The best feature of this popular business hotel is its wonderful location in the heart of Montparnasse, a section of Paris that is more local than touristy. Narrow streets, family-owned restaurants, weekend farmers' markets, and city parks, contribute to the area's low key Paris vibe.
The hotel itself is one of the taller buildings in the 14th Arrondissement. We stayed in a room on a lower floor, so our view revealed neighboring rooftops. Guest quarters are more spacious than other hotels in the area, but the décor and bedding could use a spruce up. Sheets were somewhat coarse, pillows flatter than we prefer, and a clock was missing from our room. Nor was a "do not disturb" sign available to hang on the doorknob, annoying since housekeeping provided an impromptu wake-up shout at 7:30am. Our morning shower ebb and flowed hot and cold water, leaving us in a grumpy mood to start the day.
Le Meridien's gym is provided in room #2243 and only one bank of elevators rises to that story. Lower floor guests must ride down to the lobby, exit their elevator, and board a lift in the other bank, somewhat annoying. The gym's wood flooring and ample natural light provide an appealing ambiance, but the equipment is not so appealing. No strength equipment is stocked (not even a dumbbell set) and the cardio machines are an unfamiliar and inferior brand. The upright bike and treadmill are your best bets.
A better choice would be to take advantage of the hotel's proximity to Club Med (fitness center), Piscine Armand Massard (lap swimmers), and Jardin Luxembourg (joggers). All are within 5 to 10 minutes walk. The hotel's proximity to these alternatives is why Le Meridien makes the cut.