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Best in Paris
What can I say?
Best located a minute walk from 2 metro lines, everything you need in the street - resturants, cinema, market, formagerie, pattiserie - really really good lockated, really nice staff.
The room - realy nice and warm, non smoking rooms, excllent bathroom.
Finally found my home in Paris.
Excelllent for business and leisure
Excellent location. Quiet and not far from action and business and excellent restaurants.
Friendly staff. Clean rooms. Breakfast buffet is complete and excellent.
On my next business trip to Paris that's the place I will stay.
Very nice hotel good value
excellent brunch and friendly staff
Great mattress, especially for Paris
The Lenox Montparnasse is tucked into an area of Paris we were not that familiar with but loved for it's color and liveliness. (Others might think the area a bit seedy but we found it to be safe and the hotel is NOT seedy.) The public areas of the hotel are exquisite and the room we had overlooking the patio of the adjacent hotel was a delight. Small, like most Paris hotel rooms, the layout allowed for access to suitcases so we were not obliged to either unpack or climb over our cases. The bedding was good quality 400 + thread count egyptian cotton and the mattress was excellent. Great value for the money. We will make this our headquarters for Paris visits for some time to come.
A great location in Paris
This is a good hotel in a great area of Paris, right near Jardin de Luxembourg and within walking distance of St. Germain. We flew into CDG and took the Air France bus to the Montparnasse station and walked to the hotel from there.
The hotel is quite reasonable, although the rooms are small. I would recommend a room facing the courtyard, because the street is a bit noisy. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and the staff was very friendly. Overall the hotel was a bit loud, but not unbearable. I didn't have the breakfast, but I heard it was quite a spread. Other pluses: access to high-speed internet in the lobby, several bakeries in the area, grocery store a few doors down.
I wouldn't stay here for a week - due to the size of the rooms, but it's great for a few days.
Great value for money
stayed there on several occasions. always great. recommend rooms with view on the patio (rather than on the street which can be noisy).
friendly staff, clean and large rooms, refurbished, in a convenient place in Paris.
Overall great value for money, sure.
We stayed at the Lenox in June, 2005. We were worried about a hotel in Paris with good air conditioning in the summer, but were not disappointed. Our room was one of the cheaper rooms, and although it was small and close to the elevator, it was clean, quiet and the air conditioner was fantastic. The bathroom was sparkling and comfortable, with large plush towels and great water pressure from the shower. Our beautiful french windows opened up to the street. The breakfast was very complete - considering that breakfast at the cafes were 10EUR pp (with only toast, coffee and juice), the hotel breakfast for 13EUR was a good value. Close to convenient super market, Metro stops and great classic Parisian cafes on Blvd Montparnasse made this hotel a perfect hotel for a Paris get-away!
Quiet, but not too far from the action
We stayed at Hotel Lenox for 7 nights during our honeymoon in May 2005, and we had a nice stay without major complaints. The highlights and cautions were as follows:
1) We stayed on one of the second floor (third floor in US) rooms. We were concerned that it might smell like smoke because of the bar downstairs, but we never really noticed it (even though it did often smell like smoke coming through the entrance at night). Both of us are sensitive to this issue, and have had problems with previous European hotels in this regard.
2) In spite of our street side location, it was quiet, even during the day. The walls and windows were relatively soundproof.
3) The room was clean and well kept. Upkeep was on par with American standards (ie new towels each day, etc).
4) The bathroom pictured in another review shows a full sized tub. Our bathroom was much smaller (as I suspect our room probably was as well.) It had your typical European-hotel shower without the shower curtain, no bathtub. At first glance, we were concerned that the whole bathroom might take a shower with us. However, this was not the case, secondary to a 6 inch ledge that guarded from shower overflow onto the floor as well as a nice showerhead that was easily directable. Persons with an elevated body mass index might be warned that the shower and toilet might be uncomfortable secondary to the small size, but those with a normal BMI will be okay.
5) Location: As mentioned before, close to two Metro lines, and within walking distance of several cafes, bakeries.
6) Breakfast was comprehensive ("buffet" style) and tasty, but expensive. There are several bakeries/cafes where you will find a cheaper breakfast, but if you can't let go of your need for a hearty breakfast or are in a bind, we'd recommend it.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
Good location, Clean Rooms
We stayed at the Lenox Montparnasse for four nights at the end of March. Our group had 3 standard rooms with a bath (instead of just a shower). We paid 115 euros/night.
The rooms were small by American standards but larger than a lot of European hotel rooms. The bathroom was much larger than I anticipated and included a bathtub with a moveable shower head, glass partition instead of shower curtain, bidet, toilet and pedestal sink. Everything was very clean. No mildew in the bath, which I often find even at high end hotels. My room was slightly larger than the other two rooms our group had, probably because is was the last one on the hall. The other two rooms were identical in layout and decor and had french doors that opened onto a balcony/fire escape as well as a window in the bathroom that opened. My room had a window that opened with a "juliet balcony" that is really just for looks. On the last night of our stay we realized that there were metal shutters that could be closed for security and while leaving the windows open for ventilation. Our only complaint about the hotel was that it got stuffy at night, as we prefer to sleep in a cool room. Being able to leave the window open made a difference. There seemed to be A/C, but since it was March we couldn't turn it on. There are individual controls in each room for the heat/ac, so we could at least turn off the heat.
We didn't eat the 13euro per person hotel breakfast. There were several bakeries and cafes in the area that were much more reasonably priced. As mentioned before, the hotel is located very close to two different Metro stations. Also, their is a farmers market a couple of days a week (it was there when we were on Sat and Sun) that is fun to walk through.
Overall, we were all very pleased with this hotel. We felt the rate was very reasonable for Paris and the accomodations met our expectations.
Very pleasant stay
We stayed in the Hotel Lenox Montparnasse for 3 nights at the end of December 2004. We were very impressed by the clean rooms, sparkling bathrooms, efficient service, and friendly attitude of the staff. We had a quiet room facing the courtyard. We did not have breakfast at the hotel, so I can't comment on the quality. There is two excellent bakeries close to the hotel. Public transport is also excellent with two metro stations within four minutes walk of the hotel. All in all a very pleasant stay, and I can highly recommend this 3 star hotel to other travellers.