I stayed in the Hotel Eber Mars with my cousin, my niece and my niece's friend, from September 5 until 12, 2014. This hotel is not in the 2014 Rick Steves' Paris; however, it has been in previous Rick Steves guides. It is a small French hotel operated by the owner, Monsieur Eber. I believe it has about 24 rooms. The hotel dates from about 1850. We paid 202 Euros per night including tax for a double bed and an additional 10 Euros per day for continental breakfast in peak season. The breakfast included a croissant, baguette, butter, preserves, fresh squeezed orange juice, yogurt, applesauce and a choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The rooms were modern and clean with very modern bathrooms with showers. Our rooms were on the fifth floor and were accessible either by using the one person, without baggage, lift or by climbing the stairs. We found the lift to be adequate, always available and always operating. The small lobby area is modern with access 24 hours to a computer connected to the internet. Although the hotel offers wifi, it is as sketchy as we found all wifi access throughout Paris to be. However, we could always connect to the wifi in the lobby using our smartphones or tablets. The breakfast room is lovely with a long table and chairs and may be used by guests who choose to bring in food.
The main attraction of this hotel is the owner, Monsieur Eber, and the location. Monsieur Eber, who was on duty at the front desk when we checked in and most of the weekdays during our visit, took us American ladies under his wing. He gave us good advice on restaurants, transportation and sightseeing. He has decorated his hotel with historic pictures of Paris and will gladly tell all about them if asked. He speaks beautiful English, and gave us tips on speaking French because we asked him to do so. We felt safe and secure in his hotel, and have every intention of staying with him again when we return to Paris. I feel that his hotel is our Paris home.
The hotel is located within easy walking distance of the Eiffel Tower which can be seen from rooms on the front of the hotel. It is in the 7th arrondissement near the corner of Avenue de La Boudonnais and Avenue de La Motte Piquet which has bus stops, metro access and ATMs. There are many cafes and restaurants close by. Best of all, is it convenient to Rue Cler which is absolutely lovely for shopping and strolling and a definite not to be missed Parisian experience. Also, Rue Cler has the best cafes and restaurants.
We found Hotel Eber Mars to be a wonderful French experience. If you must have an American hotel, you should look elsewhere. Please put Hotel Eber Mars in the Rick Steves' Paris 2015 guide.