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“The (very) Best I know in Paris for budget travellers” 5 of 5 stars
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23 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France   |  
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Ranked #66 of 121 Specialty lodging in Paris
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“The (very) Best I know in Paris for budget travellers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I have use this place for the past 13 years for my single travels to Paris when i do not want to spend 150/180 Euros for lodging, need silence for sleeping and a immediate access to public transportation.

First the skinny:
. 36 Euros per person, 60 for double for an ultra simple room: beds (two small), table and chairs, telephone and simple sink in the room, one common shower and bathroom per floor (4 or 6 rooms per floor)
Elevators to the rooms, no television, windows do not overlook the city as a previous traveler mentioned but, yes, a (simple) garden surrounding by neighboring apartment buildings. It is exceptionally silent, a real "tour de force"for such a bustling city and 3 minutes out of the Champs Elysee.
Extra: breakfast is included and all you can eat bread (fresh and delicious), butter, jam and coffee. There is no more dinner available.
.8 Euros per person for an annual membership, and 2 Euros for the telephone per stay per month, plus call cost.
.There are restrictions for the reception: 9h/12h morning and 14h/18h for the afternoon. NO RECEPTION DURING THE WEEK END.
.Minimum stay: 5 days (3 days for locals)
You will find more at:http://maison-eymard.fr/maison/anglais2013.pdf

Transportation, from the airport and local:
Coming from Charles de Gaulle airport, you take the Air France bus (around18 Euros return fee and probably 50 Euros with a taxi) directly to the Arc de triomphe, a 6/7 minutes walking distance to the Maison Eymard.
When in Paris, use the subway station 3 minutes away on the Champs elysee (This is "ligne 1" the one that crosses the entire city from East to West), or much better the buse ( travel to your destination with the best view of Paris for the price of a bus ticket) stops all around Avenue de Friedland. If you do not have a map of the bus routes, go to any subway station and ask for a bus map, it is free and buy a set of 10 tickets for bus and subway for 13 Euros (I think).

Second: My impression
This is not at all a place for a luxurious stay, almost monastic. But for what it has to offer, I bet no hostel and, even more so, no hotel can give so much for so little in the dead center of the city. The reception manager is very friendly, and will be happy to help if needed.
Use it as a "strategic" base if you are not concerned about simple accommodations, you wont regret it. The hotels with (real) garden in Paris are rare and horribly expensive.

Room Tip: All rooms are the same there is really no need to worry about which one is better than the other.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

Hi there,

I made some enquiries on this.

It is neither a tourist hotel nor a residence offering general accommodations, but rather a religious house, open exclusively to members of the « Association Maison Eymard.
The membership cost is 7 $Es, payable when you arrive.

Arrivals are not accepted on Saturdays and Sundays or holidays, except for priests, religious men, after prior agreement by telephone.

From airport « Roissy-Charles de Gaulle », the most direct way is : by Air France Bus to the terminus at Place Charles de Gaulle, near Arc de Triomphe, about 45 mn. Our residence is 400 m from the bus stop, 23 avenue de Friedland.
Reception hours are 9.00-12.00 am and 2.00-6.00 pm.

Now you must book for at least 3 days.

Single room with washbasin, and breakfast : 35 E (religious and students under 25 : 28 E by night).
Double room with washbasin, and breakfast : 57 $E per night (religious and students - under 25) : 44 E by night).
Triple room with washbasin, and breakfast : 66 E per night (2 adults, 1 child).
There are toilets and a shower on each floor. Sheets and towels are provided.

No smokers. No one except residents may come into the building.
Daily mass and vespers are offered in the chapel.
The duration of the stay cannot be less than 3 nights.
Underground parking available 50 metres from the residence for
• 3 days : around about 58€ + 19,20 per day

Now this is the sting:

To confirm , please send a deposit of 40 euros for a single room (80 euros for a double room) by cheque or bank draft (payable in FRANCE only) to « Maison Eymard » or by bank transfer.

International bank transfers can be at least half the cost of the amount you want to transfer! Not nice!

By the way, I have not travelled yet. I am just sharing the info I got.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2010

ASSOCIATION MAISON EYMARD:
When I was planning my first visit to Paris - October 7 through the 15th - I was hoping to find a way to reduce the cost of accommodations which, as many know, can be quite significant in any large European city. Unlike Rome, Paris is not exactly overflowing with half empty convents with rooms to rent at a reasonable price. Back-packers have long made use of youth hostels which have increasingly become "any age hostels". Although I wanted similar cost savings, I also wanted to avoid at the very least room sharing and, if at all possible, bathroom sharing as well.
Paris required a bit more research.
After reading through books on the subject I turned to TripAdvisor's Forums for additional and unvarnished information.
It was there that I first read of Maison Eymard (Association Maison Eymard), 23 avenue de Friedland, 75008, Paris. The Association has been the property of the Fathers of the Blessed Sacrament since 1876
I found even more details on the web at [--]
I emailed them at [--] using Google's Language tools to create a French version of my request for room information. I would later discover that conversing with the manager, Nghia Nguyen, in English was not difficult. Her brother also works at the Association as bookkeeper and he assists at breakfast.
I was pleased to receive a positive response from the manger. She provided me with complete instructions and attached to the email all the particulars for the Association namely prices for rooms and meals other than breakfast for which there is no separate charge. The rules were pretty simple and straight forwarded....no smoking and a minimum stay for individuals not associated with a religious community of 5 nights.
Since I have not smoked for over a decade, that would be not be a sacrifice. As for the latter, I knew I wanted to stay in Paris for at seven nights.
There are two sets of room prices, one for the religious and students and another for lay adult visitors.
The price that won me over was 32 Euros for a single room only 300 meters or 984 feet from the L'Arc de Triomphe in Place Charles de Gaulle (formerly Place de l'Etoile) with its metro connections, numerous restaurants and the famed Boulevard, the Champs Élysées.
Doubles cost 52 Euros per night with also with breakfast and phone included.
The rooms come with a sink but the bathroom and shower facilities are separate and shared.
Since this is an Association, one must pay a one-time membership fee of 7 Euros upon arrival.

Now that I've been there and back, I can report that I was very pleased with the accommodations as well as the cleanliness of the establishment. The room was an ample size with windows overlooking the city. The adjoining washroom with a sink was surprisingly large. The bed was good size with a comfortable mattress and pillows. The rooms do not have their own TV’s. There is, however, a TV lounge downstairs near the dining room.
I have never stayed at a hostel primarily because of the shared bathroom/toilet facilities which appears to be fairly customary in hostels. However, whatever inconveniences I had envisioned did not occur. The shared bathroom facilities were in a separate room a few doors down the hallway from my bedroom.
In that room, there are two more rooms one with a toilet and the other with the shower each having its own door.
The cleaning woman would come by each morning to wash and clean the bathroom. The bedrooms were not visited on a daily basis. Nonetheless, there was an amply supply of full, clean towels.
One could consider this to be a very large hostel with a religious affiliation. As for religion, the subject was never mentioned.
The two buildings in which the rooms are housed have elevator service to all levels. As previously mentioned, the main front entrance is on avenue de Friedland. There is also a rear entrance/exit on Rue de Chateaubriand
Noise was never a factor. Actually, the place was so quiet I thought I was the only one on my floor.
The groups I saw over breakfast were of both genders and all ages except for the really young. Then again, it was early October.
As for the free breakfast, it was nothing elaborate but filling: Loaf after loaf of very fresh and delicious French bread with jellies, jams other condiments, butter by the tub and plenty of self-serve coffee and tea.
The large, quiet garden is just outside the dining room and several people took their beverages and sat in the garden to sip and chat.
Lunch and dinner is also provided for 12 euros each. The tab for these is paid at checkout.
Because I filled my days and evenings with pre-planned tours and/or concerts, I never had the chance to try a full meal there. However, when I return to Paris, I'll be certain to make time for a Maison Eymard dinner at, what I discovered is for Paris, a very reasonable price.
One final note of interest to many: This is not a convent nor is it operated like one, ergo, no curfews. Guests are provided with a key to the street entrance to come and go as they please.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 23 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
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