On my last trip for work to London (read here) and France, I ended up with a few days in Paris. Even though most of my trip was spent at work, I did find blocks of time to enjoy the city and explore some new and old favorite haunts.
First up – the hotel! My work has a few “set” hotels in Paris, but I never found them to be particularly inspiring. On this trip, I was determined to try out some accommodations that still fit within my modest HR mandated travel budget. I ended up finding Relais Bosquet, a small three star hotel near the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars, in the 7th arrondissement.
I arrived in my room, and was pleasantly surprised – it was small yes, but with still enough space to move around, and had lots of light.
There were coffee and tea making facilities in the room, and best of all – there was a newly renovated, quite large (for Paris) and very clean bathroom!
Toiletries were provided, (but no conditioner). No problem as I went out and bought a 3 euro bottle of L’Oreal conditioner from the supermarket three stores down.
Overall, I would highly recommend Relais Bosquet as a hotel option in Paris. It was clean, comfortable, and in a fantastic location (more on that to come), and extremely reasonably priced (around 200 euro a night or less). If you like some more space, I would splurge for a Superior level room or above.
The only downsides I would note were the slower internet (my room was far as well, so the speed was even slower), and also the lack of room service. There was a buffet breakfast provided each morning, and if already included in your room rate, would definitely sufficient to start the day. If not, the hotel charged 15 euro per person for breakfast, which I found a little high as there were plenty of options just right outside the hotel. On most mornings, I just grabbed some fruit, a pastry and a coffee for less than 7 euro.
Now onto what I loved best about Relais Bosquet…the fabulous location. The hotel was literally just steps away from the famous Rue Cler.
Rue Cler is a famous market street in Paris, with all kinds of shops and stands specializing in food.
Just on one evening walk, I passed by some local shoppers picking up produce for their evening meal…