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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Having given half of its rooms the "boutique hotel" treatment in 2013, the Herse d'Or is now a bit of an odd mix of rooms, held together by a rickety old stairwell.
Pros: Cheap-ish. Central location near the Bastille.
Cons: Dingy stairwell. Either overpriced “boutique” rooms or bare-bones rooms.
First of all, the good stuff: The Hotel de la Herse d’Or is located along the rue Saint-Antoine, which connects the Place de la Bastille with the rue de Rivoli. This is a rather busy and convenient part of the trendy Marais neighborhood, with the Place de Vosges just one block north of the hotel, and countless restaurants and bars within a quick walk.
We’ve listed this one-star sleeper for years, as it used to offer no-nonsense, if dated rooms for budget travelers. Sure, you had to climb a rickety, tight stairwell to get to your rooms, but they were cheap! In the summer of 2013, however, the hotel started a boutique overhaul of half of its rooms, while still offering the remaining older, cheaper rooms. Notably, they didn’t add an elevator.
The new “superior” rooms have many of the trendy trappings you’d expect: oversized black-and-white Paris murals, modern furniture, and nice new and glassy bathrooms. All have air conditioning, TV, telephone and Wi-Fi access. They also have rates that you’d expect to pay at boutique hotels around town, going up to about €180 (which is, quite frankly, very expensive).
Meanwhile, older “comfort” rooms don’t have the new design, but they do have TV, telephone, Wi-Fi, and private bath. Rooms in the front have the best views and most light, but will be noisier, especially with open windows during the summer.
Still, the rates given to us just seem too high for any of the rooms on offer. And we expect that anyone paying €180 a night is going to be turned off by the long climb to their room. The hotel is pushing up-market, but it's only halfway there.
Still reading? We have more to say on the subject of "boutique overhauls." Check out this post on what happens when budget hotels go boutique. We don't blame the hotel, of course. But as budget travelers, we're always sad to see another solid option disappear.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hôtel De La Herse d'Or neighborhood
Spanning the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, from Châtelet to the Place de la Bastille, and from République to the Seine, the Marais is one of Paris’ most popular and desirable neighborhoods for locals and tourists alike, a vibrant, fashionable hub that combines history, culture, nightlife and shopping in equal measure.