Hotel Concorde Montparnasse
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The flight fromKL to Paris was long - very long. We both slept a bit but the bottom line is 13 hours couped up in an economy class seat is just not much fun. They did at least feed us.... and feed us and feed us. We got to Paris at about 6:15am, got our luggage and then a bus to Gare Montparnasse (Montparnasse Station). With just a bit of …
We both felt much better after a good nights sleep. We were up and out of the hotel by 9am on the way to our first stop of Notre Dame when I realised that that I left the battery for the camera in the recharger. After a few choice words I ran back to the hotel to get the battery while Fiona went to hunt down some breakfast which turned out to be 3 …
Today we started with a half day tour to Monet's garden in Giverny. We were picked up at the hotel and it took an hour to get there. We wondered through the famous Japenese garden which provided much of the ispiration for Monet's blah blah blah blah....... I think I'm sick of paintings! Personal Note #1 Yama: This was just a little wasted on me - I …
Bonjour tout le monde, Yama has requested some notes of food. We have been walking everywhere, and have noticed that almost every street block has a small boulangerie/patisserie (bakery/cake shop) with a wonderful range of pastries, brioche, baguettes, homemade quiches, and assorted tarts (citron, fraisse, marron). Also, chocolatier shops are very …
What a "GRAND" day we had in Paris. After a quick breakfast (croissant, orange juice and tea) we hopped on the underground to the Opera Garnier to check it out. It was very lavish and in a majestic building. The hall way at one end was very ornate and covered in gold everywhere. From there Fiona wanted to get some patchwork fabric from Paris, so we …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Concorde Montparnasse Paris
My wife and I stayed on a package deal about three weeks after it opened in May, 2004. It is a very pleasant hotel built to modern standards and I found the room to be of ample size for a euro hotel. The included (for us) hot breakfast buffet had a good selection and was of good quality, but not outstanding. There is an interior courtyard where you can take your breakfast to eat, which is pleasant. The lineups for the buffet do start to work on being excessive. The hotel is located steps from Gare Montparnasse which sounds better than it is. It is a bit of a walk to a Metro station and the area is devoid of interest, so you have to factor extra travel time into sightseeing, shopping and eating. The room was very nice indeed with a generous coffee/tea tray and was very nicely appointed. The staff were helpful and courteous, although check-in/check-out could have been more efficient. All in all, we traded some convenience for comfort which is something we don't normally do in a city like Paris but the price was right.
Nice, clean, new, decent location
We stayed in this hotel from 12-27-04 and checked out on 12-31-04. Our rooms were not ready at check-in time (1:00) and we had to wait until after 2:30. However, the front desk said that was due to the fact that the people in the room previously did not check out when they were supposed to. That said, we had two adjoining rooms on the 7th (top) floor, non-smoking as requested (we traveled with our kids, ages 6 and 11). The rooms were quiet and clean and very comfortable. The location is pretty good, close to the metro. It is a newer area, not as picturesque as other parts of Paris, but we were going for a newer hotel, so we figured that might be the case. The shower kept running too hot and then too cold which was annoying. However, overall, I have to say that we got a great rate for two very nice rooms (from Expedia when purchased with our airline tickets). The posted rate on the door of the hotel was much higher than what we paid. It is also very easy to hop on the Air France bus to and from the airport--the stop is about 1/2 block from the hotel. On checkout, they tried to charge us for breakfast and internet which we did not use, but promptly took the charges off the bill. There is a hot-water pot with instant coffee, tea and hot chocolate provided which hit the spot after a long day sightseeing. There were also a couple of English news channels on the t.v. We would not hesitate to stay there again.
Loved This Place
I recently stayed at Bleu Marine over Thanksgiving, and highly recommend it. I found the staff to be friendly and more than helpful. The room was an adequate size (from what I have read, probably larger than most Paris hotel rooms), and very clean, one of the pluses of staying at a new hotel. No moldy tiles, no odors, no plumbing problems, new and clean. I liked the location, it was enjoyable in the evenings to walk a few blocks and be in the middle of a true neighborhood. Plenty of places to eat, cinemas, large grocery store, and those great little neighborhood shops and bakeries. There is a well known jazz club, La Petit Journal, a very short walk away.
The train and metro station are right there, talk about convenience, you can get anywhere with ease. The Air France airport bus also has a convenient stop just right down the street close to the Gare Montparnase. Very economical airport transportation.
I cannot think of a single complaint. Acclimating myself was so easy, as was finding my way around. Viva la Paree!
Nice Hotel but very badly run.
Just got back from Paris, this is a very nice hotel in a great location (if you don't mind taking the metro). The area is very safe and the hotel is clean. But.....the management is a JOKE. Fawlty Towers is better run!
Firstly, It takes ages to check in, they keep punching stuff into the computer, disappearing into the back office, reappearing with paper, answering telephone calls, punching more stuff into the computer etc, doing all this with a very confused frown on their face. This charade will go on for about 20 minutes. There were major problems with checking in and not just for us. The majority of people checking in seemed to have problems. They were overbooked but they blamed the Internet booking site for this. But I suspect judging by how it was run that it was themselves and the internet company was more a convenient escape goat. They took certain people who had legitimate bookings and sent them to another hotel. This is the last thing you want when you arrive in a foreign country. One of my friends was sent to the other hotel. This hotel was a chain hotel (similar to comfort inn) and was located further out from the city. So you where paying over the odds for your new hotel. I was lucky (well maybe not) to get a room in Blue marine.
For the first night I had booked a room for 3 adults (a triplet, 3 singles) I got a double bed and a fold out sofa bed with no blankets. I rang down to get blankets for the fold out bed, first they think you are trying to pull a smart one by trying to sneak someone into the room so they check your booking and then see you did pay for three eventually "yes sir, on it's way" came back from dinner, no blankets, rang down again, once again I was met with a degree of suspicious eventually "yes sir on it's way". Went out that night came back to the hotel ...still no blankets, went down causing a fuss. Got one blanket with no sheets and no pillow. The next day my father came over so I had booked twin rooms, I got two doubles. So had to share the bed with my dad (I am 30 years of age!). It was a smoking room even thought I don't smoke. The bedroom windows don't open but you have AC. Some people are fine with this but I prefer an option of fresh air. Especially when there is a smell of stale tobacco. You can complain but you are wasting your time. Breakfast is extra. €15!
So that was my experience of the Blue Marine, you might be lucky and have no problem with your book in and then you will have a nice stay, as the hotel is nice, clean and modern. But if things go wrong don't say you were not warned.
Nice Hotel, Bit of a Distance to Most Attractions
My wife and I (newly weds) visited here for our honeymoon this Oct. 2004. Although it was a nice hotel (newly built, so it was clean with nice decor and great bathrooms - I liked the showers!) the location of the hotel is a long walk to almost all attractions. The closest attraction is the Eiffel Tower and it took us almost an hour to walk to it (If you run straight there maybe it will take you 30 minutes). There is a Metro terminal very close by just 100m down the road so that was convienent. If you don't mind taking the Metro everywhere, it's not that bad, as the Paris Metro travels to every part of the city. If I go back to Paris, the Latin Quarter is where we will stay (central to all attractions and where all the great eating spots are). The hotel bar and restaurant is expensive and we did not eat or drink there once, we just browsed at the menu and walked away from the prices. A Coca Cola is $ 3.50 Euro! The continental breakfast that was free with our package was nice but was always very busy and the buffet never changed once out of the 8 days we where there. There is a great local grocery store near the hotel, so we thought to buy some food to make sandwiches for our day trips. Not a good idea, as the hotel has strict policies on the mini bar fridge (every time you open the door you get charged a fee (even if you don't take anything) and they don't allow you to store food in the fridge.
Good enough for me!
This hotel represents good value for money in a decent location. It is right next to gare montparnasse (the train station) and also near many metro stops. A taxi into the very centre of paris (if your feeling lazy) is 10 Euro's and 5 minutes.
The hotel itself is clean and of an above average standard. Service isn't always immediate but that is more of a French thing rather than a bleu Marine thing. The room I stayed in was very clean and had a great plasma screen TV. From what I have seen of other Parisien hotels, The Bleu Marine represents decent quality and excellent value for money. I will stay again
Would not go back
I stayed here in September and would not go back. The location is terrible if you want to spend time at most Paris attractions. Checking in took 15 minutes for no reason. We were the only people checking in. The room was decent, nothing terrible. I was given a smoking room after reserving a non-smoking room. It is definetly worth it to pay more to stay in a better hotel.
This was our first visit to Europe and our first stop from September 5, 2004 to September 9, 2004. We actually reserved another hotel and our friends that we were going with got to Paris 2 days before us and we ended up changing hotels to Bleu Marine. It is a clean, new hotel. Our room was small but our friends room was a little larger. Our a/c did not work as well as ours friends. The rooms were very clean and contemporary. We didn't find the front desk to be very helpful. Although the location is extremely close to the metro station.
Nice place to stay
Stayed at the Bleu Marine for 7 days in August. The hotel is bright, new and the staff are very friendly. Breakfast was included in our package, so we tried it. The breads and eggs were very good. Yogurt cheese and fruit were also abundent. The location is convenient for getting around Paris by Metro, and is close to 3 Metro stations. Gare Montparnass is a great place to get a quick bite if you miss breakfast. Lots of restaurants around the train station, but beware of the prices they charge. Better prices can be found a block or two in any direction. Most people will speak english if you make an attempt at french. Most of the hotel staff speak english. In all it was a very pleasant stay, and I would recomend it if you need an inexpensive place to stay in Paris.
Popular with the tour companies...
My wife and I stayed at the Bleumarine at the end of a two week COSMOS European coach tour. Apart from a couple of minor glitches (getting the lift stuck in the basement and the minibar being jammed shut) the hotel was very well maintained and pleasant. Staff were courteous and helpful, hotel overall is a nice place to stay and, although next to the station, is within comfortable walking distance of sights. Didn't try the food apart from breakfast, which was somewhat limited for coach tourists (e.g. nothing cooked). On the day when a lot of coach tours were in the hotel the breakfast room was bedlam, and tended to saturate with queues to enter and difficulty getting to food. But tolerable - just plan an extra ten minutes to get through breakfast. We'd stay there again.