I stayed here one night, which was long enough to learn that this place has bed bugs. They bit me all over and laid eggs in my clothes and luggage. The hotel offered a new room but declined reimbursement or compensation. I didn't stay a second night.
I've flown two million kilometers and stayed more than 1000 nights in hotels. In all of that travel, I have never stayed in a place as bad as the La Serre on Rue Cler in Paris. The bathroom walls were covered with mold. The plumbing oozed filth. The shower was repaired with Contact paper. The carpet in the room had large spots of filth. The TV received one channel and had no sound. The furniture was worst than thrift-store quality and there are winos sleeping in the hotel doorway. Want to know more and see my pictures? Check out the webpage that I put up: http://sites.google.com/site/hotellaserreparis/
There are some very positive reviews online about this dump. I am completely convinced that they were written by the owners. Trust my pictures, not the reviews you read.
Unique Quality: Winos in the doorway. Non-working elevator. Non-working room phone. Desk lamp with no outlet to plug it into. Non-working safe in the closet that is electronic with no batteries or power source. TV doesn't work. Remote for TV is wrapped in tape. Housekeeping doesn't change the sheets. No hook to hold shower head. Broken tiles in bathroom. Plumbing oozing filth. Ripped shower curtain.
Directions: On Rue Cler near the Eiffel Tower
Beds that feel as filled with rocks, leaky toilet, noisy surroundings and arrogant owner. All this for a price (130 Euro) that is far too high. Search on for something better unless you are really desperate.
We found this place a little lacking. The staff was a bit short and aloof and the bathroom could have used some upgrading. It was not awful, just one we do not plan to go use again. Even Rick Steves rates it as a "last resort."
Unique Quality: Great location on Rue Cler. It does have an elevator.
TERRIBLE! The website is misleading. This is not cosy at all or friendly - my advice is don't stay there, for the money they charge there are nicer places. They keep the lift locked to prevent thieves getting into the building. The stairs are dangerous. The rooms are horrible. The floor is all bad.
Unique Quality: No facilities, no restaurant, no tv in the room, no minibar, no bath, nothing good about it.
Directions: DON'T STAY THERE
Being located in the market district of rue Cler it becomes "your" neighboorhood aftrer 24 hours. Just about EVERYTHING you need is right around you. Two marches for bottled water & snacks,etc., a pharmacie, tabacs, 2 great boulangeries, several cafes, fresh fruit, veggie, fish & meat marketsabound, as well as fomageries, chocolaterie, patessierie, bank, laundromat, post office, flower market, magazine & book shoppes, and a perfumerie around the corner near metro stop Ecole Militaire. Plus there are many specialty shoppes for fabrics, wine, shoes, etc.
When I first stayed here 5 years ago, this hotel was quite tacky, but clean. All the rooms were remodeled & updated last year so it has become quite popular. It is not sumptuous, but it IS clean, friendly, inexpensive & very safe.
65 Euros low season for a single room-90E high season with peteit dejuneur 6E extra.
Elevator to all 7 levels
Unique Quality: Most rooms have a street-side view which I love as you can peolpe watch the activities from your room while resting between you sight-seeing. But it can be a bit noisy as the market opens early. Some of the rooms on the other side have a great view of the Eiffel Tower, which is a 5 minute walk away.
Directions: Located in the rue Cler market district.
METRO: Ecole Militaire+Latour Maubourg (a bit further)
Dear all, i will be staying at the above hotel during my upcoming paris trip. ITs located in Rue Cler area. Hope to hear any comments or feedback on that place... Thanks !
on a side note, the rooms are non air con... Will it be a problem to stay cool at night? I reckon the heateave is over by now ..
I do not know this hotel but the area is fine. Rue Cler is a very lively area with an open market every day, bars, restaurants... It is located in a smart area of Paris (the 7th district) close to the Tour Eiffel, the Champs de Mars, the Invalides and not so far away from Saint-Germain des Près.
The fact that the room is not air-conditioned is not a problem at that time of the year.
Have a nice stay!
The area you chose is a great area. Not sure about the hotel. Air conditioning should not be a factor. The nights are cool and the days lately have been in the 70 to upper 60's.
In Paris, a lot of hotels have not AC and it is not a concern (except in August this year).
But the good hotels in the touristy areas have isolated windows : the noise is more frequent than the heat and it can occure in any season.
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Address: 24 bis, rue Cler, 7th Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75007, France