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Best Paris Vacation Ever!
My husband an I had the most delightful trip to Paris. We stayed a small lovely hotel , Best Western, Mt. Parnassee. It is within walking distance of a major Metro ( subway station). We were able to see all the museums, Musee Dorsay (great impressionist paintings), Louve, Piacasso and Monet Museums-- Eifel Tower, Opera House and most all other major sites in Paris by train-- it took less than 30 minutes travel time for most.
We found a great resource to plan our trip at -----------------------------. They have wonderful destination guides online. This enabled us to learn about and decide to buy the museum pass which saved us lots of money, how to get Opera House tickets for the Paris Ballet and gave us info about Mass times at Notre Dame Catheral,and get a great deal on our hotel room, $125/night!
Such a romantic, wonderful trip of a lifetime! Be sure to visit the Outdoor Cafe's and walk along the Westbank if you visit. The dinner cruise on the Seine was so wonderful too!
This hotel is ok
If you like to take showers, beware of a few quirks in this hotel. The tub does not have a shower curtain (why I dont know, since a rod and curtain is not expensive). After taking a shower, the floor is all wet, even the carpet that fronts the bathroom entrance.
The mini-fridge is mini, and they frown on you taking their stuff out just to put a liter of water to keep cold.
The rooms are SMALL for two. I've been to other Parisian hotels that are more spacious. WHy this is recommended by Expedia I dont know.
The elevator was not inservice during the weekdays and only became operational on Sunday. There are 2 stairwells to go up. The one close to the lobby has a foul damp odor. Take the one near the back. Also, they turn off the hallway lights, and you have to fumble for the light switch to see your way to your room. There is a motion sensor that turns on the lights, but it turns off after 10 second, Im not kidding. If they were concerned about lighting costs, why do they charge so much for this place? At least put a night light or flourescent light on the hallways rather than keeping it so dark and unlighted. I hope their management reads this.
Besides that, its OK. You may find better hotels at the same price.
Pernety Metro station is close by. Most transfers are Pernety line 13 to Montparnasse Bienvenue.
Theres a grocery store nearby, as well as many cafes and 2 Chinese restaurants, pharmacy, shops, laundry, internet cafe. Going left (southbound) from hotel exit takes you to the metro station. Going right (northbound) tales you to the Montparnasse Tower and shopping district, also near the Gare Montparnasse.
Really cozy and great location!
At first I was a little skeptical because it seemed smaller than the pictures...but it turned out to be so cozy!
We made friends with Derek (he works at the front desk) and we stayed up really late one night just talking to him in the comfortable lobby/living room. He was very helpful, we even met him at "Indiana Club" the next night a played pool and just had fun! *By the way, go to the Indiana Club - a 3-4 minute walk from the hotel.
-It was an excellent location...there is a grocery about a block away, tons of good cafes at your fingertips, nearest metro is about a 3 minute walk!****There is a big shopping area right around the corner I didn't know about until my last day - with a huge H&M, United Colors of Bennetton, a huge Etam, and countless shoe stores, ect...**** Only about a 10 minute metro ride to any museum, Champs Elysees, and the Latin Quarter/Notre Dame area (my favorite area!) - a great place to hang out at night!
-I felt very safe, there were countless people walking alone at night, not worried at all! I really enjoyed opening the windows at night and in the mornings, and the hotel was extremely clean!
-There is a small refridgerator and an assortment of teas and hot chocolate along with a "teapot" that boils water in about 15 seconds!
Only a few things I disliked:
-The bathtub did not drain, BUT - was quickly attended to when I alerted the front desk.
-The shower was kind of strange, but no big deal.
Overall I would recommend this hotel to anyone! I really felt like it was a second home after a week and did not want to leave!
Good Value for Money
Having stayed in Paris a number of times, we found this Hotel to be good value for money. The Hotel is by no means luxurious but the rooms are larger than average for Paris Accommodation, very clean and we found the staff very friendly. Ideally located for Montparnasse Tower, the Station and Metros but with a small selection of reasonably priced restaurants in the immediate vicinity. If you want luxury, great views in a touristy area this isn't the hotel for you but if you are looking for clean comfortable accommodation, well placed for transport around Paris this is a really good choice.
Best Western Bretagne
My husband and I and two of our teenage children stayed here in 2003. We found the staff helpful, however because we prepaid for the room, we think we had one of the worst rooms in the hotel. Certainly not like the ones reviewed above. So we would not ever do that again.
Our TV did not work nor did the air-conditioning; it was a very hot summer. The staff appeared willing to work on those problems but they were never resolved while we were there for three days.
I did like the area after having stayed in the 1st and 17th districts in previous stays. Lots of local restaurants that were good. ATM closeby as well as other little shops.
Ok...but nothing to write home about.
This hotel was ok, but we found it to be not very charming. It is clean and the staff is neutral - not rude, but not your best friend either. The bathrooms were clean, although the shower head is not attached to the wall, so you have to awkwardly hold the shower head above you...making for a flooded bathroom every morning. Or you take what my boyfriend lovingly called a "shath"...a shower doubling as a bath...;-)
The location is out of the way. We spent much time on the Metro, which was fun the first few days but got old soon. Montparnasse is residential and not as charming as the districts of St. Germain, Quartier Latin or the Marais. If you are not getting a deal on this place through your booking site, then rather stay at the much sweeter "Relais St. Sulpice" in St. Germain, which costs not much more and is so much more charming.
The two story room and location balances out the rude staff
I loved the hotel. It's colorful and well kept for the most part. We stayed in a two story room (the only one of it's kind) that slept four really comfortably.
The staff are rude to you if you don't speak to them in French. They seem to like to maintain that rudeness throughout the stay, however, they do help you with directions and places to eat. The maids were really friendly and respected our privacy.
Our room had a great view and I love being down the street from the patisserie, marche, cigar shop (where you get stamps), stationary shop and fruit market. The Chinese food down the street is a nice snack.
The ceiling in our great room had mildew growing on it, so that was somewhat disgusting.
In spite, I must admit, I loved living in the neighborhood with the natives. It felt much less like tourism and more like an experience.
Get new front desk staff and paint the ceiling and I would return year after year.
This is a great little hotel in a nice street in Montparnasse. Only a stones throw from Montparnasse Cemetary and a short walk from the Montparnasse Tower and train station, this hotel offers a cheap way to stay in a great location. Rue Raymond Losserand is a bustling street with many great shops and a few nice restaurants and cafes. Boulevard Montparnasse is only a short walk away. The hotel itself is basic but the rooms are a decent size for Paris and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel is also excellently placed if you are using the shuttle from Charles De Gaulle to Montparnasse - the bus stop is very close by. Highly recommended.
I agree with the last review. The hotel was nice, large room for the price in Paris. 4 to a room, worked well. Shops, bakeries, restaurants, supermarket nearby and easily accessible by foot.
Nice little Parisian hotel
I stayed at the BW Bretagne Montparnassee during a quick trip in January, 2004. It was a delightful little hotel, in a non-touristy part of Paris. The area is somewhat residential but is very close to shops and cafes. Metro access and a major train station are a few blocks away. The area felt safe, even late at night. The hotel is very close to the Cimetiere du Montparnasse, a well-known cemetery with several famous "residents". The Montparnasse cafes made famous during the artistic ex-pat days of the 20's and 30's are a short walk (a few blocks) away. The hotel is small but clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. A great place to stay to avoid the tourist crowds.