We stayed here for 5 nights in October. Had a wonderful stay. However from the moment you walk through the door you will know you are in budget lodgings. If you are only planning on sleeping at the hotel then it should be fine otherwise don't expect a luxurious stay.
We had a superior double room. Not sure if it was actually superior. The room was small but I was fine with that, however there was no place to put our luggage except on the floor. No safe either. (Why can't small hotels invest a little in room safes for the security of the guests is beyond me). We had small carry on luggage. Mine spent the entire 5 days on the floor in the corner of the room. This truly is budgeting and for $150 per night! The room did have a small fridge so that is a huge plus for me. What gets me is that I spent 2 years planning for this trip and could not find a better place for $150 a night in this good of a location in Paris. Honestly I'm not sure if it exists. The bathroom is functional. There was a bidet which I fancied using but it had no water jets, so could not figure out how to use it.
My main complaint about the Royal Phare is the lack of an AC. It was a bit warm in early October in Paris. We had a room at the top (think it was the 7th floor) . It was easily 80 degrees in the room. That is tolerable to me, and the hotel provided a fan which I used, and we had the windows open and being so high up there was no street noise, but I could not help but thinking what would it be like in July at this hotel, or if I was on a lower floor? We did not stay in July so I cannot rate this hotel on a summer stay but considering the heat wave of 90-100 degree days that ran havock on Europe last summer I would find it unbearable to be on the 7th floor of this hotel in that kind of weather since all the heat in the hotel goes directly up to these top floors.
Other reviewers have already discussed the small elevator issue. Having just carry ons it was not a problem, however keep in mind that it is also very slow. If you forget something and have to go back to the room its going to be 5 slow minutes getting up and down and back on the street. Not fun if you are in a hurry.
I booked the room with breakfast but when we showed up they asked if we wanted it, I opted not to which I think is best. It really didnt look like much and besides I wanted to try some quiches and tarts from the local boulangeries .
Location is great, we had several beautiful picnic lunches and dinner on the Champs Du Mars grass. I do not think there is anything more romantic to do in Paris then to grab a bottle of wine and sit on the grass and watch the Eiffel tower sparkling at night. It is exactly what the locals do. I did wish that there were a few budget eateries in this area like in the Latin Quarter. There are none that I found other then a takeout Chinese place on the Rue Cler. The Carrefour store downstairs was excellent for picnic supplies, beer and wine but there was not a great deal of variety as far as salads or anything else more substantial that didn't need cooking. Lots of nice Tapas though which we made a meal out of. Everything was very reasonably priced in Carrefour, especially the wine from €4 and up for French Bordeaux's. There is carryout from the market stands on the Rue Cler, but they are also quite expensive.
Cannot stress how convenient it is to have a metro stop right outside the door. The hotel is also within walking distance of the Musee de l'armee and Rodin museum in one direction and the Champs Du Mars and Eiffel tower area in the other. It is a very very lovely area and not crowded at all. It's very relaxing to just stroll around here.
Front desk reception workers were very friendly and helpful. I was pleasantly surprised considering some of the negative reviews about them in that I had read in the past, but during our stay they were excellent. Wish we had had time to get to know them as they seemed genuinely friendly people.
All in all was a good memorable stay. The hotel is nothing great, but adding the pluses and the minuses it merits 4 stars out of 5. We might possibly stay here again if ever in Paris, but definitely not during the warmer months.
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- Royal Phare Paris
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