It's definitely a hike from the nearest métro station, but this family-run five-room hotel in a Napoléon III–era building perched on a hill has the friendly, homey vibe of a B&B. The building is only two stories, and the highest-tech item here is the fax machine, but its setting almost across the street from the Sacré Coeur is a plus.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Views like this are hard to come by in Paris, but expect uphill climbs for the privilege.
All rooms have a flowery old-fashioned decor with some antique furnishings, cloying artworks, and tremendous views over Paris. There's a spacious private patio for the two ground-level rooms.
In another building nearby, a studio apartment has cooking facilities.
Bathrooms are not contemporary but do provide everything required, good pressure in the tub, a handheld shower, and plenty of hot water.
There is no lobby, but the terrace is the place to lounge in warm weather.
A standard continental breakfast of croissants, bread and jam, and coffee is served in your room or on your patio.
The closest metro is Lamarck-Caulaincourt or you can walk about 10 minutes to the Abbesses station if you're checking out the shopping there. Be sure to take the elevator in both stations, otherwise you'll be facing some pretty daunting staircases.
For a romantic, oh-so-Parisian dinner, 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. Just down the Rue Lamarck, tiny Soul Kitchen serves the kind of homemade comfort food for breakfast and lunch that's good for, well, the soul. On the chalkboard menu, you'll find the fresh, homemade dishes and desserts of the day, plus top-notch coffee, chocolat chaud, chai latte, and fresh fruit and veggie juices.
The cafés around the Sacré Coeur are fine for a glass of wine or a drink and some views. If you're looking for something a bit more hip, 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
More of a B&B than a hotel, the personalized welcome is nice, and the location, though far from the city center, is lovely if you like the villagey feel of Montmartre, which we do.