When I decided to spend a few days in Paris, I was overwhelmed at how many hotel choices there were. In addition to accommodations, Paris is set up with distinct subdivisions called”arrondissements” and each one has its own flavor and personality. I settled on Cler Hotel in the 7th arrondissement because I knew for sure we would be going to see the Eiffel Tower and it looked cute.
While I didn’t fall in love with Paris as a whole, I absolutely fell in love with this little hotel and street. If you close your eyes and imagine a Parisian street….Rue de Cler is it. It’s not closed to cars, but very few travel it so people are walking up and down constantly. There are flower stands, produce stands, wine and cheese shops galore and several options for food. I could absolutely see myself living on this street and shopping daily for fresh flowers for my fresh gourmet meal.
The hotel itself is small but charming. The windows actually open out onto the quaint scene. There are rooms where you can see the Eiffel Tower from the room but we were street side. The room is clean and the bathroom was sleek and modern with fantastic shampoos and soaps. One warning, while the street scene is adorable, the fruits and vegetables are delivered daily…very early. So since my room was up on the street, I was awake VERY early thanks to the slamming of trucks and boxes. So bring ear plugs if you are street side and a light sleeper.
One of the best parts of the hotel for me was the cute little patio. I made myself a little Parisian picnic of fruit, cheese, bread and wine (all from the street of course) and sat on the patio. It was quiet, and serene and exactly what I wanted Paris to be.
If you are going to Paris, please stay at Cler Hotel. You won’t be sorry. It’s only a short walk to the Metro so you can get anywhere in the city and the street alone will make the trip worth it.