The hotel itself is very good. Clean, friendly and the staff is just great! They can speak both English and French and are very accommodating. We received a surprise upgrade due to the fact that the room I booked actually was not available. We had a free mini bar and a great view of the Eiffel Tower at night! The food in the restaurant was good but not fabulous. But the staff was very good to us.
The area which the hotel is in looks to be not the best at all. But I came to find out that Bagnolet is were most of the people that work in Paris live. Albeit there is graffiti everywhere and the roads are not very clean but that did not stop me from staying at this hotel. Once I say the inside and how friendly everyone was I was more then comfortable. It is a quick metro ride or cab ride to Paris proper and we had a fantastic time.
Only thing to complain about and this is small really - no face clothes and the air conditioning could be a lot cooler! But I found that all through out Europe. Coming from Canada we like the cold!
Overall great place to stay
Well presented rooms that suited a family of 3 perfectly. Broken fridge fixed quickly, fire alarm at 6.30 am was a shocker and poorly organised by staff. Outside locale is grotty, wouldn't want to walk around on my own. Good value for money though.
Staff were all lovely and friendly, room a good size and clean. Location is quite far from main attractions so be prepared to take the metro about 20 stops to the Eiffel Tower. Ace little bar/restaurant across the road that did good food and drinks at a reasonable price (Le Cantal) with English speaking staff. Breakfast at the hotel is €8.50 a day per person but worth it, we had for two days and enjoyed the easiness of it being at the hotel :)
This hotel is great value for the money. I read some reviews of people being less than pleased.. In that case I wonder what they expected for the money? My teens and me wanted to see the city and the hotel provided a nice room, shower, toilet and breakfast for a very reasonable price. Furthermore is the metro entrance in front of the hotel and we made it from our place to the Eiffel tower in less than 30 min. Every other attraction is same time or shorter. The building attached to the hotel has a shopping center including a big grocery store that has everything you want. If the prices stay about similar, we definitely will be back here next year. We were very happy.
Pocket Guide: Paris Pere Lachaise - Menilmontant Hotels
The largest Parisian cemetery, Père Lachaise has a celebrity cast of long-term residents, ranging from Molière and Oscar Wilde to Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison. Monuments commemorate the last stand of the Paris Commune in 1871, and the concentration camp victims and Resistance fighters of World War II. Nearby Ménilmontant is an up-and-coming neighbourhood of artistic and creative inhabitants.
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