Travel Blogs from Paris
It felt great to sleep in and ignore the alarm clock. But we still managed to wake up at 8am. Not much of a sleep in. We thought a good way to start the day is by going for a run! We didn't go very far, only about 3km running to Luxembourg Park and running around it. But it got us going.
We showered and then went down to have our …
After waking up fairly early, I went and got the washing from downstairs which had miraculously dried overnight thanks to the industrial size dehumidifier in the room. We finished packing and then sat down for breakfast with Bart and Brigitte.
We said bye to Bart who had to dash off to work, and then chatted to Eric and Brigitte …
As I sit on the TGV on my way back to Grenoble I can't help but smile about a wonderful trip to Paris.
Upon coming to France for a day almost 2 yrs ago I remember saying to myself, I gotta go back to Paris! A 22 hour layover with my mother just wasnt enough time!
So, the goal? Find a travel buddy in my program who also wanted …
We're absolutely loving Paris.
We had a restless night, due to the heat - Eva had trouble sleeping.
Had a French breakfast at the hotel - Baguette, jam, cheese, nuttella, fruit salad etc, then headed off to the Eiffel Tower. We ended up taking the lift as the queues were very short. What can you say? The Eiffel Tower was …
... apartment is great! It is teeny tiny and just what we need. Our landlord is awesome! He is about 40-ish and from California so he is a huge help with the language! :) He is super friendly and anxious to help out. Not long after he left our place last night I managed to blow the electricity. My cell phone was dead so I had to go down the hall and find a neighbor that would let me use the phone to call our landlord, Michael. That was ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Marignan Paris
Great location and very friendly people. No elevator but we only had one flight of stairs fortunately.
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This place was great! No elevator, so yes, got lots of exercise! Staff are friendly and helpful! Bfast included wifi and in a super great location! very much enjoyed it!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Marignan Paris
I stayed here in Feb 2005 for 6 nights after reading the reviews on the page. Yes the location is good - it's walking distance to Notre Dame and Metro Stations, but then in Paris most things are near a Metro Station and if you are near a Metro you can get anywhere with such ease. So the location is not such a big deal after all. And you'd probably only visit Notre Dame once anyway. The breakfast was tea or coffee and a mini baguette with jam or cheese and tinned fruit. There is a shelf of books with useful travel guides and books. The rooms are nice enough. I stayed in a double room for the first 2 nights (there was some mix up and I should have been in a single room) and found this was nice enough. Got moved to my single room 2 nights later and this was not as nice as the double but I had all I needed so can't complain. For the record, I'm not fussy about rooms and have even put up with rooms with cockroaches and a shower that didn't shower but dribbled instead! But yes, it did feel a bit clinical. My only complaint there was having to lug a heavy suitcase 7 flights. The stairwell was shabby but that I can deal with. What I really didn't like was the poor service. I agree with a couple of previous posts about the service being very disinterested to the point of being rude. I felt as though anytime I asked a question I really was imposing and yet I was a paying guest. When I arrived, the girl on the desk showed little interest apart from reading me a list of Dos and Don'ts very quickly. She was condescending and I felt as though I was a child staying at a school camp who would be told off if I broke any rules (such as no food allowed in bedrooms). When I left after 6 nights, I paid up and the manager didn't really even acknowledge me apart from taking my money. Not even a thank you!! All he said was 'where is your key?'. Okay I don't need people pampering me but at least some friendliness would be appreciated. I've stayed at a LOT of hotels, budget and otherwise and won't be staying here again. I'd rather pay a wee bit more for a nicer place in a good location, or stay further out. Such a shame. I don't think the location made up for the experience I had. I wouldn't recommend this place. You can do better!!!! I've had a nicer stay in Parisien hostels in Montparnasse area.
You pay for location, not much else
I stayed at Hotel Marignan two weeks ago and found it less glowing than previous reviews. First of all, the hotel's location is perfect. So many sights are within walking distance. However, I found that the staff always seemed distracted or uninterested. I was checked-in by a woman who was simultaneously carrying on a conversation on the phone. Upon check-out, it was the exact same thing. At breakfast, I was treated like a nuisance - even after politely speaking to the server in French. I stayed in a single room with shared facilities. The room was small (average for Paris), on the 6th floor (without a lift), and had a institutional sort of feel with its linoleum floors. The bathrooms were immaculately clean, but it was annoying to have to go down one floor to use the toilet. At 45 Euro a night, I guess that's good for a single room in the middle of Paris, but I thought that it could have been better.
After reading all the raving reviews, I honestly thought that I had stepped into the wrong hotel after checking in. Room inadequacies are plenty but one should expect this as this is a budget hotel but people rudeness is unacceptable.
I checked in with a wife and 2 kids aged 2 1/2 and 4. On the first day after finishing their breakfast early the kids decided to stand on top of the bench in the narrow entrance foyer. The proprietor came and told my wife that he was not going to be responsible if my kids fell down. She felt so insulted as we certainly had no intention of passing on our responsibility for our kids to him.
On the 2nd day, my wife wanted to get some hot water to make a cup of tea. She was effectively reminded that local rules allowed for use of kitchen only after 11am and upto 8pm. We were beginning to feel like prison inmates with the rules and the way in which they were being policed.
On the 3rd day, this insensitive rudeness reached an unbelievable obstrusive level. My wife was doing some washing and the kids followed. They were their usual self - clowning around the narrow entrance foyer - and the manageress rightly asked me to put the kids away as guests were coming in. So I took them into the laundry room and shut the door. This was immediately followed by a knock on the door. I opened the door and was told quite obtrusively that I should leave the door opened as ther people may want to come in.
I decided to check out immediately and suddenly, other lesser issues became important like - no carpet in the room, stains in the WC with no cleaning brush around, the hinge holding the toilet seat was broken, the hand rail shower was left hanging without a holder. all the lights in the bathroon except 1 was not functioning, 1 bed light noy working. bed sheets were not changed as our kids had dropped a stain on one sheet and same bed sheet was there the next couple of days and bed sheet covers were like feet-wiping mats.
What a find!
Forget the so-called "amenities" of multi-star hotels: what the Marignan offers more than compensates for its minor deficiencies. Yes, many rooms are small, you may have to use a toilet and/or a shower room in the hall, and there's no lift. But having the use of a kitchen and free laundry really helps the impecunious (and you can store excess luggage in the basement). Best of all is the spirit of the place: Paul Keniger and his stunning daughter Elizabeth, both of whom speak perfect English, seem to get cheerier and more helpful as the place gets busier. Paul has a wicked sense of humor and keeps everyone smiling. I have no interest in staying anywhere else in Paris--the left-bank location is perfect. And the English-language guides to places of interest posted on the lobby walls are wonderfully helpful, as are the available books in the lending library. But the main thing it has is **heart.**
Hotel Marignan on the left bank is a hotel-hostel combo.
We enjoyed staying here as it accomodated our family of four for only 130 E/night including breakfast. It definitely had a hostel-like atmosphere, no elevators and some shared bathrooms. We had a room with 1 king and 2 twins with the bathroom inside the room. It was quiet and clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. The big plus was FREE use of their laundry facilities. The location was great --near a metro and near many restaurants. This would be a good choice for budget-minded travelers.
Perfect Location & Friendly Staff
I stayed in a double room at Hotel Marignan in May 2004, after a long flight from Australia the staff were really welcoming and friendly, and also always willing to help us with any questions we had. Delcious breakfast and free kitchen and laundry facilitys! Location is great, 1 block from St Germain and Metro Station as well as a short walking distance to River Seine and Notre Dame. A mixture of all sorts of people young and old, with a really cosy atmosphere. I will definately stay hear again, it made my holiday in Paris that much better.
My favorite since 1995!
I've stayed here 4 times and every time it's been great! A small hotel, but with more amenities than the average 2 star hotels in the area.
They have complimentary breakfast, laundry facility, and kitchen. The rooms are a bit small and plain, but clean.
The location is great and in walking distance to Notre Dame. It is also only 2 blocks from the Maubert Matualite Metro stop.
For those who do stay, please be courteous to others staying there.
Excessive chatting in the areas surrounding the stairwell can be heard on all floors. What you did that night in Paris may be what everyone talks about the next morning while sipping cocoa and devouring baguettes.......
Loved it in January 1978. Is there an elevator now in 2004?
I stayed at the Hotel Marignan in January 1978 -- yes, '78! I am planning a trip with a friend for this summer, 2004, and can now afford a room with a bathroom. I loved it at the time; the room, view, the staff, location, the coffee, cocoa, butter and baguettes, the spooky cellar laundry room. I am so happy that it is still there and that the reviews I read today are so positive. 26 years ago there was no elevator. I am so happy I found it (I had forgotten the name until I saw it; vaguely remembering the street name). I am looking forward to pursuing more 21st century information on this hotel and the possibility of a booking for this summer.
Loved the atmosphere here
The bigger rooms are nice, clean, and have some nice details. The single rooms without toilets and showers are spare, but servicable.The atmosphere here is lively. If you are staying a while in Paris, use of the kitchen and free access to laundry is excellent. I will definitely stay here again the next time I go to Paris.
We stayed at the Hotel Marignan in July 2002. It is in the Latin Quarter. We had a big room, nicely decorated for a very reasonable price. The staff is helpful and they speak English. The breakfasts are simple but filling and they have a great library of guide books. We could walk to the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay and were only two minutes walking from Notre Dame and the Seine. Perfect accomodations.