My wife and I were traveling on a budget, and the price of this place seemed right. Although there were other budget Paris hotels at about the same price, not many were in as great a location as this little gem in the less touristy section of Montmartre. We are used to fending for ourselves, and don't need lots of luxuries, so this little no-frills place worked great for us.
We paid the little extra to have a room with a corner balcony, which was well worth it! It was great to be able to come back to the room after a long day of sightseeing, open the balcony doors, and sit on the terrace with a bottle of wine, looking at the Parisian buildings and streets. Some rooms have small single-person showers (incl. all the balcony rooms), and all have their own sink. Everyone, however, must use the toilet down the hall on each floor. This was never an issue, as it was always kept clean, and we never had to wait to use it.
Keep in mind that there is no elevator, so you'll be hauling yourself (and your stuff) up the spiral staircase to your room. This was no problem for my wife and me, who were traveling with large backpacks, but it might present a problem for some. Besides, most Parisians use the stairs anyway.
Check-in was easy and quick. You can reserve on-line, then when you arrive you pre-pay all your nights. Checking out is as simple as dropping off the key. Apparently there is an internet computer in the lobby (but no wi-fi in the rooms). There's also a breakfast served in a downstairs room, but at 7€ per person, per day, my wife and I skipped this and shopped at Monoprix or got cafe & croissants in the many local cafés.
The location is fabulous if you like being somewhat away from all the tourists. This is a real Parisian neighborhood, away from the hordes of Place du Tertre, and there are many great restaurants, bars, and stores within a few blocks. It's very close to the Abbesses Métro Station, and also easy walking distance to the stop at Place Blanche (also where the Monoprix is). About all the cafés and takeout restaurants you could want are located on Rue Lepic which leads down the hill to Blanche. One note: at night the streets outside the hotel can get noisy with nightlife, but this never kept us from sleeping (we were also on the 5th floor).
All in all, this is a quaint, clean, decent budget place. If you're mostly planning to spend your time outside the hotel anyway to see the sights– as most folks visiting Paris do– you won't miss the creature comforts of a fancier hotel. I recommend that travelers check photos of the rooms to get an idea of the size and amenities, since this type of lodging, although great for us, may not be for everybody. That said, I'd definitely stay here again.
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