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Minerve Hotel
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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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5  Thank mlle_Pauline
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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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2  Thank elena s
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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.

Room Tip: Don't think about it!
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank PickyEditor
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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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2  Thank JohnDoe049
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Reviewed 13 November 2011

My husband and I went to Paris with our friend, our daughter and her boyfriend so we needed 3 rooms and stayed 7 days. 10 years ago we stayed at La Familia (2 star) which is next door (and sister hotel) to the Hotel Minerve (3 star) and had vowed that if we came back to Paris we would stay in a balcony room overlooking the street. Sadly the La Familla was sold out so we paid the little extra and stayed at the Minerve and was so happy that we did!

Keep in mind, Paris is similar to New York, high prices, small rooms and older hotels. Hotel Minerve is a older hotel, the rooms are small but charming, well maintained and clean. The staff (house keeping, receptionist, breakfast room staff) was great and very helpful (except for the person who sat at a seprate desk and would arrange for tours, wasn't sure if they were private opeator or hotel staff) who was a bit of a grump. Beware - the closets are tiny! All rooms had murals on walls, air conditioning, hair dryers, flat screen TV - wifi was available for a fee & they did have a computer/printer available in the lobby for 30 minutes for 1 Euro. The location was excellent - in the Latin Quarter - 5 min from Notre Dame, Panthaon, Luxonburg Gardens with bus stop across street, Metro stops one block away and resturants and french bakeries everywhere - one paterssaire was award winning and right around the corner which we visited nearly everyday for picnic items e.g. sandwichs, chocolate broche, etc.

Breakfast is available $9 Euro per person which was quite good and all you can eat - small selection of breads, cereals, make your own boiled eggs, coffee, hot chocoate, tea and various juices. We ended up having breakfast at the hotel nearly everyday since the Euro was $1.50 to each $1 US and one of our party was a big eater so it cost much more to have breakfast outside the hotel. TIP - when booking hotel on-line, don't book the breakfasts (you can decide that morning and just go downstairs to the breakfast room, they will take your room number and bill you accordingly that way you avoid having to deal with registration in trying to get the cost off your bill.

My husband and I stayed in Room 207 - Double Bed, with Bath and Balcony for $165 per night. This was a dream come true, the balcony was small but cozy and had small table and 2 chairs which we used quite a bit. Even though we were right on a busy street, once you closed the window the room was very quiet. Small Roon, tiny closet, bathroom adequate size and we enjoyed staying in this room.

Our daugther and boyfriend had a 1 double bed classic room with bath for $129 per night (room 105 which was on the 2nd floor) which looked out on the street (no balcony) but they could still open the windows and look out. Also small room, tiny closet, and similar to our room.

Our friend stayed in a 1 single bed with courtyard view with bath for $99 per night (room 209) it was a nice room similar to the rest of ours BUT it looked out in to a tiny courtyard and a concrete wall with charming murals but people would sit in the courtyard and smoke which drifted up into the rooms. Also this room was DARK since sunlight was limited. So highly RECOMMEND YOU GET A STREET VIEW ROOM - worth the little extra. Our friend ended up trying to change rooms (but couldn't since they were sold out) because she was feeling clastrophobic and ended up most the time in our room, on the balcony or if she was in her room with the lights on, curtins drawn back and windows open. It ended up ok since the majority of time we were out and about and didn't come back until dark.

TIPS: If your in Paris for any length of time, get the official Museum Pass - we got the 4 day pass and wish we gotten the 6 day pass instead. It was great since it let us got in and out to as many museums as we wanted (including Versailles) and the best part is that we could look for the "short cut" line or show it to a security guard and we got to jump the long, long lines which saved on a lot of time. If you do the Eiffel Tower, DO Purchase your tickets in advance on-line, so even though you reserve a specific date/time you get to go to the VIP line and avoid everyone else. We regret not doing this and ended up standing in line at 7:00 p.m. for over an hour just to get the tickets and then you had to wait again to go up - acckkk! Also recommend taking the train (RER) from the airport to Notre Dame/St. Michel Stop and walking to hotel (cost $9 Euro per person) - do research this on-line before attempting first otherwise it can be quite confusing. Otherwise a taxi would have cost approx $100 US, Shuttle $35 US for 2 or more people. When returning to the airport the kids took the train back with no problem (just left an hour earlier than us) and us older folks arranged for the hotel to reserve a private shuttle (cheaper than what I could find on line) since we decided at our age we could afford the luxury. Also another form of transporation which isn't in most guide books is the "BatoBus" which is the boat shuttle (hop-on and hop-off as many time as you want and can buy multiple days) which runs like a bus, hits all the main stops on the Seine e.g. Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Muse D'Osey, etc. This is a great way to relax and get away from the husttle and bustle and it also travel along the route and the regular cruise boats but check the schedule because it doesn't run in the winter.

Room Tip: If you don'tlike dark small rooms, get the street view rooms. They are quiet with the windows close and lets in more light.
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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11  Thank hpisles
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