Hotel de la Herse d'Or
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Left Atlanta at 12:05 pm on Friday, 2 hour layover in Minneapolis. Every seat full on the plane and as hard as we tried there was to be no sleeping.Arrived Paris 8:20 am July 2.and took RER and then Metro to hotel. We originally planned to sleep on the plane and see much of Paris the first day but were too exhausted. We were very lucky to get our …
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... sat on the bank of the Seine River. I sat there alone for a while, reflecting on all of the art I had always dreamed of seeing. Attending mass at Notre Dame was also very moving. The beauty of this gothic cathedral is incredible from the ornate details of the exterior to the light shining through the colorful stained glass. It had been a while since I attended a catholic mass and I was quickly reminded of how peaceful ...
... Eifle Tower: We got dropped off at the Eiffel Tower to have a look at it at 'night'. Now when I say 'night' this is because it literally doesn't get dark until about 11pm! The sun starts to set about 10pm. It's so trippy and we still can't get our heads around it. You'd check the time thinking it was like 5pm but it's actually 10pm, it's like WAIT WHAT?! London is the same, so weird! ANYWAYS, We walked to the Eiffel Tower and the whole time ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de la Herse d'Or Paris
My friend and I checked in to the Hotel de la Herse d'Or at about 12 midday on a sunny September afternoon. We came and left the hotel about three times over the course of the afternoon, meeting both the proprietor of the hotel and the desk staff that evening. All seemed to be in order.
Good budget hotel in Paris
This hotel was cheap and adequate for a long weekend in Paris. The room was clean and had private facilities - not common in the 60 euros range in European cities. The location was excellent- close to Bastile metro station with good links to the rest of Paris and there were cafes and restaurants close by. It is possible to walk from here to many of Paris's attractions. They held out luggage for free on the final morning and although my French is almost non-existant I didn't have any problems here.
Great Deal, great location and LOTS of character
I loved this hotel! It's eclectic and has tons of character. At the time I thought the rooms were on the small side, but after being in NYC or San Francisco, there is ample space. You can't beat the price, the location or it's proximity to transportation. Our room was street side (not sure if there is another side) and I loved sitting at the desk and just watching city life.
It was small but very inexpensive and a great location. The staff was friendly and the rooms were clean. Plus, if you fail to go to the gym on vacation the stairs are a sure workout. Loved it and wil go again.
Nothing special but a good deal
I stayed at the Herse d'or in January and found it to be an ok find. I would warn those who cannot speak french though, that they will most likely not get much help from the staff. Our room looked out over Rue St Antoine and was very close to the metro. Although it was not the cleanest hotel I have stayed in, it is really a good deal for Paris. I believe I paid 210EU for 13 days. If you do the math, its a good deal.
Also make sure you are willing to climb some stairs...a lot of them unless you are on one of the lower floors.
A decent place in Paris for fifty bucks, what's everyone's problem?
I've been staying at the Herse d'Or for nearly twenty years, and while it's not at all luxurious, it's a fine place in a fine location with a well-meaning staff. It's a real French place, in that the desk locks the door at 1 am and you have to wake up an old man to get in (he doesn't seem to mind), and the accomodations are a bit on the traditional "European" side. But for God's sake, fifty bucks for a decent place three blocks from the Bastille? You can triple that and not find a comparable place in London or New York.
I stayed at the Herse D'Or in early November. It is in a great location very close to Bastille metro station. If you get a room on the internal stairwell you don't get the street noise, but you do get the noise from people going up the stairs plus the constant renovations and repairs, plus the very loud-talking receptionist at night. The plumbing was a bit dodgy - there was a puddle on the bathroom floor thru the whole stay - and I had to ask for a clean towel after a few days. The room was tidied but not really cleaned during the stay. On the plus side, I had a huge room to myself (it could have slept 3). The day receptionist was a lovely helpful young chap with very good English. So if a bit of dirt and noise and lots of stairs don't bother you, and you can handle the odd mixture of wallpaper designs, it's a good choice.
I hate to say the Herse was "terrible," but it really wasn't "OK," either. Maybe for the 17yr-old crowd, trying to see Paris on $75/day, this would be an OK recommendation. Certainly, the location is good.
I have made my reservation through the web for the 21 to the 24 of August quite one month earlier than my trip to Paris for 60 euros per night in a double room with bathroom and TV. When I arrived, there was a notice at the door saying that the hotel was making a promotion for August, and that my room was going to cost 50 euros. However, the receptionist (Mr. Soussi) said the promotional price was only for those without reservation, although I've seen later at the website that a reservation could be made for that price. I found the policy totally UNFAIR and against the law. Why should I pay more for something that costs less at that period? Just because I was careful and made the reservation quite one month before? This behaviour discourage people of doing their reservations in advance through the web and can even be viewed as a discrimination.
Hotel de la Herse d'Or was a great find. the area is my favorite (along rue antoine, marais), where it's busy but very friendly and charming. the hotel itself is pretty plain, with ugly wallpaper, but the owner is friendly and generous and i loved the narrow, winding stairs up to the 4th floor (although if you have a lot of luggage, the lack of a lift might be quite tiring). the rooms are clean and mine looked right out onto rue antoine- sometimes noisy but always entertaining. i stayed there last year and am in the midst of booking again for next month.