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“Great Location - Average Hotel.”
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Villa Pantheon
Ranked #584 of 1,804 Hotels in Paris
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We originally booked a Eurostar deal for two at the Villa Montparnasse Hotel, but were sent by them to Villa Pantheon due to problems with our room.

The Hotel itself is in the Latin Quarter quite near to the Pantheon, and walking distance to the River Seine, Notre Dame and many other places. One of the main advantages is the proximity to stations on the Metro (Maubert Mutualite), and the RER mainline (Notre Dame/St.Michel) easy to get to places and back after a long and tiring day out sight-seeing. The front office staff were helpful, and spoke good English.

Our reservation did not include breakfast which was 15 Euros per person. I tried the breakfast on the first day, but did not enjoy it as everything was cold. The next day I had breakfast in the restaurant round the corner.

The Room we originally booked at Villa Montparnasse was a superior; which we were told would be upgraded for the inconvenience. But I did not bother checking.

The Room at the Villa Pantheon we stayed in I assume, was a superior or higher on the first floor facing the courtyard, was decorated in Dark colours with nice solid wood furniture and wooden floor. Unfortunately a wall of the room backed on to the elevator shaft, which made a noise like a lion grumbling throughout the day and night. Not sure if it were the housekeeping staff cleaning the room on top of us every morning or if guests checking out, but the noise from upstairs did wake us up pretty early..

The beds though not uncomfortable were pretty hard and the pillows narrow and flat. What I found a bit odd was: 2 single mattresses pushed together with one cover in a double room rather than a double mattress. This meant a seam & dip in the middle. There was a minibar / fridge and a safe but unfortunately no tea / coffee making equipment.

The Bathrooms though clean were small. we noticed that one of the three bulbs in the bathroom fused after we checked in; we let reception know. The chap from reception came upstairs, had a look and assured us that someone would fix it, but in the 3 days we stayed there nobody did and one more of the bulbs fused on the second day making the bathroom pretty dark on the last day.

The Hotel has Wifi, the key can be obtained by registering at reception.

Overall an ok stay. Next time I won’t pay a premium for the 4 star tag, and book somewhere cheaper in Zone 3 of Paris metro/RER.

Room Tip: Avoid a room near the lifts I guess its the ones which end with 1 (101, 201, 301, 401...)
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

After reading the negative reviews i wonder if we stayed in a different hotel! The "grey haired old man" could have not been more helpful. His staff is trained to be great and that they were. Being newbies to Paris they gave us the most amazing tips for where to dine. We came at 8:30AM checked our luggage and came back at 2:30PM and was shown a room on the 4th floor. Yes, it was smallish but this is Paris. It was a bit of a dance with two suitcases in the room but the wonder of it all being in Paris is what we came for more than made up for a few minor issues. The breakfast, "petit" dejeuner, was part of the room charge and was excellent. It was a small buffet style breakfast which is fine. To load up and then walk about is counterproductive; more room for a fabulous lunch somewhere along the line The lady serving could not do enough for us. We left to tour the Loire Valley area for a few days and returned to a room that was on the 6th floor. It was smaller but the view of the Paris skyline was a knockout! Both rooms were cleaned and done up each day by a charming person that left them just so. It was cool in Paris so the heating worked but I have no idea about the A/C during the summer season. I would return in a heartbeat. It is very central for walking about and taking it all in.

Room Tip: Top floor room with street view is so nice.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

OK The room was a little bit on the dark side due to the decoration, but that is the case with many Parisian hotel rooms. Our little balcony made more than up for it and the bathroom was well appointed. Breakfasts were excellent and the waiter delightful. Staff at reception were helpful and full of good tips, like getting a 63 bus across the road to go all the way to the Palais de Tokyo. A good way to see the sights for the price of one ticket! Needed some dry cleaning done, no problem. The hotel is so well placed for the Blvd St Michel, St Germain, bookshops, restaurants, cafes and wonderful bus services just down the road to make the most of your Paris stay.All in all a most enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We chose this hotel, for the location…we like to walk as much as possible, and it has a great location...but when you don't get to have a good rest, everything else fall apart.
The overall of this hotel, may look like a pintoresque one, but there's all there is.
When we arrive our room was not available, so we were offer and upgrade with a balcony in the next hour, they took our luggage and went for a walk…two hours later our room was not ready.
When it was, we were happy that got that "upgrade" cause if this one was so small, didn't want to think how the original was! For a double room having two suitcases was a problem.
The cleanliness standard was far from ours. And we are not picky, we travel on budget so we can take simple, but please sweep a broom every once in a while!.
The bed was hard, pillows horrible, and bedding better to forget.
It seems like once this was an old hotel with character, but never maintained…so run down, the power sockets fall off the wall, and there was no one near the mirror…since there was no power socket on the bathroom, it is appreciative to have available on the room. My boyfriend move the mirror so I could use my straightening iron…and beneath it found a disgusting amount of dirt…if you use fabric for wallpaper, YOU MUST KEEP IT CLEAN.
The bath had mold, the shower head was broken.
The keys are like in the old days, cute but every time we got back, found our door without lock…so apart from straight the bedding, and leave new towels, the maid service should not be that busy or tired to remember to lock your door, right?
I cannot believe how harsh I sound, but is the truth.
At night they are understaff, the guy who bar tends has to do everything, had the best actitude, and was the only one at this hotel, helpful and polite, but they shouldn't make him run back and forth all the time, to pick up the phone, attend at the bar, give you the key to your room!
Don't op for the breakfast it's over priced…The area is full of everything you may want or need for less than half the prices there.
But actually, do stay across the street, is the same chain but with acceptable standards.
Check out, was a 10 minute of being ignored by a gray haired man, so rude we cannot believe it.
And someone, please explain to me, how this hotel got that 4 stars??

Room Tip: Go to another hotel for a good room.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We requested a twin but when we got in the room it was 2 beds pushed together with one mattress cover so it was not an option to separate them.

The hotel room was on the ground floor next to the courtyard section. Because of this we couldn't draw the curtains of the window at all because people were walking past, there was no overhead lighting just lamps (apart from in the bathroom) so the room was very dark.

The bed was terrible, the mattress was as hard as the floor with one lumpy pillow there were no other pillows in the room. I woke up with neck ache back ache and generally aching all over. What also ruined our sleep was because our room back onto the elevator and it was SO NOISY every time it moved it made a low grumbling noise then a really loud sound like an elephant. The trouble was the elevator was in constant use which means we heard it through out the night, it woke me up multiple times as other guests were coming back late. Then the cleaner accidentally came in at 7am and woke us up because she did not know people were in the room!

Other than that the room seemed clean but there was a patch of mould and a crack above the shower and I am 5'6 and the shower was nonadjustable I had to bend down quite low to get under the shower head.

I would say the mattress and pillows being so uncomfortable seriously affected my 3 days in Paris because I felt so tired by the lack of sleep and my muscles were aching.

DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Two great things about this hotel: its central position and the staff at the Reception desk, who are charming and very helpful in every possible way. In fact there was a friendly atmosphere throughout. That makes such a difference.

The room we stayed in was on the small side but comfortable and quiet until morning as it faced the inner courtyard. It’s really only a night room, which is fine as visits to Paris involve work or sightseeing during the day.

Our trip didn’t include breakfast and as we prefer to have just a coffee and croissant we went out to a café across the road.

Room Tip: Either on one of the higher floor or facing the courtyard, which isn't great but it's quiete...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Patricia S
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We recently returned from a short trip to Paris and had chosen to stay in the villa Pantheon for its ideal location. We weren't disappointed. The hotel is ideally situated and within easy walking distance of the River Seine, Notre Dame and many more of the main sights. The bonus was that there is a metro (Maubert Mutualite) just down the road from the hotel and that made life so much easier after a long day of walking around the city. We could just buy a 1.70 euro metro ticket in the nearest station and we would be back at the hotel within minutes. Rue des Ecoles, where the hotel is situated, is also just a 500m walk away from one of the main RER mainline train stops at Notre Dame/St.Michel which means that we could get the train from and to the Airport very easily and cheaply (9.50euros o/w). I particularly liked the Latin Quarter as it was lively but safe and frequented mainly by students from La Sorbonne which was right next door. Just behind the hotel lay The Pantheon and here we found lots of bars, pubs and cafes obviously catering for the students. We also discovered Mouffetard, an area just a short uphill walk from the hotel, which was made up of small alleyways and streets bustling with students and tourists alike and full of good, cheaply priced bistros and brasseries. Here you could get a three course set menu for as little as 14 euros.
Getting back to the basics, the Hotel itself was nothing special but we weren't expecting a 4* hotel, just somewhere comfortable for our stay. Again, we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness and attention given to us by the staff. From day one, Ahmed, who was on the front desk, was so helpful and accommodating. He spoke really good English and was always smiling and cheerful. He gave us a choice of rooms and allocated us with one of the best rooms on the 5th floor with a lovely small balcony overlooking the street. The room was compact but well designed with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. There was free WiFi in the room, and it was always warm and welcoming to come back to after a full day of sightseeing. The breakfast room was nice and although not fantastic, there was ample choice and plenty of hot food and warm croissants to eat every morning. We opted for a package with breakfast included and I think this is the best thing to do as, eventhough you can find cheaper breakfasts on offer just over the road, it's much more convenient to relax over a coffee and croissant in the hotel first thing in the morning! I think the trick is not to have high expectations as hotels in cities such as Paris cannot be compared to say 4* or luxury hotels in places like Thailand or the Caribbean.
Once again, I must say that Ahmed made our stay. He genuinely seemed to enjoy his job and wanted to help the guests with his knowledge of Paris and suggestions of what to do and where to eat. We only knew him for a matter of days but will never forget his enthusiasm and welcoming smile.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 41 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Quartier Latin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#333 Luxury Hotel in Paris
Price Range: $146 - $370 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Pantheon 4*
Number of rooms: 59
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