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Villa Royale Montsouris
Ranked #401 of 1,802 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect getaway”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

Contrary to the reviews of this hotel, we have come back pleasantly surprised. The hotel is in a quiet(ish) location - you're in Paris afterall - and the hotel was clean, bright and best of all, the staff were friendly and very helpful. Yes the rooms are quite small, but very comfortable and the shower/bath facilities are excellent. The Metro is around the corner, as are plenty of shops, cafes and bars etc. The breakfast was ok, probably the only slight let-down, but still worth filling up on if it's included in your stay. There were no problems checking in and out, and we used paris vip limo shuttle service to transport us to and from the hotel which was also excellent.

So, contrary to what people have said, this hotel is a little gem, and is a 4*. And I'm not just saying this because we got engaged (!) it really is worth it if you want a comfortable and relaxing stay in the hustle and bustle of Paris.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

We were three person in two rooms. The double room was OK, but the singel one was very small. The hotle is very clean and nice Marocan style decorated. The personel are COMSI COMSA, some nice and some not so. The Hotel is not located in the center, but it is in a nice quite area with many shops and resturants. It is not far from a good Metro line 4, and if you have no problem using the Metro, then it is very good way to get to the city fast. There is free WIFI only in the lobby, and you have to buy WIFI if you like to use in the room (it costs 19ERU for 30 days no limit). The brekfest is nice more then regular erupean style. It is not 4 stars hotel, but is it I guess nice 3 stars hotel good for staying in nice and not to expansive place.

Room Tip: It is located in the 14 aera near Metro 4 last station Porte d'Orleans.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

We have just come back from Paris after spending 6 nights in this hotel. Our overall experience was of a clean room with all the basics. The rooms are decorated in a North African style to give the hotel something different and it is quite nice. Do not expect any 4 star luxury, this is a nice 3 star hotel at best. Contrary to the previous reviews, our room was spotless and cleaned everyday and the staff were very helpful, they even printed our Eiffel Tower tickets from email for us!

The local area has a number of cafes, restaurants and bars which we used mostly in the morning for breakfast - the hotel one seemed very pricey. There are also a couple of small grocery stores nearby, useful for stocking up on water and fruit/snacks to keep you going during the day. The hotel is not that close to the main attractions but there is a metro stop within 5 minutes walk - Port d'Orleans. You can also get the B mainline trains from the university and the number 28 bus goes towards the Eiffel Tower.

Room Tip: Don't spend 14.50euro on breakfast in the hotel, there is a fantastic cafe/bakery near Alesia st...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Stokieveggie
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

This small hotel is decorated in Morrocan style and rooms even have arabic influenced names. The internal decoration is quite stylish and rooms have most facilities (including French TV not that we found much worth watching) and the local area has a good number of interesting sights and is only a twenty minute trip on the metro to central paris (if you have time the walk is a good if longish one). Almost on your doorstep are Montparnasse Cemetey and some very good local shops and cafes are only a short walk away although the actual street is a quiet one. The rooms are not massive but that is the same in most of Paris. Contrary to other Trip Adviser reviews our room was clean and staff helpful. Breakfast is basic but has what you need. At the prices you can get if you go via last minute or at off peak times this hotel is very good value. Maybe not four star but certainly not the worst hotel in Paris by a long way (and there are some horrible hotels in Paris). On the basis of a recent trip would recommend it and would also recommend Paris though the cost of eating out seems to have increased a lot and there are more homeless in the streets it is still a stylish and romantic city. And you can get there by rail!

Room Tip: Make request clear in advance and do worry about rooms facing the road as it is quiet
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

After checking into the hotel we found what we thought were a couple of insects in our room. It's Paris, July, to be expected. I now have indelibly etched in my brain what a bed bug looks like. I should because I have over 200 bites caused by them from this room infestation. Couple this with the broken lampshade and the pieces of glass that were still sticking out, as well as the sink that didn't drain, we should have guessed that this supposed 4 star hotel would turn out not to be all that it promised

One would expect that a hotel of this quality would be sympathetic to the problem, but the manager basically didn't believe that an issue existed until the head of housekeeping went up and checked for herself the bed littered with splotches of my blood. They changed our room, but that was only the beginning of the nightmare. On the second morning even more bites appeared than from the day before, and at this point I insisted that the hotel call me a doctor, which I then had to argue with them to foot the medical bill.

They told me that they couldn't give me my money back for my stay, because I hadn't paid them directly, haven't booked on line. And in two days of this hell, not once did anyone apologise, or tell me that they were sorry for the distress.

And here's the kicker!!!!! the hardy resistant little bugs have made their way home with me. It's going to cost me a 100GBP at least to fumigate my house. I'm on steroids and antihistamines to try and calm the itching form 200+ bites and I've just woken up this morning to new bites.

All visitors to this hotel beware room 405 and 705, because those two at least have bed bugs.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

This hotel is okay. The people were very nice. However, our room was very small, and the sprial stairway was very difficult to negotiate.

I have seen this hotel listed as 3 or 4 stars. it is more like a good 2-star hotel.

The breakfast is overpriced at 14.50 Euros.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

I haven't really stayed in many hotels, but I wouldn't say this is a four star hotel comparing it to the British rating. It is clean, tidy and the staff were friendly, especially the room service lady, who couldn't speak English but miming and my little knowledge of French got us through.

If you have the option of paying more to receive breakfast, save your money and go to a bakery. The food was served at 7am till 10.30am, so by 9am the coffee was cold and the general selection of food was poor. I mean I wasn't expecting a cooked breakfast or anything, but it was limited. Hot coffee was served when a staff member was found, but that was sometimes difficult.

The room had the usual toiletries, but no kettle to make tea/coffee. The pillows for the bed were hit or miss. Two of the pillows felt like they were full of little foam balls and the other was full of the normal synthetic filling. We asked for replacements for the bad pillows on the first day at reception, who said they would sort it, but they didn’t. So we ended up asking the room service lady who was kind enough to get us pillows immediately.

The rooms are small and not ideal if you want a hotel holiday, however for a sight seeing tour this hotel is adequate. It is far from the main attractions, but it took 45-60 minutes to walk to the Eiffel Tower, which gave us a chance to see some of Paris. The Metro and RER were brilliant methods of getting around the city. The Metro station Porte de Orleans was 5 minutes from the hotel and the RER station, Cite Universitaire, was not much further, so getting from one end of the city to the other was very quick. I personally would advise to get the 10 tickets for the metro if you are planning on using it a lot as it does work out cheaper and allows you to go straight to the train instead of queuing at self-service machines which can be very busy.

Also of you are travelling in for CDG airport get the B line to Cite Universitaire, which saves you from changing trains and getting lost if you’re not too use the system at first.
Overall the hotel was lovely and I would go back, as long as I got another good deal, as I personally wouldn’t pay the rates that they were asking for.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Royale Montsouris
Address: 144 rue de la Tombe Issoire, 75014 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Montparnasse
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#176 Best Value Hotel in Paris
#207 Business Hotel in Paris
#411 Family Hotel in Paris
#515 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Royale Montsouris 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
How would you know, before actually entering the Villa Royale Montsouris, that you would be crossing the Mediterranean? The lobby, decorated in Andalusian-Moorish style, is a perfect representation of the charms of the Orient. Colonnades and vaulted ceilings, copper, zelliges and wrought iron make the hotel look like a traditional Moroccan riad. Combine the stories of One Thousand and One Nights with draperies, sheer curtains and precious fabrics and the rooms seem to jump straight of oriental palaces. The elements of the decor bring brightly-coloured touches to the place: the reds of the floor tiles and the ochres of the earthenware, the Majorelle blue of the doors, which, when closed, make Paris seem very far away. In this exotic and wonderful universe, the service provided by the attentive staff add a personal note to the unique charm of the establishment, located in a peaceful district of the Capital, near the Parc de Montsouris and the tram that’s a direct connection with the Porte de Versailles Convention and Exhibition Centre. ... more   less 
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