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“Value for Money with amazing view of most popular Paris Landmarks!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie

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Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie
Ranked #736 of 1,795 Hotels in Paris
DUBLIN, IRELAND
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Value for Money with amazing view of most popular Paris Landmarks!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2009

We were in Paris last week end of June 09 for the summer sales, which are always worth the trip to Paris. We normally stayed in Best Western Nouvel Orléans, Paris 14e. However, my partner who is very sensitive to noise has a bad experience in BW last time.
So I decided to book Mercure Hotel, which is higher category. Because I booked far in advance, we only paid 115Euros per night for Bed & Breakfast. This is a very good value for Paris. The key in this hotel is too always ask for high floor. We were on the top floor. Room 801 has an amazing view of Paris. We didn't expect that at all. From our window, we could see most of the Eiffel Tower, the Panthéon, the roof of Notre Dame, and the Sacré Coeur....No building to block the view....
The room is small but very well lay out to maximise the space. Modern furniture. Surprisingly, the bathroom is very big for Paris. You only have one sink, but you have a bath, and a nice glass window ( not a dirty shower curtain ) if you wish to take a shower. The shower is powerfull enough, and trust us, we have a wet room at home, so we are very picky about shower.
You also have complimentary tes & coffee in the room, a private bar
Breakfast : served from 7 to 10 am from Monday to Saturday, and until 11:30 on Sunday. You can also order room service. until 12pm on Sunday. Continental breakfast with croissant, pain au chocolat, et pain aux raisins, with fruit juice, tea & coffee is very good. However the full english breakfast was a disaster, but you are in France, and th French like their sweat breakfast. Hot chocolate was also a little dissapointment. Not really up to my standard.
Location is also a plus. From Roissy CDG, take the RER to Denfert Rochereau, then change to Metro line 6, direction Nation, and stop Place d'Italie. Hotel is a 5 min walk.
The hotel is located in a residential area, very quiet, which garantee a good night sleep. A shopping center is near the metro station with restaurant nearby. The food market on Sunday is also close to the metro.
Positive : location, value for money, quiet to sleep, metro nearby, breakfast included, you can leave your lugages for free when you checked out, good air conditoning controlable form the room, nice shower, staff are courteous, get miles with flying blue air france card
Negative : english breakfast very bad, no iron or ironing board, not enough shower gel & shampoo, always ask more in reception, window of the room open completely, which can be an issue for youg kids, even there is a security lock .
Overall, this is a very good chain hotel , far much better than Ibis or Best Western.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2009

I went to Paris in june 2009 and stayed at the Mercure Les Gobelins at Place d'italie.

The court that leads to the lobby and main door is pretty nice looking all in a kind of beige tones that reminds of marble and with statues on top of the wall, it all makes for a nice arrival. The hotel was renovated recently I think, the general atmosphere is of simple chic, seems a bit like a boutique-hotel. The staff's warmth and customer service varied from one individual to the next from ok to great, you could sense a bit more arrogance at the lobby, the people at the breakfast restaurant downstair were pretty nice and welcoming.

We had booked this hotel through my travel agent at Vacances Transat for a twin bed room and I was surprised to see that we got a one bed room, but it was ok as the lady at the lobby changed it right away. The room is a bit small but unless you are overweight it should be ok. The beds are pretty comfartable with big sheets. You have to pay for the wi-fi internet but the more time you take the least expensive it is, for example it costed me 15 euros for 10 hours. Room is provided with a mini-bar although the prices for any items in there is ridiculous, for example 5 euros for a small can of perrier. Air conditionning was more than appropriate, there is a coffee machine in there with nice coffee for the morning. The room comes with a safe to keep your belongings, its free.The bathroom is smal also but nice with a bowl kind of sink. The shower was a bit problematic though as only a small stylish but impractical glass cover retains the water, so you have to keep that cover pretty close to you or a lot of water goes on the floor. We had a view on the magnificient private garden they have in the back of the hotel (the garden is connected to the restaurant so, if weather permits, you could eat your breakfast there).

Breakfast was included with the room, its a hot buffet style with sausages, eggs, bacon, cereals, pastries, fruit salads, etc it was pretty good and very satisfying. Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 10, I know it was possible to have your breakfast served in the room but I dont know if there was any extra charge for it. The hotel is located about 5 minute walk from the Place d'Italie metro station which is practical and allows to easily get to all the man attractions in Paris. There is no pool or gym at the hotel as most in Paris. I think the resto at the hotel only serves the included breakfast but im not sure, regardless, there are plenty of restos around there with a short walk. We arranged to be shuttled to Roissy Charles-e-Gaulles airport from the hotel, costed us 34 euros for 2 people. By the way, if you are travelling to Paris and are thinking of using the metro to get to your hotel, be warned that there are no elevators or escalators, so youre in for a lot of lifting, we did and it was pretty exhausting... There is a parking at the hotel I think but you had to pay extra for it.

We paid 870$ CDN for 5 nights (apparently we got the 5th night free) with Vacances Transat and we stayed june 8th to 13th, the hotel in Paris, at the door was listed at 200 euros a night.

Overall, I was pretty satisfied and would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2009

Really far from the main sights of Paris: you really need to take the metro to go anywhere. The metro stop is near and the hotel is located in a very, very quiet side street.

Near the hotel there are some, mostly Italian, restaurants as well as American fast food places. No sights or places of interest whatsoever.

Rooms are extremely tiny, even on the European scale. Our hotel room had a really small toilet room and and another small bathroom to wash your hands or take a bath. A strange arrangement in my opinion.

During our visit in March the room was freezing and extremely drafty. The heating did only a little to make it more comfortable. The TV had one channel in English, the others were in French, Italian and Spanish.

The breakfast is fairly good, except on weekends when there is not enough staff and you need to be really quick to get something to eat.

The wireless internet is expensive:10 eur for 3 hrs.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank xTravellerx
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Nashville, TN
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2009

My wife and I just got back from this hotel and loved it! The hotel is located on the Place d'Italie square, which is in the 13th district in the southeast of the city of Paris. The square has a metro station which means, literally, that nothing is more than 10-15 minutes away from you. Once we figured out the Metro map (which didn't take long) we felt completely comfortable and safe using the Metro to get around.
Here is how you get to the hotel from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport: 1. Take RER line B train from the airport, follow the signs, I think it cost around 11 Euro. 2. Get off on the Denfert Rochere (sp?) stop. 3. Stay in this metro station and follow the signs to get on Line 6 toward Nation (every metro line is listed by it's ending stop. Be sure you get on the train that is going in the direction you want to go). 4. Get off on Place d'Italie stop. 5. Follow the "Sortie" (exit) signs to Place d'Italie square. 5. Facing the square, walk around the square to the left, looking down the streets off of the square until you see the pink "M" of the Mercure Gobelins Place d'Italie hotel. Hope that helps!!
About the rooms. Small as you would expect in Paris, but very well appointed. Modern looking with king sized bed. Small t.v. with BBC as only station in English (oh well, we didn't come to Paris to watch tv). Our room had a window that looked out onto the entrance to the hotel that they show on their website. This was smaller than the pictures led me to believe. The hotel is not actually on the Place d'Italie square, but 50 yards off of it. The bathrooms were also modern with bowl sinks. The shower pressure and heat were great. The only complaint I had was the shower door. Imagine a shower/tub combo with a glass door on a hinge on it. Now cut the door in half so that it only goes halfway down the tub. Sound crazy? Well this is what we had. I soaked the entire bathroom everytime I took a shower, much to my wife's annoyance. She did a little bit better job keeping the place dry. This is a very minor complaint though and would not keep me from booking this hotel again.
The staff here was very friendly and helped us each morning as we set out to explore Paris. The girl who was usually at the desk in the mornings spoke very little English, but was still very helpful in showing us EXACTLY where to go to catch the Metro trains we needed to get to our destination. A couple of the other girls at the front desk did speak English and were equally as helpful. The hotel also let us keep our bags at the hotel after check-out so we could wander freely around Paris until our train for Rome left that evening.
Place d'Italie has a couple of fun looking cafes (we didn't eat there but they looked good), a pastry/sandwich shop (where we did grab a great sandwich one day), a KFC, a McDonalds, a mall looking building with a Mexican restaurant and a Hippopotamus (some kind of French fast-food chain I think). There may have been more, but that's what we saw. On Sunday and Monday there was a market set up on the sidewalk that stretched a long way down one of the streets off of Place d'Italie. It was like an American flea market, but had fresh fruits, fish, meats and cheeses. We enjoyed walking through it.
Lastly, we booked our trip through a travel agent and the package price included the hotel's breakfast. We loved it! It had sausage, eggs, pankcakes (hot items), then had croissants, other assorted pastries, tons of jams, jellys, honeys and nutella(our favorite!), cold cereal, warm milk (for coffee), peaches, mixed fruit, prociutto, cheese, packaged cheese(camonbert, el presidente), coffee, orange juice, mixed fruit juice. I probably wouldn't pay $15 for it but since it was include in our price, we were glad to have it and looked forward to it every morning.
If you are looking for a hotel in the heart of Paris, this probably isn't it. But if you want a little less expensive hotel, very close to a Metro stop (I can't say enough about how easy it was to use. Oh yeah we bought a "carnet" of tickets the first day. You get 10 tickets for a discounted price. We bought a carnet each, used all of them in 2 and a half days and bought one more for the last day and half) , with nice rooms and bathrooms, with a good breakfast, and a helpful staff, this is the place for you

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Moscow
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420 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 567 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2009

First of all, keep in mind that all Paris hotels are more or less overpriced. In that sense Mercure Gobelins is a fair deal, good value for money. (I paid 130 EUR for a night). It has all the necessary amenities for a 4*, looks very new and nice from the outside, has a reasonable location. Nevertheless, there a few points to mention.

1) Rooms.
Very small, which is common for Paris and London. I can't imagine how do people stay in 2-3* hotels! This one had a nice, although simple, decor, comfortable beds with a few pillows, clean bathroom with a bathtub. All the rooms with a bathtub have a kingsize bed, while those with a shower - two twin beds. Don't know, why. :)
Look for a room on 4-5 floors - there are only 3-4 rooms on these floors. Less neighbours - less noice.
Important: if you stay in Winter (like i did) - ask the receptionist to turn on the AC (which works as a heater). Otherwise the room would be extremely cold.
2) Location
Nice quiet area. Hotel is just round the corner of Place D'Italie Square, which has a few restaurants (mostly italian), McDonalds and KFC, and two subway stops (both named Place D'Italie but of different subway lines). By subway you can reach the city center in 10 minutes (as well as Gare Du Nord station - if you travel by train to Koln or Amsterdam). Instead we used to walk - it took us 10 minutes to get to the Seine, 20-25 minutes to Notre-Dame. Road to center passes through the Latin Quartier - beautiful and colorful area, full of shops and cafes. Highly recommended in early spring or late autumn!
3) Breakfast.
Reasonable if you get it included in price. Otherwise do not buy it - it does not worth 15 EUR they're asking for. Juices are awful, so is coffee and tea. Liked only pastry and fruit salad.
4) Service.
Staff hardly speaks English (also a common thing for France), but somehow we understood each other. Everybody's smiling and wishing you a nice evening, it made us feel welcome.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Thefall
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Mountain View, California
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108 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2009

I stayed two days at the Mercure Paris Gobelins, booking through the Mercure website. The location is really good, close to the metro line. There are some cafes near the hotel, as well as a shopping mall with around 40-50 shops and a supermarket. A taxi ride to the Bastille at night is not expensive (to enjoy bars and the nightlife), as the hotel is also close to the region. The hotel room is well decorated, clean and spacious. The room had a lcd TV, great shower etc. The staff is also attentive and polite. I would definetly go back to staying at the hotel, as it was great value for money - considering most hotels in Paris are a rip off!!

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank GlobeTrotterFromRio
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Geneva, Switzerland
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2008

As finding a good and central hotel in Paris is not easy, a friend of mine recommanded me this hotel, in the very heart of the 14th arrondissement of Paris. It's very near the nearet metro station and very handy to get around Paris. Since I used to work in the hotel business, I am quite demanding with hotels. They were able to give me a very nice room, that was very bright, on a high floor, so that it was very quiet. The bed was very good and firm and the bathroom large enough with a nice bath, and well equipped. The Buffet Breakfast is very nice and has lots of different breads, juices, etc... Since I had to catch a train to Biarritz very early in the morning, I couldn't have my breakfast, and couldn't get any b-fast package ( a sort of small breakfast package).. Dommage ! The reception staff was very helpful with reserving taxi, providing information regarding paris, maps,etc.
I would definitely return to Mercure Place d'Italie.

  • Liked — The Location, The rooms
  • Disliked — No b-fast package for Early Birds Travellers
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chabeli_ch
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Property: Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie
Address: 8 B avenue de la Soeur Rosalie, 75013 Paris, France
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Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Place d'Italie / Quartier Asiatique
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#370 Luxury Hotel in Paris
#502 Business Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benefiting from direct access to the Gare du Nord, Lyon and Montparnasse railway stations, the Mercure Paris Gobelins Place d'Italie reveals a well preserved setting between the garden terrace and the view of the Eiffel Tower. Two steps from the Place d'Italie Metro hub, relax in a designer room with a serene and peaceful atmosphere. In the quietness of the private garden, relax during your business trip or at the end of the day of cultural visits. ... more   less 
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