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Terminus Orleans 2.0

14th and 15th Arrondissements (Montparnasse), Paris, France

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Pros

  • In a lively neighborhood, a short walk to the metro
  • Simple, contemporary rooms include flat-screen TVs
  • Some rooms have minibars and decorative wrought-iron balconies
  • On-site automobile-themed bar and cafe 
  • Breakfast served daily and can be delivered to rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Nearby parking for a fee 

Cons

  • No major sites in walking distance
  • Rooms can be small, and bathrooms tiny
  • No air-conditioning (fans provided)
  • Street-facing rooms pick up traffic noise
  • Some smoke smell (despite being a nonsmoking property)
  • Breakfast not included in all room rates

Bottom Line

The Terminus Orleans is a two-pearl hotel in a lively neighborhood at Paris' southern tip. It's right by the Porte d'Orleans metro stop, but not walking distance to the city's landmark attractions. The hotel is housed in a classic 19th-century building with decorative balconies and other period flourishes. Its 67 rooms are basic and run on the small side, but they're contemporary, and sunny thanks to large windows. Be aware that the hotel is not air-conditioned -- although fans are provided -- and rooms facing the boulevard pick up traffic noise. While the hotel is nonsmoking, many guests seem to smoke anyway. An automobile-themed bar and restaurant is in the same building. Travelers might want to compare rates with the Hotel du Lion, a similar budget hotel in the same area.

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Scene

Classic period building evoking Old Paris, with some dated decor

Set in a classic six-story, 19th-century building, the Terminus Orleans has retained a few of its period flourishes, such as the original and uncomfortably tiny wrought-iron elevator and the dark-red carpeted spiral staircase. The narrow lobby has marble-tile walls and floors, and a small old-fashioned round table and chairs. The wood-paneled wall behind the reception desk -- with framed classic sepia-toned prints -- evokes Old Paris nostalgia. There are no real common spaces where guests can gather, except for the breakfast room, whose faux-doorway design and framed French advertisements verge more on tired sentimentality and cliches than charm. Slipcovered chairs also look dated. On the whole, clientele tend to be couples on a budget getaway.

Location

At Porte d' Orleans -- Paris' southern tip -- with transportation links to major sights

The Terminus Orleans is at Porte d'Orleans, in a lively neighborhood at Paris' southern end. It's surrounded by other hotels, cafes, restaurants, and clothing shops. The hotel is a one-minute walk to the Porte d’Orleans metro station, where Line 4 shoots straight across the city north to south, and even connects with the RER three stops away at Denfert Rochereau. A tram also stops across the street from the hotel. 

  • One-minute walk to the Porte d’Orleans metro station
  • 15 minutes by public transportation to Montparnasse
  • 20 minutes to Saint-German-des-Pres by public transportation
  • 24 minutes to Notre Dame Cathedral by public transportation
  • 26 minutes to the Louvre by public transportation
  • 33 minutes to the Eiffel Tower by public transportation
  • 54 minutes to Charles de Gaulle airport by public transportation (35-minute drive)
  • 31 minutes to Orly Airport by public transportation (15-minute drive)

Rooms

Small basic rooms with large windows and white-tile bathrooms, but few frills

The Terminus Orleans' 67 rooms have basic contemporary furniture, which isn't of especially high quality. Rooms are on the small side (this is Paris) and offer little in the few of amenities, but they'll certainly do for a few nights. Large beds with crisp white linens have tan-wood headboards with built-in lamps. Wardrobes, desks, and bedside tables are in the same light wood. Red accent walls offset white walls, and the large windows let in plenty of natural light. Some windows have wrought-iron, step-out balconies, although there's no space for seating.

Comfort Double, Comfort Twin, and Superior rooms are larger than Standard Rooms, and have somewhat more stylish bed fabrics and curtains, plus full-length mirrors. Superior Rooms, while larger, have smaller windows and so might seem dark. Boulevard-facing rooms have nice street views, but they pick up traffic noise. Comfort Double, Comfort Twin, and Superior Rooms face the back of the property, and are quieter.

Tiny bathrooms have attractive white wall tiles, wave-patterned plastering on some of the walls, and pleasant brown mosaic floor tiling. Large mirrors have nice mosaic borders, and there are walk-in power showers. Superior Rooms have larger and brighter bathrooms, with all-white wall tiling, brown floor tiling, and small shower/tub combos with power showerheads. Hairdryers and toiletries are provided.

All rooms include large flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and phones, while Superior Rooms add minibars. There are no coffeemakers, and rooms lack air-conditioning but fans are provided. The hotel is nonsmoking -- theoretically. Guests seem to smoke anyway; when we visited, the hotel had placed ashtrays in the rooms, and the smell of cigarettes was noticeable.

Features

Breakfast for a fee, paid parking nearby, and free Wi-Fi throughout

This is a value hotel with few extras, and aside from the breakfast room, there's little in the way of communal spaces. The hotel serves a traditional French breakfast spread, but it's not included in all room rates. In the same building but with a separate entrance is the Auto Passion Cafe, which the hotel owns -- its packed with racing memorabilia, including old gas pumps, engines, a racing simulator, and some outlandish automobiles. It serves French and international fare, and thematic drinks like an "Injecteur" cocktail (a vodka concoction) or an "Auto-Stoppeuse" (a fruit juice combo). Paid-parking is available near the hotel, and the front desk, which operates 24/7, can book airport shuttle service. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

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Address

197 boulevard Brune, Paris, Ile-de-France 75014, France

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