Hôtel De La Herse d'Or
20 Rue Saint Antoine, Paris, France star
Doubles from: $108 to $191
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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.
Reviewed by: Tom Meyers, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
- Bike Parking
- Breakfast Extra Charge
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Currency Exchange
- Fax Machine
- Free Newspapers
- Luggage Storage
- No Elevator
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Room Service
- Safe at reception
- Steep Stairs
- Tourist information
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
- Internet Access
- Rooms with view
- Soundproofed Windows
- TV – flat screen
20 Rue Saint Antoine
Marais, Paris, France
About the Hôtel De La Herse d'Or neighborhood
Stretched between Châtelet and the Place de la Bastille, the Marais is the trendiest neighborhood on our list. Its narrow, winding streets are full of funky boutiques, boy bars, and tiny bistros. The Marais is home to the city's historic Jewish quarter and is the center of gay Parisian life. It’s a safe and lively area for nightlife, particularly around the Rue Vieille du Temple.