We stayed here for 6 nights in September 2011 and then for 2 nights again before returning to the U.S. The staff was very friendly and helpful, particularly, the owner, Mme Poirier. A Metro stop is nearby, plus buses run north and south along Avenue des Gobelins and east and west along Port Royal/Boulevard Arago (the intersection at Avenue des Gobelins). The Gobelins Metro stop in the direction Corneuve to VilleJuif/Marie d/Ivry has an up escalator at the exit. I know it sounds silly, but when you get back at the end of a long, tiring day, an escalator feels very good. On Blvd Arago, not far from the hotel, there are a lavarie automatique, a charcuterie, a small Carrefours market and I saw a sign to a Post Office. There are several brasseries along Avenue des Gobelins and Blvd Arago. We liked Cafe Premier in particular. There is even a McDonald's across the way. Best of all, we enjoyed the patisserie across the way even though they offered coffee with cream only, no sugar.
Although we didn't go there, Boulevard Mouffetard is not far.
Please also see the review titled "Would definitely return" by PunteCana for more information.
Are there negatives? Yes. A couple of the reviews have been negative, but remember this is a European hotel. It could definitely use some freshening up, but our room was kept very clean. The doors to the room have some high-tech locks, if security is an issue with you. Breakfast is on a daily basis, requiring the tenants to inform the staff a day ahead. We opted not to have breakfast during our first week because we were making early day trips out of the city. We did have breakfast during the brief stay before we returned to the U.S. This is probably my only negative comment: 9 euros/person was too much in our opinion for the breakfast: coffee, juice, a croissant, and bread. However, McDonald's and the patisserie are available.
The main question is would we return? A definite yes.
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