Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Crayon

25 rue du Bouloi, 1er, Paris, 75001, France See on Map

Managed by a team of friendly artists, this colorful super-budget hotel, minutes from the Louvre, Les Halles, and Palais Royal, offers a fun, art-inspired decor, that draws an eclectic canvas of guests that's just as vivid. Kids and "artistes" alike will love the amusing touches, like an oversize pencil against hand-painted graffiti walls and a lively mix of contemporary art. But its biggest advantages are location and price.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The elevator does not go to the fifth or sixth floors, so reduced mobility guests—for which there are good facilities—may prefer the lower floors.


Rooms are small, quiet havens with a streamlined design and a brilliant palette of bold colors that could prove overwhelming to some.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Internet isn't always strong in the rooms, but works well in the lobby.


Small, functional bathrooms with walk-in showers and quality toiletries are as streamlined as the rooms, though brighter and roomier in the suite.


The vivid gold lobby-lounge and breakfast room has comfortable vintage-style seating and shelves of books to read or exchange.


A very reasonable breakfast supplies all the French basics and will set you up for the day.

Breakfast is free for kids under 16 staying in the family suites.


A small honesty bar can be enjoyed in the lounge while perusing a magazine.

There are tons of fun cafés and bars near the hotel for a bit of people watching with your drink, a favorite Paris pastime. So you may not want to spend your time drinking here.


Getting Around

Les Halles metro station connects with Châtelet, a major metro and RER hub, where you can get four metro lines and the RER direct to both airports. An ideal location in a lively part of Paris, close to so many of the city's central sights, is this hotel's biggest asset. You're only five to ten minutes in any direction from something wonderful: the Palais Royal gardens, Les Halles, Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, Rue Montorgeuil, the list goes on. For shopping you've got the Etienne Marcel, Rue Montorgeuil—one of Paris's great old market streets, now incorporating tons of boutiques— the newly refurbished Les Halles's underground mall, and the chic Marais just short walk away.


A few blocks away, tiny rue de Nil is home to the Frenchie empire, a favorite among foodies, with Frenchie restaurant, wine bar and Frenchie to Go, open for a cheap and delicious breakfast, lunch and all-day snacking. Coffee lovers do not miss l’Arbre à Café, one of the city’s top roasters, where you can stock up on coffee accouterments, fresh beans and sip a wicked espresso.


Cocktail and wine bars all within a 10-minute walk of the hotel abound: Le Ballroom du Beefclub is a chic, low-lit den for craft cocktails), while Lockwood, Frenchie Bar à Vins, Verjus Bar à Vins (near the Palais Royal) are some of the city's more stylish watering holes.


You may not get all the frills at this stylish budget hotel, but you will get a colorful, comfortable, and friendly place to lay your head for a price that's rare to find in this fabulous part of Paris.




Phones: 01–42–36–54–19

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