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Mercure Royal Fontainebleau
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Fontainebleau
Geneva
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“Functional hotel purely for business travelers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

Stayed three night in this hotel during the weekend of the famous yearly Fontainebleau horse show jumping competition. The room was a standard double, facing a lovely hotel's park, and a somewhat abandoned tennis court. The parking is very extensive, and free, which is great. The front desk staff is very helpful, nevertheless failed to mention that the breakfast was only available until 11 am ON THE WEEKENDS, otherwise until 10 am. The hotel restaurant is closed during the weekend, and only snacks are available. Why? It's still a mystery to me- since Fontainebleau is a very much long weekend tourist destination...The restaurant only opens at 19:00pm on Sunday, so we had dinner there, and were very disappointed. The stake that I ordered rare, was so overcooked, it tasted like rubber. The service, overall, is very slow, and we actually had to go around the hotel (reception, etc) to find a barman to serve us some beer and juice at 17:00pm....It's hard to get to the center of Fontainebleau with a car from the hotel, as you have to make a detour of about 1,5 km, I guess it must be easier walking. Overall, we appreciated the quiet gardens and easy parking. Wifi is free, but you have to re-log on every time, even if you've been away for 2 minutes... Name, last name, email, etc...it becomes a drag after a while. Good hotel, but only for business travelers, who stay during the week. Not a great weekend tourist destination.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

I stayed at the Mecure in Fontainebleau for a week of another INSEAD course.

My comments on my previous review 6 months ago remain accurate. The service at the front desk is excellent, but the housekeeping was very average. In fact, twice this week, I was back in my room at lunchtime, and room service just unlocked my door and walked in with no warning!

Lucky I was dressed and just reading my course material!

And the wifi is again hit and miss. Sometimes strong, and sometimes very weak and slow.

Again, for a hotel associated with INSEAD, with business people attending, I would have thought having access to fast and reliable wifi was a basic requirement. Apparently not.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

Stayed 3 nights during course at Insead. Pretty standard boring hotel just 200 meters away from Insead (which is very practical). Clean, ok rooms. Average service, not to expensive. Wifi good. Food not so. Breakfast not to inspiring. While stay 2 more 3 nighters at this hotel later this year.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

This hotel is boring, with bad food, and slightly uncaring staff in the restaurant/room service. Slightly feels like it stopped developing in the 90s.
On the positive note, the wi-fi is stable and strong, rooms relatively quiet. It is a 10-minutes walk to the town center, 5 minutes to Insead. Reception staff is nice. Daily free Evian water is a nice gesture.
I was unhappy with the pillows - very thick and uncomfortable to sleep on.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I stayed here for a week during a short course in INSEAD. Perhaps most of the guests are related to the university and therefore I was surprised that when I just arrived on Sunday (when the university was off), there was very limited menu can be chosen from the restaurant. And threfore I need to find meal outside, which was not very nice since I need to walk for 15 minutes to get to the nearest restaurant on the rain during winter. Terrible on weekends but I think it was ok during business days. The front office staffs were helpful and efficient, the breakfast was also ok. The bedroom was spacious with standard equipment. Wifi is sometimes terrible. The bathroom was rather old fashioned but everything was working well. The location is I think suitable for my purpose, meaning it was on walking distance (only 3 minutes) from the university. Neighbouring area was calm since it is located in the residential area, so it is fine if you are searching for peacefullness.
So you see, it is a quite normal and quite standard hotel. Don't expect more.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Modern hotel; clean and well appointed. Furnishings and fittings are good, except for the awful plastic basin and shelving. The wifi was fair if occasionally erratic on the 4th floor. Good parking and pleasant grounds. The hotel is about 12 minutes walk from the town centre along a narrow, uninteresting road. There is a nice reception area and the bar and restaurant have a good feel to them. Breakfast was frankly poor: there were no warm plates and the 'hot' food wasn't. Coffee was undrinkably bitter. Service was willing and smiling, but untrained. The lunch and dinner menus were simply uninteresting and over-priced. This hotel has everything going for it, but somehow fails to deliver as it should. A good 3*, but no more.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Fontainebleau Mercure is well located in a quiet residential neighborhood, a bit out of the way yet within reach of the château and downtown area on foot. The lobby is nice, however the place shows its age as soon as you leave it. The corridors are a bit run-down. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed but the chairs have seen better days. Nothing seems able to stay in place: you want to open the window, it slowly closes of its own accord; you want to reposition the glass shower partition, it slides back to its (inadequate) original position.

In the bathroom, the tiles are pockmarked and everything looks like it could do with a much needed overal renovation. The bath products tubes are very small, barely enough for one adult to shower, but insufficient for two... In the corridor the wood closet is quite tired too, with an aggressive bit of wood sticking out 10 centimeters at forehead level, perfect to get a serious injury if you're not careful when manipulating the (rugged) closet doors... There is a small fridge but only two small water bottles in it (one is compliments of the house), and in the closet the coat hangers are good quality but very scarce...

The bed was good (narrower than a queen size, though), with excellent linens and four pillows, and the electric kettle was of good quality and squeaky clean, which was a good surprise.

In general, this Mercure looks more like an older 3-star than a 4-star hotel, and making people pay almost 100 euros per night for this is clearly overcharging, at least by 20 percent. For this reason, I cannot recommend this hotel, at least until they renovate it completely.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mercure Royal Fontainebleau
Address: 41 rue Royale, 77300, Fontainebleau, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Seine-et-Marne > Fontainebleau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Fontainebleau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Royal Fontainebleau 4*
Number of rooms: 97
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 75 km from Paris, the Mercure Royal Fontainebleau offers the charm and refinement of an exclusive hotel, ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. 97 fully equipped rooms with bathroom, satellite TV, direct dial telephone and PC connection. The hotel also offers WiFi internet access. The restaurant is open from Sunday evening to Friday lunchtime. Opening hours in the evenings are 6.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. ... more   less 
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