My daughter and I recently stayed at this hotel. Given how expensive hotels are in Paris, we were happy with our choice, and would stay here again. We were in a downstairs room, at my request. We had large windows which opened up to the central courtyard. It was very quiet except for the subway that would roll by every few minutes. That might bother some people, but we got used to it, and it never woke us up. Our room was quite roomy, but the bed frame and matching desk were quite out-dated looking, but in good condition, and the room kept very clean. The bed was comfortable. The shower only had a curtain, so water tended to splash around on the bathroom floor quite a bit. The staff answered any questions we had, and undertood and spoke English, but were not overly friendly, which is fine. We shopped at the little grocery store across the street, and placed parishables just outside the window, which kept things very cold, as it was January. We also took advantage of the continental breakfast @ 9.00 Euros/person. It was very good, and allowed us to get on with our day of sightseeing without worrying about finding a place to eat for breakfast. The coffee was so good! It's a 1-2 minute walk from the Luxembourgh RER stop, which is what we used to go to all of the main sites around Paris. The neighborhood located in The Latin Quarter ,was very safe, and just as charming as could be. Beautiful Luxembourgh Gardens (park) was close by, as were many places to eat and shop. The Pantheon is about a 5-10 minute walk and a must-see! Be sure to go downstairs into the crypt, it's amazing! Overall, we had a very good experience at Hotel des Mines and would definitely stay here again. One tip though, if you are traveling with a heavy suitcase, it would be better to arrange some sort of shuttle bus service from the airport. We took the RER from the airport and found that the Luxembourgh stop had no lifts or escalators. Do to the kindness of strangers, we had people who helped us carry our luggage up the stairs. The same was true in London we found. It's fine if you just have a backpack or a small suitcase. This is the one thing we would have done differently, if we had it to do all over again. Hope that helps!
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