A marvellous experience - I only have positive things to say.
The staff were very helpful and friendly. We're not demanding guests but anything we needed they sorted out for us. I normally muddled through in French but their English was usually much better.
The room was lovely; very clean, modern and stylish. The bed was extremely comfy; the best night's sleep we've had in a long time. The bathroom was nice and elegant with decent hot water, however the separate toilet was a little on the claustrophobic side. There was a good selection of other furniture, tables and chairs, without the room feeling crowded. We had a quick flick through the TV channels, chuckling at French dubs of films, and only found one English station.
I opted for the 'privilege' service which in my opinion was good value. We got the 'Paris view' as promised. It's not a huge window, but we could see most of the Eiffel tower and some other landmarks. Making up the majority of what could be seen were the tops of buildings though, but it was impressive all the same. If we had been on a lower floor we probably would have just got the flats opposite, too few of whom have decent curtains when walking around their flats nude! You've been warned.
We had a free mini bar of soft drinks and a coffee machine, possibly as part of the privilege upgrade. It's not a huge selection but gets topped up each day and it was nice not to have to go back outside and pick up a can for €4. That said, the hotel bar was very nice and quite reasonable. The hot chocolate got a massive thumbs up on the first night although it didn't live up to it on subsequent visits.
We didn't visit the hotel restaurant or get their breakfast, but the facilities looked very clean.
The hotel is well situated in Montmartre, a short walk from three metro stations. I'd heard there were red light districts close by but we didn't walk into any by accident. There's the odd sex shop dotted about but nothing horrifying. There are quite a few homeless people about, as there seems to be in much of Paris, but it wasn't like the in-your-face theatrics you get in the centre where you're not sure if it's genuine. They got on with their thing and were grateful for a sandwich and a hot drink.
The Moulin Rouge is very close by (Blanche metro) and there a good number of souvenir shops and bars down that way. Up the hill behind the Moulin Rouge is the pretty villagey bit with artists and expensive shops and if you go far enough there's the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (20 mins walk). Down the hill from the hotel towards Place de Clichy metro we found some nice crepe stalls, cafes and a cinema. Up the steep hill you pass the fancy graveyard and some nice patisseries.
There are two fantastic restaurants just around the corner from the hotel in Rue Cavallotti.
Le Bouclard - for €37 you get three great courses. I had a cheesy crayfish starter that really wowed me, and my fiancée was crazy about the fois gras. She was also buzzing about the braised chicken and tarragon and wouldn't share any with me. Finally for dessert we were stuffed but the chocolate mouse was so airy it was like it evaporated in the mouth.
Le Peroquet Vert - another three courses for €34. I had a simple salmon and seasame starter I was very impressed with, and my fiancée loved the pottage special. I was unadventurous and went for a steak, but I wasn't disappointed as it was lovely and juicy. We both finished with a tasty pear crumble.
Finally for entertainment I can't recommend the Moulin Rouge highly enough. It is on the pricey side but for a special occasion it was a fantastic show. I read lots of negative reviews before I went but came out nothing but impressed. Yes, there's limited space and you might sit with another couple. Yes, the waiters have a lot to do and are on the efficient side. Yes, the entertainment is cheesy but it's also oh so French! Go and have fun!!
- Also Known As:
- Mercure Paris Montmartre Hotel Paris
- Mercure Paris Montmartre Hotel
- Accor Paris Montmartre
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the foot of Sacré Coeur, close to the Moulin Rouge and the Haussmann-Opéra district's stores, the Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré Coeur hotel offers spacious and modern rooms. Perfect for business travel or romantic weekends in Paris, the hotel is within easy reach of the Gare du Nord station, St Lazare train station, the metro and the main tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, the La Défense business district, Carrefour Pleyel and the Stade de France ... more less
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