My first impression wasn't so good -- did not like the decor that seemed somewhat mismatched and a bit worn. But then I remembered what I paid for this (not very much, found reduced flight/hotel Transat Holidays packages), how convenient it is to RER-B train that goes to CDG airport (Luxembourg station, nearest exit rue de l'Abbé de l'Epée [has escalators] or, just a few steps farther, Port-Royal station [has lifts/elevators]), and noticed how clean the room is, that bathroom's been redone, towels and bedding are in good condition, there is a flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi works well.
We stayed 10 days in January 2013. Walked few minutes to Luxembourg Gardens (they're lovely year-round) on nicer days, several blocks/10-12 minutes to Vavin metro -- in lively part of Montparnasse area, with shops, cinemas, cafés and famous brasseries.
On Bd St-Michel/by the hotel, the 38 bus runs often and is very convenient ..goes to the Seine/Île de la Cité/Notre-Dame, Centre Pompidou and Gare du Nord train station.
Our room faced the street, but with window shut there was no street noise at all and the view is pleasant. There is air conditioning that can be a real plus in the summer.
Tiny bathroom and shower cubicle were kept sparkly clean, + good water pressure, soaps and shampoo replenished daily.
Breakfast is served on the ground floor and is generous for continental fare. Other than the usual coffee/tea/hot choc, jam, butter, a (fresh) croissant and juice, there was a self-service cold buffet with cheeses, plain yoghurt, bread, fruit salad and more.
Service was fine. There is a lift, and a safe at the reception (€1.50/day to use the safe).
In conclusion, if you can get their lower rates it is good value, and location is convenient, close to some sights and good transport.
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