Hotel Monte Carlo
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Monte Carlo Paris
My stay was awesome plus it was nice and cheap I just love it in Paris. So wish I could live there.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Monte Carlo Paris
Excellent value for money
Having read some of the reviews posted here we were a little dubious about staying at this hotel but couldn't turn it down at the low price we paid.
We were very pleasantly surprised. The hotel is in a great location within walking distance of all the major sights including Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur
We were lucky to be placed in a family-sized room with a large en-suite bath and shower room. we found all the facilities to be impeccably clean and in good working order apart from the lack of wall fixing for the shower head.
The staff were polite and helpful, the continental breakfast was perfectly adequate for our needs and the hotel provided a great base for exploring the beautiful city.
We saw 2 cats (or possibly the same cat twice) and although I am allergic to them I suffered no adverse reaction so the furnishings must have been almost completely fur-free. Had we not seen them we would not have been aware they were in residence.
Don't expect elegance, the decor in the rooms is not stylish or modern although the dining room is pleasantly furnished. The rooms are comfortable, clean and a bargain at the price. If this is what you are looking for we would not hesitate to recommend that you stay here as long as you are not expecting 5* luxury. This is a simple, practical hotel to suit the needs of the discerning traveller.
Very happy with our stay here
I must say I have to thoroughly disagree with the previous post. Thankfully I booked our stay here (through lastminute) before it was written based on the previous few posts and found them to be bang on. You musn't forget it is a two star hotel-if you want plush luxury and homemade confectionary you have to go 4 or 5 star. The location of the Monte Carlo is great-3 different metro lines within a few mins (Le Peletier is closest) and plenty of little shops/eateries on the nearby streets. We found all staff to be courteous. Our room was perfectly adequate (double with bath-I think double with shower is smaller) it was very clean and the bed was comfortable. We found the early morning street noise annoying the first night but got used to it-plenty of red wine helped! One of the 3 mornings we had to wait 5 mins for a table for breakfast, which consisted of (self service) frosties, plentiful bread, brioche, mini croissants and pain au chocolades, natural yoghurt and fruit puree and lots of coffee/orange juice. On our last day they kept our bags after we checked out so we could make the most of our last hours in Paris. Overall, if you are looking for a great value small hotel in a great area of Paris, this is it.
Good budget hotel
It was the best deal we could find on internet and we were happy about it. The hotel is not 5 stars, out of question, but you get what you pay for.
The location is beautiful, metro very close, you are very close to Tue de Martyrs, where you find a lot of local shops that sell typical French food. Only a stroll away from Montmartre. The hotel is good, clean, room small but the bathroom has got shower and tub, the breakfast is not eciting but will prepare you for your morning get up and walk.
We saw only 1 cat the first night, she was pregnant, and then we didnt see any cat anymore
What a surprise (and not in a nice way)
My husband booked this as a surprise trip for my 50th birthday. What a surprise! And not too good either. We travelled to Paris on Eurostar which was very pleasant and efficient, regrettably we couldn't say the same for the hotel.
We were both greatly disappointed by the surly manner of the staff working on reception, and their lack of care when asked for something. We asked for an extra pillow, not a lot really, but this was never forthcoming, and we were just fobbed off.
The room was absolutely miniscule, we are fairly certain that it was a single bedroom that had had another bed added to make it a double. The trouble is it takes more than just two beds to make a double room! There was only 1 socket in the room, this was 1.8M (6ft) up the wall with an adaptor hanging from it, not brilliant from a health and safety point of view.
You could not open your case on the floor, there was barely enough room to put the case down on the floor. It was very cramped. There was no mirror in the room, so you couldn't check what you looked like before you left. The room was extremely shabby. When you sat on the WC, in the bathroom, you could put your feet in the bedroom, and there was no where to hang the shower attachment over the bath. This resulted in water shooting over the side of the bath when you rested the head in the bath while showering, due to phenomenally high water pressure (the only good thing).
When you went down to breakfast there were 4 small round tables crammed into a room that would comfortably take 2 maybe 3. The breakfast was cheap and nasty. The city of Paris has hundreds of boulangeries so I was at a lost to know why we were served cheap, tough, prepacked, tiny croissants and pain au chocolate that they seemed reluctant to refill when they disappeared. There was also pre-sliced brioche and sliced brown bread - very French! The staff in the breakfast room were very uncommunicative and mostly absent! If you didn't want coffee, the choice was very limited. The hot chocolate was in very sweet sachets, and was disgusting.
Fortunately we did not have to spend much time in this room as the weather was boiling, but if you are in the slightest bit tempted to book this hotel the only thing I can say is DON'T DO IT! We saw lots of much , much nicer hotels of the same star award when we were walking around, in fact we picked up details from them for our next stay!
The best deal you can get in Paris!
actually i would have given it 5 stars, but then people might think I'm the owner or something...well, I am not.
I visited the hotel during mid July, 2005. ordered a single room, with only a sink (toilet and shower in the hallway) for 39E/ night (!).
I expected the worse, only to be very surprised - a very sweet hotel, clean and tidy, excellent location, not far from the opera + 3 metro stations nearby.
breakfast was basic but very good - croissants, coffee, orange juice, muffins, even milk and serials.
the only problem was that it was very hot those days in paris, so it wasn't very comfortable to stay during the day... but then again, it's Paris. Who the hell stays in the room during the day?
the toilet and shower were cleaned regulary. the staff was very nice and cooperative.
What are U waiting 4? grab the oppurtunity!
P.S. In other comments people were talking about cats or something...well I didn't see even one (unfortunately).
Excellent value, great location
My girlfriend and I booked this hotel for a 4 night stay at short notice through Lastminute. Looked extremely cheap for city centre Paris (£190) but reviews seemed OK so we gave it a go even though I don't normally trust other peoples opinions. We were not dissapointed. Even though we didn't arrive until midnight (flight delay) we were met by the friendly reception staff and directed straight to our room. The rooms are small but well presented and extremely well kept. Every day the room was cleaned, towels changed and toiletries renewed while we were out exploring Paris. Breakfast is served in a cosy little room in a buffet style; as much fresh coffee, orange juice, toast, coissants, pain au chocolat, cereal, yoghurts as you can get down before 9:30. The best thing about this hotel is definitely it's location. Within walking distance of all the major attractions and travel options it really is ideal if you don't have a long stay planned. Oh, and don't worry about the cats, they're quite friendly but unobtrusive. All in all I would recommend this hotel without hesitation to anyone looking for a great value break in a beautiful city; unless you are used to palatial rooms and 5 star treatment obviously!
Stop looking. You Found It! This is a great deal!
Traveling on a budget? The Hotel Monte Carlo is a distinct winner!
My wife and I, and our Basset Hound, arrived in Paris from New York at 7:30am--in the rain. We were tired and eager to get settled so we could go out for a bite to eat, then NAP!!! (Sound at all familiar when arriving in Europe from the states?)
We were delighted to discover the Monte Carlo to be a tasteful and colorful oasis in Paris. It's the quintessential owner-opperated hotel ...from another era of travel. What we found was great value delivered with charm and the personal touch. The owners, Thomas and Ksenia, were not only helpful and friendly, but they also made it possible for us to get into our spotless room early so we could go out to eat. Then, we returned for a nap on a VERY comfortable bed! (You should also know, the shared facilities were spotless too).
Additional advantages to this boutique establishment include an elevator, house keeping delivered by the always smiling Fiona, good nearby restaurants, convenient buses, and three metro stations within blocks.
Breakfast was also of another era with attentive service and simple fare of breads; cereal; cheese; juice; and hot cocoa, or plentiful, excellent dark rich coffee and, of course, hot milk (delicious!)
This small hotel has the hallmarks of a family run tourist hotel: They try harder to make sure you are happy! The owners, a smart young couple who have added the wit of a rich Mediterranean inspired color pallet and the warmth of a couple of homey cats, will be sure to have your best interests at heart. So, obviously we give this hotel very high marks in EVERY way, especially considering it's extreme low cost!
Do check out their website (I can't list it in this review, unfortunately.)
Take our advice and book a room or two with confidence at this gem of a hotel.
Craig and Cigmond Meachen
(with their little dog, Boing)
Nice little hotel
I enjoyed my stay at the hotel Monte Carlo in Paris.
I stayed for a weekend and found it to be in a good location, 5 mins walk to Grande Boulevards Metro station. The room was a good size and had a renovated Bathroom with nice big bath. Hotel staff were friendly and spoke good English.
Cute hotel & helpful staff but not for cat-haters!
I'm a bit of a cat lover so I was quite charmed by this hotel -- though there was no mention of felines in the lastminute.com hotel profile so we were a bit surprised to find it to be such a catty place! There are paintings and ornaments of cats all over the place as well as the two moggies who seem to be pretty much permanently resident on the stairs (see photo).
I found the hotel staff to be very helpful with directions etc., and they even loaned me a hairdryer as they said it would be easier for me to use theirs than try to buy a power adaptor for my own dryer in the shops (I was quite impressed with that!). The breakfast was nice if a bit bland and though tiny the rooms were quite clean.
Our showerhead was broken though which meant we had to hold up the hose to shower -- annoying but not really that much of an inconvenience.
Overall it was great value considering the location (right in the heart of Paris and close to the Gare Du Nord Eurostar terminal). The package I got on lastminute meant it worked out pretty much dirt cheap. A good option for budget travellers!
If you're visiting Paris you've got to be prepared for small rooms and/or high prices and any capital city is the same. However, the hotel Monte Carlo will always stand out in my memory for the cats who don't move from the stairs and the small topiary trees outside the front doors which are an obvious nuisance on a small paris sidewalk but help when giving directions to taxi drivers. I thought my friend was joking when she said that she'd seen a litter tray on the 2nd floor, and Im still wondering how a cat can get into a position to leave fur on the parts of the steps that it did?!
The room was small and not particularly clean but the bathroom was and has a decent shower and that's always the most important thing for me even if it isn't particularly big. It was a two night stay and just acted as a pied-à-terre for our time there especically since it's so central. Writing this in February, we found that the room was exceptionally cold in the morning.
We saw about five different people working at different times on the reception about four of which spoke English to a good level. Although, major tip, if you need toothpaste/juice/something DO NOT go to the shop next door as he's a rip of merchant of the highest order. 5€ toothpaste, 6€ deoderant etc.
All in all it was fine and there's loads of good restaurants in the area (recommend the Japanese restaurant opposite and The Duplex which is nearby, rue de paradis, especially the steak) and there's an Irish pub (O'Sullivans) at the top of the road on the Boulevard which sees all nationalities but be warned, it's not cheap.
I think the best thing about this hotel is that when you walk outside you really do feel that you're in the heart of Parisian Paris. Going back in about 6 weeks time and although I won't be going to the same hotel, I will definitely be staying in the same area.
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As I walk into my Hotel Monte Carlo I feel like I am in heaven I dropped my bags the second I walked in the door way! The lovely people took me and my bags to the room I was staying at. It was like I was living in a movie. I also was thinking where do I go first do I dear take a tour do I visit the eiffel tower the Museum. I figured that I would …
... views of the monuments. We cross the Seine River and it is interesting to see all the book 'stores' that line both sides of the Seine. They have old books, pictures, records. Looks like a giant book sale. We also spotted some house boats on the Seine. I didn't think of Paris for houseboats, but there they are. There are many bridges that cross the Seine and the ones we saw were beautifully decorated with statues and carvings everywhere. Very pretty Paris, way to go. ...
... in a few shops. It was really lovely meeting some locals and learning the different ways, In Paris is compared to Australia. Before I knew it it was getting dark to I got into a taxi and got the taxi back to my hotel. On my way home, I got some take away to just eat in my room as I was really tired and warn out. ...
By the time we got to Paris, it was warm and clearing. We decided mutually that the metro option was going to be too hard... With three different lines/stops to negotiate... And all of our bags....So we got a taxi to the apartment... Over near the Trocadero area close to the Eiffel tower. Laura and Kriton chose well... A cute wee one bedroom apartment on the ninth floor of the building...it was modern, fresh, light, and had a part Eiffel tower view... ...
... the building are stairs that lead to the crypt that is full of Napoleon's war generals, French philosophers Voltaire & Rousseau and even Marie Curie. However, the crypt is not entirely full yet as we saw many open spaces that had no grave in it yet.
The Pantheon is just up from the Jardin Luxembourg - so we got a chance to sit amongst the yellow & red flowers & fountains and put our feet up for a while.