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I wanted to stay near the Rue Cler and picked this hotel for the price(99 Euros in April) and because of the favorable reviews here. I had requested a double bed and a street view. The room on the 1st floor had the view (including Eiffel Tower is you looked sideways) and two twin beds pushed together in the European way. Would have preferred the double but from what I could see when the maid had the doors open cleaning ,the rooms with a double were smaller and on the courtyard side. So, okay.
Room was on the small side but adequate and comfortable. Tub was small but not as small as some I've encountered in Paris!
But, I wasn't paying for luxury. Not only close to a Metro stop, but a Metro line with stops at Concorde, Madelaine, and the Opera thus easy access to most tourist areas and good connections to other lines. I took the Roissey bus from CDG(8.50 Euros) to the Opera, got on the Metro and was at the hotel in 5 stops and less than 15 minutes.
Plenty of cafes, bistros, food stores, and other shops. Large SuperMarche right down the block. I tried and would recommend most of the cafes and bistros close by with the exception of the Brasserie Ecole-Militaire right on the corner. Very touristy and the waiter scoffed and actually commented on our tip of the remaining small change! This after 15% is included! Since he didn't want it, we took it back!
The courtyard patio wasn't open, looked like they were getting it ready for the warmer weather and all of you lucky enough to stay there soon!
With a great location--and good reviews from Trip Advisor--we selected the Best Western Derby Eiffel. First, the pros--the location is outstanding, literally only steps away from the metro and within close walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, the Rue Cler, the Rodin, the d'Orsay, the Louvre and the Seine. The staff also is friendly, particularly Michele, who was very helpful throughout our stay. As for the room, it was a disappointment. It was shabby, featured two very uncomfortable twin beds, and was extremely small, even by European standards, though it did have a great view of the Eiffel Tower. The bathroom was modern, but the shower was ridiculously small, like something you'd find in an RV. Still, the room was kept reasonably clean. I would not stay here again.
Best room in all of Paris
The desk person was the most helpful person we met. Michelle was always there with a smile and a "bon jour". When we(my wife and I) asked for a romantic dinner suggestion, Michelle directed us to the dinner cruise on the Seine river. This was all that it was cracked up to be. We stayed in room #1. The room was off the lobby but it had a courtyard that it shared with 3 other rooms(2-4). The coutyard was small but great in the morning to dine on pain du chocolate from the corner market. The bathroom was HUGE, the room was cozy. Being on the first floor was very nice after a long day of sight seeing. The Metro stop was so close and convenient. The cafes in the nearby area were always busy and provided excellant service. The waiters were very nice and overlooked this Kentucky boy's abuse of the French language when ordering. Suggestions were made and gladly taken on food and beverage choices. The hotel was in the perfect spot to allow sleeping in or staying out late. This hotel was in the perfect spot to see all of Paris. You could spend alot more money, but the cozy atmosphere, perfect location, and helpful management made this hotel the only one I would stay at when we return.
Basic buit Nice
I had never been to Paris before and spent ages looking for the right area, let alone specific hotel. Decided on a chain hotel and was pretty pleased I did.
Firstly, the minus points......The room was VERY small..the Bathroom was incredibly small (I only stand five foot six but it was impossible for me to lie in the bath...it does have a shower though).If you like baths and are staying longer than a day or two, you may have some problems.
It is quite expensive...bearing in mind the points above €135/night with no breakfast is quite pricey.
BUT....the plus points are :-
Very Clean rooms...Very nice staff....Very safe area...the metro is 2 minutes walk...nice restaurants very close...Eiffel Tower view from some rooms (you need to crane your neck a bit, but it's worth it)..very easy walk to tower and Seinne.
Having taken a tour bus around some of the other areas I was very pleased I chose this hotel.
In the end, I just wish it was a tiny bit cheaper to reflect the size of the rooms....
Great 3 Star in a lovely Paris neighborhood
I stayed for 6 nights at the Best Western Derby Eiffel Hotel in April 2004. I really enjoyed my time here and would recommend this hotel to others who are looking for a reasonably priced, three star hotel in a nice area.
I stayed in two different rooms here: A standard double (one queen bed) on the third floor and a larger double (two single beds) on the first floor, off an interior courtyard.
The standard double was small but very tasteful. The bathrooms are completely new and spotlessly clean. The linens on the bed were nice and comfortable. Also, the room was very quiet. No noise at all from the hallway or the street. There's not much space in these rooms, which could be a problem if you have a lot of luggage, but otherwise it should be fine.
The larger double was definitely more spacious and the bathroom was unbelievably large. I've been in 4-stars that had much smaller bathrooms. The only problem with the lower rooms is that the carpet is a little yucky and there was some water damage to the lower walls. Not a big problem, though.
The hotel has a (small) elevator, a lovely lounge with leather chairs and a bar. The hotel offers breakfast till 10:00am for 10 euro. You're just a quick walk from the Eiffel Tower, Ecole Militaire and Rue Cler. There is an internet cafe around the corner. We paid about 140 euros/night, which I thought was a GREAT price for what we got.
The people at the front desk speak English and are extremely helpful. Michelle, who is often at the desk, is one of the nicest women I've ever met and she went completely out of her way to help us during our stay. When I first checked in, she informed us that their elevator had just broken. This wouldn't have been a problem, but I was traveling with my handicapped grandmother. When I explained the situation, Michelle made a ground floor room available very quickly. She checked in with us throughout our trip to see how my grandmother was doing and if she needed anything. We were sad to say goodbye to her at the end of our stay.
I arrived at the Derby Eiffel and recieved a quote for a 2 night stay.
The quote seemed within reason so I decided to stay. When I checked out of the Hotel they charged me more than double the quote. The manager refused to even speak with us about the issue. The Best Western customer service department said there is nothing they can because this hotel is privatly owned. I ended up paying almost 200 Euros over what I was quoted and there is nothing I can do about it. I would not suggest this Hotel, or any Best Western to any one.
Definately well pleased
A group of four of us came for a birthday treat and found Paris to be amazing, Michelle who was on reception gave us a great welcome and could only be described as one of the nicest hotel receptionist's I have ever met. Michelle promptly moved us to two rooms beside one another when she realised we were together, without us even having to ask, we did initially find the rooms a bit small, but hey this is Paris where all the buildings are tall but thin, what should we expect, everything was very clean and wecould pop our head out the room window and look at the Eiffel Tower, which is an amazing sight at night. If I had to complain the only thing would be that the hotel bar was a bit low on stock. All in all a great experience, I would recomend this Hotel and would say to the Hotel hang on to Michelle she is a great asset to the customers who speak English and little Fench
Loved this hotel!
I absolutely loved this hotel. Small, but quaint, with nice decor and good prices. The location was superb...within walking distance to the Eifel Tower. Michele at the font desk was such a help and patient with our questions. She also made great suggestions for tours and dinner.
Superb customer service! The rooms were small, but clean and neat. The bathrooms are also small, but nice. I would come back here again..and hope I get the chance to soon. I loved Paris and found the people there friendly and helpful.
This hotel is in an excellent location, but does not live up to its promises. Its website states that every room has a view, but we were initially given a dark, depressing, windowless dungeon with barely enough room to walk. (The lady at the desk courteously moved us to a better room upon request.) The Best Western website also promises a coffee maker and microwave but neither of these were available. The charge for breakfast was 5 euros higher than stated on the website, which during our stay added up to $40 more than we expected to pay. There is also a sweet but depressed dog who is usually tied to a chair in the lobby. One day he must have committed some trangression because he was locked away out of sight, but we were able to hear him pitifully wailing. After that I was afraid to report that I saw him licking the breakfast ham, for fear that he would be further abused. The most distressing thing was that when I wrote to Best Western about our problems and they contacted the manager, he denied everything that had happened. Fortunately I was able to prove my claims with copies of my bill and the inaccurate webpages.
I'll be Back!!
A delightful, enjoyable, quaint little 43 room 5 story hotel in a really nice location that I found on the web. Definitely off the beaten city path- certainly the most delightful Best Western this westerner has ever seen. The floor creaked just the right amount, and the temperature controls were on the money. The TV was on the small side with limited channels- but that is the ugly American speaking. Like I went to Paris to watch TV! Very nice big marbled bathroom- it was the biggest on the 5th floor judging by the fire escape floor plan with a most comfortable deep tub and lots of hot soaking water. The elevator is maybe 3 feet square, and definitely a charming little cozy lift. Fortunately, I travel light. The staffs were most helpful, kind and understanding to this first-time Paris visitor. It actually looks better in person than it does on the web photos. An easy memorable stroll to the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon is even closer, and lots of cafes and even a neighborhood supermarket handy. A quick duck into the Metro, and on a bus line. Clean, quiet and cozy, I have recommended it to my friends and they found it as charming as I did. Nothing flashy or pretentious- very continental in its accommodations to this high plains cowboy. A boxer (as in bow-wow) seemed to be the equivalent of a WalMart greeter- doing better than a lot of WalMart door persons!! I look forward to returning to the DerbyÂ’s Charm to continue the affair with Paris.