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Pension Residence du Palais
Ranked #101 of 173 Speciality Lodging in Paris
Regina, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“Depends who you're with.”
Reviewed 6 December 2010

I actually went in August of 09 with some friends, and there were rather a lot of cons to this hotel which has received so many good reviews. The first issue occurred before we even arrived. Our plans changed about two weeks before departure and we tried to get a hold of them to change our booking (staying one night instead of two) however after multiple attempts we never heard back and just had to deal with it. When we showed up they acted very 'not impressed' and told us there were going to charge us for both nights regardless. The whole thing was extremely awkward and made us feel quite unwelcome, they acted as though they were scolding children. Although.. they never actually charged us, even though we said it was alright. So there was a complete lapse in communication between us and the owners. Unfortunately we were so embarrassed by the treatment we received upon arrival that we avoided them for the rest of our stay, and missed out on the free breakfast and had no opportunity to ask any questions about the hotel or area.

Secondly it was hard to find. Perhaps this is just me being used to Canadian norms, but I'm so used to there being more obvious signs telling me where something is. We walked right past it two times before we noticed the tiny little plate on the wall, and even then we had to ask at the Cafe next door how to get in (though he seemed used to the question, so we knew we weren't the only ones)! Not a huge deal, but something that's very good to know when you're looking for the place!

The rooms as mentioned were tiny. We stayed in a triple and it was extremely cramped. Altogether the rooms were not bad, they seemed clean, and for the price it was rather what we expected.

The main con however was that the shower was just stuck in the middle of the room. Traveling with two friends, none of us being extremely close, this made for some interesting moments whereupon the male in the group was told to go sit in the corner for a few moments while the women bathed. Although it was ultimately not a huge deal, it would have been really nice to know in advance that there was little privacy to be had in the room. The toilet being all the way down the hall was inconvenient, but probably expected in such old buildings, so not a major problem, though again it would have been nice to know that you'd have to walk all the way back to your room to even wash your hands. So not so much an issue with the room in itself, but certainly a severe lack of information about the room, which lead to a number of inconveniences.

Also as mentioned earlier, coming back late to the hotel was quite hazardous, the lights would be turned off, and there was windy uneven stairs up to our room. The floors would squeal bloody murder the whole way back as well, probably waking up everyone on the floor (and god forbid if you have to wake up to use the restroom in the night)!

Overall, I would probably go again and would recommend for someone traveling on a very tight budget, if only because its the cheapest hotel out there, but on an even marginally higher budget I would find another place. It's main pro was the location (which was fantastic) and is not a terrible place to stay, so long as you intend to spend as little time as possible in your room.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Leeds, UK
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Reviewed 28 November 2010

I stayed here for two nights with two friends in one of their triple rooms. And if I was coming back to Paris again with friends, I'll definitely consider staying here again. The triple room was two single beds pushed together and a third in the corner. There was enough space to unpack, and there was a wardrobe if you needed it. The weird bit was the bathroom area, which was a shower, a sink and a toilet, but with no door, but they had provided a hinged door that you could at least prop up to have some privacy in the bathroom. There was also a toilet at the end of the corridor.

It's fantastically located, just four minutes walk from both Vavin and Notre-Dame-des-Champs metro stations. The breakfasts are nothing more than bread and coffee, but there's a lovely cafe next door. It's right opposite the Jardin du Luxembourg too. There's also a couple of cats that live in the residence who are very friendly. It's also quiet. Our room was opposite the breakfast room and we all (having had a late night) slept through breakfast!

I probably wouldn't stay here if I was after a romantic getaway, but for a cheap trip to Paris with friends, I'd happily be back.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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liverpool
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Reviewed 10 August 2010

This was our second visit, we stayed last year too and will be back next! Only gripe was I would have preferred the room we had last year as there were four of us this year, but there was a group of American students staying (well behaved ones!!). The plus point of the room, this year, was the attention given to us by the two very fat family cats, Felix and Garfield which delighted all of us.
The location is perfect, away from the high prices of the "touristy" Paris and yet just a metro ride from everywhere.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2010

Excellent location. Pleasant space to stay. Of course it does not have the facilities of a more expense hotel, but that is not the point. It provides the basics well.
Our room was of a good size, the shower was new, the room was tastefully decorated and had character. It was nice to have a little balcony too.
Much more cosy pleasant place to stay than a functional cheap hotel like holiday inn and also better value.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2010

right next to Luxembourg Gardens. lots of shops nearby on rue Vavin and also BD Montparnasse. The hotel manager is very friendly.
Stayed 6 nights here in May. Room is clean, although the shower cube is indeed the smallest I've ever seen. Toilets are at each end of corridors, that doesn't bother me, but because of the flooring, you can hear people walking to the toilet.
For 55 euros it's good value. If you are on a tight budget, this is a great choice.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 April 2010

me and a friend stayed in the top room with twin beds, in the room was a shower in the corner of the room with no curtain so when my freind showered i left the room. the worst part was that the soil pipe going trough are toilet had a big hole in,so all the smells from the sewer came into are room. when we told the owner about the soil pipe he did not care one bit. we refused to pay for the room and left never to reurn.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Pension Residence du Palais
Address: 78 rue d Assas, 75006 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #101 of 173 Speciality Lodging in Paris
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — Pension Residence du Palais 1.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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