Hotel Des Mines
We arrived in Paris via the Eurostar and were disgusted by the drunks and beggars allowed to harass tourists while waiting for a taxi, (there were police, soldiers and security everywhere). I thought if this is Paris I’m getting out of here. Our taxi only cost 16 euro to get to the hotel.
The hotel was very nice, again what we needed for our stay, a bed and a newly renovated ensuite. A work colleague of my partner had stayed there and checked out after 1 night, so we were expecting a really dinghy room, but we were lucky enough to get a room with windows (yes two big windows) that opened onto St Michel Blvd, they had got a center room – so no view of street. The other thing they did not like was the shaking from the metro every so often, it didn’t bother us in the slightest as this was a big city and you should expect this sort of thing.
The price was very good also, as we met a couple from Canada staying a few doors down paying 3 times as much for not much more than what we had. The free wi-fi was a bonus as my mobile did not work on roaming in Paris.
Another plus for us was the easy access to the Metro, Bus, Open tour bus, and a Laundry. (Ask at desk), and walking through Luxemburg Gardens was a nice way to get a feel for Paris (only one street over).
The main problem I had was due to me being a bit wider than your average person, the shower was extremely difficult to use, a couple of times I moved the tap to hot with my back and got slightly scolded, as the tap is in a very centered position, and the lift is very small, which you will know from previous reviews.
The staff were reasonably friendly and helpful as were most Parisians if you treated them with respect and tried using some French to say hello and thank you.
All that said I was completely turned around about Paris to actually loving it!!
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- Also Known As:
- Des Mines Hotel
- Des Mines Paris