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Pullman Paris Montparnasse
Ranked #512 of 1,809 Hotels in Paris
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Yep - another nutshell coming up:

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Location
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.

Transport
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.

Noise
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.

Shops
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.

Furnishings
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).

Amenities
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.

Room size
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.

Bed comfort
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.

Wifi
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.

Water pressure/heat
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.

Towels
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!

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Service
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.

Amenities
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!

UGLY
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.

Recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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pullman7012010, Directeur général at Pullman Paris Montparnasse, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2013

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed there two nights. Whe we arrived, got keys and wnt our room, we saw, that there are cleaning personal, who said that we cant go in. Then, later at evening, we come back and saw, that two lamps, near our bed are broken, and we had problem with Tv.
Poor breakfast, much poor options that in hotels homepage photos.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank IevaSpalvinja
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I have just spent two nights at this Hotel, which indeed was very pleasant! Our room was located on the 20th floor with breath-taking views, although not being on the monument side, it was still great- especially since there aren’t really any other high rises in Paris.
The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and a very good size for two. The staff at reception were exceptionally friendly and always smiling!
Some things that should be noted. A) the TV wasn’t working all that well and kept randomly turning off. B) The AirCon was rather loud (but did the job). C) Our breakfast experience: We were greeted and shown to our table, left straight away to the buffet, returned and found our
Table was given away to some one else. Left standing in the middle of the room with our plates and juices in our hands, I told the waitress and instead of saying anything, she just mumbled an “OK” and a nice “Putain” and we ended up finding our own table and cutlery.
I have never been sworn at in an Hotel!

I would have given 5 stars, but that one morning really dampened our stay! I would stay there again and recommend the Hotel to everyone, as it was overall a good experience and walking distance to Saint Germain and other sights; not to mention the view (again).

As a Tip: Try to get a Deal in advance, as standard rates are a little high for a Hotel-chained 4 star Hotel.

Room Tip: Try to get a Deal in advance, as standard rates are a little high for a Hotel-chained 4 star Hotel.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank londontravellerE2
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Breakfast at the Pullman Montparnasse is very busy and very crowded with people from all over the world. Some mornings, we had children under 12 running around, handling food and buffet utensils. The coffee is bad but food spread is okay. The hotel is just minutes from Gare Montparnasse and supermarket next door, but in the four days that we stayed here, there was not one time that we didn't have to wait and wait...and wait for the lift. Many hotel guests (or not?) congregate in the lobby seating area. We booked a king room but with Accor card got upgraded to a suite on the 20th floor- very spacious , bed comfortable, living area very roomy and 2 bathrooms- one with shower the other with bathtub though really begging for some renovation. When we lifted the couch cushions there was alot of crumbs and dirt. Also a very bad stain on the carpet. There is a kettle and coffee machine but only paper cups provided. And there is only one electrical outlet by these, so you can't boil water and make coffee at the same time. Rather than let us sleep in and relax in bed on a snowy Sunday morning, housekeeping kept ringing (at 10am then at 11am) to ask to have our room cleaned. This hotel has no charm nor wow factor but is good value for money and close to the station.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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2  Thank LooseFruit
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The hotel staff was courteous. They made me feel welcome during the entire week and a half that I stayed with them. The breakfast buffet had a lot of choices, and I loved their selection. I also loved their bed. It was pretty comfortable and most of all, hypo-allergenic. The only thing is that the bar closes early.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel. Value for money spent. A little pricey but not extravagantly priced. Great location.

Room Tip: Get a room with a view of Tour Montparnasse.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Pullman Paris Montparnasse

Address: 19 Rue du Commandant Rene Mouchotte, 75014 Paris, France (Formerly Le Meridien)
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#16 Green Hotel in Paris
#117 Family Hotel in Paris
#228 Business Hotel in Paris
#305 Luxury Hotel in Paris
#550 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range: $20 - $133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pullman Paris Montparnasse 4*
Number of rooms: 957
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