Pigalle / Monmartre is a great place to stay when visiting Paris, we've been a few times and most of our favorite places to eat and drink are an easy walk from this hotel. Nearby Rue Lepic is so 'local' Paris you'll feel at home wherever you're visiting from.
We stayed at the Ibis for three nights over the weekend of the Paris Marathon so the hotel was full. We booked in advance and asked for a quiet room and that is just what we got. A double room on the top floor (6th) in the roofspace overlooking the back of the building and the rooftops of Paris - beautiful in the ordinary and extra-ordinaryness of our little Paris garret. The rooms aren't huge and if you're travelling with more than a weekend's worth of clothing you may struggle with storage. There is no wardrobe but there is hanging space and a couple of small shelves.
The positive attitude of the staff sets the tone to this hotel especially during what was, on ocassion, a busy breakfast space that can be a bit tight for space. This rubbed off on guests during our visit and breakfast became very sociable. Fresh food was replenished frequently and tables cleared and cleaned as soon as they were finished with. All very efficient but we never felt hurried and had time to enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice, French bread with ham and cheese, pastries and some pretty good coffee. There's also a self serve tea/coffee/water station available 24 hrs so you can take a hot drink out with you or back to your room. You can also get beer and wine from the reception/bar area. Each day we had Haribo sweets and bottled water left for us when the room was made up, which was complimatary and which we didn't expect for what is essentially a budget hotel.
The night-time economy is in evidence in this part of Paris but is upfront and honest and largely behind closed doors.
The hotel is easy to get to from the Airport via the RER and Metro but be aware that the link between the two at Gare du Nord is quite a long walk and not always clearly signposted. The Metro (Pigalle) is a three minute walk from the hotel, with bags. The Metro is also not always accessible with some sections having no apparent alternative to stairs so again be aware if you have difficulty with mobility, kids in buggies or loads of luggage.
There are only six rooms on the top floor, three overlook the back of the hotel, 602,604,606. 602 is...
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