The hotel is well located for the Metro and very reasonably priced. Reception are very friendly at all times of the day and night Rooms are very clean but basic, breakfast is good, but basic. It’s an ideal location to put your bags down and sleep in whilst visiting Paris for a decent price. Even if it is 2am and everything else is shut, I wouldn't recommend the food they have onsite from the menu.
I stayed at the Ibis Paris Place d'Italie for three non-consecutive nights in late February/early March 2012. My principal motivation in choosig this hotel was to book a clean room in a well-maintained property without having to pay the high rates you normally do in Paris. If you are familiar with the Ibis chain you know that they target mostly business people looking for a place to sleep and shower and not much else. Well in that regard this Ibis hotel did not disappoint, although it was on the smaller side of this chain's properties. What I got was a clean, bright room with very basic furnishings. Although the Ibis website claims this room is suitable for two people, I would tend to disagree, especially if we are talking about people who are not a couple. But for a single person looking for a bed and a shower, the room was fine.
In addition to the bed the room had a small TV with satellite channels, a small desk and basic chair, and some shelving and wardrobe storage area. Free wireless internet is available throughout the hotel, as is a computer terminal in the lobby from where you can check e-mail, surf the web, etc. The bathroom was small, with only a shower stall, sink and toilet, and certainly would not accommodate two people at the same time. The shower space was very confined at about 2 by 2 feet. (Go ahead and drop the soap because you can't bend over to pick it up anyway; you must squat.)
Breakfast is extra at Ibis hotels, but since I was in Paris and finding a cheap breakfast that would satisfy an American appetite was not likely, I decided to buy the breakfast option. It is certainly worth it if you like to eat alot. Breakfast is served buffet-style (all-you-can-eat) in the lower level in a small but pleasant room. Although the choices are not large and varied, there is coffee (served by a machine), juices, breads, pastries, spanish omelet, mini-crepes, yogurt, cold-cut meats and cheeses. It was more than plenty for me and at US$12 per person per night I felt it is was a deal as far as breakfast goes in Paris.
Overall I was very happy with my stay at this property. The hotel was clean, modern and well-maintained...and did not break the bank! The Metro at Place d'Italie was about one block from the hotel and provided esy access to everywhere a tourist would want to go in the city. There is also a shopping mall across from the hotel where you can find a supermarket, and fast food outlets, including a McDonalds and KFC, just up the street heading toward the Metro stop. I would recommend that those unfamiliar with the Ibis chain visit their website, where in addition to booking rooms you can see pictures of your typical Ibis facility. That way disappointments will be kept to a minimum.
This was my second stay here, so I have to say that I knew what I was getting. It's not fancy, but clean and neat, and the staff speaks languages other than French. It seems typical of most Ibis locations. The weekend rate is about 5-10 euros less than the weeknight rate, which helps too.
Cindy had contacted me a day earlier via email to find out when I planned to arrive, which was a nice touch. I arrived early (around 9 am) and was able to leave my bag for check-in later in the day. They took care to make sure I knew the bag was put into the storage area properly and was securely locked. I knew this because they asked me to go along with the person who put it there!
I returned fairly late that night, around 10 pm, and I was given an accessible room just off the lobby (not by request, but perhaps that was the room that was available that late at night). It was certainly much easier than going up the elevator. Despite the location, the room was quiet and larger than I expected. I had a nice view of the garden in the inner courtyard outside the window, and not much view of the rooms on the other side. The TV worked well, and had a good selection of channels, including Canal+, not often provided in budget hotels.
Like most Ibis hotels, there is a small bar that serves drinks and food 24/7. You can take it back to your room or just have it there. This is really convenient, and the prices are quite attractive. A glass of wine is about half of what you'd pay at the nearby spots, and they generally stop serving around 10:30 or 11:00 pm (or require you to buy some food). A bottle of water is also cheaper than many local spots, and probably comparable to the Carrefour.
I normally skip the breakfast in favor of a coffee and croissant at a local brasserie, but at 9 euros it would be a fair price and worth considering if you like a bigger breakfast.
As others noted, it's convenient to the metro (15 mins to Montparnasse, 7-8 minutes to Denfert Rochereau via line 6 and an easy transfer to RER B and the airport). There is a Carrefour across the street with fresh fruit, food, snacks, and a pretty good selection of beer and wine at reasonable grocery store prices. Unfortunately, the room does not have a fridge, so that will limit your choices somewhat.
The neighborhood around Place d'Italie is pretty good, but I noticed that it can get a little rowdy after about 11 pm. One night, there was a little commotion and noise, but I never felt unsafe. The area has a good number of people and isn't deserted late at night. Just keep your eyes open and you'll be fine.
I'd stay here again on another trip.
We booked our room late and therefore could not get a room in one of the better located Ibis hotels in Paris. The location was quite ok, though, with public transport easily accessible and a wealth of Asian restaurants on our doorstep.
Staff were great and the room was thoroughly clean. It was also the smallest I’ve had in a Ibis hotel, with tiny storage space, the TV placed atop of the shelves at a very strange angle and little space to move around. Towels were clearly clean, but not exactly a fresh white anymore. There was no minibar or coffee making facilities in the room and no restaurant available in the hotel. We did not have breakfast there, but at a small boulangerie nearby. It is not a bad option, but one can have better for the same budget in Paris.