Hôtel Regyn's Montmartre

18 pl. des Abbesses, 18e, Paris, 75018, France

Jennifer Ladonne

Many travelers book a room in the tiny Hôtel Regyn's Montmartre for its privileged setting right on the Place des Abbesses, one of the most well-known spots in the city thanks to the movie Amélie. Overall, courteous service and a relaxed, humble charm make this an attractive low-budget choice.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Besides harboring a metro station (whose rumble is faintly detectable in the hotel), the bustling Place des Abbesses is a hub for flea markets, street fairs, and other commotion. Some love this, others do not. We say forewarned is forearmed.

room

Small wallpapered rooms have their own traditional charm, but could do with spruce-up. You'll find a desk, minimal storage, and all the basics.

Ask for a room on the two top floors (4th, 5th) for great views of either the Eiffel Tower or Sacré-Coeur, the best reason to stay here.

bathroom

Small tiled bathrooms with showers or a half-bath-shower combo are clean but have seen better days. Hair dryers and bath products are supplied.

lobby

The small lobby is basically just a reception area.

dining

A standard buffet breakfast is served among Montmartre-themed murals in the welcoming breakfast room.

shopping

The rue des Martyrs, a short walk from the hotel, is one of the city’s best old market streets, is loaded with cafés, chic boutiques, vintage shops and pastry and gourmet food shops. Start a block away from the Rue des Abbesses and head all the way down to Notre Dame de Lorette for a delightful walk—and all downhill!

LOCATION

Getting Around

You're pretty much on top of the Abbesses metro station, which takes you to central Paris, or up the Montmartre hill if you don't feel like making an uphill climb, as well as Saint-Lazare, a major metro hub and train station. At Place des Abesses you're truly in the beating heart of Montmartre. From here you can pretty much walk everywhere, depending on the state of legs and lungs, as it can be a steep climb. But if you're up for it, you'll be amply rewarded by its charming leafy streets, mini parks, and enchanting enclaves, not to mention proximity to Sacré Coeur. It would be a mistake to favor the tourist traps for some of the area's lesser-known attractions, like the wonderful Musée de Montmartre, L'Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, one of the oldest churches in Paris, and the cemetery. And if you wander into the lovely Nouvelle Athènes neighborhood, don't miss the Musée de la vie Romantique and the Musée National Gustave Moreau.

Restaurants

For a romantic, oh-so-Parisian meal, just on the other side of the Sacré Coeur, cozy Le Grand 8 offers extraordinary views to enjoy with classic French dishes and a stellar wine list, including many well-priced wines by the glass. Near the Cemetière de Montmartre, Jeanne B's all-day hours and classic dishes, including excellent cheese and charcuterie plates, can be enjoyed in or taken to go.

Bars

You're just steps from a bunch of lively neighborhood bars of rue des Abbesses, including Les Caves des Abbesses and Le Sancerre. If you're looking for something a bit more upscale, you can head over to super-chic Le Très Particulier, in the elegant L'Hôtel Particuler, whose soignée atmosphere, atrium, and beautiful garden add up to a delightful spot for a cocktail.

WHY WE LIKE IT

What's not to love about Montmartre? If you're staying here, it means you're willing to forego easy proximity to the city center for a romantic village feel that's delightfully out of time. So you won't mind so much that this tidy budget hotel hasn't kept up either.

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Phones: -01–42–54–45–21

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