Hôtel Eldorado

18 rue des Dames, 17e, Paris, 75017, France

Jennifer Ladonne

Eldorado in name only, this unpretentious super-budget hotel just west of Montmartre is good for those who are happy to lie low without room phones, satellite TVs, or an elevator. The best feature is the garden, open from April to October.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This is not the hotel for anyone with mobility issues or cat allergies, as there is a resident feline.

room

Each small room has its own eclectic "style"—think leopard spots and zebra stripes, art posters, African nicknacks, and flea-market finds. Many rooms face the courtyard, where bohemian types from the hotel's wine bistro hang out on summer nights.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Noise from the courtyard garden can be irritating in summer, especially on weekends.

bathroom

Tiny bathrooms offer the very basics. Some rooms do not have in-room bathing facilities--for that, you'll need to trek down the hall.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Beware when booking that those rock-bottom prices don't mean your shower is in the hallway (unless a shower in the hallway is okay with you).

lobby

The small lobby has some cozy seating--but the garden is the place to hang out.

If you reserve with the hotel, you'll get an even steeper discount than online.

dining

A standard continental breakfast is served in the hotel's restaurant-bar, which has an eclectic charm of its own. You can also order lunch or dinner from the well-priced chalkboard menu or a short list of classic French dishes prepared correctly.

drinking

The restaurant's wooden bar has a charm all its own and is a cozy place to sit for a drink in winter when temperatures prohibit sitting out in the pretty interior garden.

LOCATION

Getting Around

A two-minute walk from the Place de Clichy metro station serving two lines that take you direct to the city center.

Restaurants

Five minutes away on an adorable cul de sac, Bal Café, one of Paris's first barista coffee shops and a photography gallery and bookstore, is also a great place for lunch and dinner or an especially happening weekend brunch. It's closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. In warm weather, get there early for terrace seating. A bit further away but worth the walk, Le Pantruche (3 Rue Victor-Massé) is a great place to experience Paris's neobistro movement, and has a contemporary spin on classic dishes.

Bars

For chic cocktail lounges, you've hit the jackpot, as Pigalle (SoPi, I mean), Paris's red light district, is stocked with some of the city's hippest and liveliest, starting with Glass, a sort of hybrid lounge-disco, with a frozen drinks machine, hot dogs, and enough craft beer to keep your moustache foamy all night. Dirty Dick's chic tiki bar atmosphere and flaming-bowl cocktails for two attract an enthusiastic crowd. Both are on Rue Frochot, a 5-10-minute walk away. For a lavishly romantic—slightly naughty—atmosphere, the bar at Maison Souquet hotel (once a brothel) is worth a stop for the over-the-top gorgeous décor--and you'll like the cocktails, too.

WHY WE LIKE IT

Unusually charming garden and excellent neighborhood notwithstanding, we recommend this hotel only to people on a stiff budget—and those fed up with modern technology.

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Casual
Central
Casual Chic

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -01–45–22–35–21

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