Hotel Malar Paris, France Review
Location: Invalides/Eiffel Tower
Address: 29, rue Malar - 75007 PARIS
TÈl: 01 45 51 38 46
Fax: 01 45 55 20 19
Hotel Malar Overview
Affordable, "shabby chic" hotel located on a small street located blocks from the Eiffel Tower. An excellent choice for budget travelers looking for an ‘no frills’ place to stay in the popular 7th arrondissement.
Hotel Malar Lobby
The hotel has 22 rooms. Room rates averaged 90€ for a double with a small shower to 100€ for a double with a bathtub and shower combo. The rate does not include buffet breakfast - available for an additional 8€. For the best rate, check the Hotel Malar's website for Internet-only seasonal promotions.
Hotel Malar Ratings
Classified as a two star hotel. Our ratings (1-5 stars):
Overall: 4 stars - A great value for your money. For around 100€, you can stay in one of the most expensive areas in Paris, a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower and the famous Rue Cler market, in a small hotel with friendly English-speaking staff. A steal for the budget minded traveler who is looking for a clean, safe room to crash in after a long day of sightseeing in Paris.
Note: The Hotel Malar is classified as a 2-star hotel. Parisian 2-star hotels are "bare-bones" budget hotels. Think backpacker or budget traveler. If you typically stay in 3+ star hotels in Paris, the Hotel Malar is not for you. However, if you are a frugal traveler, looking to spend your time and money sightseeing in Paris, not on a hotel room, the Hotel Malar is a good choice for you.
Location: 5 stars - If you want to stay on the Left Bank in Paris, but can do without the late night party atmosphere of the Latin Quarter or St. Germain des Pres, the quiet, residential streets of the 7th arrondissement is the location for you. Nestled on a small street two blocks south of the Seine, in a neighborhood of stunning residential town homes on wide tree-lined avenues, the Hotel Malar is a few blocks walk to the Eiffel Tower, the famous Rue Cler street market, and a short stroll to Paris's newest museum, Musee du Quai Branly or up the Seine to the Musee d' Orsay.
For croissant lovers, stroll a block to rue Saint Dominique and sample croissants at three Parisian boulangeries known for their croissants: Patisserie Millet (#103), La Boulangerie Julien (#5) and Boulangerie Gisquet (#64) for almond croissants (while there also sample their famous black forest cake).
Style and Decor: 4 stars - Coastal "shabby chic"- the Hotel Malar's color scheme and style is reminiscent of a French Mediterranean seaside hotel. The common areas have exposed wood beams, cream white washed walls and copper curtains. The marble floors are accented with beautiful inlaid tile mosaics, and a gorgeous burl wood reception desk. Fresh flowers are delivered weekly and displayed around the property. The hotel was completely renovated in 2002. The decor of each room is very basic.
A unique feature of the Hotel Malar is that each room faces an open courtyard and is accessed from the outside. Some visitor's may find this configuration too exposed to the elements and not private enough, but we found that it complemented the "open" atmosphere of the hotel. The outside stairways and balconies are decked with flower boxes.
Staff: 5 stars - Madame Mylène Caill has owned the Hotel Malar for 15 years. She and her staff are English-speaking and eager to address any questions you may have about Paris and the surrounding area. The reception area is staffed 24 hours a day providing a secure environment at night.
Amenities: 4 stars - 2 star hotels are not known for their in-house amenities, but we found the Hotel Malar offers some nice personal touches for their guests. For backpackers and other travelers passing through Paris, there is an extensive library of travel guides to other countries that visitors can browse during their leisure time. If you enjoy your stay, leave a postcard of your hometown to add to the Hotel Malar's collection of satisfied customers from around the world.
The hotel is not air conditioned, but does provide fans for rooms in the summer months. Each room is equipped with pay per minute Wi-Fi access and cable TV with English-speaking stations like CNN and BBC. Some bathrooms contain heated towel racks. A continental breakfast is served in the flowering courtyard each morning for 8€.
Value for Money: 4 stars - For a 2 star hotel, this is an excellent choice. If you are a budget traveler, the Hotel Malar's great location in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, professional staff, proximity to public transportation, shops and eateries, make the Hotel Malar a good choice for you.
Hotel Malar Room Details
Rooms - The rooms at the Hotel Malar are small, and minimally furnished, but very clean and comfortable. The bed linens and towels are of average quality. Each room contains a small desk, 2 chairs or "poofs" (small ottomans), storage for clothing, and a small table shelf by the bed. Each room contains a TV with cable access including CCN and BBC. Wi-Fi access if available for an additional fee.
Room at the Hotel Malar
The 22 rooms are spread over 4 floors without elevator access. So, if you have problems with stairs, request a room on a lower floor. If you don't mind walking up a few flights of stairs, request a room on the 3rd or 4th floor. These rooms are larger and receive more natural light than the rooms on the bottom floors. There is also a nice view over the rooftops of the city.
Below is a description of a three rooms with unique features:
First Floor Handicapped Accessible - On the first floor, called the "Family room", there is a room with a huge open bathroom separated by the living area by swinging doors. This bathroom is perfect for travelers using a wheel-chair. This room is also requested by families with small children due to its size and location which opens directly into the courtyard. The drawback of this room can be lack of privacy when the courtyard is filled with dining guests.
Room 317 - This room opens up to a small patio overlooking the courtyard surrounded by numerous potted, flowering plants. Guests often sit at the small table and enjoy wine and cheese after a day of sightseeing. This room contains a Queen size bed, and a beautiful yellow and green tiled bathroom with a shower.
Room 352 - This room is a double that is large enough to turn into a triple. Small children can stay free of charge, but there is an additional fee to move an twin bed into the room.
The room photos on the the Hotel Malar web site are an accurate representation of what the hotel's decor and furnishings.
Bathroom - The bathrooms are modern with marble tubs or a single shower and decorated ceramic tile walls. Some bathrooms have heated tile racks. The bathrooms are above average in quality for a hotel of this class.
Author: Cheryl Montgomery