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“Mixed feelings”
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Minerve Hotel
Ranked #984 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
Geneva, Switzerland
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“Mixed feelings”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

I have mixed feelings about this hotel. We stayed there for two nights as a family of 5, mainly because they have a family suite (which is difficult to find reasonably priced in large cities). So I appreciate this option and the price is reasonable for that. Here were the upsides for us: family suite for a reasonable price, bathrooms are nice and clean, staff were friendly, room was quiet, walkable to Notre Dame/Louvre (10-15 min.), but also close to Metro. The main downside for us was the room itself, which was in need of updating (outdated wallpaper and carpet, baseboard was missing in one area, small, a little grungy feeling overall). In the end, it wasn't bad enough to leave, but I will try to stay somewhere else next time because it's hard for me to get over the grungy feeling. But if you're looking for a reasonably-priced family of 5 option for Paris, you may give it a try and just adjust your expectations down about the room itself.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We went to Paris in mid-November to enjoy a ballet at the Opera Garnier. We didn't intend to spend much time indoors - we were in Paris, after all =) - so, the idea was to find a nice hotel in central Paris, from where it would be quite easy to get around the cuty. Hotel Minerve seemed a good match, and the nightly rate was not too much for such kind of accomodation in the 5th district. So, we went for it, and never regretted our choice. The staff were very friendly, without overdoing it, and spoke good English (although I preferred French, much to our mutual contentment). My partner and I had great fun trying to find our way through the hotel to our room at first, as there are inside doors, right as you walk out of the elevator, and it's a bit confusing at first. However, it adds certain charm to this warm and cozy hotel.
The room (Standard double) doesn't look spacious, but there's enough space to move around and store the trunks if you're there for a couple of nights. We got a room overlooking the street, and yet it was quiet even in the morning, so we could sleep well. Everything was cozy and comfortable there. The bathroom had a powerful shower, no problem with hot water there (which is essential for the people who like to take long showers).
As for the location, we found no problem finding the hotel and getting there by the metro. It's just about 7-minutes' walk from the underground station. And about 10-15-minutes' walk to the banks of the Seine and most of the sights around.
No idea about the breakfast there, but I guess it's simple and nice.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Great location. Room was very comfy and good price. No breakfast but cafes opposite. Lots of cool places nearby, could walk to Notre Dame, could spend my birthday in cool bar Curio just a walk away. Very close to tube. Nightman on weekends (a Portuguese guy) super friendly and nice. Quiet hotel. Good shower. Tiny lift but no problem. Would stay again and recommend. Very warm in the rooms but I didn't mind!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

On the surface, this hotel seemed like a great find, with good location and reasonable pricing. We planned to stay for 5 nights. In fact, the room was tiny with barely enough room to put 2 suitcases on the floor. The elevator barely held 2 people, certainly no more than 1 at a time with a single suitcase. The bathroom had been renovated, so it was nicely tiled, but had no shelf space for more than a tube of toothpaste. Breakfast was additional. Most annoying was having to pay for internet access. The guest book noted that courtesy web access was available in the lobby, so when I took my iPad to the lobby to inquire about a password, I was told I still had to pay. I showed the desk clerk the written notice, and he sent me next door to the La Famlia, where I promptly booked the last 3 nights at another hotel on the Right Bank. After 1 night, we informed the desk that we planned to check out the following day. We came down with our bags to check out and were told that we had to pay another night's fee since we'd reserved the room for 5 nights -- that that they were being nice, since they could have insisted on charging us for the full 5 nights! Getting out of there was worth the extra night's payment. We moved to a Best Western by the Opera, which cost more, but had much nicer ameneties, including a full breakfast, free internet, and much better location for getting around the city. Lesson learned in Paris, hotels are excessively expensive, but don't skimp on them -- you'll need a comfy place to return to after cramming your days with sightseeing, shopping, walking, and dining.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ankara, Turkey
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

I have stayed in this hotel in November 2011 for four days. The room was the tiniest I have ever stayed in. If you need some space for working or look for a large room and bathroom, just forget about staying in this hotel. But, I must add that although the room was very very small, it was comforting and warm. If you are that type that do not spend much time in the room, then this hotel might be perfect for you. I think the price/performance ratio of the hotel is quiet high, yet be aware that internet is not free and you need to pay extra for breakfast. The location of the hotel is also great, very close to Notre Dame and subway stations. The hotel is very convenient for you if you look for a moderate price hotel and enjoy Paris rather than being wedged in a hotel room.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Minerve Hotel

Property: Minerve Hotel
Address: 13 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Quartier Latin
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #984 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,387 - ₹ 13,716
Hotel Class:3 star — Minerve Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Minerve Hotel, with character and charm, situated in the centre of the Latin quarter in the 5th district of Paris, accommodates you in quiet surroundings close to Notre Dame and the Sorbonne. This charming hotel with air conditionning, was renovated and decorated using natural materials, tapestries, walls of stone, woodwork, visible beams and mural frescos painted by an artist specializing in fine arts and architecture. A noble Haussmanian building dated 1864, adorned with flowered balconies with a view. ... more   less 
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