If you're a couple looking for a charming, romantic little pensione tucked away in some discreet corner of Paris this is not the place. I don't mean this in a bad way, I'm just saying this hotel is better suited for tourist families or business people coming in or out of the Gare Montparnasse. If this is you, the Novotel is a modern, clean, well appointed choice.
The Room: Booked for two people (my elderly mother and I) and was outfitted with a queen bed and a sleeper sofa. Sleeper sofa technology hasn't changed much over the years, they still aren't as nice as a legitimate mattress, but I slept on it for three nights without a problem. The room was a bit warm for our taste and the A/C did not seem to respond very promptly, but it wasn't terribly noticeable. It took a while, but it cooled down. I liked the fact that the toilet was completely separate from the shower and bath. By this I don't mean a partition, it is actually a separate little room by the door. I would bet that this building once had common showers at the end of the corridor and the addition of the in-room shower and sink did not allow for all to be placed together. Good feature. Two bottles of complimentary mineral water were restocked daily. There was a good kettle and plenty of coffee and tea. Everything was clean and modern. The wi-fi worked well and was free. The little fridge was great.
Location: Montparnasse is a functional, residential neighborhood, not an artsy fartsy one. If that suits you, it suits you. If not, keep looking. The proximity to the train station was great. The Pasteur and Volontaires metro stations are about equal distance from the hotel; about 15 minutes walk, and each provide relatively easy access to the whole city. If 15 minute walks are a problem, keep looking.
Staff: Everyone was good.
One of the main reasons I selected this hotel was the fact that they report having an airport shuttle. My understanding of an airport shuttle is a bus/van that picks you up in front of the hotel and drops you off curbside at your airline's section of the terminal. The fee should be nominal if any.
This hotel does not have that.
There is a shuttle bus operated by Air France that departs from the southeast side of the Montparnasse train station, which is about 3.5 blocks away. It's around $17E each way and may not take you to your terminal depending on if your terminal is one of the ones under renovation. Alternately they can book you a car for about 60E!!!
I don't think the hotel should say they have a shuttle to the airport if the shuttle does not pick you up at the hotel. There is a shuttle service "in the area" which patrons of all local hotels and airlines may use for a 17E fee. Considering the luggage laden trek you must take to get to the bus, then trek through the underground parking lots at CDG to get to your terminal - I'd say it's not a convenient hotel for accessing the airport.
I don't understand why hotels cannot offer either self-service laundry or an inexpensive "wash, dry, fold" option for a load of general laundry. Instead you get these outrageous prices for individual articles. They makes sense for business travelers with suits and what not, but for tourists they are ridiculous.
All in all however, the cons are minor as long as you are aware of them going in. Overall the Novotel Montparnasse is a good option for travelers whose needs are met by a modern, clean facility that's close to the train station.
Tips: There's a grocery store on the southeast side of the station, across from the airport shuttle bus stop where you can buy food and drinks for local prices instead of hotel prices. There are two laundromats "laverie" in the area. One is on Rue du Blomel just south of the hostel, the other is at the corner of Rue Plumet and Rue Bargue (use google maps to find them).
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