Hotel Apollon Montparnasse
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... bit of a walk and waited until midnight. Midnight came and it was truly a spectacular sight. Photos just do not do it any justice! There were still so many tourists around and people on the streets trying to sell souvenirs and those lasers that are illegal in Australia. They just love to shine them into your eyes! Silly.
We made it back to our room a bit before 01:00 and went straight to bed. It was a really lovely evening.
As we are approaching ...
... and after some stair climbing and a lift we made it to the top. The photos show how amazing it all is. Last night France played germany in the soccer and the streets were filled with revellers- NOT SURE what it would have been like if france had of actually won! Jess caught up with some school friends living in Paris last night and we had aquite time, mainly because the public transport was closed due to the soccer! He had to walk home from delivering jess to her ...
... the room and found at least 50 paintings by the Dutch artist. The museum had gathered paintings from all over Europe and the US to put together this exhibit. It was amazing! Another note--before we came to Paris we were in Arles (remember?). Some of the paintings were the ones we had seen displays of when we were there.
We left the museum around 5 and took the metro to the Montmartre area. We took a funicular up to the ...
... and musings provide you with a palpable idea of this city. The lourve, as vast as it is meaningful, exceeded any and all lofty expectations. Its bones are constructed from ancestral palaces remnant from the days of Henry the Second. After hours of roaming this reminder of our art, our history - I realized that the city itself is a museum. Look around you, everything we touch, everything we build ... It is your history.
... only the photos can try to recreate the experience. After swinging by the moulin rouge , Tom knocked out his soon to be famous chicken salsa stir fry. Delicious
Saturday was an early start and we walked straight on into the worst weather we have had by far, a lomg hike down toToms number one to visit Op Shop Free P Star netted fantastic results walking away withnew jacket,Given previous form Tom really splashed out on this bad boy.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Apollon Montparnasse Paris
Quaint and well located
Very friendly staff, great location 1 block from metro and in walking distance to AirFrance shuttle service to airport. Near a bakery and great local dining. Economical, the rooms are a bit small for American standards, but comfortable. Great air-conditioning and water pressure.
Jewel of a Paris hotel!
Outstanding location: Close to Montparnasse RR (and from there by bus to Charles de Gaulle airport), 100m to Metro (Pernety), bakery, Chinese, Italian, Japanese & French restaurants; post office around corner; small supermarket 5 min away; FREE Internet; quiet at night; helpful, friendly & knowledgeable owner is personally on the premises; efficient reservations promptly confirmed by fax or e-mail
OVERALL: Super value for my money! Would not stay anywhere else in Paris.
Hotel tres charmant
nous avons passé un week end magnifique à l'hotel Apollon
Montparnasse. accueil chaleureux, les chambres charmantes et propre.l hotel est à promité de la gare montparnasse, donc en 10 minutes à pied. quartier très agréable et vivant.
définitivement nous reviendrons dans ce charmant hotel pour notre prochain week end à paris.
Not too bad, but not fantastic
We booked this hotel based on recommendations from TripAdvisor.com, and in truth, it wasn't too bad. We were biased, however, but the WONDERFUL time we had had earlier in the vacation at the Hotel de la Porte Doree, so I'll try to be as objective as I can.
This hotel is in a very regular, down-to-earth neighborhood of Paris. The residents seem to be from West Africa, and there were friendly folks, including lots of kids, strolling about. That was very nice: This is what it's like to live in work-a-day Paris.
There is a metro stop ("Pernety") just one block away, but it's not immediately apparent: You don't have to walk all the way out rue de l'Ouest to rue du Maine--I promise. It's very difficult, however, to navigate from the 13 metro line to many other places in Paris that we wanted to go, and we seemed always to be hiking across Montparnasse-Bienvenue to transfer, so that's not ideal.
The hotel was clean and fairly comfortable, and the staff were helpful and friendly. The breakfast was so-so, and one of the days, we were actually served day-old bread, which just isn't done in French society. That was a disappointment.
The elevator is really rickety, and when three of us tried to use it, we got stuck and the night-clerk had to get us out. Don't go for a world record of piling into this tiny space! The climb up to the fourth floor on the spiral staircase was not for the faint of heart, I can tell you.
The air conditioning worked fine, and that was nice, but I had to gerry-rig the shower so the hand-held head would stay up. (If you've traveled in France before, you'll know what I'm talking about.)
We probably won't stay there again, but it wasn't too bad, as I said.
A very pleasant place to stay in Paris !!
we have vacationed in Paris for more than 20 years. We knew the area around the Hotel Apollon, but always stayed in a 3 star hotel on the basis that it would be larger, nicer, air conditioned, etc. When our favorite hotel raised their price to 130 euros and the euro / dollar rate declined by 30%, we started looking for a more economical alternative. We were pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness of the rooms, comfortable bed, the nice and very large lobby, the complete breakfast for 6,50 euros, a friendly staff and charming hotel. we really appreciate the private parking there while we unloaded the car. Double glazing on the streetside windows ensures a quiet night, although we had the windows open and there isn't much traffic. The bistro recommended by the front desk was very nice, although not too many locals were dining there the night we went. We have already reserved for the next three trips.
Look elsewhere if you can
I stayed for just one night and went to another area. I had a very small single room, clean but worn. The desk clerk was very nice and helpful but the area and hotel seemed dreary. I walked several blocks in all directions and couldn't find a cafe that seemed inviting. The hotel looks nothing like the web and brochure pictures.
I really recommend this great hotel!
i stayed with my husband 3 nights in this hotel and we enjoyed a lot our stay!! the hotel is very confortable, very well decorated and very clean!!We appreciated the air conditionning and the situation of the hotel near the metro station, Pernety (less than 1 minute by walk), the train station and the bus stop Air France. The staff is very helpful, I asked for a journey trip around paris and the receptionist helped me to find the best tour, i appreciated a lot.
I often go to paris, and this is my favourite hotel! I recommend it and i am sure that you won t be disappointed.
Good for the price
Stayed here in October, 2004. This hotel is located within a block of the Pernety Metro station. Our room overlooked the street, and was on the second floor. One bonus was that both the bedroom and bathroom had large windows that opened so it helped the room feel a little less tiny. The decor was very tasteful and they were even putting new carpet in the hallways when we were there. The hotel staff was terse but polite, and very efficient. Definitely get the hotel breakfast for 6.50 - it included coffee or tea, plus a croissant and a roll with butter, cheese, jelly. Normally we would have eaten in a patisserie, but none of the patiesseries in the area had a place to sit, so the little breakfast room downstairs from the lobby was quite pleasant.
Negatives: Since our room overlooked the street it was very noisy. Lots of traffic idling at the stoplights. It was a little quieter with the window closed.
The biggest negative for me was that there was a ton of hair all over my blanket. I understand that few hotels actually wash blankets between guest visits, but the wads of hair should have been a clue to the cleaning staff that it was time to throw the thing in the washer.
The bathroom was immaculately clean, and my husband's blanket was OK, but I have to say my blanket was a real turn off. Luckily I had a lint roller and, after filling up three sheets with hair, it was good again.
The area that the hotel is in is OK, not dirty or anything, but not exactly charming either. But, for the price we really couldn't complain. We only stayed in one other hotel in Paris, in the Montmartre district - the Timhotel Montmartre and it was so excellent that maybe it ruined us for all other Paris hotels.
Loved this charming hotel!
I stayed in this very pleasant hotel for 5 nights and i really recommend it. the lobby and the rooms are well decorated, clean and very comfortable. the hotel is equiped of air conditionning and very closed to the montparnasse station and the metro station. the staff is very nice, i really enjoyed my stay in hotel apollon!!