Hello, We have friends living in the 7th arrondissement. My adult children are coming with us so we require 4 beds and 3 rooms. We are looking for a hotel that is moderately prices or an apartment. Our stay is 4 night minimum. Any suggestions? Thanks, friends!
Different people have different definitions of "moderate". You'll probably get more useful suggestions if you give us your nightly lodging budget in euros. The month you plan to travel might also be helpful.
In the meantime you can explore options on booking.com
Hotels.com and Booking.com are great resources, as acraven mentioned.
Since your friends live in the 7th, I’m sure they can help with accommodation suggestions. As previously requested we need more info.
Two things will help:
budget window per night in euros.
which side of the 7th, near le Bon Marché or near the Eiffel Tower? There is a huge difference.
My friends live on the rue de Grenelle to south and east of the Eiffel Tower. Moderately priced is difficult in Paris, yes? Perhaps between 150 to 200 euros per night for a hotel? An apartment with 3 bedrooms and 4 beds would also work. We will be there May 2022. Thank for your help.
To give you a reference point, a moderate hotel in a single digit arrondissement in Paris would be indeed 150€ to 200€ per room for two people.
There is a 2 room Citidine apartment/hotel in the 15th you might check, It sleeps 4 but may not be big enough for you. Price is about 200€:
You could try the Adagio Apartment hotel but they don´t really have anything near the 7th.
I´m sure you will look at booking.com or airbnb, just be sure you see the city required, 13 digit registration number in the listing. The government is clamping down on illegal, short term apartments so you might want to be sure anything of interest is registered.
What a great location! Any of the hotels in Rick's guide book in the Rue Cler area would work for you.
I've no idea what current rates are but I've stayed in several both on my own and on Rick's tours. A few are: Hotel Londres Eiffel, Hotel du Champs de Mars, Hotel Muguet, Hotel de l'Empereur, Hotel Motte-Picquet. Many here like Relais Bosquet although it's probably higher than your budget. I've not stayed there but have tentative reservations in September.
Most hotels will be able to do a twin room with 2 single beds if you've got 2 kids in the same room. The beds are very close together but for sisters/brothers, should not be a problem.
I've stayed at the Hotel de Londres Eiffel and it is a great choice but may be out of your budget. An option that should be in budget and could be a good choice is the Hotel Eiffel Turenne. It is located about a 6 minute walk from the La Tour-Maubourg metro stop. I have never stayed there but I know someone who did and likes it and I have walked through the property. The property is basic and clean and well maintained. Do not expect too much. Another good property that you could look at is Hotel Cler. I have never stayed there and know no one who has stayed there but I took a quick look at it a couple of years ago when i was staying at the Hotel de Londres Eiffel. Rooms are on the (cozy) small side.
Edit: By the way, I am interpreting your budget as per room per night but I realized after I wrote my response that this could be your per night budget. If your budget is the nightly budget, that will be a tough putt for a hotel in May in Paris in that area or any area in Paris because it would be 3 rooms for a maximum of 200€ per night. As to an apartment, a three bedroom apartment is tough to find in Paris. And in that area, it will be costly. Exactly how many adults? You say adults and that you need four beds so I am guessing that you have three adult children but I am not sure. Can two bedrooms work? If you have three children, can they share a triple in a hotel?
To clarify, our budget is 200 euro per night per room. Or an apartment at 600 euro per night. We do need 4 beds. 200 euros per night is aspirational for our lifestyle but we know that Paris is Paris and we have to be ready. :). A once in a lifetime venture for our family. Thanks to all for your help. Martha
My sister, I and my BFF stayed in Hotel de Londres Eiffel in April 2017 and I think it is probably outside of your budget. That being said, it is possible that in May 2022, they will have rooms for roughly 200€ per night. The Eiffel Tower view rooms will be more than that but you never said you wanted ET views so you should be okay. It is a really lovely hotel. I highly recommend it if you want to stay in that area. The other two hotels that I mentioned in my prior post should definitely be in budget with the Hotel Cler being just a bit more upscale in decor and styling than the Hotel Eiffel Turenne. ParisPerfect is a rental agency that specializes somewhat in the 7th arrondissement. With all the changes both from the pandemic and the enforcement of limits on short term rentals, they may not be in in business in 2022 or may have fewer listings but they may have something for you. If you check out their site, I suggest that you consider only apartments with the required 13 digit registration number. Their properties are expensive IMO, but there may be one or two that are just under 600€ per night. I think you could find 3 hotel rooms for less in the area because a three bedroom place is going to rent for a premium. Of course, as mentioned above booking.com is a great source for finding hotels or apartments and last time I checked booking.com listed only apartments with registration numbers. How many are in your party and is sofa bed an option?
Hotel Relais Bosquet - For those of you who have stayed here or really any hotel in the area, is it a good idea to get the breakfast in addition to the room? Or to you have breakfast elsewhere?
The hotel breakfast will probably be quite a bit more expensive than sourcing your morning meal somewhere else, but there are some advantages to opting for breakfast at the hotel:
- Some folks just can't get moving without caffeine in liquid form.
- If your travel group is a mix of early risers and late risers, having breakfast available right in the hotel will allow the early group to fortify itself when it wishes, rather than having to wait for the slowpokes.
- Eating breakfast at different times may make access to the bathroom less of an issue.
- If your alternative would be a sit-down, hot breakfast at a cafe, eating at the hotel is likely to be faster.
I'm a solo traveler and always opt out of breakfast if I can, for many reasons: sometimes I'd rather sleep in; sometimes things are picked-over if you go down to breakfast 20 minutes before it's due to close; I'm cheap but picky, and at the inexpensive hotels I stay at, the bread products are often supermarket-quality; there's not always protein available that I'm interested in eating; my beverage of choice is water (unless there's decent orange juice); taking full advantage of an all-you-can-eat hotel breakfast means I'm likely to consume more than I should, and I'd rather eat lightly in the morning and take advantage of a lunch special at mid-day.
It's rare not to be able to add the breakfast option when you arrive at the hotel; it's usually (not always--booking.com may give you a clue) the same price as choosing it in advance. You could consider waiting until you get to Paris and trying the hotel breakfast on the first morning to see what you think. I wouldn't want to try to cancel a pre-arranged breakfast after the first morning if I was disappointed. Once the hotel has your money, it may be very reluctant to give it up. Breakfast is a big profit-maker for hotels, I believe. Playing it be ear will probably also make it possible for members of your group to make different decisions about breakfast.
I agree with acraven's thoughts about booking ahead or not booking ahead. I'd also look at booking directly on their website as some hotels give you a discounted breakfast as an inducement to book directly. Also look at their FB page and see if you see anything on there.
If you go with no hotel breakfast, there are plenty of places in the neighborhood where you can get the regular coffee/croissant/bread and a few where you can get a bigger breakfast if that is what you want.
I travel solo and sometimes I eat in, sometimes I don't. At my usual hotels I just wait until I get there and decide on the day. Usually at the end of the stay the desk staff will ask "how many breakfasts?".
These are really wonderful answers. I thank you so much. I think we will not add breakfast and see how that shapes up.
Breakfast at Hotel Relais Bosquet adds only 10€ per person to the price of the room and my former colleague who stayed there thought that it was well priced because it included a good selection of eggs, sausage, cheese and sliced meats. If you only have a croissant and a coffee for breakfast, it's probably no so great a deal but she eats a lot at breakfast so it was a bargain for her. Whether any given breakfast is a good deal or not depends on what you eat, the cost, and what is served. I've been to quite a few hotels in Paris where the breakfast was a good idea given what was offered. If you skip the hotel breakfast, try Cafe Constant for breakfast. It is very good. If you get more than a coffee and a pastry, it will probably cost more than 10€.
Breakfast at Hotel Relais Bosquet adds only 10€ per person to the
price of the room and my former colleague who stayed there thought
that it was well priced because it included a good selection of eggs,
sausage, cheese and sliced meats. If you only have a croissant and a
filter coffee for breakfast, it's probably no so great a deal but she eats a
lot at breakfast so it was a bargain for her. Whether any given
breakfast is a good deal or not depends on what you eat, the cost, and
what is served. I've been to quite a few hotels in Paris where the
breakfast was a good idea given what was offered. If you skip the
hotel breakfast, try Cafe Constant for breakfast. It is very good. If
you get more than a coffee and a pastry, it will probably cost more
That's indeed a good hotel. My recommendation!
Another yes for Relais Bosquet. La Terrasse café on Place de l’École Militaire is a block from the Relais, and offers a good continental breakfast. It’s a great spot for watching the morning rush hour.
For breakfast pastries, Lenotre on Ave de la Motte-Piquet has wonderful viennoiseries (croissants, pains aux raisin, brioche, etc) 2 blocks from Relais Bosquet.
If your group needs eggs in the morning, try the hotel breakfast at least once. La Terrasse used to serve breakfast omelettes for all the Americans staying in the area, but I’m not sure if they will have them now, since they are not really a French thing for breakfast.
Relais Bosquet is the only suitable hotel in the 7th? I am still not sure where your friends live, as rue de Grenelle cuts through the entirety of the 7th from the west side to the east side. Virtually, the entire 7th arrondissement is near rue de Grenelle. I find the area of the 7th to the east, bordering the 6th arrondissement, far preferable to the west of the 7th where Relais Bosquet is located.
If these friends live in the Quartier du Gros-Caillou, hotel Relais Bosquet might be a wonderful choice. If however, they live on the east side of les Invalides. and you want to stay near them, there are a number of better hotel choices such as Hotel Signature St Germain des Prés, le Petit Chomel, or even Hotel d´Orsay.
It was several years ago that I stayed at the Relais Bosquet but at that time they had a breakfast special. If you "liked" them on facebook, breakfast was included free. It was an excellent breakfast that was better than your typical hotel breakfast. You may want to see if that deal is still in effect.
I did like this hotel quite a bit.
The metro is so easy to use in Paris that I think it would be okay to consider hotels a little bit away from your friends knowing it would be easy to get there.
Most hotels can at least put your rooms close together....a few do offer adjoining rooms. We have stayed at the Relais Bosquet for years, but this may be a bit out of your pricing - are you looking at 150-200 for 3 rooms total or is that per room? If you want 3 rooms for 150 - 200 - you more than likely need to look at an apartment. We have also stayed that the Cadran Hotel near Rue Cler - they are one of the few to offer a "family" room and also offer adjoining rooms - they should reopen in August. Also the Grand Levaque, which is on Rue Cler, was reasonably priced. They just completed a remodel and opened up recently. Hotel la Bourdonnais on Ave Bourdonnais is very nice, but again may be more than what you want to spend. The Hotel Royal Phare is very, very small with regards to room size - but a bit less than the other 4 hotels I have mentioned. Due to the number of individuals in your group - you may want to look at the AirBNB - we have stayed in apartments previously and enjoyed the experience. December 2019, our cousins rented through AirBNB and found a very reasonably priced apartment. Again, though finding a "3 bedroom" for 1 apartment is not easy to do in Paris for a reasonable price. With regards to breakfast - we've enjoyed it as part of the hotel booking at each of the hotels I mentioned. When you prebook, the price is reasonable - do not add it to your room charge once you get there - the price may be higher. On Rue Cler, the Cafe au Brassierre PTT had an egg, croissant, juice and hot beverage for around 9 Euros. Cafe du Marche also offers breakfast around 11 Euro - that was in Dec 2019, so not sure what prices are now. Be prepared coffee in Paris is not the same as the United States. Also, a croissant and coffee at the local bakery is very cheap - you just have to eat it back in the room or as you walk. We also stayed stocked up on fresh fruit from the markets. Folks mention on chat that a lot of us enjoy Relais Bosquet. I enjoyed before I realized it was listed in Rick Steve's guide. My sister discovered it after a disastrous hotel booking at another hotel and she just walked in the Relais Bosquet and asked for help at the last minute and they were saints - this was over 18 years ago and since that time she has been loyal to them ever since and we joined the band wagon. They have changed owners, but a few of the original staff we have known for over 14 years are still there. We didn't go there because of Rick Steve's but because of the service they provide in a time of need. Hope you and your family have a great time in May.
My preference for family traveling together for multiple days is definitely an apartment. I like having a communal space and at least a small kitchen so we can have breakfast, snacks, COFFEE, etc, for those who may be on different schedules. The ability to get coffee in quantity first thing in the morning is important to us!
I have booked a place I found on booking.com but reserved directly with them. It's a multi-apartment building but managed as a hotel. (www.leprinceregent.com, but haven't stayed yet so withholding any recommendation.) I didn't look for anything in the 7th so I don't have a specific recommendation in the area, but I'd have to believe you can find a multi-room unit if you're interested.
I searched AirBnB but there are too many bad stories and too many other options IMO. (I am risk averse when it comes to my vacation!) Good for a point of reference and sometimes you can find them other places and can book direct.
When planning our trip this fall I was looking at booking multiple hotel rooms. Opted instead for an apartment on AirBnB. However, when researching in the 7th, one of the ones that made the short list was https://hotelempereurparis.com/
Another Relais Bosquet vote. We have stayed in several hotels in the 7th, and this one is the one we always come back to. Before COVID, their Facebook page did indeed offer free breakfast if you booked through the FB page. My son stayed there last week, and when he booked, there is a free breakfast offer under Offers on their website. He was glad he got the breakfast. They had a multitude of choices including all the coffee you wanted along with juices, eggs, meats, pastries, etc. They even leave out little treats during the day and into the evening. The rooms are a decent size, and the staff is courteous and helpful. We absolutely love staying here and recommend it to all our friends when they travel to Paris. You won't be disappointed.
They have listed on their website an adjoining room option that sleeps up to six people.