This small convenience hotel minutes from the metro and the Eiffel Tower mixes a bright, contemporary decor with faux Art Nouveau flourishes. The hotel rates are attractive for the area, a five minute walk from the tower, but perhaps not attractive enough, considering the fluctuating quality of the service.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is right across from metro station Bir Hakeim. Some may like the convenience, others may not like the proximity.
Rooms are small, clean, and basic, with some important amenities, like individual safes, flat-screen TVs, and free, but spotty, Wi-Fi. Family rooms join two standards to accommodate four to five people. Some balconies have views of the Seine, but otherwise overlook a busy metro station.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Those with allergies should know about the resident feline, who has free-rein of the hotel.
Bathrooms are small but clean and contemporary, with heated towel racks and blow dryers.
The reception area and lobby consists of a small but comfortable lounging area, a small bar and a pleasant outdoor courtyard shared with the breakfast room.
A treadmill, elliptical machine and stationary bike make up the minimal fitness area.
In the lounge-bar and breakfast room a spread of fresh juices, croissants, brioches, cheeses, yogurts, and fruit is served daily.
The small honesty bar offers a fairly complete range of wine, Champagne, spirits, tea, coffee, and soft drinks to enjoy throughout the day and evening.
Across the street from the Bir Hakeim metro station and a five-minute walk to the RER C at Champs-des-Mars-Tour-Eiffel station, direct to Versailles.
The hotel is on the more commercial side of the Eiffel Tower, but still within easy walking distance of transport, dining, and some top-notch cultural sites, including all the attractions at the Trocadéro (aquarium, Musée de l'Homme, architecture museum, etc.), the Musée Quay Branly, and Musée des Égouts, the sewer museum, which may sound gross but is quite fascinating, and kids love it.
Les Ombres, in the Musée Quay Branly is one of the more stylish museum restaurants in the city, with exquisite views of the tower (five minutes from the hotel). Across the Champs des Mars, on the chic rue Saint Dominique, you'll find legendary chef Christian Constant's dominion: Café Constant (where the chef hangs out) for a gourmet bistro meal on the cheap and Les Cocottes for good French comfort food. And while there, be sure to stop in to Merveilles de Fred, the most heavenly meringue and cream cakes on the planet.
With what you're saving on lodging why not head up the the Champagne Bar on the top floor of the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to be there on the hour when the tower sparkles like your coupe de Champagne! Otherwise, the cafés along the rue Cler market street, a must-see in the area, are wonderful for a glass of wine and some people watching.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If it's convenience and a choice spot near the Eiffel Tower you're looking for, this may be a good choice for you. Just be sure to get a bargain rate and a room with a view.