Villa Royale Montsouris
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Royale Montsouris Paris
I have vistied Paris many times, and worked there for a while. This, however, was my 8 year old daughter's first trip which she and I were making alone, and after booking (at an excellent rate ), I was quite worried having read the Tripadvisor reviews. Well, what a lovely surprise !! The room was tiny (but so are lots of Parisien hotels). It was spotless, as was the whole hotel. The bathroom was tiny, but scrupulously clean with lovely big fluffy towels and nice toileteries. The breakfast, although pricey, was first class and we were not tempted to eat elsewhere. The neighbourhood, although a bit out of town, felt very safe and I had no qualms being out with a child after dark. It's about 2 miles to walk to the river, but loads of cafes en route, which, after all, is one of the best bits of Paris, so we enjoyed plenty of coffee stops ! There is an excellent Italian restaurant right next door if you don't want to venture far. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and the manager was charming. My daughter and I had a really magical trip, and this hotel contributed to it. I have stayed in some of the best hotels in Paris over the years (including the Ritz and The Grand )..in many ways, I loved this more ! Enjoy !!
My girlfriend and I got a good deal for a romantic break here from lastminute. Having read a few of the other reviews, I was a little worried about the quality of this hotel. However, when we got there, we were really pleased with it. I think it very much depends which room you get, we were in 402 (safi), if you go, ask for this room! It is on the top floor with a nice view, very spacious, clean and nicely decorated in the arabian theme. The room did have aircon, so good that I had to wake up one night to turn it down, it had made the room so cold..... The staff were friendly and polite.
Very Nice Hotel
After booking this hotel and then reading the reviews, we were a bit worried about what to expect, however on arrival we were pleased with what we got. The rooms are small so if you plan on spending a lot of time stuck in the room, then maybe this isn't the place to stay. Nevertheless, they are nicely decorated sticking to the Arabian theme.
The location is beside Porte de Orleans metro station which is only 6 stops or 15 minutes away from Notre-Dame, if you want to go to the North side of Paris then yes it's a longer trip, but with all hotels nothing is going to be perfectly located for all attractions.
We picked this hotel up for 80 Euro's per night and I think this was excellent value for money for a hotel of this standard.
Honeymooners near the Effel Tower
This hotel was very cool. It was like staying in a Perisian palace..well something out of Arabia...It was clean, and very colorful. The area is a bit suburban, but situated downtown Paris, in the finance district...we had the best crepes off the street near this hotel. Overall, friendly staff, very professional, and clean rooms. A good four star hotel, without bells and whistles.
I choose the Villa Royale Montsouris based on the initial couple of more positive reviews that were on this site. They were probably written by the hotel owners or a person who never travels & can't appreciate what a "4-star" hotel should offer.I'm a frequent business traveler and stay in 4-5 star hotels all over the world. This was my 8th stay in Paris and I was visiting the city with my parents. I regrettably booked a room for myself and a room for them at this hotel. I got what looked like a fantastic prepaid deal on lastminute for 72 pounds per night (for the "deluxe" room). From the misleading photographs on the website, the hotel really looked exceptional and truly an unique place to stay. I thought my parents and I would appreciate something other than the standard chain hotel. I now very much regret choosing this hotel and especially for pre-paying for the stay. If I hadn't prepaid, I would have left the hotel immediately and got a room at the Hilton or Marriott. I will warn you now -- you WILL be disappointed! Where should I begin? There is no such thing as a "deluxe" room. The "deluxe" rooms contain a extra foot or two of walking space around the bed. That is it! The room that I was stuck in was so small that you could barely walk around the bed. There wasn't even space to put your luggage. I went to the front desk to ask why if we both had deluxe rooms, why was my parent's room slightly larger? He said that both of our rooms were deluxe. I asked what made them deluxe and he replied "they just are". The front desk staff are the rudest and most arrogant people I've ever encountered. The entire "deluxe" thing is a scam from the hotel -- all the rooms are crap, so don't expect deluxe. And don't expect to reserve a non-smoking room. I did this on the web, but was told when I arrived that it can't be guaranteed. So both of our rooms reeked of cigarette smoke.Where do these 4 star ratings come from? It seems any hotel now can call themselves 4 star? I think that was the case with the Villa Montsouris. 4 star hotels offer services and amenities that you won't find here. For instance, there are no cups or glasses in the room. And don't try to call the front desk for one -- because they never answer the phone! There is no alarm clock and don't plan on being waken by a wake-up call. I had to walk downstairs to ask in person for a wake-up call, and then the phone never rang the next morning! The Arabian decor you see in the close-up photos on the web looks glamorous and unique, but once you get to the hotel -- you'll find that the decor is badly painted pieces of cheap IKEA-ish furniture. And that beautiful bedspread? They never wash them! Our bedspreads were covered in stains that I can only imagine what they were. The curtains were torn in multiple places and never mended -- which didn't work too well when you wanted to keep the light out.As someone else mentioned, the walls are very thin and you WILL hear everything your neighbors are doing and saying. Don't expect air conditioning! We stayed during some warm days of early May and wanted to close the windows in the evening (it was noisy outside) and turn on the air conditioning. I turned the dial to the coolest temperature and woke up again a few hours later sweating profusely. I gave up and opened up the window to the noisy street and slept very badly the rest of the night. That day I told the rude front-desk attendant that the air conditioning didn't work. He laughed at me and said "there is only heat". There isn't air conditioning!!! They flat out lied in their lastminute profile. So if this summer is like last summer in Europe, you'll be roasting if you book at room at this dive.What else? Well, the showers have no curtains or shower doors, so unless you like taking baths, expect to have an extremely wet bathroom when you're done taking a shower. How can this detail been left out? Also, look before you take anything from the poorly stocked minibar. I tried to drink some water and found that all of my bottles of Evian had been restocked with tap water and the seals were broken! I thought perhaps this was just the previous person in the room trying to pull a fast one. So I went to my parents room and found the same thing! I personally think it was the hotel management trying to save a Euro or two!The neighborhood is far from any attractions and you the money you save by staying here will be spent on taxi-cabs if you plan on being out late in the evening. The Metro station is two blocks away, but the walk to and from in the evening is a little bit scary with some shady characters around. It isn't the safest neighborhood you could be staying in.If you want cheap and second-rate, then go ahead and book this place and save a few dollars. But if your trip to Paris is meant to be enjoyed and fondly remembered, then don't even think about booking here. You will be sorely disappointed. At the most, this is a 2 star hotel. I think the biggest let down is people like myself book here thinking they have found the deal of the century at a 4 star hotel. Well, 4 star it certainly isn't! You can find comparable deals at much nicer places in Paris. Or choose the standard American chain -- at least you know what to expect and the standard chain beats this "boutique" dump of a hotel by miles.
Cannot possibly recommend
Having selected this hotel on the basis of previous recommendations on this site, I feel severely misled. The 4 star rating is a gross exaggeration as the rooms are very small, the walls between rooms very thin therefore when the cleaners come round in the morning you are disturbed and the noise from neighbouring TV's can be easily heard. The location of the hotel is not at all central, as pointed out by an earlier review it is inconveniently found on the last stop of the number 4 metro line. The area is not particularly nice with a few seedy characters loitering by the metro station. I would strongly recommend against anyone staying here.
Romatic and stylish Hotel with good Breakfast in Montparnasse
Excellent value for money, for the price (99 EUR) we paid ! Very good breakfast (20 EUR), with little but excellent quality choice. Stylish rooms, not very large, but normal size compared to other hotels in Paris. Excellent equipped and very well functionning bathrooms, very well above average of similar Parisien Hotels. We will try to go. We tried Palais de Vandan, recommended by another reviewer and were delighted, one of the best Indian Restaurants we have visited in the last 10 years. Walking distance to Metro Porte d'Orleans or RER Cite Universitaire and thus excellent connections to downtown Paris and both major airports.
We stayed here for 5nights a few weeks ago. We booked two reservation,
Definitely stay at the Villa Royale Montsouris. The hotel is fantastically decorated in ?1001 Arabian Nights? style i.e. coloured sheets and pillows, magic lamps and carpets. Even the bathroom doors and wardrobes are in the style. Lovely opulent bathrooms. Location: Excellent. You are close to - A bus stop for the Orlybus - An RER (Citie Universitaire) station which will take you to and from Charles de Gaulle airport or the centre of Paris - A Metro station (Porte de Orleans) - a tramway will be completed in a couple of years - A park - Montsouris Park Cost: If you book on Lastminute (or similar late availability websites) you can get this hotel for as little as ?72 per room per night!Food: Breakfast - Can be expensive in the hotel so head towards Porte de Orleans Metro station for cafes, restaurants, patisseries, a supermarket, etc Evening meal - There is a good Indian restaurant around the corner from the hotel called Palais de Vandan (30 Rue Paul Fort). Try the mint lassi ? my husband raved about it. On Rue de la Tombe Issoire there is a launderette with a pizza restaurant opposite. Put on your washing and have a meal whilst you are waiting. The restaurant has excellent food that is enjoyed by many locals (a sign of a good restaurant). Make sure you know which is the bottle containing olive oil and which is the one containing wine though!
Really nice hotel-expensive breakfast though
The Hotel is just as it appears in the picture-prehaps the rooms are a little smaller than you'd expect.The location is near a metro and easy to travel from(get the metro to port d'orleans to find the hotel)THe breakfast is good-but a very expensive Â 20 pp!!!!!