My husband and I chose Hotel de la Motte Picquet based on the recommendation in Rick Steves' Paris guide book and it was a great choice! The staff at the hotel were very knowledgeable about restaurants, attractions and tours, although we ended up using Rick Steves' guide to plan most of our days (the hotel has all of his Paris-related books).
We had a room with a queen bed on the second floor of the hotel facing the street. Noise wasn't a problem for us at all. The room was quite small, but this wasn't a problem either as we spent almost all of our time in Paris out and about. The only thing we didn't love about the room was the shower, which was constructed about a foot off the floor so the step up was a bit tricky when getting in and out. Not sure if all the rooms have similar shower set-ups, but I would suggest requesting a room with a more accessible shower if this was a concern.
The location was the most fabulous part of this hotel. The metro (Ecole Militaire station) was about a block away (2 minute walk) and was extremely easy to use. We could get all over Paris from this station and transfers to other lines are quick and easy. Within easy walking distance was the Eiffel Tower, the Army Museum, Napoleon's Tomb and the Seine River. We walked to/from the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe a few times - a longer walk but still doable.
The restaurants in this neighborhood are amazing! The hotel is located on the corner of Rue Cler which has lots of cafes, sandwich and crepe stands. Some of our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood were Le Florimond, Cafe le Bosque, Le Terrasse du 7eme, Creperie Ulysee en Gaule and Cafe Constant. We opted to wake up early and take advantage of the hotel's complimentary breakfast (croissants, baguettes, fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee, etc.).
Overall a great stay. We'll stay here next time we're in Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de La Motte Picquet, a hotel of Charm, is a very well groomed and well renovated hotel, lying in a unique district: the 7th district, near the main business centres, a short walk from the Champ-de-Mars, the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, the Invalides and the Rodin Museum. It is an oasis of peace in the heart of Paris, with many transport opportunities which make it easily accessible. Its location is outstanding: at the corner of Rue Cler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Motte Picquet Hotel
- Motte Picquet Paris