Paris Hotels Left Bank Thread

Jun 14th, 2011, 09:05 PM
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Yes, there are plenty of places to eat in the neighborhood. Gerard Mulot, 76 rue de Seine, is less than a 5-minute walk from the hotel. When you get to rue de Seine, turn right. Happy Travels!
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Jun 16th, 2011, 02:11 PM
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Since this thread is being updated I will add a report about my positive hotel experience in May 2011. I stayed at the Hotel Pas De Calais in the 7th just off of Blvd. St. Germain at 59, Rue des Saint-Peres. I thought it was terrific. It was a great location. I felt very safe even though I was there alone, and there were wonderful boutiques outside the hotel door. It was well located for transportation and walking. My room was plenty big, as was the bath, which included both a bidet and bathtub. The AC worked well and it was quiet even though my room overlooked the street on the 1st floor. There was great WIFI and a computer for guest use in the lobby and the people could not have been nicer and more helpful. The breakfast, which was extra, was very nice and a wonderful way to start the day. I had a great experience here.
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Dec 15th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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Guenmai, thankyou for your hard work on this thread. Being of the male persuasion, I hate to ask questions, so this thread is great for trying to find the perfect hotel.
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Dec 15th, 2011, 05:03 PM
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You're welcome. Happy Travels!
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Dec 16th, 2011, 03:03 AM
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@ Guenmai......briefly what is the basic difference between the Left bank and right bank( of Seine) in Paris? I knew, there is a Latin Quarter on one side of Paris, right?
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Dec 16th, 2011, 10:33 AM
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what is the basic difference between the Left bank and right bank( of Seine) in Paris? I knew, there is a Latin Quarter on one side of Paris, right?>>

blwetorch - on the left back you have the latin quarter - from the studenty 5th to the more literary 6th [think about the cafes where Satre etc. used to meet like Les Deux Magots], the rather grander 7th [tour eiffel, les invalides]

on the right, the Louvre, the Grand Palais, les champs elysees, the other great boulevards.
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Dec 16th, 2011, 01:35 PM
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Two more hotels on the Left Bank:
Grand Hotel Saint Michel, in the Latin Quarter http://hotel-saintmichel-paris.com/
Hotel Beaugrenelle Saint Charles, a cheap place in the 15th not far from the Eiffel Tower http://beaugrenelleparis.com/
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Feb 11th, 2012, 10:20 PM
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Guenmai, or anyone else who has stayed at the Hotel Clement, am I reading the rate policies correctly...they charge your card for 100% of the room rate when you book, and if you have to cancel, they will keep anywhere from 1 night up to the entire stay? Depending on the sale they are running, the policies change, but there is no way to get all of your money (less a small cancel charge) back? I'm planning a trip for October, and its tough to pay out 100% this far in advance.
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Feb 12th, 2012, 03:51 AM
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Hi sformby,

i just looked and you're right - they want al the money up front, but will cancel with no costs [except their €5 booking fee] up to 24 hours in advance.

I tried to make a book via trip advisor with hotels.com and expedia, but "we have no vacancies at this time" kept coming up, whatever dates I put in. so i suspect that the hotel is controling the bookings exclusively at this time, though it might be worth trying that route a few times just to make sure. .

There are however literally 100s of hotels that you could book in Paris in October through expedia, hotels.com or booking.com or the other hotel websites which do not take the money up front, do not charge a booking fee, and allow free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.

Unless you are absolutely determined to stay at the Hotel clement for some reason, I suggest you try one of them.
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Feb 12th, 2012, 10:25 AM
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Hotel policies change from time to time. I've always been on the free cancellation up to 24-hours in advance plan. I have also always just contacted the hotel directly to make my hotel reservations.

One time when I was booked to stay at Hotel Clement, I had to cancel on arrival day as my travel companion took sick on the way to Paris and we had to turn around and fly home from our plane-change point. When I got home, late that night, I called the hotel and explained the situation to the guy who answered the phone and he cancelled the whole week and didn't charge me anything although the hotel had my credit card number.

Another time when I was booked to stay there, I got stranded in L.A. due to fog in S.F. and the plane wasn't allowed to take off to S.F. which was my plane-change point. So, by the time I got to S.F,, it was too late to fly on to Paris and I didn't get there until the next day. That trip was also for a week's stay. I called the hotel, from the motel that the airline had booked me into for the night in S.F., and explained the situation. I was charged for one night. I told them to hold my room as hopefully I would arrive the next day which I did.

When I returned home, I filed a claim, with my travel insurance company, and they reimbursed me the money for the one night that I was charged. The travel insurance company also asked if I had other expenses while stranded at the motel in S.F., as they would have reimbursed them,too

I have never paid my entire hotel stay in advance at a Paris hotel and I've been going there almost annually since the mid 70s. The last time I stayed at the Hotel Clement was in 2006. I have various friends who have stayed there since, but I don't know what hotel policy they were under.

I do know that at various hotels if one wants the lowest hotel price, by taking advantage of some specials, that with those rooms one must pay out in advance for the entire stay. One of my other regular Paris hotels has that policy which I noticed when I curiously checked out their policy online. To get the lowest rate it's stated that one must pay the entire stay up front and that there is no refund for cancellation. It's like buying a non-refundable airplane ticket of which I have one of right now and will probably have to cancel. But, in that situation, I bought the "cancel for any reason" insurance, so I won't end up losing the whole amount.
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Feb 12th, 2012, 11:14 AM
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Guenmai - my reading of the hotel Clement site was that it wasn't just internet specials that require payment of the whole cost up front, but all of them.

if this is correct I'm surprised that they can get away with it given the plethora of hotel deals around that don't require this, but perhaps they have a large and loyal enough following to make it possible.

the OP's trip is in October so s/he has plenty of time to find somewhere that suits which doesn't require payment up front.

your mention of travel insurance is a very good idea.
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Feb 12th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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I like the looks of the Hotel Clement, but the risk just isn't worth it. I think its a pretty arrogant policy, really. I'll be looking elsewhere!
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Feb 12th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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good luck, sformby.


why not come back and let us know how you get on?
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Feb 12th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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No problem, I'll definitely run my choices past the powers-that-be once I narrow down the list. Right now, I'm trying to decide between St. Germain/LQ area or Marais. Both look like there will be plenty of cafes, restaurants and hubub. I think choosing a good neighborhood is half the battle in a big city like Paris. Last (and only) time we went, we got an apartment in Rue Cler, and I thought it was just too dead at night for our tastes. Also had a huge mixup getting the keys on the first day, so my husband is now anti-rental (sigh).
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Feb 12th, 2012, 01:51 PM
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Hi sformby,

if you want cafes, restaurants and hubub, I suspect that St. Germain might be a better bet than the Marais, but I'm sure that someone here will tell me I'm wrong!
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Feb 12th, 2012, 11:33 PM
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"annhig on Feb 12, 12 at 11:14am
Guenmai - my reading of the hotel Clement site was that it wasn't just internet specials that require payment of the whole cost up front, but all of them"

Which is a good reason to closely read hotel policies so that if the policy doesn't suit one, then one can look for a hotel with a policy that does. But, policies that require one to prepay the whole amount upfront, don't shock me as I've seen such policies in a lot of hotels around the world. I just have never prepaid the whole amount. Happy Travels!
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Feb 12th, 2012, 11:40 PM
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"sformby on Feb 12, 12 at 12:57pm
Also had a huge mixup getting the keys on the first day, so my husband is now anti-rental (sigh)"

Why not seek out an apartment where the keys are sent out before one leaves home? The apartment that I rent, in the heart of the 6th, is one where the owner mails the keys out to me before I leave home, so there's never a key mix up. Then when I get home, I simply mail them back, as she's American and lives here in the U.S. Plus, I pay in dollars. Happy Travels!
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Feb 26th, 2012, 09:15 AM
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Just an update to add that I did book the Hotel Clement, I just emailed them directly and there was no mention of payment up front, and I just have to cancel more than 3 days before, or else they charge 1 night. Since this long thread starts with a mention of the Hotel Clement, I wanted to add this info!
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Feb 26th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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thanks for the update, sformby.

come back and tell us what it was like!
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Feb 27th, 2012, 02:31 PM
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We stayed at Hotel Clement for six nights last August and I realized that I never came back on this thread to update. We join the others giving positive feedback; we'd definitely book there again. We also booked directly with the hotel via email.
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