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Paris Hotels - Rue Cler area?

hi,

i have contacted several hotels in this area based on rick steves recommendations. the one that i was hoping for (beaugency) is booked. can anyone recommend hotels for me to look into in the rue cler area that are similar in price/style, etc? also, if you have a recommendation in another nearby great area, i will take that too!
thanks!

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I don't know that hotel you listed or its price/style - but I recommend Hotel Londres de Eiffel. Clean, nice room, nice bathroom and a stone's throw from Rue Cler and the Eiffel. It was 165E a night when I was there.

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Nicole what is budget ( in euros) .. ??

Does it have to be on Rue Rick?

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I always recommend Hotel de la Tulipe as a great rue Cler alternative. The hotel is located two blocks east of rue Cler at 33 rue Malar. Room prices are higher than what you’ll find at a place like Leveque, but the quality is also much better. Check it out at: http://paris-hotel-tulipe.com/

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I second the Hotel Valadon--it's small (8 rooms total, I believe), but with large rooms, en suite baths, and breakfast included.

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Nicole,

In the Rue Cler area, you might also have a look at the Grand Hotel Leveque or the Hotel du Champs de Mars. Depending on your budget, you might also check the Hotel Duquesne Eiffel.

While it's a bit touristy and many of Rick's readers stay there (including me), I really like the area and feel quite at home there (I was there again at the beginning of June). There are lots of restaurants, good Metro access (Ecole Militaire), ATM's, etc.

Happy travels!

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I generally stay at the Hotel Beaugency but some friends and I stayed at the Hotel Muguet during Christmas 2007 and were well satisfied. It is located about two blocks from Hotel Beaugency just off the eastside of Rue de La Motte-Piquet.

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Muguet is a great hotel-it has the best showers. I was just booking for myself and saw that the Hotel Eiffel Park (it used to be a Best Western and is listed as such in older versions of the guidebook) had some amazing deals--as cheap as 107E for a double booking online--and it gets good reviews.

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I second Ken's recommendation for the Hotel du Champs de Mars in the Rue Cler area. I stayed there for a week in mid-May, 2009, and found it convenient and inexpensive compared to similar hotels in the area. I had a heck of a time getting the reservation as it is a smaller operation. I finally called them and that led to a successful conclusion. In RS Paris-2009 book, he highlights two or three hotels, this being one of them, in a box on a page and says they are recommended but says that they are had to book. Check it out.

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thanks for everyone's replies. i am really stuck on this one b/c every hotel that was mentioned is booked with the excpetion of two and they are well over $200 a night which i am not willing to spend for a room i am going to spend almost no time in. anyone have any thoughts or heard anything about hotel de la tour eiffel - the reviews on trip advisor are mixed but it is about $150/night and seems to be in a central location?

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You might want to look for a hotel in the Latin Quarter as close to Notre Dame as possible. We found the Latin Quarter was very central for walking everywhere except Montmartre which is quite far from the other attractions. The Rue Cler area is pleasant but it isn't really centrally located for walking anywhere except the Eiffel Tower.

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I agree with Cynthia, stay somewhere else. I stayed in Rue Cler my first trip and decided to stay in the Latin Quarter (5th) when I returned. It was much more central and easier to walk to sites. There are also more metro stations there. Have a great time!

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If you are now looking for something closer to the center of Paris, try Hotel Hospitel/Hotel Dieu on the ille de Citi, next to Notre Dame. We liked it a lot, especially for its location. Rick recommends this, so it may booked, as well. In the Latin Quarter, a hotel we liked was Hotel Familia; some guidebooks recommend it but since Rick does not recommend anything in its vicinity, it may be available.

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I totally agree with Cynthia and Andrea, and Roy's hotel recommendation is a great one. Hotel Dieu (which is also a hospital) faces right onto Notre Dame Cathedral...a great location. I love how Pat referred to rue Cler as "rue Rick". So true. You may also research hotels in the Marais neighborhood (the 4th arrondissement). Lots of good, reasonably priced hotels there.

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Nicole, did you see if Hotel L'Empereur has a vacancy? It is one of Rick's recommended hotels. It's not right on Rue Cler but less than a 5 minute walk, right by Les Invalides (if you can get a 5th floor balcony room, you get a gorgeous view of the dome and a decent size bathroom).

It's also 5 minutes to a Metro station in either direction, and 10 minutes to the Eiffel Tower or the Rodin Museum.

If this hotel is available, I highly recommend it. Skip the breakfast there and eat at the places Rick recommends. It was less than 100 EUR a night when we stayed there last year.

Good luck!

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Hi Nicole, the 6th arrondissement is wonderful, a great area to stay in but prices tend to be higher there than in the 4th, 5th or the rue Cler area, that's probably why no one mentioned it. There are lots of great areas in Paris, the 1st through the 9th arrondissements (and probably higher) are all great. Rick loves rue Cler (I don't care for it personally) so many people who read his Paris guidebook, especially people that haven't been there before, tend to think it's the best place to stay.

I really recommend you check out Roy's recommendation of Hotel Dieu...it's very reasonably priced and in one of the absolute best spots in all of Paris. The RER from CDG stops right outside their door, you have beautiful Notre Dame right there, the river, I could go on and on...you'd be in the heart of Paris unlike rue Cler. You can go to http://www.hotel-hospitel.com, click on the British flag and check out the photo's and rates.

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i guess i am going to have to start looking in different neighborhoods and will definitely look into the hotels mentioned. also, what is the 6th A. like? it seems to be close to rue cler and the latin quarter but no one has recommended it - is there a reason i should not want to stay in that area? and i will take any more hotel recs i can get since i am really having no luck with anything i try.

thanks!

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We are going to Paris in mid August and are staying at the Hotel Marignan. I posted here and have gotten good reviews about it. Basic place, cheap quad room, free breakfast with COFFEE and hot chocolate. 10 minutes from Notre Dame. Check out their website.

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We are going to Paris in mid August and are staying at the Hotel Marignan. I posted here and have gotten good reviews about it. Basic place, cheap quad room, free breakfast with COFFEE and hot chocolate. 10 minutes from Notre Dame. Check out their website.

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We are going to Paris in mid August and are staying at the Hotel Marignan. I posted here and have gotten good reviews about it. Basic place, cheap quad room, free breakfast with COFFEE and hot chocolate. 10 minutes from Notre Dame. Check out their website.

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We stayed in Hotel Relais Bosquet in the beginning of May ( mentioned in rick Steves)...It was a great hotel...They have a 3 day rate at 135 Euros and breakfast is free if you mention that You are a rick steves reader. And we had a room with a partial view of the eiffel tower.
They have the most wonderful electric blinds for jetlagged tourists like us.
Check online for last minute and promotional rates for Hotel Des GrandsHomees and Du pantheon and Best western eiffel park. They have some great deals for these 4 star hotels at terrific prices - even as low as 100 Euros.
http://www.hoteldesgrandshommes.com/booking.html

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Nicole,

When are you going, how long are you staying, and how many are going?

We were there a little over a month ago for five days, and rented an apt for less than $100EU/nite. The place we got was at the top of the 15Arr., and a short walk to the Eiffel tower. We found that access to the Metro was important, not necessarily the area that you stayed in.

We always rent apts when awe are going to be staying more than a few days. We rent from VRBO.com, and Homelidays.com, and have used either one of these for places thruout Europe.

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Steve has a good point about an apartment. We rented an apartment for 10 days in the Latin Quarter and it was much less expensive than a hotel, plus you have more room. I rented mine through vrbo (vacation rental by owner), but there are several good agencies you can go through. You can google "Paris Vacation Rentals" and see what you come up with. As for what area, keep in mind that the lower the arrondisment number (1st, 2nd, etc.) the closer to the center you are. My personal choice would be the 4th - 6th. Rue Cler is in the 7th and not as central as the others I mentioned in my opinion.

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Renting an apt is a great idea, we're doing that next May. We used Parisattitude.com. But for another hotel recommendation... We stayed at a great hotel in the 15th arrondissement in '01..it's on the border of the 15th and the 7th, relatively near the Eiffel Tower. It's steps from one of the best metro stops: La Motte Picquet-Grenelle, good because it's the hub of 3 intersecting lines. The hotel is called "Hotel de L'Avre" and you can see it at www.hoteldelavre.com. Their rates are really good, 80 Euros for a double, it's a very nice hotel with an extremely nice owner and staff. They also have a lovely garden to sit in or enjoy breakfast in. There's also a Monoprix and the wonderful weekly market is right there.

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Nicole, my wife and I stayed at the Hotel Du Levant in the 7th and had a great time. Very centerally located in the Latin qtr. Dorsey

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Nicole, I failed to mention that we also have stayed at a Paris Garden Studio Apartment in the 7th on Rue Cher (ID 2) with vacationinparis.com. Great folks and whenever we are in Paris, we now stay here (we go every summer). They offer clothes washer and dryer, which is great in that it allows to travel even lighter. Free calls to the US is always a great perk, especially when we take one of our grandchildren. Dorsey

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The Latin Quarter is in the 5th arrondissement, not the 7th.

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I've stayed at Hotel Turenne near rue Cler (not the hotel of the same name in the Marais). They've recently upgraded and refurbished the rooms and public areas. Rates are still on the low side. The hotel is near Napoleon's tomb and a few cafes. Rue Cler is about 3 blocks away. I stayed there in April.

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We stayed at Hotel Londres Eiffel and truly loved it. Very close to rue cler.

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Nicole-If you are still interested in staying near Rue Cler, we have a room reserved at Hotel de Turenne (http://hotel-turenne.com/) for our upcoming trip, and were quoted 82 Euros per night; quite a good deal for Paris! Last September, we stayed at Hotel Royal Phare, which now advertises rates at 89 Euros per night. We also stayed at Hotel Muguet three years ago, which is a gorgeous hotel, but now costs more than this budget traveler is willing to pay!

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Nicole,

We just returned from 2 weeks in France and spent a total of 7 nights in Paris (our first trip) - 4 nights in the rue Cler area and 3 nights near the Sorbonne. We much preferred the Rue Cler area. It was a convenient walk to the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and the Rodin Museum and the metro stop is right there for any other sights. And we found it a lot less heavily touristed than other areas, especially the Latin Quarter. Yes you will encounter tourists toting Rick Steves' book, but still a LOT less than we found in other areas. We stayed at Hotel Eiffel Park just a couple blocks down on rue Amelie and loved it. The rooms were decent sized, it was clean and comfortable, the staff was very nice and helpful, it has a/c and an elevator, and a nice rooftop terrace for relaxing after a long day walking. I booked one of their promotional rates online (it requires prepaying the entire amount, and I want to say they call it "variable rate" online) and paid 90 euros a night. I thought that was very reasonable for a 3 star hotel in a nice area. We had no problems with the pre-payment, in fact it was nice checking out and not having to pay anything. Plus, my room requests that I made with the online booking were all honored so I don't feel like I was shorted due to booking a lower promotional rate. The breakfasts are very pricey in my opinion (12 euros per person) but there are tons of cafes and boulangeries within walking distance where you can get a great petit dejeuner for less than 6 euro.

By the way, if you're staying in this area try out 7eme Sud, a great Mediterranean restaurant nearby. It was fantastic and the people working there are wonderful.

Have a great trip!

Colleen

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Hi Nicole - A few years ago I stayed in the Rue Cler are in mid November. Not sure when you are going. I thought the charm of Rue Cler would be great......but it was too late in the year.....not much happening on the streets. I prefer to stay across the river from Notre Dame in the Latin Quarter....especially in November.

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Hotel Turenne is a good choice. It is cheap and cozy, right around the corner from the Metro, and withing throwing distance of the Champ du Mars Do be advised that in March when I was there there was renovation on one of the floors. 1/2 the floor was covered in plastic to protect the rugs and there were workers there during the day renovating the rooms. However this was just one floor, and being up by 9 and out til 8 or so, we never had any problems with noise. I'm sure they're done by now. Free Wifi is also a plus