Very Good10 Reviews
0.43km from Buffon - la MosqueeWe've now stayed at Grand Hotel des Gobelins four times since we first discovered it in 2006, and it has become an essential part of the magical Paris experience. Over the years, the level of hospitality has increased and it couldn't be more friendly and welcoming. As part of the explosion of English-speaking all over the city, the front desk staff are more perfectly bilingual than ever, and all staff members seem eager to offer at least a few friendly words of English. The rooms are small, typical of European hotels, but by now we know how to make the best use of the space by stashing one suitcase in a nook until we need it again. One important new feature for caffeine fiends is a snazzy burner to heat up a pot of water for instant coffee. This allowed us to coffee up even before the excellent breakfast, which is included if you make reservations through the hotel's website. And this visit, we needed a bathroom that could accommodate arthritis, and were provided with a roomy bathroom with a spacious shower stall. There's a metro stop right down the street and around the corner, and this has always been a plus for us. And as an important practicality - at least if you come for two weeks from as far away as we do - there is a laundromat five minutes away where more friendly Parisians are happy to help with navigating the daunting process. Most importantly, the hotel is in a lovely, typical Parisian neighborhood full of day-to-day people going about their daily lives and enjoying lunch and dinner in numerous area cafes. The hotel is also centrally located for access to the best of Paris, and many attractions are accessible on foot for people who love walking. For history buffs, we recommend nearby Rue Mouffetard and Place Contrescarpe, in one of the most ancient parts of Paris. Rue Mouffetard was originally part of a major Roman road, and many of its little restaurants feature old stone walls and heavy wood beams. For literary mavens, it's noteworthy that Hemingway lived in the area and walked these streets in the early 1920s, and even references Place Contrescarpe in "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." All of this makes Grand Hotel des Gobelins the perfect place for us when visiting Paris, and we hope to return again and again. we know Jean Marc and the rest of the staff will be there to make the stay a pleasure.