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“Tolerable at the price”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Royal Mansart

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Royal Mansart
Ranked #1,470 of 1,796 Hotels in Paris
North Yorkshire
1 review
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“Tolerable at the price”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2009

We stayed here for five nights in August. The hotel is located at the junction of Rue Mansart and Rue Fontaine, above a couple of bars/brasseries and close to various nightclubs and fast-food outlets. It is also no more than a couple of hundred yards from the Moulin Rouge, so all in all, this is in the heart of an area of intense night-life, and the noise level from the street increases relentlessly from about 10 p.m. and only subsides far into the small hours (strangely, Friday night was the only quiet one). As the weather was very warm during our stay, we had the French windows open all night, and during the first night were frequently woken by loud bursts of laughter or shouting rising above the already high level of noise. Although we subsequently got used to it, I think I would need quite a bit more acculturation to get a really sound night's sleep. We were on the fifth floor, which I think was one of the better ones (there were six in all).

The hotel is on the edge rather than in the centre of the sleazy area, and there is not too much to worry the parents of young children if you are discreet and avoid the main drag between Place Blanche (where the Moulin Rouge is) and Place Pigalle to the east. North from Place Blanche is a delightful walk up the hill towards the Sacre Coeur, the streets filled with charming shops and brasseries.

The hotel itself is rather shabby. The small lift starts on the first floor, so how disabled people manage is a mystery. Just getting a heavy suitcase to the lift was hard enough. The breakfast room consists of half a dozen tables with chairs on the first floor. The decor is quite cheerful, with a parrot-themed mural providing pleasant colours. There is a hot drinks machine providing acceptable coffee and hot choc, and another machine providing fresh orange juice (both can be used only at breakfast time, though). Bread comes in a basket brought by the maid, who seems to allow three pieces per person -- croissant, roll and pain-au-chocolat, and who also brings a large flask of tea and replenishes the milk, butter and so on. There is a cereal dispensing machine. Breakfast is quite satisfactory, if "continental".

The hotel is pretty gloomy; above the first floor there are no carpets on the wooden stairs; the carpets at several places in the corridors attest to loss of sphincter-control on the part of previous guests; the lights are operated by timed switches, so they go off after several seconds. The other guests seemed OK -- quiet French, Spanish and Russian families.

Our room was about three metres by three and a half metres, which allowed for three single-beds pushed together and a barely tolerable amount of room for manoeuvre; the carpet was pretty grotty, but the bedding was clean, and was apparently changed every day, along with the towels. The bathroom was about three metres by two. There was a shower over the bath, but no shower curtain, so one had to sit or kneel in the bath in order to avoid flooding the bathroom floor. The water was tolerably warm, though never warm enough for a satisfactory shave. There was no plug in either the bath or the sink; when I asked the receptionist for one, he just shook his head sadly and told me they had all "disparu".

The view from the windows was pleasant, along picturesque vistas of Parisian flats, and afforded people-watching opportunities as people came and went, whether by morning or night.

The maids were friendly enough, and there was nothing outrageously bad about the hotel, but I would say it was a poor two stars for accommodation and service. The main strength of the hotel is its handy location, very close to the Metro and to Montmartre. You do need to be able to put up with the street noise, though.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2009

This has to be the worst hotel we have ever stayed at.

We arrived to find a concierge (actually I give him too much credit calling him that) smoking away and totally disinterested in our booking. There is no elevator at all!!

The room was disgusting - absolutely tiny, with really old and smelly carpet and the beds were the worst I have slept in.

No air conditioning at all.

The bathroom was terrible - no shower screen with water seeping onto the carpet in the bedroom.

Breakfast provided was the bare minimum - with a food nazi making sure you didn't have too much. Couple that with the smoking indoors made this place unbearable!!

Be warned - don't stay here no matter how cheap it is.

This hotel should be closed and relocated to a third world country!!!

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2009

We booked this hotel without having chance to see any reviews or really research it, just prior to departure however we had a look on trip advisor and realised we probably shouldn't expect very much from this hotel.

However, we found that things were much MUCH worse than our already low expectations. The hotel was generally shabby and run down throughout. The carpet in reception and on the first floor stairs was threadbear and dirty, the whole place was drab and lifeless. We weren't sure if they were on some sort of eco-friendly energy saving push, but there were no lights on in any of the hall or passage ways at anytime!

The room itself was tiny and appeared to have last been decorated in the early 1980's (in a hideous mish mash of orange and blue). It looked out on to a brick wall, less that a metre away from the window. The bedding was stained and had holes in. There was no bedside table and very annoyingly, the light switch was fitted to the headboard of the bed, so that ever time my partner moved his head in the night the lights would switch on and off as though we were in a seance!

The volume control button in the small portable televison was also missing.

Added to this, the toilet didn't flush and the bathroom was so small that not only could any activity in there be heard, it also became more like a wetroom when the shower was turned on. The paint work on the bathroom celling was flaking and falling off and it was generally not particularly clean.

Probably the worst part of the whole stay was the noise. The walls were paper thin and our room (number 206) was right next to the main stairwell. There was no carpet at all on the second floor stairwell and so we were kept awake literally ALL NIGHT by the sound of people coming up and down the stairs. When the people also on our coridoor opened their doors, it sounded as though they were coming in to our room!

The only postive thing about the stay was the location - very close to the Moulin Rouge, Sacre Cour and the bars and restraunts in the area. Had we been booked in for more than one night however, we would definately have changed hotels as there was no way eitehr of us could have sustained a second entirely sleepless night in this shoddy excuse for a hotel. We both agreed that we have stayed in better, cleaner youth hostels in the past.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2009

Wonderful place , very confortable inside and also about being in a nice location of Paris. Also honest cheap Prices so i advise it to all Tourists !!!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2008

This place is an absolute dump.
Only stayed one night as it was part of an IntrepidTravel package trip.
The 'Restaurant' is a bunch of tables crammed into what technically is the first floor landing area.
The room including bathroom were dirty.
Try the Hotel Royal Opera in the Madeleine area for good value and clean rooms.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Dirty rooms
  • Stayed October 2008
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2008

Noisy patrons inside all night, every night for a week, including someone trying to break into our room in the middle of the night. Noisy party goers outside all night. Clean bedding, clean bathroom, although no working plug for bath and no hook for hand held shower, we bought our own plug, horizontal showers very uncomfortable. Room very worn and grubby. Female staff helpful and polite, male staff not helpful and not polite. Male staff member spoken response to complaints about the noise levels inside the hotel at night and the attempted break in during the night, was that he could do nothing about it.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Just about everything
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank elmbeetle
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Property: Royal Mansart
Address: 1 rue Mansart, 75009 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Opera / Bourse
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Hotel Class:2 star — Royal Mansart 2*
Number of rooms: 31
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