We stayed in this hotel a couple months ago and had a wonderful time getting to know Paris. We were coming in from London and repeated e-mails to the hotel had me very worried that (a) they didn't care about our questions, or (b) could not find our reservation. In the end, I think it was just a language gap, so don't take it personal if they don't respond. I never really did get an answer to my main e-mails/questions. I would get a response but the answer would be something completely non-related to the original question. All that being said - when we showed up - the room was ready for us.
The hotel is wonderful and romantic. The staff is French. I would not say that the staff is rude, they are just French. You have to visit France to understand that - but that's the best description for the staff. The weekend watchman/host/manager was disinterested and looked at us like we were nuts when we asked questions. We had to really butter him up just to get him to be condescending; but there was something very playful about this exchange (at least we made a game out of it). We had just come from London where everyone is friendly so it was like night and day. The maid did a fantastic job of actually cleaning the room - but she was also French. Which means that she did not smile, was seemingly unhappy, and would give us mean looks...but the room was SPOTLESS!
The husband side of the owners was off the weekend we were there. I got to meet him the morning that we left though. He was nice and even smiled a little. Seemed like a pleasant enough guy. Rue Cler is absolutely wonderful. It is cram packed with tourist friendly places to eat, drink, and shop and was a PERFECT baptism to Paris. Don't get off the train and expect to just ask someone where it is, they won't know. And it won't be on any normal map by public transport stations. And you won't get any help from the hotel because they probably won't understand the e-mail (if written in english) - so map this out with Google before you get there! Or have data coverage (we cheaped out and used Wifi only). But once you get there, you will love it - we did.
Rue Cler has several nice bakeries and I would start the day with some fresh pastries and quiche. Absolutely wonderful. There is a very nice Greek man that owns a crepe stand/restaurant on Rue Cler - the sweetest, nicest man you will ever meet. The street is filled with those personalities and it is like out of a movie. Hotel is within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower and just as importantly - the Seine river. You can buy a 1, 2, or 3 day pass to a "Bato Boat" that will let you "hop on, hop off" at all the main Paris attractions. Basically - everything is on the river or close to it so don't even try to mess with public transport - get yourself a boat pass and use that as your public transport. The people are friendlier and you will be around "like minded" travellers from all over the world. You will also get to see the city from the water which is amazing. The boats run from 10 am to 7 pm every day. They stop at one of 7 stops every 20 minutes so you never have to wait too long for the next one. I won't recommend more sightseeing as this review is about the hotel, but I had to give the advice about the boat. We found out on Day 2 and wished we would have known on Day 1.
I would recommend the hotel. It is very nice and very clean in a wonderful area. There is a certain charm to the staff, even if they are not that "tourist" friendly. I found that with most French - you are in a no win situation when it comes to the language. If you try to blend in and speak the language - then you are not doing it right. If you don't try, you are not doing it right for not trying. I would just stay quiet and use simple words like "merci"
I hope this review helps you with your decision. If you cannot get into Champ de Mars, try very hard to stay somewhere in the Rue Cler area (especially if this is your first trip to Paris). You can't go wrong.
- Also Known As:
- Du Champ De Mars Hotel