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Hotel Etoile Trocadero
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   21 rue Saint Didier, 75116 Paris, France (Passy)   |  
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Ranked #954 of 1,794 hotels in Paris
London, UK
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Best thing was location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Basic hotel, tight rooms and bathroom, small eating area, but within walking distance of most of the main things to see, keeping in mind that Paris is a fairly walk-friendly city to begin with. A supermarket across the street is a definitely plus for any necessities and loads of good cafes are close by. Was lucky enough to have an extra bed in the room, which made a good parking place for my suitcase as otherwise there would have been no place to put it. For some reason the electricity plug in the bathroom wouldn't work my hair dryer, so there was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing from the relatively-poorly lit bedroom with elecitricity that worked to the relatively-better lit bathroom with electricity that didn't, but it was all good and gave me some exercise. One has to keep in mind that Paris is not a city where one spends a lot of time indoors, so for that I will say it served its purpose, but if I was traveling with family this would not be a place I would choose.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

PROS

Nice Location
– Located on a quiet street just a 5 minute walk to the nearest metro.
– There is a small grocery store just down the street to pick up wine, waters, snacks and other items.

Bedroom Basics
– Small desk with chair and plug to charge electronics (or use it as a luggage rack due to little floor space available).
– Mini fridge to hold soft drinks, water and snacks we picked up during our stay.
– TV did have some English speaking channels.

The Only Bathroom Plus
– Tub in bathroom, great for ladies who prefer a ledge for shaving legs.

CONS

The Tiny Bedroom
– Very firm bed with lumpy polyfill pillows.
– The in-room temperature was very difficult to control.
– Very small in-room safe. Just large enough for an iPad and a few small items. Will not hold a laptop.

The Flooded Bathroom
– NO SHOWER CURTAIN, bathroom gets soaked during showering. FUZZY MOLD mold in the grout on the shower walls. The shower head is on a cord to help those who are taller than 5 feet.
– Our “fresh” towels were dirty at times, appeared used and simply refolded. They were also very scratchy and there were no washcloths.
– There are no plugs in the bathroom (probably because there is no shower curtain and they don’t want you standing in a puddle to flat iron your hair). You must use the plug in the bedroom to use hair styling electronics. There was a full length mirror in the bedroom.
– There was no fan or ventilation in the bathroom, so it remained steamy after showering.
– Water temperature fluxuated during showering – was hot/cold/hot again. Good water pressure.
– In-room hair dryer was just ok – took a very long time to dry my hair.
– Very small vanity space in the bathroom.

The Old Hotel
– Wi-Fi was not free and the daily rates changed depending on who was at the front desk that day. The front desk staff seemed to know very little English.
– No ice machine
– The elevator is the size of an airplane bathroom. Only 1 person and a large bag fit at a time.
– They still use actual keys – which we found very hard to lock/unlock the guestroom door.
– Thin walls – could hear the guests in the neighboring room.

Overall, this hotel is close to what I expected for our trip to Europe as I expected small spaces. However, the lack of a shower curtain/wall and dirty towels would not interest me in staying at this hotel again - easy fixes management!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

This is a fine wee hotel. If you wish to stay within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower in one direction and the Arc de Triomphe in the other, then the location is perfect. There are a number of metro stations very close by and numerous restaurants in the area without making it a 'nightspot'. Our room (405) was very quiet and looked out on to a back courtyard. The rooms are small but this is not uncommon in Paris. The lift is the tiniest I've ever seen, with room for one person and one large suitcase. Our room was clean and serviced every day. The air-conditioning was efficient and free. The room safe was also free. Mini bar was great for keeping our drinks chilled from the supermarket in same street. There is no hotel bar and public areas are small and serve little purpose. There are no tea/coffee facilities in the room, nor instructions/ guides for staying in the hotel or Paris. The room does not have a corkscrew but one can be borrowed from the front desk. Staff are efficient without being over friendly. If breakfast is not part of your deal, don't buy it. There are lots of better alternatives on the nearby streets. The dining room is also small and in the basement. We had breakfast included and one morning all seats were taken. As part of a very good EasyJet package, this hotel was fine for a few days but it has its limitations. If the tariff suits your pocket, then book it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Just got back (3rd Aug 2012) from spending 3 nights at Hotel Etoile Trocadero, Paris.
Pleasantly surprised as the photos on tripadvisor do not do it justice. It looked like it had been refurbished since the last photos had been taken. The rooms may be small but its a typical Parisian building. Hotel is clean, tastefully decorated, free air conditioning (we've had to pay for it in other hotels), rooms cleaned daily, beds made, towels changed daily, hot water, breakfast was more than adequate for a continental breakfast and pleasant staff. Hotel is ideally situated 2 mins to closest metro, 5 mins walk to the Eiffel Tower and 10 mins walk in opposite direction to Arc de Triomphe & Champs Elysees. We had a good deal so it was real value for money. Would go there again and recommend.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floor are quieter. We had a top floor, road facing room with hardly any noise !
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kirkland, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We loved this hotel's location. We were just a couple blocks from the Trocadero metro stop and the Eiffel Tower. There are a ton of places to eat within blocks of the hotel as well, and a laundromat just down the block. The pictures of the hotel can be deceiving, the real thing is not as lovely, but the rooms were clean, comfortable and made up daily. We had a refrigerator, enough room to move around and, above all, air conditioning! The staff was very pleasant to work with, especially helpful in storing ice packs for day trips. The continental breakfast was simple, the same everyday, but the bread was fresh. For a place to sleep after a busy day seeing Paris, it was a good place to stay, especially for price and location.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico City, Mexico
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is one of the best hotels you can use at a low fare, however some hostels might be bigger and perhaps cleaner than Etoile Trocadéro.

The rooms are small and the carpets seem a bit mucky; it is not as nice as it would seem from the professional photos. The bathroom however, was clean and hot water was available at all times, no problem in that department.

The breakfast (if included in your fare) is handy perk as you can get what you need to start a long day of walking and sightseeing.

The nearest subway stations (Kléber and Boissière) are just a couple of blocks away; from there you can get to anywhere in Paris, you can even get to Versailles so you don't need to book a tour for that. If location is everything to you then Etoile Trocadéro might be your best choice.

'Arc de Triomphe' and 'Tour Eiffel' are nearby, you just need to walk down Avenue Kléber, although you won't get a view of those landmarks from your window.

Tip: If breakfast is not included in your fare don't buy it (it's pricey) and eat in one of the many restaurants outside. There is a mini-market almost in front of Etoile Tracadéro so you can get bottled water, beer and fruit (you know, the essential) and store it in the mini-fridge in your room. There is also a nice sushi restaurant in the left, down Rue St. Didier where you can get dinner at a reasonable price.

Room Tip: Look for a room with a view to the street.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

I spent two nights at the Etoile Trocadero during the last week of June, 2012. On the upside: the room had air conditioning (a veritable luxury in a country without air conditioning) there was lots of hot water and it was within a short walking distance of many major tourist attractions (Eifel tower, Arc de Triomph, Louvre etc). Come to think of it, it was also very quiet. On the downside: the room felt dingy, it was very small and there was no shower. It was a little pricey at 209.00 Euros but it was the beginning of the high season and -- as they say -- location-location-location.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 21 rue Saint Didier, 75116 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Passy
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #954 of 1,794 hotels in Paris
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Etoile Trocadero 3*
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