Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Mercure Paris Gare Montparnasse in Paris (14th Arrondissement), you’ll be minutes from Tour Montparnasse and close to Notre Dame Cathedral. This 4-star hotel is close to Eiffel Tower and Galeries Lafayette.
Make yourself at home in one of the 188 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Make use of convenient amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
We were on our way from Scotland to Italy by rail and were passing through Paris and stayed in this hotel between connections at Gare du Nord and Gare du Lyon.
Because of this we had to navigate the metro station at Gare Montparnasse, which is a rabbit warren full of miles and miles of tunnels, which is a nightmare whether you are tired or not.
Gare Montparnasse is the closest metro stattion to this hotel.
It may be that a local knows a short cut through this metro station but we followed the signs.
The metro station changed our experience of this hotel
About the hotel:
o The lifts broke down in the morning just before we left. This was consideraby inconvenient with heavy bags
o other than that hotel was Ok ..
This is quite a long review so a short version; great location, I'll definitely stay here again, details below :)
When staying in a city like Paris location is essential and this hotel is absolutely perfectly located for using as a base to explore from.
The hotel is a 5 minute walk from Edgar Quinet, Gaite and 8-10 minute walk to Montparnasse Bienvenue metro stops which connects you with most of the city. There are a couple of supermarkets (including quite a large Monoprix) nearby which are perfect for picking up supplies like wine and snacks, there's a fairly decent bakery up by Gaite that does a nice ham baguette and some cakes.
Being situated on a vibrant and bustling Paris street there's a good choice on little restaurants nearby which seem to do quite a brisk trade with locals. There was pretty good sound-proofing in the street facing room we had but it didn't drown out some of the more 'determined' and vocal late-night revellers.
Hotel reception sets the tone for this hotel, there is no formal reception desk to check-in. The casual feel is nice, the friendly staff quickly picked up on the slightly bewildered look on my face and check-in was completed at the bar. I like the slightly esoteric and 'random' feel to the decor, it feels less corporate and part of a chain, it gives the communal areas a more independent hotel feel.
The lifts in the building were a little sluggish, and took a while to respond to calls, so much so, that if possible it was frequently quicker to take the stairs. During our stay one of the lifts seemed to spend quite a bit of time out of service which really compounded the issue.
My only other criticism of this hotel was the peculiar 'drainage' smell that was present on the 3rd floor corridor. This was persistent but thankfully didn't permeate into the room so whilst it didn't cause any problems with the stay.
There is a secure luggage storage service in the basement, this is self-service and chargeable, it's not expensive (1 Euro for a few hours) but I was surprised I had to pay.
Breakfast is simply fabulous. Continuing the casual ethos, you find a space and eat there, this encourages a communal approach similar to that of hostels, if you want a table to yourself, that may be a little off putting but it works well, you don't have to speak if you don't want to! The choice is not exhaustive but it is enough and what is on offer is simply brilliant. The orange juice is dispensed from a machine which squeezes the juice from oranges on demand. There is a juicer and veggies also available. The bread is fresh and warm (courtesy of the oven). The cheeses are perfectly ripe. The fruit is also fresh not tinned. There was also sausage and bacon available as well as the most gorgeous scrambled eggs. The coffee is from one of those bean to cup machines and is only average compared to the rest of the fare on offer!
Our room was spacious, clean and nicely decorated. The bed was comfortable and there were additional pillows available in the closet. The air-conditioning was handy at night as we had to keep the window closed to block out the noise from the street below. There were plenty of towels for the 3 of us and the complimentary toiletries (soap and shower gel) were of reasonable quality.
Although it belongs to a chain, this hotel tries to stand out with some quirky furnishing and a casual breakfast room with country house touches. Some of this is slightly annoying, such as breakfast cutlery being in a drawer of a cupboard across the room from the buffet! However, this avoids the sterility of most chain hotels. The room was clean, bright and of a reasonable size, but it was missing a proper work desk. The location is good, with the Gare Montparnasse 10 minutes walk away, and numerous restaurants along the way.