Comfort Hotel Lamarck
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This was a shocker - we had a room that faced the street outside which was lined with some druggies and alcies, and it was so loud! The room was small and smelly. Then we asked for another room and got a single! Which we took as it faced the back, but my boyfriend had to sleep on the floor. The room reeked of smoke and the sheets stank as well, and you could hardly move in that tiny tiny room! I was so dissappointed by this hotel and it wasnt that cheap for what you get. I would not stay here again at all ever.
My cousin and I stayed here May 26-June 1. We enjoyed our stay here. The nigh staff were super friendly and often times we would stay and speak to them and they were helpful when we asked questions. Our first room was bad! It was room 610, please don't stay there. It is the last floor corner room - so the ceiling slants like an attic and you can't open the window so IT WAS UNBEARABLY HOTT! We got changed the next day and were happy with our other room. One thing I need to say is that the beds are small compared to the US. A double bed is a bit larger than our twin. Our second room had two twin beds, which worked better than the double bed. The towels weren't great, they were pretty thin and rough. We also received only one pillow each. Those were our only issues really. The housekeeping was great, they cleaned everyday and replaced towels and toiletries, etc. We LOVED Montmartre and enjoyed staying where we did. It was far away enough from the tourist spots so we really felt like locals. There is a great bakery on the corner (has croissants, baguettes, and great sandwich specials), which I suggest instead of the expensive 8 euro/day breakfast the hotel offers. There is also a Champion supermarket about two-three blocks away (going the opposite way than if you were heading to the bakery). Also in that direction about two blocks away is a great Indian restaurant on the right hand side of the street. Really yummy food! I would stay here again because we loved the neighborhood and liked that it wasn't too touristy there. The staff were nice. We would just make sure to ask for two beds and not 610. The second room had large windows we could open, because there is no AC and when we went it was 80-90F degrees. We did enjoy having the small courtyard and did buy wine at Champion and drank it there on some nights. I'll include some photos.
Although Montmartre is considered very touristy, this hotel is tucked away in a local section with very few other hotels in the area. Lamarck-Caulaincourt Metro stop is close by (although up some stairs), and there are some wonderful little boulangeries, patisseries, and other food shops along Caulaincourt if you don't feel like going to a restaurant.
The service at this hotel was impeccable and the location was great! It's a very short walk to the Metro station and there are fantastic restaurants all around. Yes, the rooms are VERY small, but to say that the staff was merely attentive would be an understatement. They went above and beyond to make our stay as pleasant as possible. They drew maps, made suggestions regarding places to visit/things to do, and relayed messages quickly. At one point, my group received a phone call from the states, but we weren't in our rooms, we were down in the breakfast room (good breakfast, by the way). When we couldn't be reached initially, they looked for us and then had the call transferred to the hotel's kitchen so that we could talk to our family back home! They really went the extra mile. I've stayed in luxury hotels in San Francisco with great service, but the service in this hotel surpassed my greatest expectations!
The Comfort Hotel Lamarck Paris is a small, modern, chain hotel located on the north slope of Montmartre hill below Sacre Coeur. It offers compact but functional and clean rooms with private bath at some of the absolutely best rates in all Paris. Booked on www.expedia.com for February 2005, my single room there cost only $54 US / 41 EUR per night plus 11% tax (this reservation was non-refundable, pre-paid, and required a 3 night stay). At its rack rate (79 EUR single, 89 EUR double) this hotel is certainly acceptable but not a great a value. On expedia's net site simply click on "hotel only"; then specify your dates; then click on "sort by price". This hotel was the cheapest on the expedia list, but it provided everything this traveler could want. The hotel is in a quiet and pleasant residential area down 50 steps and one steep block due north from the Metro (line 12) Lamarck station. The rooms are very much like those of the competition (Ibis, et al.) at about 4m x 4m, with a 2m x 1m private bath, firm twin beds, a large easily opened window, efficient heater, wonderful hot shower, TV, and phone. There is an additional charge of 8 EUR for their breakfast (which a local said was good), but there is a Champion Supermarket just 100 m. to the left, and a boulangerie just next door to the right, as you exit the hotel. The only negatives I can report are the lack of internet access in the hotel or nearby, the lack of elevator access during the breakfast rush hour, and the lack of security peepholes and chains on the doors (for those women traveling alone).
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights at the end of September and considering this was my first trip to Paris, it could not have been better. The staff were helpful and courteous at all times (even the night porter who we woke one night at 3am!). We did not have breakfast in the hotel as they were charging an extra €6 for this and when we went down on the first morning, there were only croissants and there were a few lovely pastry shops in the general area for the same price.
Take my advice and don't stay at this hotel.
Comfortable, affordable hotel with a friendly staff
We stayed here in May 2004 and were very pleased. The rooms are small - but clean and comfortable. The hotel staff were very kind and helpful. They serve a very adequate continental breakfast with fresh crossaints, baguettes, cheese, yogurt, juice, and coffee. The hotel is located in Montmartre and within walking distance of Sacre Couer. The Lamark/Caulaincourt Metro station is a 5 minute walk away and there is a grocery store and laundry just up the street. Also, I suggest getting a transport visitor's pass and a museum pass. You can read about them at:
I have stayed at this hotel many times, the rooms are clean if somewhat small. The cellar beakfast room is also clean, although when busy the staff may be a bit slow in clearing the tables.
If you need to be sure you can be contacted any time, and if you do not particularly enjoy people being extremely rude to you, your friends or family, stay away from this hotel. The phones in the rooms are not working, and if you happen to have an urgent message to convey for someone in the hotel, the reception clerk will flatly refuse to send a message to the room, be extremely rude, and will even hang on the person who is trying to reach you while he/she is still trying to explain to him that he/she has an urgent message....
So, as there are a lot of hotels in Paris, try finding one with personnel a little more friendly. Surely it will not be difficult.