Courtesy Les Degrés de Notre-Dame
On a quiet lane a few yards from the Seine, this diminutive budget hotel is lovingly decorated with the owner's flea-market finds. No. 23 is the largest of the lower-price rooms, whereas the more costly No. 24 has more space, wooden floors, and particularly appealing antique furnishings. The most expensive room, No. 501, occupies the entire top floor, with views of Notre-Dame. There's no elevator, but colorful murals of Parisian scenes decorate the winding stairwell. The shabby Parisian character of the hotel and its French-Moroccan restaurant-bar make this establishment charming and unforgettable.
Sep 8, 2007
I LOVE this hotel. It's my absolute favorite in Paris, hands down. I stayed here my first trip March 2001 (Room 48), dined on couscous on the terrasse the 3rd trip (April 2003), dined and stayed in 2 different rooms February 2006 (Room 501 & 12). Rooms 501 & 48 have views of the southwest tower of Notre Dame. They have the best croissants I've eaten yet in Paris and the coffee is divine, so's the fresh-squeezed oj. Nicole is great and her English
is perfect, her sense of humor is very dry but you'll find her to be extremely helpful. Monsieur Tahir, while he doesn't speak a lick of English, is very kind and gracious - I somehow managed to have a 40-minute conversation with him despite my limited French. It's a different type of hotel, an auberge (hotel with restaurant although I've listed it as a B&B), unique and in a great area of Paris (so close to Notre Dame while veering away from the touristic haunts of the Latin Quarter - plus just down the street you'll find Place Maubert where they have bi-weekly food markets). And of course, just down the street at 3, rue des Grands Degrés is a famous bistro (mentioned in Bistros of Paris by the Hamburgers) called Le Reminet. One of my best friends loves this resto. Monsieur Tahir, the owner, is a big art lover) and the murals in the stairwell is lovely and evocative of Paris. Moviemakers must find the area charming as well since it made its way into the 1995 version of Sabrina (when she and her photographer friend are dining at a café - at one point in the background you see the hotel) and also in this year's The Devil Wears Prada. Andy (Anne Hathaway) is walking south on the rue du Haut Pavé toward the Square Restif de la Bretonne while you see the south rose window of Notre Dame looming in the background.