Derby Eiffel Hotel

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Derby Eiffel Hotel

, Paris
3 star

Rooms: 43

5 Avenue Duquesne - Paris - 75007 - France | 01.47.05.12.05
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8/10
Nice and charming
Submitted by: Elene Khatsava in 28/06/05
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Just couple of minutes walk from the Eiffel tower, very suitable for those who love explore cities at night and enjoy night walk back to the Hotel. Exclusive opportunity to take a breathtaking view on Paris at night from the Tower and walk back at night. Service was perfect. Food very delicious, staff very friendly and helpful. Mostly recommended, especially for younger travellers, who like to walk a lot!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Derby Eiffel Hotel

style hotel...

from A TripAdvisor Member
Nothing negative to say...the hotel is in a great location, and has a very friendly/helpful staff. All of the rooms are recently renovated and have an American feel to them. You are minutes from multiple cafes, restaurants, subway, Rue Cler, etc. There is a bakery directly to the right of them for much more affordable coffee/pastries. This is not your typical Best Western....much better. My wife is very picky with hotels and she was pleased.

Great Price, Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband, 5-year-old son, and I just spent the weekend at the Derby. The hotel was clean with just enough space. The location was wonderful--only steps from the Ecole Militaire Metro Station, about 15 mins. walk to the Eiffel Tower, and near the lovely Rue Cler. We stocked up on sodas and water at the nearby Super Marche and cooled them in our fridge (aka "wet bar")--much cheaper than buying them anywhere. The reception staff was more than nice. They were accomodating in every way.

changing yet changeless

from timsmith1963
i have just stayed at this hotel for the second time , the first was 5 years ago , and while it hasn't changed much , it has been decorated a little and that seems to be ongoing at the moment , though by floor so guests will not notice this unless they do as i did and get out of the lift at the wrong floor by mistake.
as previously mentioned by other contributors , michelle is a charm , so friendly and helpful and a mind of useful information without being too over the top , rather unlike the surly gentlemen who checked us in on arrival. i don't know , maybe i had a note on my head saying ' i have stayed here before ' but he seemed very reluctant to point out the lift or anything really. still i knew anyway. despite the paris equivalent of basil faulty the hotel is very nice indeed , it is in a cracking location near to the ecole militaire metro and just a medium stroll to the tower. there are lots of cafes , restaurants and shops nearby plus a patisserie that has fare to die for. thats all i am saying , you will find it if you look!
they do seem to have down graded the breakfast a little since my last visit and while it is still nice , gone is the ham and eggs and individual glass pots of jam and replaced by those rather clinical plastic sachets instead.
there isn't much in the way viewing in english on the TVs in the room but show me the person that goes to paris to watch TV and shall show you a very sad person.
overall this is good little hotel , in a superb location in a real borough of paris with lots of atmosphere and charm. i will go back because the pluses really outweigh the negatives

But for Michele

from travelbarb
Previous reviews on the button. Some rooms bigger than others. Only TV in English was CNN. Hotel undergoing some work, but not an inconvenience. However, Michele is the reason to stay here. Her personality and helpfulness make this a 5 star hotel and she would be the only reason I would reconsider not trying a different hotel on next visit.

Fine hotel, great location

from kekocowan
We stayed two nights in August 05. It was the perfect hotel for our visit. Just around the corner from a metro line and several grocery/bakery/restaurant options, as well as a great little currency exchange place. Our room was small but completely adequate, spotlessly clean, good bed and closet space, airconditioning. The bathroom was small - if you are a large person you would have trouble with the toilet arrangement. But we had a bathtub which is a luxury in Europe. And, we had a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower. We would definitely stay here again.

Cool view from hotel balcony just watch your head going out!!

from joviscot
We went there for our first anniversary. We were on the 6th floor facing the street. The elevator was tiny so could hold no more than 2 people plus luggage at any time.

Instead of windows, we had french windows which opened up and a wee balcony. If you looked to your right, there was the Eiffel Tower. (see photo attached). It was taken at night on my phone camera.

The room was small and the bed had a dip in it on hubbys side!! So he had a sore back all through our stay!!

The hotel was very close to the Eiffel Tower - about a 5-10 minute walk to the tower and lots of lovely places to eat close by. Nelsons Tomb was round the back of the hotel - another 5-10 minute walk. Tube stations were close by too.

Not sure about staying there again, but hubby liked the location and price!!

Derby Eiffel Tower

from MartyDL
Could not complain about a thing. The room was nice sized and spotlessly clean and with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The staff was extremely helpful and pleasant. The rate was excellent for the 7th. Don't bother with the 12 Euro breakfast (not included) when there are so many bakeries and cafes in the immdiate area and cost half the price. Near the Metro. Looks like it is going to be renovated as well.

disappointing and charmless

from tsktsk
I stayed one night at the Derby Eiffel. My room was clean but cramped. Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of meeting Michelle. When I checked in, I was told by the man at the reception desk what time breakfast would be served in the morning. It was only when I checked out that he mentioned that breakfast was an additional cost, saying, 'Oh, don't worry, it's not that much' as he proceeded to add $16 to my bill. He was equally dismissive when I asked about taxis.

If you don't speak any French and are looking for a completely "American" hotel experience, this hotel might make sense. If you are looking for any hint of Parisian charm and/or hospitality, I would say stay away from the Derby Eiffel.

Convenient and reasonable priced

from A TripAdvisor Member
As a military family of 3, stationed in Germany and trying to travel Europe on a serious budget before we leave we researched various websites before settling on this particular hotel.

The Exterior
The hotel exterior was quaint and inviting-quite small really. The area was safe and not crowded. Finding it was not difficult as it is really just 10-15 walking minutes from the Eiffel Tower right in front of the Military Ecole. There were restaurants, grocery store and eateries within walking distance so you have choices. Wear comfortable shoes!!!Parking is free (if you can find one in front of the hotel on weekends (My husband spent 30 minutes lost trying to figure out streets and parking areas after checking in). Pls note that the metro is right around the corner from the hotel-so if you can save yourself the hassle of driving in Paris-do so!

The Interior
During our weekend stay, the bar area was being remodeled as was a part of the hallway. The elevator did not look inviting because it was sooo small. The ever friendly receptionist welcomed us in warmly into the small lounge. She allowed me to check on two rooms to see which one I would prefer since we were there early and not many had checked in. So, I got a chance to see 1 of the 4 rooms just outside, past the lift and bar-in their own closed in courtyard area. The one I saw had a full size bed, and nicely remodeled his/her showers. The outside though was more like a cheap motel look. The other one I saw was up the narrow stairs which were in serious need of paint and repair. This bedroom had 2 twin size beds and a CLEAN bathroom. I was impressed by the cleanliness of the room-but that was it. We went with the latter choice because it had somewhat of a view of the tower. The bathroom was quite modern and fully stocked with all the toiletries you could need for two people, with the exception of toothpaste. The shower was very small-almost cruise-ship like-but sufficient.

Food
Since we stayed Sat to Sun we were invited to the 12 Euro per person brunch buffet-but we opted for the McD's near Notre Dame-which offered more than enough in their brunch menu for 5 Euros per person. Although the receptionist was nice, I don't know that I'd want to eat there with all the other choices around.

Overall, the hotel served its purpose-it was merely a decent place to shower and sleep. It was inexpensive, and close to the Eiffel Tower, and most importantly the metro.

Recommendations:
-Study city map of Paris before arriving (receptionist has them on hand if you need one when you get there)
-Wear comfortable shoes for walking
-Ask questions-the staff (Michelle) is quite willing to help
-Shop around if you are staying longer than 2 nights

Great Location - Michelle was fantastic!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I stayed at the Derby Eiffel April 21-23. The location was great it's within walking distance to almost everything and a Metro stop a block away for those that weren't. The rooms are small but clean. I would not rrecommend it for those who are looking for more then a place to sleep. Before picking a place for us to stay, I read the reviews of different hotels on Tripadvisor.com and decided on this one mainly because of the comments about Michelle. We've never been to Paris and our French was barely the basics, I was hoping that Michelle would still be working there. She is and was fantastic, she made us feel welcome, spoke English and the recommendations that she made (restaurants and a dinner cruise down the Seine) were perfect. Michelle is certainly an asset to the Hotel and we thank her for all her help.

Top Local Tips for Paris

Watch out for Beggers They 'find' a wedding ring on the floor and try to give you it. Do NOT accept it as they will chase you down the street wanting money!

River Seine Boat Trips Recommend doing one of the boat trips along the Seine to see the sights in comfort with commentary - a good way to plan what museums, etc you want to go and visit if you have a longer stay or, if this is only a short stay like ours was, its a good way of seeing all the sights in one go!

Eiffel Tower Take your wine, cheese and biscuits and sit in the Champs de Mars at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the evening turning to night - fantastic view of the Tower.

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  • Address: 5 Avenue Duquesne - Paris - 75007 - France
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