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Hotel Terminus Montparnasse
Ranked #1,558 of 1,800 Hotels in Paris
Alberta, Canada
1 review
“Great Location...Good Hotel”
Reviewed 22 September 2008

Stayed at this Hotel for 4 days during a larger trip to France.
After reading many reviews beforehand, and having travelling to Europe in previous years you should accept and prepare yourself for a few things beforehand, which will make your experience good.

1. On Average, hotel room size is much smaller than North American aveage. Accept it.

2. Most buildings are hundreds of years old thusly they do not have elevators, and if they have been retrofitted with an elevator it will be small. enough for 1 person and luggage. Dont complain about it, just make 2 trips.

The key to a great hotel in Paris is distance to a metro station. The Metro in Paris is amazing,and will have you to most sights within 10 mins time. The Terminus Montparnasse is located literally 10 steps away fromn the entrance to the Gare Montparnasse train station, a major station in the network, which houses around 6 different lines that will take you all over Paris. We very rarely had to transfer to a different line, as so many flowed out of the Gare Montparnasse. The downside to the metro station being right below the hotel is that you can and will hear the trains coming and going. We were never there during the day, so it was not much of an issue,and the Metro stopped running at around 12:30am. My wife is a light sleeper, and she would never the Metro at night, so to us it was not a big issue.But a good FYI.

The Montparnasse area is very lively at night, several movie theatres bring hundreds of locals into the area at night, who all settle into the numerous cafes and restaurants around the hotel. I found this to be great, as it was a real look into the life of Paris, rather than a tourist area. There is also a large shopping area across the street, in addituion to a 53 story office tower. Apparently you can go up to the top of the tower for a great 360' view of Paris. However, we didnt actually do this. The Hotel has a supermarket beside it called Monoprix, which always came in handy.

We never ate breakfast at the hotel, as there were so many places around, but again dont expect Bacon and eggs. Croissant, Baguettes, and Pain du chocloat (Chocolate Croisstants) are par for the course here. If you must, there is a McDonalds around the corner where I'm sure you could get a McMuffin. The area is very safe, even at 2:00am.

The Hotel staff is nice enough, although information does seems to come when you ask for it. IE More information other than the question you asked is not volunteered. The night front desk clerk did leave something to be desired, (Balding man with Glasses) as he hung up on my wife, when communication between them became an issue IE Her French is not that good, and his English was not that good.

If you wish to walk rather than to take the Metro, To walk from the hotel to the sights of the siene IE Notre Dame, Louve, etc will take you about 1/2 hour. It seems everything to the Parisans is a 5 min walk. No matter where we went and asked about directions, the answer was always, Its a 5 min walk. So be wary of this :)

The hotel was clean, we took a room with a double bed (very soft)
Also, ensure your room has a shower, as some only come witrh a bathtub. Our room has a bathtub with a shower head, so that was fine. Although there was no shower curtain, its not that it was missing, there was just no curtain ever put there.

There was a small flatscreen TV which had CNN in English.

Have fun in Paris!

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2007

I use these hotel for new years eve of in 2007.

Hotel is a typical 3 star Paris Hotel.

Pros
- Clean
- Good neighborhood ( shops, restaurants)
Try the restaurant on the rigth of the hotel, very good!
Walking distance to Effiel Tower, Enfants and other monuments.
Around the corner Mc donalds ( if your in a tigth budget)
- Metro access rigth infront of Hotel (Montparnasse)
- Wireless internet in lobby

Cons
- There was a Senior Night shift lobbiest, he was kind of a jerk when we ask him for some help. Since our french is that not that perfect, i guess he got offended, Old school french man, i guess?
- Breakfast is ok, nothing special.

I got a street facing room, it was very nice and not noisy. Bed was all (queen), it looked bigger. and bathroom was ok. Got a 120 Euro/day rate, it was very good considering other options where 130-150 aorund those days.

Ok deal, ill take it again for a good rate.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Staff
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Terminus Montparnasse
Address: 59 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1,558 of 1,800 Hotels in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Terminus Montparnasse 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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