Royal Phare Hotel
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A Nice Budget Hotel
Our 5th floor, streetside room, was small, yet comfortable. We loved the mini-elevator, 2 people or 1 person and a wheeled suitcase. It added to the experience and charm. A helpful front desk staff, night clerk even made our anniversary dinner reservations in the Eiffel Tower.
The small balcony gave us a view and the extra-double thick doors and windows kept out the noise of the street. Wish some more expensive hotels in the US would get these noise blocking windows.
Since the hotel was probably built two hundred years ago, you have to expect some adaptations. The bathroom was clean, fairly large and certainly adequate.
If you want a true Paris experience, this is a very good way to be near the Eiffel Tower (half mile), Rue Clair (half block) and the Metro ( out front) ,AND the cost is reasonable.
This is not a hotel for for those who expect ultra 1st class perfection.
Our first trip to Paris was certainly enhanced by this quaint place.
Insist on a room off the street!
I booked this room 6 months in advance we requested a room on the courtyard at a lower level floor. When we checked in they said ohhh sooorrrey we don't have any of those rooms available. So we got a room on the 4th floor on the street. It was sooooo noisy we never got any sleep. people partying across the street at the cafe until 2 or 3 in the AM and then delivery trucks started at 5 am for the grocery store next door.
The staff however was very nice and tried to help when they could. I think it would be a good value if you get the courtyard rooms.
Clean, basic, great location
I stayed at the Royal Phare for five nights in June, 2004 and found it quite nice for the value. A European hotel is not like an American hotel, and we Americans can (and should) easily adapt to smaller rooms, less amenities, and small elevators, for goodness sake. My backpack and I had no problem in the elevator, nor with the steps in the hotel or nearby subway. (Pack light, folks!! I lived for two months out of one small bag, so can you!) My room was clean, quiet (I must have had the room with the thick walls), and I slept every night with the Eiffel tower as my nighlight. My bathroom lacked a curtain for its exterior window, and one lightbulb was missing from above the sink, but c'est le vie...the room was clean, had a fridge, hot water, an elevator, a comfortable mattress, and a working TV which, compared to many hotels I stayed in throughout Europe, were luxuries. The motion-sensitive lighting in the halls is common in Europe and is conservation-minded, something we Americans could learn a lot from. The location was marvelous with the Rue Cler, Les Invalides, the Eiffel Tower and the metro stop, PLUS a market on one side and a health food store on the other, and a handy post office and restaurants very nearby. A great hotel for a traveler who is willing to adapt to European ways. If you want all the luxuries of home, stay there!
What an awful dump this place is for 80 euros. Right outside a garbage area on the street, lobby is up narrow, cruddy stairs with orange walls. "Lobby" is a guy in an 80's suit behind an old desk with paper all over it. Breakfast area is one table thrown in a corner. Rooms were disgusting and dirty. Bedding had holes in it, walls had holes in it, door knob was broken, bathroom was dirty, pillows were lumps, rooms we smaller than European normal. Hall lights in hotel were kept off! Overall a joke, go down the street near Rue Cler to Hotel Motte Piquet. For 100 euros, you wouldn't believe the difference.
I've stayed at the Royal Phare twice within the last year (Aug 2003, Mar 2004). The combination of location and value is hard to beat. While the rooms are very small (and the elevator even smaller), between the Metro, the Eiffel Tower, and the cafes/restaurants all at your doorstep you probably won't spend a whole lot of time in there. Emmanuel (sp?) is awesome; he definitely factored into my returning to the hotel. On the second trip I had a view of the Eiffel Tower (no balconies in those rooms), it was wonderful at night. I didn't think the bathroom was small, I had plenty of room to move around in there. The rooms were kept immaculately clean, hot water always on tap, and the staff was mostly great (one guy in a bow tie was a bit stuffy...) Only downsides I can think of are the very thin walls. Remember, it's a 2 star hotel-don't expect luxury, but what it does, it does well.
You can't beat the location!
I just stayed there last week and had heard that the staff was "indifferent." However, I found the staff to be extremely helpful, friendly, and funny. I know people rave about Emmanuel, but Rashik was the winner at the front desk for me. The facilities are basic, yes, but if you get a streetside room you get a cute little window to hang out of to watch the world go by. The bathrooms are also pretty big by European standards. The winner feature, though, is the fact that you are just above the Ecole Militaire metro stop, 15 steps away from the rue Cler, and very close to the Eiffel Tower. And one of the Fauchon outposts is next door now. Not to mention, the post office and a couple of ATMS are also just steps away. I'd stay there again--it's a great bargain.
Great location but extremely modest facility.
The location is wonderful, but I was greatly surprised by the actual facility. Very poorly painted, etc., but clean, and the foam bed mats were comfortable. The water pressure in our room was a trickle. The lobby/eating area was a scattered non-decor, and the 6 euro breakfast is a hard roll - not worth passing up the great bakery items on the street below.
One staffer - Rachid - was hard working, helpful, and generally great.
We stayed in November of 2003. Friendly staff! Great service! They spoke great English but were still willing to speak French with me. :) Room was clean and we loved the mini balconies overlooking the street from both the bathroom and bedroom. Our bathroom was actually quite large for a European hotel. Great location near Eiffel tower but keep in mind this is not central to most other attractions. Great to have the metro stop right outside the front door. If you've never been to Paris before be prepared for walking and stairs in the metro! Don't think that the wheels on your suitcase will help you much, and don't try to take a stroller like we did. The elevator gave us a good laugh but the luggage went up one-at-a-time just fine. I would have rated this hotel 5 stars but the decor is a bit drab and it lacks some of the "Parisien charme" of other places. I'd stay there again though!
I spent 10 days at the Hotel Royal Phare. Efficent Immanuel answered my email and reserved my room online (75 Euros for single with shower). He is charming, speaks perfect english (and spanish and german and . . .) and will do just about anything to please.
My room was spotless and throughly cleaned everyday. It was TINY and the bathroom was unbelievably TINY. I had to climb across the toilet to get to the minuscule shower stall. I had a view of the top of the Eiffel Tower from my window.
The negatives: Paper thin walls - I could hear my neighbor clear his thoart (and everything else), a good bit of street noise at all hours of the night, the smallest elevator I have ever seen - small even by european standards - a large man would not fit.
Royal Phare is a small but exquisite hotel located about 15 mins walk from the eiffel tower. Just below is a supermarket or as the french call it, a marche. It is located about 10 steps from ecoile millitarie metro station. The streets behind the hotel contains everything you'll need. Food, Marches, and also a lot of boutiques. And most of all, the price is unbeatable. Only 70 euros for a double room. Service is also impeccable.
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