11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Airless, dark room
"We were offered what must be the worst room in the hotel. The room did not have a window onto the outside world. The window opened onto an air-shaft that was shared with the adjoining building. The room was unhealthy for anyone with asthma of a similar breathing issue.
We found it impossible to speak with the manager - the front desk staff gave every exscuse possible to prevent us speaking with him.
A hotel is only as good as the manager, and for me, this manager was rubbish............so draw your own conclusions !"
- Travel date: Sat 24th of March 2012
Great Location in Paris
"Le Royal is a very clean hotel with a great location. The standard room is small but comfortable, we can't complain since we only slept in the room. We had a nice Contintental breakfast each morning. The Metro is only steps from the entrance of the hotel and you can travel all through Paris. Although this wasn't our first trip to the city, we did alot of the tourist attractions. We recommend local restaurants and creperies........After walking and site seeing all day, we would travel back to the VAVIN stop from the Metro and look for a place to have dinner close to the hotel. We also recommend the local movie theatres for evening entertainment. If you are looking for English speaking films.....make sure the advert says VO which means Voice Original. (if it is a US film) Don't forget to visit Le Bon Marche for fabulous shopping and their eatery next store for gourmet yummies!!!! ( Sevres Babylone stop) We recommend taking a bus tour for first time visitors....we did not do this until we were in London and regret missing it in Paris!!!!! You should be able to hop on and off the tour bus at your leisure at various tourist attractions for one fixed price."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of January 2008
really comfortable modern hotel
"We stayed 4 nights at LeRoyal, november 2007. Cresta Holidays offered it , using Eurostar to get to Paris. It was a good start that the hotel was on the direct metro line from Gare du Nord. Our room was quite large and faced the Boulevard Raspail, and we were impressed by the quality of the carpets, curtains and furniture. There was a well equipped bathroom, and above all the beds were very comfortable.
We thought breakfast was fine, and could watch tv while eating it. And the staff were friendly and helpful - important as we were in Paris during the transport strike. In fact for a 3 star hotel it was very good indeed.
Nearby were enough restaurants of every price range for anybody, including the very famous La Coupole, we certainly couldn't afford that! We like the Hippo restaurant chain, and there was one quite handy for the hotel.
Next time we go to Paris, we would choose Le Royal"
- Travel date: Tue 4th of December 2007
"I took my mum to Paris for her 60th birthday and decided upon Le Royal for 3 nights over a weekend.
I was not disappointed. The decor of the hotel was modern and contemporary. It was exceptionally clean. We had a twin room looking out over the street with a separate bathroom and toilet. Plenty of storage space for two women's stuff! The big plus point was the sound proofing of the rooms. We had two Aussies blokes next door to us staying over for the rugby and aside from brief snatches of conversation in the hall outside the room heard not a peep from them - and I doubt they sat silent in their room! The large french window to the street also did not let in traffic noise when closed. One downside the AC in the room was not great.
Breakfast was typical french style with croissants, pain au chocolate etc. Beware the P au C go quick and they don't always have more!
The area was perfect for dining as a previous entry said. Chez Clement on the Blvd du Montparnasse did a good hearty formule (set meal). The market on the road behind the hotel (Rue Edgar Quinet) held on a saturday and a wednesday was a fab typical french food market - great for picnic food or just drooling! On the sunday we were there there was also an art market with great original work including small pottery gifts - well worth a look.
All in all a fantastic hotel and area - we would certainly return."
- Travel date: Sat 20th of October 2007
Nice Hotel - Great Location
"My wife and I had a lovely stay at this brilliantly located hotel. Right in the heart of Montparnasse and a stone's throw from the metro it was a great base for discovering Paris.
Hotel was clean and staff friendly and helpful (mostly speaking English). Breakfast was cereals, bread, toast, eggs etc. simple but nice.
The room we stayed in was a bit small and dark but that didn't bother us at all, it was clean and comfortable.
We would definitely stay here again."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of October 2007
"I treated my husband to a trip to Paris for a special birthday. We stayed at the Le Royal. The room was very nicely decorated, but quite small. The shower screen door would not stay on the bath, consequently you had to hold the door away from your body all the time whilst showering. Although we mentioned this a couple of times to the receptionist, nothing was done about it. The breakfast was okay, nothing that special.
We found a very good restaurant called Chez Fernand which was just along the road from Le Royal. Although the menu was in French - the waiter kindly translated into English. I had a very good goat ravioli, followed by duck in a cassis sauce and to finish Nougat ice- cream. I would highly recommend this place."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of June 2007
Everything that was Expected and More
"Just returned from a wonderful six night stay. Our flight landed early (5:30am) and we took the RER directly to the Port Royal station. This stop is only a short (10 min.) walk to the hotel. We arrived at Le Royal before 7:30am and expected to just drop our bags and head out but were surprised when we were given the key to our room at that early hour by the friendly and helpful clerk.
Our standard room was small compared to American hotels, but once we had settled in it wasn't bad at all. The double bed was comfortable, there was a desk, a minibar / refrig (prices reasonable) and a place to hang shirts and slacks with areas to stack other items (no dresser with drawers). The bathroom was decent size with a very good shower. We were on the top (6th) floor (back rooom, very quiet) and never had to wait for the elevator (only large enough for 2 people with luggage or 4 without) more than a few seconds which was amazing. The room had a flat screen TV with 2 english speaking stations (CNN, BBC Prime).
The breakfast each morning (included in our deal) was good -- coffee, tea, OJ, milk, good bread, crossants, cereal, etc. There was someone there making sure everything was supplied. The neighborhood is great -- well worth the time for exploration! Within a couple of minutes walk there are countless restaurants, cafes, bars, grocery stores (cheap wine, beer for the room or picnic) etc. -- some cafes even open 24 hours. You don't have to wait until 8pm to eat dinner or worry about options on Sunday -- plenty of choices around the clock every day. Depending where you want to go on the Metro, there are 2 stops very close by and also various bus routes close also. The Luxembourg Gardens are a 5 - 10 minute walk and it's outstanding for walking, running, sitting, picnics, whatever. I would definitely stay in the neighborhood again and would not hesitate to stay at Le Royal."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of October 2006
Beautiful Small Friendly Hotel in Paris
"Stayed for one night during short stay in Paris. Very attractive hotel, friendly staff, very nice breakfast. Hotel is between two Metro stations so easy to get around. Would recommend."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of September 2006
Smelly public areas, rooms need new wallpapers!
"Hotel Royal Montparnasse Luxembourg had a special promotion in August, so I decided to book, even if the 14th arrondissement is not my favourite at all.
The young lady at the reception was friendly and efficient enough. The first thing I noticed, though, was a very strong unpleasant smell in the public areas, a mix of cigarettes and chemical air-freshener.
I was happy to see that the lounge was non-smoking, but the reality was something else. The smell of cigarettes was horrible. We quickly found out the reason. It was the night staff, the middle aged man was often sitting in the lounge at night, smoking something that certainly wasn't the usual cigarettes... The same night receptionist was very pushy, trying to sell us all kinds of tourist sight-seeing trips every night. The last evening he asked if we were going to leave the next morning, and tried to force us to book a "private" taxi at a special price. I can imagine it was a "special price" for him. Really disgusting!
Our superior room was spacious enough for two persons, but the wardrobe was very small. There was very little light in the bathroom. The wallpapers in the room need to be changed, the sooner the better.
The cleaning ladies were friendly and did their work.
If I ever decide to stay in 14th arrondissement again, I will not stay at Royal Montparnasse Luxembourg. There are a couple of very nice looking hotels almost opposite."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of September 2006
An oasis of calm in the middle of busy Paris
"Just back from Paris. Spent Saturday and Sunday night in this charming hotel. We last stayed here in August 2004 and both stays have been enjoyable.
Each time we have stayed in rm. 48 (4th floor facing the inner courtyard). The courtyard overlooks the playground of the college/high school next door. During term (weekdays only) bells ring on the hour (starting at 8am) this should not be a problem as in Paris you are mostly out and about but it is necessary to know.The courtyard is open and the back of the hotel is painted a goldish yellow and so a feeing of light rather than dark as a tall buildings inner courtyard may generate.
We stayed in the same style triple room as the travellers above and it is lovely (an L shape which is huge) and there was room for us, our luggage and a small army if neccessary. Decor very tasteful. Our room was in yellow and crimson with heavy brocade curtains, reproduction antique writing table, bedside tables and chairs. There is also a glass topped table (picnics, possible).
We paid September rates of 200E per night (breakfast not included). Breakfast 12E available but not recommended as the max paid at a nearby cafe for a breakfast of tea/coffee/hot chocolate + croissant + orange juice is 4.5 - 5 E.
The management also runs Hotel Jardin le Brea on rue Brea nearby.
Good restaurants nearby include Les deux cigales, rue Brea and Bistro Romain, bvd Montparnassse."
- Travel date: Mon 4th of September 2006
everything we hoped for!
"We honeymooned here for 12 days in July and we could not have been more pleased. The hotel was clean with nice decor and the staff helpful. Our room was big enough, clean, and the housekeeping was extremely efficient. We booked through SellOffVacations.com which included breakfast. The breakfast room was very nice, great coffee and croissants, baguettes, different cheeses, ham, hard boiled-eggs, apples... We ate there everyday. There were 3 metro stops and a train station all within a 5 minute walk. Also 5 minutes away are tons of restaurants, cafes, bars, and markets. We often ate at Creperie Bretonne on Rue Odessa. The service was not great, but the crepes were amazing. Montparnasse is a very nice district and really not far from anything. I suggest walking to Notre-Dame. You can take St.Michel street which is lined with boutiques and/or walk through Jardin Luxembourg. It takes about a 30 mins non-stop or 15 mins by metro. We also walked to the Musee D'Orsay in 45 mins.
2 eating Suggestions for Paris:
-Go to Restaurant Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower if budget permits (300eu for 2). You get a private lift up to the second platform so you dont have to wait in line with everyone else. The food, service and view made this the greatest gastronomical experience we have ever had and was by far the highlight of our trip. Try to budget for it, you wont regret it. More importantly, make your reservations when you book your trip. Apparently there is a month long waiting list (depending on time of year).
- For seafood lovers, go to Brasserie Flo in Montmartre and order the Plateau Royal. It is a bit off the beaten path in a seemingly sketchy area but this is a very nice restaurant and was well worth the trip.
- Travel date: Sun 3rd of September 2006