I think I’ve settled on the Rue Cler neighborhood in Paris for four nights in September… can anyone recommend smaller, more local hotels and restaurants in the area?
I can't recommend any place in particular, but I would ask why you picked this particular neighborhood for four nights. If it is only because Rick Steves fawns over it, I would do more research and see what other places might suit you better.
I love this area! You'll probably get a number of comments about this area not being central but I love the feeling in the neighborhood! I love watching parents walk their kiddos to school on the North end of Rue Cler and the older kids popping in for ice cream at Amorino in the afternoon after school. I'm also a solo female traveler and there are so many restaurants in the area that I feel I can have a glass or two of wine for dinner and safely navigate my way home, lol. I'm a pretty lightweight drinker!
I've stayed at a half a dozen or so hotels in the area, all fairly small and local. Here are a few but not all:
- Hotel Muguet on Rue Chevert: It's family-owned and Charline Pelletier, the manager, is there every day. They have the most wonderful sheets and towels, lol!! The desk is manned 24 hours a day which is important to me as a solo traveler. I've stayed there nearly every year for the last few years.
- Hotel Relais Bosquet: I usually stay about 2 weeks in Paris so I divide my time between 2 different hotels. This hotel is another favorite and has the best breakfast in the area. This is owned by a hotel group but it doesn't feel corporate - has the feel of a local hotel. A friend was staying here last spring and ran in to Rick Steves coming downstairs, lol.
Hotel l'Empereur: Owned by the same group as Relais Bosquet. I've not stayed here in a few years but would stay if I couldn't get into either of the 1st 2. The RS Paris and Heart of France tour used to stay here, not sure if they still do or not. If you decide on this one and your budget can manage it get the romantic view rooms - the view of the golden dome of Napoleon's tomb at night is amazing.
Hotel Beaugency: Used to be my go to but last time I stayed there (April 2022) I felt it was getting a little tired looking and needed a reno. They had changed out the bedspreads they'd had since at least 2014 for my visit in Oct 2021. The staff here is amazing. They have stayed stable and I was thrilled to see everyone still there in Fall 2021 after the pandemic - down to the same ladies in housekeeping and the Breakfast room lady.
Hotel Londres Eiffel: It's been pre-pandemic since I stayed here. Many of the RS Best of Paris tours stay here. The only reason it's not my 1st choice is that it's a walk over to some of my favorite restaurants off Rue Cler.
There are tons of restaurants. Some of my favorites are Cafe Roussillon at the corner of Rue Cler and Rue de Grenelle and just east about a block from that intersection I enjoy Di Felice Italian restaurant. I also like La Terrasse du 7eme which is right beside the Ecole Militaire Metro stop. I think the RS guides like this one as well because I've had 2 Welcome meals here and a Farewell meal here on different tours. I'm also vegan so my tastes may not coincide with yours.
What a fun time you will have!
We stayed at Hotel Duquesne Eiffel back in 2015. The room was fairly small, but not uncommon for Paris. We liked its location.
We are big fans of the area. The Hotel Relais Bosquet is our choice and we like a few restaurants there. In particular, moules frites at La Terrasse near the Metro station, Le Roussillon on the corner of Rue de Grenelle, Les Cocottes on Rue Saint-Dominique, Les P'tit Troquet on Rue de l'Exposition, and Il Sorrentino (Italian) just off Avv. Rapp about a 10 minute walk away. The latter three for dinner, and must reserve in our experience. All very very good i the many times we've eaten there. The daily menu At Les Cocottes has been very good and a relative bargain.
It's nice to have restaurants close by when you are tired after a busy day. It's our "coming home" neighborhood in Paris. WE do have a favorite Lebanese place, too, but it is a 30 minute walk away. LMK if interested.
I'm not the OP but Laurel, I'm interested in the Lebanese place, lol!! I've eaten at a couple of restaurants on Rue Malar - Dong Phat which is Vietnamese and Vaijayenta a couple of doors down that is Indian. Both quite good as well if you are wanting ethnic food but Lebanese sounds delicious.
This hotel is owned by a local family that owns two other hotels in Paris: https://www.hotel-paris-londres-eiffel.com/en/.
I like Le Casse Noix is a great restaurant. It is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel mentioned above. FYI, Le Casse Noix has a multi-course, multi-choice menu for 39€ per person. You cannot order a la carte. If you order only an appetizer, you pay 39€. If you order all 3 courses, you pay 39€. The menu changes relatively often.
Like Pam , I'm a fan of Muguet and L'Empereur , but a word of caution about your projected stay - September is a particularly busy month in Paris for fashion and trade shows . Hotels book up fast, so make your choice as soon as possible !
Since so many seem to stay in the neighborhood, perhaps someone will be interested in this if you are also interested in WWII history. It's regarding Cafe Max which is on Ave de la Motte-Piquet which runs from Les Invalides past the Ecole Militaire (where Napoleon went to school! Can you imagine?). German military were billetted at both locations and apparently used to meet at Cafe Max.
The menu/carte is fairly meaty so I've not eaten there but I will walk by on this coming trip and see if they have any less meaty specials. Just to eat at a historic site seems exciting! It makes you also wonder what else in the neighborhood is related.
Oh yes, and to Lisa....one more word...Amorino. Yum for gelato and sorbetto! Get it in a cone so they will shape it into a pretty flower!
Fortunately for all it's time for me to fix dinner....
I stay in this area almost every time. The times I stay someplace else I wish I was here. I’ve been known to move 😂
. I would also recommend the hotel Cadran. Fairly modern nicely outfitted rooms, but they are small. I would not recommend the Champs du Mars, offers less services than other hotels but charges the same and the time I stayed there the front desk was staffed by incredibly rude people. (One of them turned out to be an owner.) I also have stayed at the grand leveque. . It’s OK but I think over priced what you get.
Pam, this is the Lebanese place, the oldest in Paris. Had a great conversation with the owner, whose father established it. https://www.lescedresduliban.com/. He even remembered us 2 years later. Guess they don’t get many Americans.
I stayed at Hotel Relais Bosquet and enjoyed it very much.
Thank you Laurel! Pictures look wonderful! Duly noted on my itinerary, lol.
Hotel du Cadran is great. We stayed there in 2019 and have another stay booked with them in the near future.
We stayed at the Muguet on one of our trips and loved it. We had the two rooms at the top, which had fantastic views. I would stay there again without hesitation, FWIW.
We are big fans of Le P'tit Troquet and have dined there several times. Small, family owned; excellent food and terrific service. Reservations are advised due to the small size of the restaurant. Our experience at Pottoka was just the opposite. Rude, condescending service and food was not worth the price charged. Never again!
Another vote for Relais Bosquet. We have stay in lots of hotels in the area, but this one is the most charming, comfortable and great location. Love this place.