Hotel des Bains is located on Rue Delambre in Montparnasse. It is a lovely street which is just off of the more lively Boulevard du Montparnasse and Rue Edouard Quintet. There are 2 lovely bakeries, a fruit/vegetable shop, butchers, Italian food store, a few restaurants and cafes on the same street. There are two metro stations both within 1 to 2 minute walk (Vavin & Edouard Quintet). Please note you can get the train from Charles de Gaulle airport (RER B) to Denfert- Rochereau and then take Line 6 (direction Charles de Gaulle etoile) to Edouard Quintet (2 stops) and the hotel is no more than a 2 minute walk from there. You can buy a Paris Visite card at the airport (40€ for 3 days- although there are other options) which gives you unlimited travel on zones 1-6 during your stay including to and from the airport and all zones on the metro system.
In the area you have Montparnasse Cemetery, La Coupole/ La Rotonde, Montparnasse Tower, Eglise Notre Dame du Champs, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris Observatory. It is very close to St Germain which has lovely boutiques for shopping and simply for drinking coffee and people watching.
My first impressions were it seemed a little old fashioned (1960s). It is quite quirky in many ways but this only added to the fun... The hotel had mainly French customers when I was stayed and as I was practicing French this was only a + for me.
The staff are efficient, I liked the way they operated, however it could be taken as a bit cold if you are used to American style service. For example when I asked to leave my suitcase when checking out I was pointed in direction of the door to take my own bags down to the baggage room but I didn't mind. If this sort of thing does upset you it might be best not to stay here. The same person was extremely helpful when I needed to print my boarding pass and let me use the computer without the usual charges so it may just take a bit of getting used to for some. The lady who welcomed me was very kind and gave me my room key straight away so I could drop my bags and come down and pay later. She also pointed me in the right direction when I required to purchase something locally.
I thought the staff were very kind and helpful in a sincere way and could understand why others may have taken this the wrong way as there are no permanently fixed smiles but perhaps a more honest approach.
The public areas are dated but clean.
There is only one very small lift (which holds 2 slim people max) - 1 with luggage!
The lighting for the stair area to the rooms is timed and so you could be left in the dark (if you linger too long) ... until you get to the next light switch.
The rooms are pleasant enough with wooden floors, iron design bedframes and are of typical Parisien size. I quite liked the ecclectic mix of furniture which felt like you were staying with an aunt rather than in a hotel room giving it a cosy feel. The room was very warm and there was also air conditioning, a safe and a trouser press. My room wasn't facing the road so I didn't suffer from any street noise mentioned in other reviews. Nevertheless, the walls are very thin between rooms and you can hear some noise from other guests. Thankfully I wasn't disturbed by this but it could affect you if you had a noisy neighbour.
The bathroom was great, very modern and clean, with Porcelanosa style tiles and a Grohe shower which was very powerful. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom and basic toiletries provided.
The breakfast cost only 8€ 50 (great for Paris) and was fantastic. There was fresh croissants/bread rolls, cheese/ham, yoghurt, fruit juice, fresh fruit, biscuits and coffee/tea/hot choc.
VALUE FOR MONEY
I was given a special rate for 2 nights but the standard rate of 90€ is still a fantastic rate for Paris. I ordinarily stay in a hotel 2 streets away which costs 200-250€ per night and has the same size of bedroom (albeit a more modern bedroom with a mini-bar). Considering where you are staying and the accomodation on offer, I would highly recommend this hotel.
Great location - for food & shopping
Close to Metro stations - all major attractions easily reached by metro
Good for practicing your French
Small stairs - could be tough if you are rather large or have lots of children
No tea/coffee facilities (although you can easily buy goods at the local shops and bring them back)
I have rated the hotel based on the pricing bracket compared to the services offered.
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