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Historical Traveler Reviews Yllen Eiffel Paris
Adequate and met our needs
My husband and I stayed at the Yllen from August 30 to September 5. The hotel is literally across the way from the Volontaires stop on Metro line 12 in the more southwest area of Montparnasse. It's about two blocks away from the Pasteur Institute.
When we arrived, the staff person was friendly, helpful and spoke adequate English. However, when we went into our room, it had not been cleaned! It was obvious that it probably had just been vacated that morning. I went back to the front desk and did get a clean room, but was not happy about having a dirty room initially after a transatlantic transit.
Our room was small with a double bed and the bathroom had a small, narrow tub with handheld shower. No shower curtain as reported. Easiest thing to do was to sit in the tub and use the handheld to prevent a major flood in the bathroom.
There is NO air conditioning though a very small fan is provided bedside. It could get pretty warm in the room, but we would sleep with the door to the balcony ajar and the fan on full blast. Bed was pretty comfortable, and we slept pretty well. There is a lot of street noise if you keep the balcony door open; bring ear plugs if you are bothered by traffic noise. I am a heavy sleeper so wasn't bothered.
By American standards, I would say the room is probably a step above a Motel 8 though it was perfectly fine for our use--to have a place to lay our heads down at night. We spent very little time in the room, and there was no incentive to use it beyond sleeping and bathing needs. Housekeeping kept the room clean and brought fresh towels if desired.
The hotel is off the beaten path in terms of major tourist sites. If you're not averse to walking, then you can reach the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel des Valides in about 20-25 minutes. The area is mostly residential, and that in itself was kind of interesting if you're not interested in being in a tourist district. Also, I find using the subway system in major cities as part of the cultural experience, and so didn't mind using the Metro--quick and efficient though there is NO handicapped access. Parents, leave your strollers at home or bring something more lightweight to transport your children in.
None of the channels on the TV were in English that we could find. I am fluent in French and could watch along but my husband knows NO French and found that he was indeed an addict to CNN and MSNBC. However, there are English language newspapers provided in the lobby each morning--an international version of the NY Times. If you want internet access, there is a computer in the lobby. They charge 4 Euros for 15 minutes, 8 Euros for 30, 12 Euros for an hour (you can spread this out over several days if you like). They give you a card with an access number to get online.
Overall, I would stay at this hotel again if I am on a budget--got a terrific rate on the room online. I have travelled a great deal internationally and found that my basic needs were met. Staff was very friendly and helpful despite the small glitches.
My granddaughter and I spent 8 days at the Yllen Eiffel ending August 30 and we liked it enough to call it "home." All reviews of moderately priced hotels in Paris talk about how small the rooms are, that's a given. The Yllen was marvelously clean and puts America's major chains to shame when it comes to housekeeping. The staff deserves 5 stars - courteous, helpful, and amiable.
We found that the hotel is not really ideally located, although very close to the metro, the main sights are not really in walking distance, guess this depends on how long you have got. Any choice of restaurants/bars are atleast a 15min brisk walk from the hotel (Montparnasse area) The room was small but clean and staff were very friendly and helpful - bar was closed, no explanation, breakfast was fine.
Room - Double bed was against the wall, which meant that I had to climb over my wife to get out. The furnishings and decor of the room and the hotel are in general very tired looking. Cigarette burns on quilt cover, plug socket lose so fan wouldn't work unless you jammed the stool against the plug.
On a serious note, my wife was unable to open the door to the room from the inside herself. In the event that there was a fire would a young lady alone or elderly person be able to open the door? I would suggest not.
Note there is no air conditioning, which given the intermittent working of the fan made sleeping uncomfortable in August.
In general not what we would expect from a 3 star hotel.
Was as described in brochure/reviews.
We stayed at the Yllen Eifell early July 2004.
Double room was small but spotless & everything worked as it should including mini-bar & safe. Bathroom was large & there was always loads of very hot water for the bath/shower. The room was cleaned daily & towels changed whenever required. 20 minute walk to the Eiffel tower & Metro station right across the road from the hotel entrance. Friendly helpful staff & efficient check-in/out. Would stay here again.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights in March 2004. The hotel staff was absolutely great. They were very accomodating and spoke excellent English, they were also very helpful in giving directions. We arrived earlier than the check-in time and were provided with rooms within the hour. The rooms itself were small but the street where the hotel was located on was very quiet at night and had 2 nearby groceries. The bathrooms were very clean, as were the rooms. The only thing we found bothersome were the bedsheets which we found very rough, other than that, location-wise and service-wise, this place is absolutely wonderful!
Excellent Deal, Excellent Stay, Trust Me It's a Great Place.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Yllen Eiffel Hotel from March 14 - March 20, 2004. Being that this was my first trip to Paris and to Europe, I was very wary of hotels in a foreign country. However, when I arrived at the Yllen Eiffel, both my girlfriend and I knew we had chosen the right hotel. The staff is the most amazing and accomodating I've ever encountered. One female concierge helped me research airfares and hotels in London as my girlfriend and I had wanted to take a side trip. Everyone was very well spoken and knew English very well. The staff was also very knowledgeable of Paris and its attractions. The hotel itself was wonderful. It was located literally across a small street from the metro so transportation was extremely easy. The rooms were large for Europe (as my girlfriend, who has been to Europe before, told me) and the bathroom was very nice (it was marble with a toilet and regular shower/bath). The beds were very comfortable, there was a small tv in the room (although the only station we understood was CNN) and there was enough room to move around and feel comfortable. We didn't eat breakfast at the hotel so I cannot comment on that, however, breakfast in Paris is cheap (there was an amazing bakery right across the street with cheap croissants and great pastries). I would undoubtebly stay at the Yllen Eiffel again and recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy their stay in Paris and experience a great amount of convenience, comfort, and hospitality.
Great. It was a wonderful stay.
Well, I changed dates on the hotel twice. When I called the staff was very courteous. Ordered online after reading reviews on two sites. The one negative review was here. I arrived with my child in tow, but they weren't aware- I couldn't add a child online, it charged me for a full adult, and children are free. The desk clerk was very helpful, I got a different room for the online price. It was a nice room on the corner on the top floor! A nice view of the streets below and the Tour Montparnasse. Directly across from the metro, and there are plenty of shops just around the corner, or 1 block to bigger grocery store. 15 minutes on foot to the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides.
The only minor complaint would be breakfast. A little expensive, but if you are hungry, you can eat all you want- bread, cheese, jam, eggs, yogurt, coffee and juice- 12 Euros.
You can bring whatever you want up to your room.
I also wouldn't visit in the Summer unless they have AC.
Overall a pleasant stay, and they were nice to our child.
IT WAS JUST GRAND!!!!!!!!!!
.a friend and i stayed at the Yllen Eiffel Hotel in Paris from 23 to 27th Jan 2004 and we were very happy indeed. On first impression the bedroom (twin) seemed too small but it was adequate really, and as the bathroom was actually bigger and more spacious than the bedroom it was a bonus when there were two of us. The white towels of which ther were plenty every day were soft and fluffy, and the beds were definetely very comfortable. The location of the hotel was perfect too, the metro station was literally outside the hotel door. We did not eat in the hotel so we cannot comment on the food, but there was an expresso machine and cups and saucers in the lobby (small) I have to say i was rather surprised that they charged for the coffe here as i thought it would be complimentary as it was in the lobby but no. it was 3.80 euro, and it was not warm!!!!!!!!!! small gripe!!!!!!!!! The staff on the reception were very helpful and as our grasp of French left a lot to be desired they were great at communicating in our language. I would definetely stay at that hotel again as it was reasonable and ideally situated for us as we were going to the Pret a Porter exhibition at Port de Versailles which was just three stops away on the Metro. One point though, I dont think I could stay there in Sept. (Next exhibition) unless they install air conditioning. We enjoyed our stay in Paris and we enjoyed staying at the hotel.
We recently travelled to Paris for a 5 night stay on a relative budget and the Yllen Eiffel Hotel was a perfect base for days of sightseeing - somewhere clean and comfortable to lay our heads at night. First impressions were that the bedrooms were very small - a double bed, wardrobe, mini bar, desk & bedside tables made the space relatively cramped. However, both the bedroom & bathroom were immaculate and cleaned daily. The hotel is located directly opposite the Volantaires Metro station - making it exceptionally easy to explore the city and it is only a 10min walk from the Montparnasse district of the city. The buffet breakfast was pretty basic - bacon & scrambled eggs, along with the usual cereals, croissants etc, although sufficient for our needs.
The Reception staff were always helpful & friendly. If you don't want to break the bank & aren't looking for too much space I would definitely recommend this hotel.
I lived in Paris for 2 years in the 80s, went back for business. This hotel was booked for me----a so called 3 star hotel (who's stars, one must ask) with "luxury appointments" yes, the bathrooms were marble.
we had 4 rooms in all all filthy ( some with foot prints on the walls ) staff unkind---food horrifying and we were not allowed to bring trays up to our rooms----we were denied food yet still expected to pay full price. we lasted one day. The place is a not a hole, but it is advertised as something it is not. Hair and stains on the bed linen.
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