We stayed at Hotel Marignan as our first stop of our European adventure based on recommendations from a friend. The first thing to be said about this accomodation is that it basic. That being said it is comfortable, clean, affordable and in a top spot and what more could you ask for in the very expensive city of Paris.
After getting very lost (for an hour and a half) coming off the metro we finally checked in to the Hotel Marignan. It is in the middle of the Latin Quarter (a tourist hotspot) but down a side street so you don't get the hustle and bustle or noise. The owner (I think his name was Pierre) was very helpful and friendly. One down side, which is pretty much the norm for Paris anyway, was that there was no evevator in the hotel and alot of stairs. You are informed off this upon booking so it is just a case of praying for room on one of the lower floors.
The location really can't be faulted. There were many attractions nearby that were close enough to walk to. Walking around the Latin Quarter was an adventure in itself. We did not feel ''únsafe'' at any stage. For attractions that were further away, the metro was an easy enough option to take.
Although this hotel is quite basic, the little extras provided made it all the while worth it staying at this hotel. There was free wifi, laundry and breakfast which sometimes feel like lttle luxuries when travelling. Upon first glance the breakfast appeared to be very basic. How we were wrong! Breakfast consisted of a baguette, cheese, chocolate spread and fruit in syrup. It was soo good I actually started waking up thinking about it and it was the perfect meal to keep you going for a day of exploring paris.
For our first few nights we stayed in a room that had a share bathroom and toilet in the hallway. There was nothing wrong with this, it can just sometimes be irritating when you have to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. We ended up wanting to stay at Hotel Marignan for an extra night which was easily arranged. The only room they had available was one with an ensuite (for a slightly higher cost). This new room felt much bigger and it was well worth the extra to have your own shower and toilet. Both rooms were very comfortable and although they did not have much of a view it was lovely to open the window and check out the everyday life going on below you.
Overall we would highly reccomend this hotel. Please don't anticipate that it is going to be some super fancy hotel because it definitely isn't. Although it is basic it ticks all the boxes in terms of location, price, comfort and cleanliness.
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- Also Known As:
- Marignan Hotel Paris