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The Best Room to Book at The Pullman Montparnasse in Paris

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  Site Where: 19 Rue de Commandant René Mouchotte, Paris, France, 75014
March 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

The Pullman Montparnasse, formerly a Le Meridien, is in an interesting little neighborhood in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Anchored by the Tour Montparnasse (essentially, a sky scraper) and the Gare Montparnasse (train station), the area lacks some of the gorgeous architecture of central Paris but the hotel's location on Rue de Commandant René Mouchotte puts it near the shops and boutiques of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a Metro stop closeby and a taxi stop out front.

We liked the neighborhood for its non-touristy feel, even though the hotel itself caters to business travelers, thanks to the Pullman conference center next door and the SNCF headquarters across the street. Still we felt more like we were just amongst local Parisians doing their everyday thing.

But the area is not entirely devoid of history or landmarks. Tucked behind the 25-story hotel is the Montparnasse Cemetery, where many intellectuals and artists are buried such as Claude Baudelaire, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, Susan Sontag and even Kiki, the Queen of Montparnasse. And several of the cafes and restaurants in Montparnasse which were patronized by American expats/writers/artists in the 1920s are still operating today.

While it's not across from the Jardin des Tuileries or the Eiffel Tower, it's a different side of Paris to see, especially if you've been to Paris a few times before. So, if you do decide to stay here, what's the best room to book?

The best room to book is any one of the renovated rooms. That would be the superior rooms with a either two queen bed or one king bed or the deluxe rooms, again with either two queens or one king bed. The deluxe rooms are slightly bigger than the superior rooms but the important thing is that both the superior and deluxe room categories feature the new, modern designs which include furniture, artwork and some different amenities. And the higher up you go, the better the views you will have of Paris.

The rooms that do not have all the new design go by the term "classic." These rooms still have comfortable beds but the design is definitely dated, er, classic.

All the rooms, no matter the category, have complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TVs, coffee and tea makers, complimentary bottled water, robes and slippers and Roger & Gallet's Bois d'Orange toiletries.

The hotel has an expansive lobby/social space where you can hang out and do work or dine at the Cafe Atlantic restaurant. There's also the Justine restaurant on the second floor which serves breakfast, brunch and some light fare in the evenings. It's actually a popular spot for families on Sundays with the Baby Brunch. Indeed, we think the rest of the hotel is pretty perfect for families too.

Rates tend to be higher during the week than on the weekends (typical for a biz traveler hotel) with classic rooms starting around 225 Euros a night and superior rooms at 256 Euros.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

[Disclosure: Juliana was a guest of the hotel during her stay but all views and opinions are her own.]

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