Looking for recenr/current feedback on Hotel Royal Phare in 7th arro in Paris in late June I love Rue Clare area and hotels and apts where I previously stayed were booked solid! I have been many times, but I am taking my husband for the first time and am cincerned after reading mixed reviews though it was recommended by Rick Steves. Big concern - is there A/C and are the staff helpful?
Jeanette did you read reviews on tripadvisor.com,, they are usually pretty helpful if you know to read a few pages and get the "gist" of them,( ie if someone complains because "carpet is worn" I find that a bit whiney if hotel is otherwise cheap and clean ) Anyways, I have stayed at two cheap clean hotels with good a/c. Hotel Diana and Hotel Saint Pierre, so can recommend them , and I like the areas they are in much better then Royal Phare too, more central and convenient to me anyways.
I've not stayed there but reviews are pretty good on TA, Booking.com, Hotels.com so I'm sure the staff are properly helpful. I'd trust that many good reviews. However, as far as I can see the hotel does not have A/C.
My husband and I have stayed at the Phare twice. It is clean and convienent to Rue Cler, the Eiffel and the metro. It is good value but staff has limited English and there is no A/C. Breakfast is adequate but boring after a few days. We were fine with the floor fan in July although it takes up too much space in a small room. This summer we are trying the Hotel du Quai Voltair on the Seine.
Everyone, Thank you so much for the replies! I had been reading the reviews on TripAdvisor, Hotel Bookings, etc - and they went from one extreme (horrible) to another (wonderful) - so I appreciate any feedback received. Normally I have traveled to Paris in the winter months - and the hotels we normally have stayed in are very reasonable, the prices though seem to jump/double with summer rates. I'll post my experience with the Hotel Royal Phare. I can share though that both the Hotel Relais Bosquet and Hotel La Bourdainnase were both wonderful. We've also stayed at the apartment and studio that the Relais Bosquet rents - and they are actually my first choice. Here's hoping that there is no heat wave in June/July and I am grateful to hear that we can request a fan.
I stayed there a few years ago and the place is just fine for sleeping. You won't find any "spa treatments" there, but it's still a decent place to sleep and the rooms have a mini fridge for your wine and snacks. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again especially with the location right at the metro entrance and 2 ATMS next to the front door and a grocery store next door. With patisseries all around the area skip the hotel breakfast and grab something outside. I've also stayed at the La Bourdonnais and paid at least 3 times more for it than the Royal Phare. I chose it because the LB has air-conditioning. So when we arrive guess what: Air Conditioning broken and inoperable for the entire time we're there. Really ticked me off paying extra for an amenity that we didn't receive. UNIMPRESSED with LB.