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I have stayed at the Hotel des Arenes twice. Both times we received a "special" rate of 80 euro/night for a double (120/night for a triple). These were walk-up fares. In my opinion it is very conveniently located, about a 2 min walk to two different tube stations (two different lines which is handy). It is about 10-15 mins walk to Notre Dame as well. The neighbourhood is nice, with excellent little bakeries and delis nearby, although there is not much by way of decent restaurants in the area. The breakfast is the usual cereal, toast and coffee, but it was plentiful and there is also room service at no extra charge up until 11 am (a big bonus for those who like to sleep in!) The staff are over-charming, but usually quite helpful. We stayed in the same room both times, which was a good size and clean. As others have already mentioned, the arena/garden at the back is very cool, and makes a great spot to spend a lazy afternoon. Overall, it is a fairly simple, but clean and perfectly adequate hotel in which to stay.
Stay away Americans
This place was horrible. The front desk was rude and it is way over-priced. They especially don't like Americans and will do what they can to over charge you. Be careful. Nicer hotels are within walking distance.
I say that, because, having stayed in a couple of decent two star hotels in the previous days, I noticed no extra facilities or luxuries here. Except that it was slightly more expensive! The hotel is clean and the beds are comfortable. The location couldn't be better in my mind. So close to Paris centre, and right in the Latin quarter, a quick walk away from the Pantheon with it's surrounding narrow streets brimming with excellent cafes and bars. There was a market in the nearby Place Monge on the Wednsday (but, perhaps it's on everyday). Our room looked out onto the Roman Amphitheatre from which the hotel takes it's name. The room had a small safe in which we could store our passports, etc, and a minibar. However on the bad side, the shower was rubbish, the head is so low down that you have to crouch to get under it. It was a fairly cold day in October but the heating was off and there was no heating control in the room ("Centrally controlled"), and in the morning we were shivering with the cold. The man at reception always seemed hyper, and spoke at a frantic pace, everytime I passed through the lobby he appeared to be arguing with another guest!
I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel des Arenes. The rooms were a decent size. I stayed in a 3-bedroom room facing the street; my friends stayed in a room facing the arena, both rooms had good views. The street noise wasn't too bad, I slept peacefully with my window open every night. The beds were firm and the pillows were flat so ask for extras. The bathroom was a good size and clean, the shower had very good water pressure, although the toilet was noisy, it would make noises for about an hour after flushing it. The staff there was helpful and very friendly. It is in a great location, not too far of a walk from the Notre Dame, and the metro stop Rue Monge is right next to the hotel. There are many bakeries and cafes near the hotel. The free breakfast is typical croissants, bread, and cereal. I would stay at the Hotel Des Arenes again.
I just got back from my trip to Paris (May 2004) and I stayed a week at the Hotel des Arenes. The room was small by US standards but was comfortable enough for three adults and one toddler to run around in. The surprising thing was before our arrival the hotel staff put a baby cot (pack in play) in our room for our child which was a blessing. The beds were not soft but not hard the pillows left a lot to be desired (covered in plastic and then had a cotton pillow cover over them and very thin). Just ask for extra pillows if you need them. The hotel staff was very helpful. Our converter of course didn't fit in the outlet in the room but the concierge pointed us to a local shop a few blocks away where we could get a converter and we had no problems. We had a room facing the arena which I highly recommend requesting it's great to open your windows and hear the sounds of boys playing soccer. There are lots of great bakery's nearby and there is also a supermarket just down the street if you want to pick up some snacks for yourself. We paid $120 euros a night for three adults and one toddler (16 months old) which I think was a steal. If you're looking for a decent hotel and are on a budget this is the hotel for you.
We weren't quite sure what to expect from a Parisian hotel during our trip there in April, 2004, as I had never been to France before and my dad had last been there 30 years ago.
Neat little hotel; great staff; great location
Stayed here over the February break. The hotel is convenient and immagulate; the staff at the desk were very cordial and very helpful
During winter break 2003, I traveled to Paris for a week; however, I wanted a hotel that was convienent and well priced. Unfortunately, well-priced in Paris does not offer much. I totally enjoyed the location of this small no-frill hotel. The rooms are not well equipped.
Me and my girlfriend stayed at The Hotel Arenes for 4 night in early March and were very satisfied. For 75euro/night we got a room that was better than most that go for upto 150. It was room was fairly small but clean. The double bed wasn't terribly comfortable but not that bad either. TV (13 channels) and Minibar w/ safe. The bathroom was kind of rinky. It had a small a tub and a show wand. Little bit of mildew on the wall
This hotel was great. I would stay there again.
It has very small plain rooms by north american standards but everything was clean.
The best part of this hotel is the arena at the back. Our room faced the back (preferable) and as the sun was setting we could watch men playing bocci and children playing soccer in the ruins of the roman arena. Grab bread from the local patisserie and you can picnic behind your hotel.
The breakfast was nice. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea with cheeses, bread etc.
It was well located also about 10 minutes walk from Notre Dame. A safe area and with good local points of interest.