very pleasant, particularly the night staff. The lift worked if tiny, but that was very nice after a hard day sightseeing. The hallways are a little dark, but our room was very sunny. It could be on a quieter street, but then you wouldn't be on the street that Dan Brown runs down in the Da Vinci Code.
I would not suggest getting breakfast every day, but only occasionally. It's good, but it could seem repetitive. Croissants, drinks of choice, bread, orange juice and yogurt. But at 7 euros, it's no more expensive than at a cafe, although cafes are wonderful.
We found Cafe Comedy nearby to have a nice ham and fried eggs breakfast which broke the heavy bread routine. Happy travelling.
Good Hotel, Great Location
A group of five of us stayed here from 28 May to 1 June. Here is what we found:
Rooms were basic and a little dated, however very clean. The Triple room was very large, the twin room was average size.
Staff are very friendly and will assist you with any query you have.
Location is fantastic. You are just a few hundred metres away from the louvre with the Palais Royal metro stop just around the corner. The area is safe and it is very easy to access all major attractions.
For the price, location and standard this is a great place to stay in Paris.
great bargain for family
Just returned from 4 night stay in Hotel Montpensier, Metro stop: Palias Royal. I was travelling with three teenage children and needed a bargain room to accomodate this big group on a budget. The Montpensier lived up to the excellent reviews already posted. Just a few minutes walk from the Metro and the Louvre, the location is idea. Also, there is a small market a few doors away at which we bought juice and fruit to eat in the room for breakfast. There are two excellent patissieres in the immediate area also. There are alot of souvenier shops on the Rue de Rivoli just a few minutes walk from the hotel. The room was LARGE, as was the bathroom, by European standards. It was very clean and safe. Housekeeping was excellent. Its not the RITZ, for sure, but it was EVERYTHING we needed and more.
Great Hotel in a terrific location
We stayed 4 nights at the Montpensier - it's not a Ritz-type hotel but it was very clean, quiet, the room was very large and you just can't beat the location - steps away for the nearest Metro and the Louvre is a two minute walk. The price is Very reasonable for such a large room and a great location and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Great neighborhood, lots of good cafes and patisseries close by, as well as dozens of other shops and stores - check out the mini flea market in front of the louvre for souveniers! There is a local church about a five minute walk away that is overwhelmingly gorgeous. If I ever come to Paris again, this is where I will be again. If your budget is tight like mine but you still want a nice place to stay, this hotel is a great choice - you definitely won't regret it!
This hotel is a gem!
We have just returned from a 4 night stay at this hotel. With 2 children, there are not many hotels in Paris that can accommodate us in one room - unless you are paying megabucks (and I did spend hours searching the net for such a hotel). We had a large family room with 2 double beds and 2 single beds, and a table and chairs and separate bathroom. The hotel is not fancy - but it is clean and very comfortable. Clean white bedlinen - TV - plenty of clean white towels. For the money you cannot beat this. (The only down side was that there were no tea making facilities, but the receptionist made me a cup of tea one evening when asked)
The location is within spitting distance of the Louvre - we walked past the glass pyramid virtually every day, taking breakfast at the Tuilleries gardens. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Paris!!
Great Location, Clean and Quiet
Great location in the center of town. Very close to metro, stores, Opera quarter and restaurants. Check out Le Grand Colbert about 3 blocks down the road.
Room was very large for Paris standards, but from the floor plan, it looked like we got the largest room on the floor.
The elevator is tiny and cute! I recommend this hotel!
Great hotel for families and great price
from A TripAdvisor Member
We were a family of 4 and wanted to find a reasonably priced hotel with either adjoining rooms or with enough beds in the same room. The Montpensier was one of only a very few that would even accomadate this arrangement. The room we stayed in was large especially by European standards, could accually sleep six as there were two double beds a small bed (twinish size) and a pull out bed in a closet. There was a small dining table with 4 chairs in the center of the room, a large arm chair, and enough storage for anything you might want to hang or unpack. In the bathroom there was a tub-shower, toilet, sink and biday (sp?). All were clean. The only real problem was that the towels were to new and seemed to be nonabsorbant. We took the breakfast every morning, an extra 7euro per person, and were served an ample quanity of bread, croisants, juice, yogart or delicious apple sauce and hot beverage of your choice. If you get a room on an upper floor and have a problem with stairs you might have a little difficulty as the elevator is VERY small, but it does run. The location could not be beat. We like hiking and so walked to the Arc De Triomphe our first day (our children are teens). I would highly recommend the visite pass for getting around the city, and the museum pass carte if you plan on going to many museums. To sum the hotel is clean, staff friendly and helpful, price and location can't be beat. We were there the Tuesday thru Friday before Easter, Thursday a school group from America arrived, they were well behaved but if you are not youth friendly be forewarned as I imagine given the price and location it is popular with school groups.
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An unfortuante and disappointing experience was with duty free upon leaving Paris. We were assured that we could buy and bring on board in our carry on wine purchased at duty free. However upon arriving in Toronto and making a connecting flight to London, Ontario our wine was confiscated. We were told it could only be brought in our checked baggage which of course was impossible at tihis time since it was already checked. This was a very sad ending to an otherwise delightful trip.
This hotel is a 1/2 block from a Metro stop, so it makes sense to take the train from Charles de Gaulle airport & switch to the Metro.
Go to the L'Orangeries museum right before it closes, and it has a chance to be somewhat empty, and then you can really appreciate the waterlillies on the walls.