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“Charming Dump”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Esmeralda

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Hotel Esmeralda
Ranked #964 of 1,796 Hotels in Paris
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Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
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191 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Charming Dump”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

For 110 Euros a night in Paris, the price is certainly right. The location could not be better, directly across from Notre Dame and overlooking a lovely little park right outside your window. RER and Metro just a few steps away. The furnishings are shabby, the rug is worn and the fixtures look a little beat up, but then again, you can't expect a posh room for 110 Euro. This was my third stay at this hotel. The previous two stays were in the early 1990s when the hotel did not accept credit cards, did not have a reservation system online, refused to even try to meet English speaking people half way, and the rooms were dirty and dusty. So, it has come a long way. The biggest loss is that breakfast is no longer served in that lovely little nook under the stairs. But now there is free Wi-Fi. It didn't work well in the room but was available in the lobby where there are comfortable chairs. For people wanting to be pampered in luxury, look elsewhere. For those looking for great value and location, this is the answer. Just do not expect high end furnishings. Bedding was clean and towels fresh daily.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2013

Great wallpaper and fantastic location, you are basically part of the same corner block as Shakespeare and Co - invaluable. But it was all a bit smoky and not really clean and bathroom door didn't close and bed was a bit dubious. I won't return.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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benjicott2
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

We just spent a few nights of our honeymoon in the Esmeralda (having previously spent a holiday there a few years ago). The hotel is beautiful and has buckets of atmosphere. It's also clean and comfortable and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Anyone who complains about this hotel because there is no lift is clearly a moron. The building dates from the 14th/15th century I think - of course there's no lift! If you are elderly or infirm and can't cope with the stairs then I'm sorry for you, but really you should have checked this out before booking. If you have an ounce of imagination and romance in you, you will love this hotel!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

i loved!!! this hotel, the staff were very friendly and helpful.
the view from my little room was amazing and its so close to everything its crazy.

you can grab a bike from just outside the door and ride around paris all day, lots of great food and drink in the area.

the rooms are small but very clean.

although be warned the stairs are hard to clime and you have to take your own bags up them

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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5 Thank MissyMarie
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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed six wonderful nights at the Hotel Esmeralda last month. It completely met our expectations (the great and the not so great). If you are considering a stay, I would recommend that you read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and decide whether it's the place for you. As many have said, it's not for everyone. We arrived early in the morning before any rooms were ready. We were offered the chance to look at two rooms to decide which we wanted. We looked at Rooms 7 and 14. Either room would have been fine. We chose 7 because it had two reading lights on tthe wall over the bed. The room was a good size and clean. The carpet could use to be replaced and the toilet had difficulty flushing but the view of Notre Dame and St. Julien de Pauvre was amazing and worth the stay. The location could not have been better, close to the Seine, Notre Dame, St. Germaine des Pres....way to many places to list. I love that the hotel has four pages devoted to it in the children's book Linnea in Monet's Garden. I bought copies in a French and English. The hotel had a welcoming feel to it thanks to the friendly staff. I felt at home sitting in the lobby using the WiFi (although my home does not have such wild wallpaper). If you don't need room service and other luxuries consider the Hotel Esmeralda. We'll be back!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

Absolutely fabulous location, very helpful staff and very clean. It's old, worn, a bit shabby and very charming (less charming if you have to make the long, winding climb to the 4th floor if you have bad knees). You have to like quirky - if you want even 3 star this isn't your place. But, if you want a perfect location for seeing Paris this place can't be beat.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

I just got back from a great trip in Paris. Me and my two friends stayed at Esmaralda hotel for 8 nights and we left with the best impressions. If you are looking for something luxurious this is not the hotel for you, but if you want something charming with atmosphere this is it. The rooms are basic but very clean and we had great view at Notre Dame. Also the staff is very friendly and helpful, especially Francisco. And you can't beat this location! Notre Dame is a few steps away, so the metro and RER and many shops too.. And all these in a reasonable price. I would definetely stayed again at this hotel!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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3 Thank Alexandra262
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Property: Hotel Esmeralda
Address: 4 rue Saint Julien le Pauvre, 75005 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Odeon / Saint-Michel
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Ranked #964 of 1,796 Hotels in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Esmeralda 1*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the most original hotels in the French capital. Opened over 100 years ago in a 17th century building, the Esmeralda Hotel bears the name of the gypsy girl that, thanks to her grace, illuminated the story by Victor Hugo. Central, well communicated, charming, quiet, comfortable ... Each room is unique and has its own personality. Artists such as Hugo Pratt, Béjart, Gainsbourg ... were regular clients at the hotel. You can also talk about Paris, art and literature as most of our receptionists are writers and poets with PhD at the Sorbonne. Please, do not miss the authentic flavor of the Latin Quarter. Be warmly welcomed at the nearest hotel to Notre Dame for the best value for money in Paris: the staff will immediately address all your queries with their proverbial kindness. ... more   less 
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