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7th ARR: Hotel Muguet

Paris (7th), 11 rue Chevert

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Reviewed by: cubbies from California, review #2829

When: April 2010

A peaceful location just steps from lively rue Cler. Comfortable room and friendly, helpful staff.

Surrounded by apartment buildings and with a wine shop next door, Hotel Muguet is away from the hustle and bustle but still close to the metro (Ecole Militare or LaMotte Picquet) and rue Cler.

As requested, our room was made up with two beds. The room was spacious for a big city, the bathroom was well designed, cleaning and linens were fine. In sum, a very pleasant experience. A couple of the staff members were particularly knowledgeable. As a bonus, our room had a full view of Tour Eiffel.

A friend and I stayed at Hotel Muguet during the Iceland volcano eruption. Despite the high stress level of many guests, the staff calmly offered what help they could, including access to the reception desk computer off hours since the complimentary lobby one was in constant use. They also went the extra mile to extend the stays of those whose departure flights were canceled.

We paid 145 euros per night.

Reviewed by: Christy319 from US, review #2251

When: May 2008

A great little hotel on a very quiet street in the 7th, close to the Champs du Mars, the Eiffel Tower, and Rue Cler.

Very clean, comforable rooms and the best shower in France. Average sized room (for Paris).

Pretty good breakfast by hotel standards - hard boiled eggs, cheese and ham as well as the French breakfast staples.

The 7th is my favorite neighborhood to stay in. It has a "neighborhood" (rather than tourist) feel, and it's great to come back to a quiet area after a day of sightseeing. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

Reviewed by: Ray from way out west from Canada, review #1523

When: June 2006

Completely renovated, best shower ever (imagine raindrops falling on your head), excellent breakfast, close to the wonderful Rue Cler and Eiffel Tower, big bed. {2 stars}

This is a two star hotel that feels like a three star.

We paid 125 for a double room with a large, perhaps king size bed, thick high quality sheets, a large bathroom that included a shower that can either be the hold in your hand spray type or a shower with a very large head, perhaps 6 inches across, from which lovely large soft drops of water fell. Sumptuous.

The room itself was not large, but large enough. It had all the requirements: bedside tables, large armoire, writing table, excellent high tech lighting adjustable to any amount of light desired, and large fluffy towels.

The only downside to our room was that light, either morning sunlight or night light from outside, glared through the opaque glass door between the bathroom and the bedroom. There were no blinds in the bathroom, which looked very stylish, but had its practical drawbacks. If we had the door between the rooms completely shut at night then all was fine, but in the morning it was no help at all with the bright sun shining into the bathroom, reflecting through the opaque door, and into the bedroom.

Everything in this hotel has been renovated. It all happened during the winter of 2005/6 and is now in the very best condition. We stayed 10 nights and, apart from the light reflection problem, which is only a problem if you are sensitive to it -- My Sweetie was, I wasn't - this hotel is highly recommended. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Even though it is crowded pretty much with, ahem, dare I say it on this site, American tourists clutching their Rick Steves Bible, that makes it no less appealing. And I suppose, even more appealing to Americans.

There is one thing, though, that you can do to set yourself apart. Do your best to speak a little French, even if it is only hello and good-bye. I and a couple of others were the only ones in the hotel who spoke any French at all to the employees. My Sweetie says those employees just loved me for it. They can love you too. And remember, it is fun and exciting to delve into another culture that way, and makes your holiday even more meaningful than it otherwise might be.

The neighbourhood is a Parisien neighbourhood with young families, old folks, a few winos (one had taken up residence with his tent on rue Cler; pretty snappy Parisian address for very little money) and assorted others. Even though we tourist hounds flooded rue Cler it did not take away at all the Parisian feel. All the shops are heavily used by Parisians living in the neighbourhood. It gives a "real" feel to the experience for visitors.

The metro stop Ecole Militaire is about two minutes from the hotel and after walking everywhere in Paris for two days we realized 9 days is not enough to see much at that pace. Paris is big, really big. Buy a carnet of 10 tickets or a pass in the metro stop and save yourself hours of time. Paris is still as wonderful, beautiful, and interesting as ever. Walk a lot; there is so much to see it never ceases to surprise a visitor. But don't walk exclusively. You can see a lot more if you don't.

Have I diverged? Sorry. There is one other thing about the hotel. Initially I was going to write that it is too bad they didn't renovate the staff attitude along with the property. We arrived around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9, and the woman behind the desk was less than enthusiastic. We might have been asking to use the bathroom in her home for all the attention she gave us. For example, she handed us a key and couldn't be bothered to tell us which floor the room was on. Luckily another woman, a wonderful woman, Julianne, who was humorous, friendly and helpful turned up she got us through the weekend). The next morning we thought we'd try the breakfast, uh oh, the same uninterested woman was there sitting in a chair with her head back against the wall with her eyes closed. This gave us pause. We didn't want disturb her. Should we have tip toed away? We didn't, but we considered it. However, all was redeemed on Monday when the regular staff came back on; they were friendly, helpful and efficient. And, in her defense, later on I began to think that perhaps the uninterested woman wasn't feeling very well, which might explain her behaviour.

Have you ever met a friendly French dog? Me neither, until Catherine Pelletier, the owner, had her little guy at the hotel. What a sweetheart dog he is (could be a girl, not sure). He's one of those little goodwill ambassadors who goes around, meeting everyone and makes them feel welcome and relaxed.

IMPORTANT Cautionary note: Golden Air is an airport shuttle service that can be arranged from their website (how we did it) or through the hotel. We thought we'd treat ourselves since we were leaving very early in the morning. As soon as the driver took off it was clear he had no idea where he was going for the other pickup. Time was ticking away, he tried to read the map while driving and kept stopping to ask taxi drivers where to go. We were so upset and concerned about getting to the airport on time we almost got out of the shuttle to take a taxi when our driver stopped to ask directions. So much for a stress free ride to the airport. We were so displeased that I wrote an email to Golden Air expressing our concern and unhappiness about this. There was no response. Hmmm. Be careful with this outfit. If you use it, perhaps demand a driver who knows where he is going. Airline travellers do not have the luxury of time that is required to train a driver on the job.

In summary, no hotel is perfect, but the Hotel Muguet is a lot more perfect than most. Stay there. It's wonderful, and in a wonderful neighbourhood. Mr. Steves is right about the hotel, and rue Cler. You can't beat either of them.

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