My wife and I are planning to visit Paris in early May and looking for any recommendations for a decent room in the area for $150 USD or less. Currently we have narrowed down to hotel Eiffel Rive Gauche https://hoteleiffelrivegauche.com/en/. Any other recommendations are appreciated!
Are you going to Rue Cler area because you have visited there before, or because RS promotes it ? Many people recommend Marais, Latin Quarter, St. Germain to be closer to a number of sights (Louvre, Orsay, St Chappelle) rather that simply Eiffel Tower and Invalides.
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This will be our 3rd visit to Paris and my wife wants to stay near Rue Cler since we've not spent much time there. We're planning on a 4 week journey starting in Amsterdam>Paris>Villefranche-sur-Mer>Roses, Spain>Barcelona>Madrid, then back to Seattle. Since we have AirBnB places lined up for the journey after Paris, we thought a nice hotel room would be a nice touch.
It is going to be a little more expensive, but if you are looking for a hotel “treat” in the Rue Cler area, then consider the hotel Relais Bosquet.
The Search box top center should bring up a few comments on multiple Rue Cler hotels, especially those mentioned in Rick's books. Having stayed there once, I would not recommend that you feel any duty to include that area among your stays in Paris. I am sure there are nicer hotels than the noisy, bare-bones Hotel Leveque, but the idea that the street represents anything real or vital about Paris is out of date.
"Change is tough", as some say about fading local retail downtowns in wealthy suburban New Jersey where I live. But whether Rue Cler is a fly-in-amber or a lizard on a trashpile (?), it's not a must do. Opinion.
We have stayed at Relais Bosquet several times and liked it and the location. Great restaurants a short walk away --Cafe Constant is one of them. Two grocery markets are nearby.
The first time we visited Paris, we spent a couple nights near Rue Cler. We stayed at Latour Maubourg. We had a nice stay. The room was lovely and the staff was helpful. It was across the street from a metro stop and about 4 blocks to Rue Cler. We didn't find that area to be terribly convenient.
First post, had no idea this forum even existed until not long ago. So much great information on here! I am actually researching our next Europe trip and found this thread during my reading. We have stayed at Les Jardins d’Eiffel twice and really liked it. Liked the area, would stay here again.
We enjoyed the Hotel du Champ de Mars when we stayed there, and enjoyed our meals at the Cafe du Marche 1/2 block away on rue Cler.
I love the area, evening walks on the Champ de Mars with the Eiffel Tower sparkling overhead, or at the Invalides. Shopping on rue Cler is fun.
Rue Cler, as a hotel/home base, is over rated, and definitely over priced. We haven't stayed there in over 10 years. Our current favorite area is the 15 eme, which is located one to two metro stops below the Ecole Militaire stop on line 8...search those areas (near La Motte Picquet Grenelle and Commerce stops) and you will find hotels at up to half off the price of Rue Cler hotels, and those neighborhoods are less touristy (more French residential) and yet it has all the food, restaurants, shops, and cafes you could want, again at more reasonable prices than in the more touristy areas like Rue Cler, the Marais, etc.
I've not stayed at that hotel but have stayed at Hotel Londres Eiffel which is one street west and which Rick uses for some of his Best of Paris tours. There are several restaurants in the area I've enjoyed but I'm vegan so my food choices may not match others needs! Many like Cafe Constant which is on Rue Saint-Dominique along with 2 other restaurants by chef Christian Constant.
I, personally, like the area. I travel solo and enjoy walking in the area. My arrival day walk is always to walk to Ecole Militaire and then walk down the Champ de Mars to the Eiffel Tower. I first stayed near Rue Cler on a Rick Steves tour and then stayed nearby on another RS tour. I've stayed there on my own in about 6 different locations.
Here's a fun you tube video walking tour by Paris tour guide Corey Frye, A French Frye in Paris which starts just around the corner from where you are thinking of staying. He starts on Avenue Rapp in front of some of the very interesting Art Nouveau building facades by Jules Lavirotte.
Well due to the pandemic we had to cancel our full 4-week Europe trip and we received full refunds on our Airbnb reservations but unfortunately I reserved 3 nights at the Hotel de Latour Maubourg with non-refundable reservations. The manager did provide us a voucher to use the payment for a future stay though so I'm quite happy. Now anxiously awaiting the virus to disappear, perhaps a new schedule for our trip in 2021
I'm sorry, Suzandbob. I hope you're able to travel again soon.
-- Mike Beebe