We have stayed in Paris many time, usually in the Rue Cler area but we booked late and the hotel we usually use was full. We chose the Royal Phare because Rick Steves recommends it and because its location is the best for a stay in Paris. Rick recommends it as one of the least expensive hotels in the best location in Paris. He is right on. The location is perfect. There is a metro stop right outside the front door and, depending how much you like to walk, many of the sites in Paris are within walking distance. The Eiffel Tower is an easy 10 min. stroll, as is Les Invalides (Napolean's Tomb and beautiful gardens), the Seine and the Bateaux Mouche boat cruises are about the same distance, as is the RER train stop (direct link to Versaille). We also walked to the Musee D'Orsay, the Louvre, and the Left Bank to do a walking tour all within about 20 min. walk. The breakfasts at the hotel are typical (7.5 Euros) of most hotels. If you want more than one coffee and a croissant it is a better deal than the local cafes, if not, try the bakeshops and cafes. This ares also has MANY fine restaurants within five minutes walk.
As to the hotel itself, the rooms are small and plain. There is an elevator (holds two people or one person and luggage) and it is very slow. If you don't like stairs this is not the place for you. We booked two rooms and we did not find any uncleanliness in either room. We also found the people at the front desk to be pleasant and helpful. This is probably not a hotel that we will use in Paris next time simply because we are willing to pay a little more for more comfortable surroundings. However, the location is excellent and we did not feel cheated. We simply paid less and got what we paid for.
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