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“Excellent choice for a week-end in Paris” 5 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel des Gobelins
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   57 boulevard Saint Marcel, 75013 Paris, France (Panthéon)   |  
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Ranked #591 of 1,793 Hotels in Paris
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Excellent choice for a week-end in Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay here. When you enter the hotel seems a bit so and so. The lobby is quite small, the elevator really old and the floors not so perfect. But then you realize to be in a small hidden pearl in the hearth of Paris. The room was small but nice, with everything you need. The bathroom as well very big, with a nice shower. And while outside was around freezing point in December, the inside was really nice and comfortable. We had a nice corner room looking at the bouleavard, and this made it extra romantic for a nice couple week-end. The breakfast was good, with a lot of nice and tasty food, excellent bread and croissants, plus cheese and ham and milk and cereals. Finally I have really appreciated the extreme kindness of the personell, always available, smily and speaking an excellent English. The hotel is located in a really nice place of Paris, with plenty of small good restuarants nearby. The metro is at a 5 minutes walk and in 7 stops you are at the Louvre.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We were very pleased with this hotel. The room was large for a European hotel, and the bathroom was one we could actually move around in. We thought there would be street noise, since we were on the first floor and the hotel is on a large boulevard, but with the heavy curtains closed, we didn't hear a thing -- slept soundly! Breakfast was standard European continental fare with wonderful croissants. The hotel is close to the Les Gobelins Metro stop, which means easy access to other parts of the city, and there are several nice shopping and eating areas within walking distance. All of the staff were friendly and helpful.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

To start - no, I do not believe the internet makes or breaks a trip / hotel stay, but for myself (who was traveling for business and pleasure) it was difficult to do much of anything online during peak times (~6pm to 11pm). I do think it's something that travelers need to consider however. When I asked the front desk about the slowness / lack of connection, they suggested I try using it in the lobby.

Location: On a lively street (St Marcel), a few steps away from a small grocery store (Carrefour), right in the middle of a few pubs and restaurants, and less than a 5 minute walk to the Metro. The closest stop is Les Gobelins (line #7), which takes you direct to Pont Neuf and the Louvre without needing to transfer lines. It's cheap to take the metro, and very convenient so I would suggest anyone who wants to get around do it with the train!

Room: We stayed in a "triple occupancy" room, which cost us ~160 E per night (not cheap, but we booked last minute.) It was quite large by Paris standards - in the bedroom we had a queen size bed, with a smaller double bed beside it (where a couch would likely make its home, were it not for the extra bed being there.) We had a view of the street through the French balcony, which was fantastic. The bathroom is split - the shower and sink is in one room (shower was huge, a lot of room in general in the shower area) and the toilet is in another, much smaller room (it was smaller than a small airplane bathroom.) Room was very clean, didn't have the typical "Paris boutique" smell to it, and the cleaners did a great job each day. I can't complain at all about the room, it was very good.

Service: service was fantastic. All of the front desk folks we talked to were very helpful, telling us what tour buses to take, how to get around using the metro, and they booked us a cab to take us to the airport (which showed up right on time!) Interesting / odd thing you will encounter: you need to leave your key with the front desk anytime you leave the property. It's a real "key", not an electronic one, which is likely why you need to not take a chance losing it.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel for travelers. The only downside was the price - I'm sure you can find a similar boutique for less than 160 E. Like I said however, I booked last minute, which is likely why the cost was high.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The welcome and friendly service. The room was very comfortable,the staff very welcoming and could speak english very well and were very helpful. Breakfast was nice,room was small but absolutely beautiful.Close to Latin Quarter,I personally found the location very good indeed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Metro stations and buses to all parts of Paris very near. Perfectly situated for cheap good meals in the Quartier Latin with easy links to all central Paris. A trip to the Chateau de Versailles was easy as well. A small but clean and functional room, polite helpful staff with a very good continental breakfast all at a reasonable price. The free wi-fi was very useful as well. A great short trip.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed here for a 2 night weekend trip to Paris. Only a 5 minute walk from a couple of metro stations it was easy to find and warmly welcomed despite the lateness of our arrival. The room (and in fact the hotel) was compact but perfectly comfortable and clean. Breakfast was busy - we had to wait both mornings but was good simple continental style.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

For my first time to Paris this was a great location to stay in. Did find it a bit weird to have to leave the keys at reception whenever we went out, but were always remembered and never had to wait for the receptionist to get them. Breakfast was mediocre and is served in a tiny room, if the hotel is busy you will have to wait for a table, they did however offer breakfast in the room at no extra charge. Would go again!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel des Gobelins

Address: 57 boulevard Saint Marcel, 75013 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Panthéon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#511 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel des Gobelins 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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Also Known As:
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Hotel Des Gobelins
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