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Safe, clean, modern and pretty decoration
We have just returned from a few days at the hotel Kyriad Montparnasse.
A pretty Parisian hotel, the rooms are small but that is typical of Paris. Renovated there is a little time, in a modern spirit and "cocooning (Marrowy feather beds, white beeding and large pillows).We will have soon the photographs ! A wonderful and helpful staff speaking English informs you all the day and even the night. The Metro is right across the street and near of the Air France bus from either Orly or CDG. There is a bakery in the same building and countless bistros and bars in the neighborhood.
Try the breakfast ! cold and hot buffet, with a broad choice of jam, pork-butchery and viennoisery.
And for the doors of the rooms.... they close!
In short, it is an accessible hotel when you don't know the city and near to all the conveniences. We will return there soon - it is sure!
Clean and very comfortable, nothing fancy. Had a problem with the water not running out of the sink, the staff came up and fixed it immediately. Beds were very comfortable, soundproof a huge plus! Language a bit of a problem in the dining room. I only wanted coffee and a yogurt to take up to the room( I did this 4 times),at check out they had charged me the full buffet price X 4, I tried to explain that I only had coffee/yogurt - she got a bit nasty over the situation but did change the charge ( with a bit of an attitude) Go for the entire buffet. Good neighborhood, Monoprix food store close by, bakeries etc. Metro right across the street, I would return and stay there again. Security was not a problem for us, you do turn your room key in every time you leave - no big deal.
Don not trust the photographs
I stayed at theis Hotel over the Eater Weekend with my partner. I was led to believe by the photos that it was a very clean , modern hotel. When we got to the hotel however, I was immediately dissapointed. The hotel looks like it could do with a good clean and dosen't look up to much at all. The staff were friendly enough and they did all speak some English which is which is always nice.
However the room was really small. The bed was confortable and the lighting was nice but there was not a proper wardrobe or anywhere to keep things safe. Like many other have commented there was no lock which was slightly disconcerting. The bathroom was the smallest I have ever seen and felt really old and in need of a good makeover.
Overall, the hotel was a real dissapointment. The photos are not accurate and the overall feel of the hotel was that it was a tired and unintersting hotel. It is very obvious that it is a chain as there does not feel like there was any effort put it to make this hotel stand out.
If you need a hotel stay at the Hotel de Bois behind the Arc de Triomph its much nicer.
Just returned from a 9 night stay at this hotel. As the other travelers have stated, there are NO locks inside any of the rooms. This was a bit disturbing as I am used to much more security. The rooms are quite small but no smaller then other Paris hotels in this category. The rooms were very clean and as soundproof as can possibly be. The heat in the room worked fantastically, infact so well I had to open a window in the room at night to be comfortable. Almost all the staff spoke english or at least a willingness to try and was most friendly and accommodating when asked for anything reasonable. The wonderful and generous buffet breakfast was a fantastic part of the stay. It is truly a buffet breakfast, not just a roll and coffee. It had hot and cold choices, juices, breads, fruits, yogurt and cereals. A excellent value to say the least. The location is a bit out of the city but a subway station - Pernety is across the street from the hotel and you are just a few minutes by subway from the usual tourist sites. A Monoprix (supermarket) is just down the street, bakery in the same building and many cafes in the neighborhood. This is a nondescript hotel, if you are looking for charm this isn't the place. The hotel pictures on the web are a bit misleading as it looks as if the rooms are so much roomier, but beware the rooms are quite small, although no smaller then the average Paris hotel room in this category. I did not inquire about a hotel safe for my valuables as the only thing of value was my passport and money which I had on my person. The inability to lock the door inside was bit disconcerting though. The hotel maid staff were all pleasant and friendly and I did not encounter any rudeness as the other traveler did. They respected my wishes to be left alone when the do not disturb sign was posted on my door and never did they barge in or even knock on my door to tell me that my room must be cleaned now or else. In all it was a pleasant stay, the staff were friendly and the rooms were clean.
Security a big concern!!!
Just stayed there for 4 nites and I was praying to god hoping it was just a 1 nite trip.
- I left the hotel with my tote bag all zipped up, but found them half opened when I got back in the evening.
- Bring your own door stopper! Sorry, security is your own problem coz the room doors have no dead bolt or anything.
- Sorry, the sign "Do Not Disturb" doesn't mean anything here. I had the sign on but the maid just busted right in coz they HAD to clean up the room. And I "MUST" let them do it right away or there would be clean up service for that day.
- And that was just one of the many "MUSTs" I've got from them.....plus many other "IMPOSSIBLEs"
- And it's quite a far ride from Gard du Nord
Well worth it
If you are looking for a typical American hotel, don't stay here. If you are looking for an inexpensive room in a great neighborhood, this is a great place to stay. The Metro is right across the street and you are within walking distance of the Air France bus from either Orly or CDG.
There is a bakery in the same building and countless bistros and bars in the neighborhood.
The rooms are small, but not tiny and very well kept. I would not hesitate to return on my next visit.
Definitely your money's worth!
I am very impressed with this hotel. I'm actually still here - it's our last night - and I'm so impressed that I had to write this review now. The rooms yes are small but that is typical of Paris. They are modernly designed (read minimalist), equipped with wifi access, just steps away from the Pernety metro stop, with a wonderful and helpful staff. The bathtubs are deep and perfect for soaking after long walks in the city. The beds are ultra comfortable - though small, as is typical of most European hotels. I paid 90 Euro / night and it was well worth every cent and I would have paid for more. There is an amazing restaurant a few blocks away - Monsiour Lapin that has reasonable prices and wonderful food (scored very highly on Zagat and the 5 course chef's degustation is only 49 Euro.) Being able to walk back to the hotel from that wonderful dinner was the icing on the cake. Highly recommended! Will definitely stay here again.
Not worth the money
I stayed at the Kyriad Montpanasse the first week of December 2004. My room was "dated" to put it kindly and in need of a good cleaning. My bed did not have sheets and I really wished I had brought my sleep sack with me on this trip. My hotel room door had no security lock and I was grateful that I carried a door jam with me for a little extra security. Safety deposit boxes/safes in the room are NOT available in the hotel.
On a positive note, the staff was very friendly and the hotel is virtually steps from the Metro. I got the impression that this was a hotel for business travelers - not much else.
I would not stay at this hotel again when there are so many hotels in the city, in the same price range, that are much nicer.
Sleek deco, convenient and very good value
I spent 3 nights at the Kyriad Montparnasse in July 2004 and I was very positively impressed by the location and access to the metro, the simple and elegant decoration and the value for money. This hotel has been decorated with Ligne Roset designer furniture and lighting in a very smart and chic manner, which gives an impression of comfort and makes you feel wealthier. It is very close to Pernety tube station and it is even within walking distance to the Montparnasse main line and commuter train station - handy if you fancy going to the chateau de Versailles or if you are renting a car for some special reason like... driving my bride to the town hall. The high street it's located on has a wonderful boulangerie and patisserie nearby for economical take away lunches. I didn't really get to test the hotel's sense of customer service apart from when I left my luggage at reception on the Sunday morning and enjoyed chatting with the fantastically cheerful receptionist. The room was very small but the nice and clever furniture and white bedding made you forget this aspect. My fiancee had booked at a very good price on the internet - expedia or its French "SNCF" cousin site. I had enjoyed the good value and location of the Kyriad Bercy Village in the 12th district before, but this one has the extra touch of style that makes a week-end stay feel significantly more pleasant.
Six Irish ladies on overnighter
Went on a cheap flight deal to Paris with my mum and 4 sisters , only stayed one night but found th staff very friendly and helpful. Rooms basic but clean...could do with hook to hold shower head - none in 3 rooms we stayed in! Got advise on where to eat, they checked availability of Seine boat trip, had good selection of breads, cerals, cheeses and fresh fuit for breakfast and the night porter (julien) was very cheerful and made us laugh. Hotel right beside Pernety metro - so easy access to Paris attractions - wish we had a longer stay.