Tucked along Rue Cler, the Grand Hôtel Levêque spells comfort right from the minute you step in. The rooms, although small, have been refurbished and are well equipped (hair dryer, safe, TV, shower room) and completely soundproofed. Its low price and its proximity to the Eiffel Tower , make the ... More
Grand Hôtel Levêque
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Tucked along Rue Cler, the Grand Hôtel Levêque spells comfort right from the minute you step in. The rooms, although small, have been refurbished and are well equipped (hair dryer, safe, TV, shower room) and completely soundproofed. Its low price and its proximity to the Eiffel Tower , make the Grand Hôtel Levêque an excellent place to stay, especially for those traveling on a tight budget. Visit the website for reservations and more information.
The only asset this hotel offers is the location on Rue Cler, a bustling market street full of vendors and cafes.
The rooms are extremely small and the bathroom is nothing more than a converted closet. Some rooms have shared baths in the hallways. The attitude of the staff is deplorable. One night after spilling a drink on the bed we had to sleep without any sheets or covers because the staff refused to get us any clean linens. According to the manager "the night clerk was new and did not know where to find them". "He also didn't call me to ask for help". So we slept on a bed with no sheets. The shower was plugged for 4 days that we stayed there and our daily complaints were answered by them putting a toilet bowl plunger in the shower for us to use. When they tried to collect 35 euros for cleaning the sheets we refused. It was at this time that we were informed that no food or drinks are allowed in the rooms, in spite of the fact that they sell drinks and wine at the front desk ??? We've travelled all over the world and never been in a hotel that didn't allow you to have food or drinks.
Like I said it only takes one thing to ruin a vacation and this hotel was it on all levels. Every night we absolutely dreaded having to return and if we could have found something else close by (since we had no vehicle) and we thought they would have refunded the nights we weren't staying (THEY COLLECT YOUR FULL STAY UP FRONT WHEN YOU CHECK IN) we would have left.
There are many other hotels in the area and we'd suggest you find one that is more user friendly, has an appreciation for clientele.
As we left on the shuttle for the airport another person staying questioned the desk clerk about the shuttle costs. She felt she was being overbilled since there were 3 of us. The clerk not only got right in her face about it, he proceeded to be nasty to her in French (like some of us don't speak the language) in front of everyone in the van. She never called him names, accused him of anything or even raised her voice, she just nicely asked about the price and explained that it was different from the last time she was there. Needless to say his behavior was over the top and inexcusable in the way he treated her.
We've stayed at this hotel twice over the last three years, and were generally pretty happy -- but that was at 115 Euros for a street side superior room. For 2011, the price has gone up to 140 or more. At that price there are a lot of other, better options in Rue Cler.
GHL was one of 3 hotels we stayed in Paris. We stayed here 4 nites out of 15. The price was the best of the 3, the location was great in the Rue Cler area. We quickly learned the Metro and Bus routes, so it was easy to go where we wanted. Our room was very good, altho not as fancy as the other two, but it was clean and everything worked. The staff was helpful and courteous. And it was a huge benefit because our room was ready when we arrived at 8:45 am. GLH is also recommended in Frommers and Rick Steves guide books.
Loved the ambience and the proximity to sites and of course public transportation. Several types of eateries and shops on its cobblestone street. Very clean and staff was very cordial. Wonderful having access to the internet/email in the lobby.
From reading other reviews about this hotel and our own experience it is clear that this hotel has renovated rooms which are nice (we don't know) and old ones which are filthy, dark and smelling (as ours). In addition the owner lady seems to be quite rigorous in charging not only our credit card beyond legality. We left after no other room got offered and were charged for 7 days. Lot's of trouble afterwards.
This hotel has the perfect location on Rue Cler. The street is busy with activity during the morning and afternoon hours, while it goes quiet after about 9pm. I ate a crepe from the crepe man (steps from the hotel enterance) every afternoon. The staff is friendly and speak almost every language imaginable. The rooms are small, but clean. The bathrooms are very tight, but clean as well. They have a tiny elevator that only fits one, however we only used it to bring our luggage up and down. When we visited in February of 2008, they were renovating the top floors.
I will not stay anywhere else when i come to Paris, it was perfect.
The place was simple, clean, and friendly. The staff was helpful and Rue Cler is a great experience. My son and I felt like locals even joking with vendors in the street. The place is not large, but clean and what you would expect. Compared to some cookie cutters I have stayed in Manhattan, great way to experience Paris.
The last day of our trip we had to leave the five-star Prince de Galle and stayed one night at Hotel Leveque. Although it was not luxourious by any means, my mother and daughter and I loved the tiny elevator, cheerful, helpful staff and comfy room. The pedestrian street is so charming...I wish we had more time to sample all the shops.
My only complaint was a the years-old baked in smoky smell and the potential for noise on the street below...small price to pay for a great rate, fabulous location and friendly people. If you are disabled, or travel with huge suitcases, this place probably is not for you...the elevator is too small for a large suitcase
We have stayed 3 times @ the Grand Leveque and are going back again! It is Paris at it's best. The non- traffic steet with all of the local vendors is a unique experience. If you get a room on the street side on a high floor, you look down at the all the local venders with their colorful awnings. ie; butcher, bakery, cheese shop, produce, linen shop, wine shop, flower market, and so on. We love the Grand Leveque. If you are used to the 5 star hotels and shopping at Harrods, this may not be the hotel for you.
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