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9th ARR: Mercure Monty Opera

5 rue de Montyon

Reviewed by: WillTravel from Canada, review #2151

When: February 2007

3* hotel on short, quiet street in nice, convenient neighborhood.

I found a prepaid rate of 75 euros per night on the Mercure.com site. My teenage daughter and I stayed here for five nights. It seems such a cheap rate is hard to get now, so you would have to pay more, most likely.

This hotel is about 200m from the boundary of the 9th/2nd arrondisements, and it is about equidistant between the Grands Boulevards and the Cadet metro stops. Several other metro stops and bus stops are a little further away. There are numerous hotels in this area, but it still has a strong neighborhood sense.

Just within a block or so, there are several Moroccan kosher restaurants and Sephardic synagogues, as well as a Moroccan kosher sweetshop on the corner. Across the street from the hotel is a very convenient Ed's Epicerie supermarket, and a laundromat where you can also drop off your clothes for laundry service. On the next block over, there's a Franprix supermarket. The Folies Bergeres is a block away. The Opera Garnier is in easy walking distance. The famous Chartier's is perhaps 100m away from this hotel.

Our room was a typical small room in Paris. The bed had two twins on the same frame, and it was perfectly comfortable. There was a desk, a chair, a flatscreen TV, and a wardrobe. Our luggage fit, and you could walk around the room. The window overlooked a courtyard. The bathroom is actually quite spacious. The bathtub and shower work fine, without any odd quirks.

There's a nice staircase with framed pictures that emphasize the theatrical history of the place, and stained glass windows all the way down. The lobby is rather plain. The staff is friendly and helpful.

We did not have the hotel breakfast, which is about 15 euros for the buffet version, and 6 euros for a croissant and coffee. A Brioche Doree chain outlet is not far away, as well as several creperies. I typically bought some food at Ed's Epicerie and from the bakery on the corner, and we breakfasted in our room.

If you can get a good rate, and the location appeals to you, definitely consider this hotel.

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