Hotel de la Herse d Or

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Hotel de la Herse d Or

, Paris
1 star

Rooms: 35

20 Rue Saint Antoine - Paris - 75004 - France Hotel Website | | 01 48 87 84 09
259 Traveller

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Nice hotel, nice price
Submitted by: brenda in 23/06/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Excellent location, and overall good value for money. Price is ridiculously low for central Paris. Comfy beds, professional staff, great location in one of the most atmospheric streets of the Marais (& Metro is about three minutes on foot), and the whole place is spotlessly clean.

Submitted by: david in 26/10/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
I have been to Paris twice. First in 2003 and second in 2007. I decided to stay over the Marais, because I realized I haven't explored the right bank at all. After reading a few travel books and researching the internet, I decided to stay at Hotel Herse d'Or. It's my wife's first Paris visit and I wanted her to enjoy it. I totally enjoyed the atmosphere of the Marais and highly recommend staying at this hotel. The hotel is about 1 1/2 blocks away from the Bastille Metro(Saint Antoine exit). The hotel is walkable to Notre Dame, Pompidou center... The room was small but clean with our own shower and toilets. I will definitely stay at Hotel Herse d'Or again.
Great Stay, Great Area, Great Hotel !!
Submitted by: marilyn in 08/08/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
I stayed in this hotel one month ago and I really loved it!
It's just in the heart of Paris, with lovely neighbourhood, nice restaurants, backeries ... Lovely Place des Vosges is one block from the hotel!
The hotel is charming. My room was very clean (there was private bathtub and toilets) and spacious enough for my husband and me.
I loved the breakfast area and the breakfast itself. For 5 euros only you get french baguettes, croissants, butter, jam, juice and hot drink.
I will recommend to my friends and certainly go again !! soon i hope ...
Dirty Hotel
Submitted by: Fi in 28/07/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We had originally booked this hotel with a view to staying for a week, but after checking in, lugging our luggage up four flights of narrow, dingy stairs we arrived at our room, only to find it dirty, tiny, claustrophobic, airless and noisy. We left immediately and forked out 74 euro for the priviledge! I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone. The website is in no way reflective of the actual hotel. Stretch your budget for a better hotel, even if it means staying in Paris for fewer days.
Wonderful !!
Submitted by: Boby in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
My wife and I checked in to the quaint Hotel de la Herse d'Or in September 2005. We loved it !! We had a nice room facing the "rue saint Antoine" with private shower and toilet, not common in the 60 euros range in European cities!. The room was spacious and very clean, The bathroom too. The location was excellent, and i think the location couldn't really be better, in "le marais" close to Bastille metro station with good links to the rest of Paris and there were charming cafes, restaurants and backeries close by. It is possible to walk from the Hotel to many of Paris's attractions. They held out luggage for free on the final morning and although my French is almost non-existant, I didn't have any problems here. The staff was really helpful, polite and friendly ! so I am very surprised but the last review !
And bonjour to Mr Soussi if he reads this review !
Dreadful Experience
Submitted by: Joanne Cooper in 16/09/05
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
My friend and I checked in to the Hotel de la Herse d'Or at about 12 midday on a sunny September afternoon. We came and left the hotel about three times over the course of the afternoon, meeting both the proprietor of the hotel and the desk staff that evening. All seemed to be in order.
At a quarter to four in the morning, we returned from a lovely night out in Paris, for the desk staff to start demanding payment for our room. We had booked through an internet middleman and had already given our credit card details so, understandably enough; we needed to check with the credit card company in the morning before handing over our credit card to pay again. We asked the desk staff why this couldn't wait until the morning. At this point, he became extremely agitated and argumentative. We kept reminding him that we had no problem with paying for the room if indeed it had not been paid for, but that we felt a) this was not the time or the place to be demanding money, b) we needed to wait a few hours till the morning to ring our bank and c) it was a bit strange that neither the proprietor nor the desk staff had mentioned anything earlier in the day! At four-thirty a.m., the police were called! In arrive two armed policemen, obviously very surprised to be called to a hotel at this hour of the morning. After about half an hour of investigation, the desk staff was told in no uncertain terms by the police that the room didn't even need to be paid for until midday (check-out time) and to let these two unfortunate girls go up to their beds. We were "allowed" to finally turn in at 5am.
We were very fortunate that we speak French and that the police were so fair. It certainly could have led to a nasty situation. My recommendation - DON'T stay at the Hotel de la Herse d'Or. Okay, you save a few bucks, but this will NOT be worth it if anything goes wrong or you need their help during your stay. Very scary experience. Lovely hotel called Sevigne just around the corner for the same price and twice the standard.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel de la Herse d Or

Would not recommend this hotel to anyone!

from love4travel
We had originally booked this hotel for a week, however after arriving and dragging our suitcases up 4 flights of very narrow, dingy and steep stairs we were shocked to see the room. It was small, airless, unhovered and very noisy as it opened on to Rue Antoine which is a very busy street. The bathroom was dirty and absolutely tiny. The room in no way resembled any which we had seen on their very impressive website.
After getting over the shock, I asked to see any other rooms which they had available only to be shown one exactly the same but on the 5th floor.
We've holidayed all over Europe and have stayed in budget and hostel accommodation each time and I have never seen anywhere with as little effort put in to cleaning as this place. After some discussion I really felt that I couldn't stay there at all and after forking out 74euro for the pleasure trotted off into the night to find other accommodation. We finally stayed at the Hotel de Sully also on Rue Antonie, which was basically just as dirty, but more spacious and quieter and only cost 60euro.
I definately wouldn't recommend this 'hotel' to anyone but would prefer to stretch the budget and stay in somewhere a bit more decent.

Great Value, Great Neighborhood, Will Stay Again

from A TripAdvisor Member
I am a young, single, female traveler, and stayed here for 6 days in July 2007. I stayed in room 10, and for the price and location, I would highly recommend this. Of course, if you have the bigger budget, go ahead and stay somewhere more cosy - if that's what you're looking for - but I thought it was really convenient, the breakfast area is really pretty and offers free wifi, there is always someone at the reception desk... sure, my room smelled like an ashtray, but after airing it out for an hour, it's fine. The shared bathroom is pretty gross, haha, but since I read about it beforehand, I had my shower flops handy! The hotel actually is easy to find - just get off the Bastille station, take the St Antoine exit (not the Fauborg St Antoine) ... and you're there in 1.5 blocks. Yes, the pictures on the website can be misleading, but that's what selling is about. (Shout out to one of the funniest receptionists, Said haha.)

cheap but really basic

from muwing
the hotel has excellent location, since we were there during the French national day - there were outdoor concerts just right in the Bastille square. loud, you can hear everything in the hotel and outside traffic, even with an inner facing room - so bring ear plug if you want some solid sleep; but this price is really cheap in Paris esp. for mid July - I didn't realise Paris is so expensive, so I thought I've booked a decent small hotel - but as it turned out - I would prefer to pay more (around90-100 euro) to stay in a slightly more decent place. remember Paris is as expensive, if no more then London. think about the price you've paid for the hotel you booked and don't put up too high expectation as I did with the website's photo.

t go there!

from WorldTravellers79
After seeing the photos on the hotel's website we had high expectations. The room was nothing like the picture we've seen, the window was out to the inner tiny "terrace". During night all kinds of noises disturbed our sleep, splashing toilets, even conversations from the other rooms seemed loud since all the windows were open and so close to each other! It's better to pay 20EUR more somewhere else and enjoy your stay in Paris...

Good hotel for Paris

from Sara314
Hotel room was very nice for the price. There is no elevator and difficult to carry heavy suitcases up the stairs. The staff helped us carry our bags up the first day. He was very helpful with all of our questions. Breakfast was good and fresh every morning. We had a nice shower in our room with warm water. I would recommend the hotel but do not expect it to be a Ritz hotel. We had clean sheets, clean towels, and a good breakfast. I could not have asked more for the money.


from Jeanne_Aussie
After reading some of the reviews for this hotel I was tempted to cancel my booking. However after staying at this hotel I concluded that whether one enjoys the stay or not depends on the room stayed in. We booked two rooms. One (room 8) had a double and a single bed. Although small it was very neat and tidy. The second room (9) was very small and was clearly a smokers room. We found the staff among the friendliest of all places we stayed in. Although there are many steps (which could be a problem for some, our daughter (aged 4) was enthralled with the narrow staircases and halls. The reception/dining area was lovely and breakfast, although basic, was better value for money than at most places we stayed at. Unfortunately the hotel was very difficult to find. Rather than looking for the correct street, it was much easier to follow landmarks. We will be in Paris next year and are planning on staying here again.

Cheap but you get what you pay for

from Eltel6
This place is OK if you're absolutely broke - the rooms are reasonably clean (by cheap Paris hotel standards) and the location is fantastic. But you get what you pay for. Stale cigarette smells and grotty shared bathrooms, sticky carpets, and definitely the noisiest hotel I've ever stayed in (and I've been in dozens in Paris). Absolutely do NOT stay in a street side room in summer - you will not get 5 minutes of sleep if you have to keep your window open, as Rue St Antoine is shockingly loud even at 4 am.

Not bad if you turn up late in Paris without a room - they're probably the cheapest place that you'd actually be willing to sleep in and they never seem to be full. But bring flip-flops for the bath - and earplugs!


from bob200
We booked a standard double with a private bathroom only to be told there was a bit of a problem with the booking (their mistake) -a few minutes later and all seemed sorted out until (six flights of stairs later) we unlocked the room we had been checked into, and found it was a twin room without bathroom facilities. They just 'forgot' to mention this change to us.

Back down six flights of stairs to reception where we stated simply that was NOT what we had booked. So they reassigned a room to us (and were given a double with bathroom facilities)

So all seemed back on track, until we opened our room - it was small, but OK, we weren't expecting much. Both of us were horrified at the state of the bathroom - there was black mould growing on the tub, the kind that can easily be washed off??! It was disgusting. We asked for the room to be cleaned the next day, but no success. Added to that the towels with holes that you could get your fingers through, and that the sheets also had 'holes'. Our stay at this hotel was very disappointing, and this hotel is quite easily the winner on our list of worst hotels stayed at in the world (and we have traveled extensively on a budget)

Simply put, stay elsewhere!

No Complaints

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is no Ritz, but you know this when you book it -- the rate is just unblievably low. I just spent 6 nights there. I have nothing but praises.

The rooms have minimal furnishing, but it's expected, and there is no elevator, also known ahead of time. But the rooms are very clean. The view from my room, which faces Rue Saint Antonine is spectacular. The location is convenient. The staff is friendly and helpful. I saw 5 people at the front desk, and 4 speak English pretty well. I only paid 40 Euros a night (shared shower, sink in my own room), and I don't think I can find a better deal in Paris.

friendly and great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
two 17 year old girls, we stayed here for 3 nights and found it friendly, comfortable and felt safe. also it was quite cheap(68 euros for a room), and in a great location. the marais area is very nice in itself and the rue antoine is an interesting exciting road to be on with plenty of places for evening meals, also the metro is literally 1 minute walk down the street.however 5 euros for breakfast is a bit expensive and over the road there is an excellent patisserie where you can buy really nice coissant for just 1 euro. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone, it was agreat base for getting to see paris.

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