We arrived in the evening on a Saturday so I was already leery as to whether they would have given our room away in the busy summer, but was pleased to find that the room was still reserved. Paris was experiencing a heat wave so first, I'll say in the hotel's favor that the room was well air conditioned throughout our four day stay, which would have been a bummer if it had not. Now the bad. We had reserved a triple room and the pictures on the website showed three twin beds or a double and a twin, but what we ended up with was two twins and a pull out sofa bed which was not the best for our pretty tall thirteen year old. We asked to be switched several times but were not accommodated. However, we encountered a very friendly and helpful day staff at the front desk, who made every effort to try and assist, ultimately reducing the rate for our room, which is all he could do since the hotel was fully booked. His name is Marco and I can honestly say he was one of the most helpful hotel staff we came across on our two week travels through three countries, the last stop being in France at the Hotel Cujas Pantheon. He was quick to recommend restaurants and always had an excellent attitude. By contrast, the night staff was not as fluent in English but unlike my last visit to Paris, at least he was polite and seemed to appreciate my efforts to communicate in French, whereas the last time we were in Paris, whenever I spoke in French, I was answered in broken English and less than friendly response. In any regard, overall the location was excellent, just a five minute walk from the RER Luxumbourg stop which was convenient in our arrival from CDG airport, a short 5 minute walk to the hotel and the RER station even had an escalator up which was great to get our luggage up to the street level. Not so lucky on our return, no escalator down, which I was told is also the case at the next nearest RER stop at St. Germain, so I had to carry my wife and son's luggage down the stairs, not a big deal but worth knowing. The total for three of us was about 25 euro to CDG by train, pretty sure it would have been close to double that to take a cab. It was also worth checking the schedule and waiting for the express train to the airport which was less crowded getting on because it doesn't stop at all the stops. I would also warn travelers when coming from CDG airport to not sit in the middle of the train car because it got fuller and fuller as we got closer into Paris and was a close call getting our luggage off at the Luxumbourg RER stop. So sit as close as possible to the exit as possible. All in all, the hotel was well located to the trains, metro and many restaurants and cafes, the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame, Seine river cruise... There is a supermarket within 10 minutes or less walk and worth stocking up on water and essentials rather than getting ripped off elsewhere and near the popular attractions. Also around the block from the hotel is a nice outdoor cafe where one can have a creme brulet and cheese platter for a reasonable cost compared with excessive costs at many other locations we explored. Exit the hotel and turn right on Cujas, walk up to St. Michele and turn right, walk half block to the corner and turn right and you'll see the outdoor cafe half way down the block, sorry can't recall the name of it. Creme brulet was 5.5 euros whereas it was 11 at most other cafes we checked and I'm not even a big fan of it! If looking for a fabulous restaurant in Paris, it's worth making the trek to the right bank to La Poule au Pot, best meal in Paris both this time and our last visit ten years ago. It's a little pricey but well worth it. The hotel was also pricey for a "two star" rated hotel, but I agree with others who rate it closer to a three star, although the elevator was small. I am rating the "value" as 4 because of the location and air con, otherwise might be lower. For Paris, it was good, but in the United States, it would be way overpriced for what it is. In addition, cabs don't seem to be familiar with the street Cujas, so bring one of their cards when you go out in case you decide you are too tired to walk back and will make it easier getting back without an inflated cab fare. Enjoy and bon voyage.
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