I'm a solo female traveler and would love some feedback from frequent travelers to Paris or people who have lived in Paris. I will be taking the RS BOE in September, but want to spend about 5 days in Paris on my own before the tour. I would rather be near the Seine and Latin Quarter as I have no agenda and pretty much just want to hang out in the neighborhood and just wander around and relax. I would like something around 150 euros a night.
Hello Lori! We just did the 21 day BOE this fall and ended in Paris at the Hotel Muguet, which was a great location just a few blocks from Rue Cler and walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and metro stops. The hotel was closer to $200 USD but they had a wonderful concierge at the front desk to help with travel plans and maps, which was a huge plus for us after our trip ended and we were on our own for an extra day. The room was clean, quiet and modernized, but had a Parisian feel. It is a great neighborhood! You are going to love your BOE trip and Paris!
I have stayed at Hotel Kensington 2 times. It is a terrific location in rue clear with some rooms having a view of Eiffel Tower. It is an older 2 star en-suite with breakfast extra and does not have ac as I recall.
If u are interested book early for Sept. as that is a very busy time in Paris still. There are many cafes for breakfast very close. You can walk to Eiffel Tower in 5 min. Price cannot be beat imo about 135 euros with nearby metro but I usually walk a lot.
Lori - I’ve been to Paris many times , and I’m always on a budget - but I want central ( I’m sorry I do not consider rue Cler that central ) as I love to walk most places
I have stayed in these three ( among others ) hotels that are VERY central being in 5 or border of 6th , and close to river .
All have Ac . All have room safes . Two had mini fridges ( which is nice to stick with juices yogurt etc )
Hotel St Pierre - rooms are very small , but clean , with Ac and safes - easy to get around !
Hotel Eugenia- also small rooms ( although they have “ deluxe rooms “ which are not Felix but are a bit bigger than standard - if staying alone I’d opt for cheaper room ( I’d get twin or double room as single rooms are very small ) Fridge in room ( I recall it was stocked but I just put stuff on counter to make room for my stuff . I’d also ask for room NOT facing street as it’s on a fairly busy pedestrian mostly street . Nice to wander around st night .
Hotel Diane - this one also has small rooms ( well these are all “ budget - moderate hotels is great locations so you had to realize there is a catch ) but the rooms do have good Ac , safes and fridges .
Staff at all three places were helpful .
Please keep in mind if trying to book them now you will have to contact most of them by email as many hotels booking engines will say “ no availability “ at this point as it’s to soon to book that way . Does not mean they are full already . Also keep in mind that September is busy season so I would not wait till a month or two to book but would book at least 3-4 months out ( just do not book a non refundable rate )
Hi Lori, I highly recommend Hotel Diana. Its in the 5th, easy walking distance to many sites and restaurants; otherwise multiple metro stops close by. I was a solo traveler as well and decided to go for the double room (rather than a twin bed) and my room was good sized with very comfortable bed. Good sized bathroom was well.
4 nights cost me 520 euro total in late October. Breakfast is served for additional fee. Staff was friendly and entire hotel was clean.
I, too, love Hotel Diana. I just stayed there last month and they had just completed a refurbishment so everything looked great. I got the small double bed room as a solo traveler and room was tight, but adequate. I love the location. A real plus is the great restaurant next door. Bistro du Perigord is small and family run. The food is delicious. They are also open in the morning for a French breakfast so I went there instead of eating at the hotel and had my cappuccino and croissant.
You could also look at the Odeon Hotel in the 6th. Also in the 6th are Hotel Odeon St. Germain and Hotel Saint-Paul Rive Gauche. If you book well in advance, the rates are in your range. I have stayed in all 3 of these hotels and they are small, charming, and well located. The 6th, 5th, and the Marais are my favorite parts of Paris. Like a previous poster, the Rue Cler area doesn't do it for me. Wherever you stay, I hope that you enjoy the magic of Paris.
Another option in the Latin Quarter is Hotel Familia. Very reasonable rates.
As a single, female traveler of a certain age, my favorite is the Grand Hotel des Balcons (https://www.balcons.com/). It is in the 6th, about half way between the Seine and the Luxembourg Gardens. Close to the #4 metro stop at Odeon. The Sorbonne is not far.
It looks like they are not taking bookings yet for the second half of 2020. I would try to contact them by email or phone if you are interested. They speak English. I'm sure their rates will go up in the Summer and Fall, but still, I would think, will come in well under your budget. They have an excellent breakfast too. Addition charge, of course.
I always get a room on the top floor, which I think is the 6th. They do have an elevator. No AC.
We really enjoyed the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles:
During our two stays we met many repeat guests, including a woman from Canada who has been coming to the hotel every year for the last 40! She said: I have been all over the world, and this is my favorite spot.