Yep - another nutshell coming up:
The Pullman is located directly across from Gare Montparnasse, so very handy for trains to western regions – Loire Valley, and Versaille-Chartiers, to name a couple. Inside the station, you can walk to Montparnasse-Bienvenue Metro stop for Lines 4, 12 an d 13, with a Metro stop, Gaite, even closer, but only serviced by Line 13, so the subway trains are not as frequent. It’s a fair walk to Montparnasse-Bienvenue Metro stop, but there is a travelator to assist over a part of the journey. Don’t even think about dragging your suitcase. It’s a long way and there are many steps.
From a Paris perspective, you probably get more bang for your buck here, given the hotel is not in close proximity to any of the monuments or high end shopping areas. That being said, it is only a few Euros on the subway to get you to most places, and despite the subway having some detractions - homeless people, certain … errr … frangrances, close proximity to other people, some lengthy walks and navigation challenges (which line to take – which direction and which exit) - it is probably the fastest and cheapest way to get around the city.
We didn’t try the buses, but I am sure that there are many buses that can be taken from the station to many destinations (local, or distance) – there were quite a few shuttle busses that went to the airports parked outside. There were always cabs waiting outside the hotel so that was quite handy. And the taxis were clean. At certain times of the day, you may want to avoid using taxis, as on one trip, we got stuck in a tunnel for quite a while.
There was no noise at all (we were on level 20), although the walls were a little thin, or maybe our rooms were near service areas, so there were always a few bumps in the night.
There is a mall across the road, with a small Galleries Lafayette, and a number of other shops. There is also a Monorpix and Franprix nearby, so you can always pick something up that you need.
The furnishings were OK – the couch we had in the lounge area has seen better days, and there were obvious spill stains on the cushions, so that would date these before Scotchguard days, I suspect. But the TVs were good, with a wide range of languages – we even got to watch Six Nations rugby, which was a bonus (although the commentary was in French).
Standard Pullman fare – Roger & Gallet – very nice – I always enjoy this aspect of the Pullman (although Hermes – a la Sofitel - would be nice). There were plenty of bath robes and slippers.
We got an upgrade to a Classic Suite, so the total room size was very capacious (60m2). Included were two bathrooms, two wardrobes, a living area and a bedroom – with two desk areas. There were also plenty of power outlets, and lots of lights. Overall, this is one of the better rooms I have stayed in.
We had a king size bed – which was very comfortable with feather duvets, so quite warm, despite it being single digit and minus zero Celsius temperatures outside.
It was free, but you had to log in all the time, and sometimes, the connection dropped out. Nice to have it free, but the quality left a lot to be desired.
The bathroom with a shower had a rain head. Heaven. Good temperature and pressure. The shower over the tub was not too bad, and the bath was reasonably roomy for a good soak.
They were plentiful, and although not exactly factory fresh, they were not thread bare, and because there was a generous supply, the fluff factor or lack thereof was negated anyway.
Make up mirror
There was a dedicated one in each bathroom, each a magnifying mirror with a built in light. Magic. EVERY hotel should have one of these!
The hotel is a little impersonal – no porters came out to greet us on arrival, however, check in was straightforward. And most of the service staff were very friendly (I suspect it helps if you try and speak a little French, no matter how bad).
Buffet breakfast was like the concourse to Gare Montparnaasse. Maybe it was a special offer on at the time, but the place was packed every morning. And to be honest, for a Pullman, I expected a much better buffet. No hot food cooking stations, and the selection was pretty average. The choices of fresh fruit were fairly limited. I would go for a cheaper room rate, forego the breakfast option and go out for breakfast at the many eateries in Paris (it IS Paris, after all!!!).
The knob for the mechanism for the plug in the hand basin was missing and never replaced during our stay.
Sometimes housekeeping forgot to replace a bathmat or face towel.
It was nice to have a Nespresso machine in the lounge area, but there were very few capsules, and only paper cups, not to mention teaspoons! Not my idea of reasonable facilities and different from other Pullman establishments we have previously stayed in. China cups and plates and steel spoons, please!
I can honestly say there is nothing really bad about this hotel. It can be crowded, but the location is fine, service is good – it’s more than you can ask for – compare it with other hotels in Paris, and I think you’ll find that this is a good place to stay. We looked at another hotel just off Boulevard St Michel. Yes, the room had Eiffel Tower views, but it was under 20m2 and cost about as much as what we paid for.
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- Also Known As:
- Pullman Paris Montparnasse Hotel Paris
- Le Meridien Hotel Paris
- Le Meridien Montparnasse
- Le Meridien Paris
- Paris Le Meridien
- Meridien Montparnasse