This small hotel gained a reputation as one of the more "atmospheric" cheap sleeps in the city. A throwback to another era, the 19th-century former bank building retains its handsome wood-paneled reception area, antiques, and a period look somewhere between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, yet could do with a sprucing up. On the other hand, rooms sizes reflect the generous proportions of Paris hotels past.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel does not have reduced mobility rooms, but that should be remedied by 2018. It also has a very small, and very charming, original elevator.
Spacious and individually decorated rooms are decked out with glazed-tile fireplaces and antiques that make you feel like you've stepped back in time—mostly in a good way. The hotel continues to spruce up rooms, but at its own pace.
Some suites have balconies with views, be sure to ask.
Bright, clean, unusually spacious bathrooms are either old enough to feel retro chic or have been newly renovated as of 2016.
The wood-panelled reception and small, antiques-furnished lobby, opening into the breakfast room, makes a nice first impression.
A standard buffet breakfast is served in the small, tidy breakfast room, furnished with antiques with homey touches.
A few minutes walk to Trinité metro station and Saint-Lazare train station, a metro and RER hub. This is a lively neighborhood to explore, close to public transport and within minutes of historic French bistros, wine bars and a bunch of chic cocktail lounges. Gare Saint-Lazare itself contains has a huge shopping complex, stocked with quality French chains (Petit Bâteau, Aigle, etc.). The hotel is also within minutes of the wonderful Nouvelle-Athènes neighborhood, with several excellent small museums, and around the corner from Paris's Grand Dame department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. It's also a stone's throw from marvelous Rue des Martyrs, one of Paris's great old market streets, now jammed with cafés, gourmet shops, and vintage boutiques.
Gare Saint-Lazare (a few minutes away) is home to Lazare, 3-star Michelin chef Eric Frechon’s popular brasserie. Open all day and late into the night, it’s super convenient and oh so Parisian. Charming contemporary bistro Bien Élevé (10-minute walk) specializes in exceptional meats, sourced from small farms around France, artisanal cheeses, and small-producer wines. Romantic Pétrelle (10-minute walk), is one of our all-time favorites and one of Paris's true hidden gems.
If you're willing to walk a few minutes, nearby Pigalle is cocktail lounge central, boasting some of the city's more happening bars for imbibing a well-crafted drink. For a lavishly romantic—and slightly naughty—atmosphere, the bar at gorgeous Maison Souquet Hotel (housed in an old brothel) is well worth a stop for the décor, but you'll also fall for the cocktails. Dirty Dick's Tiki Bar theme is a big hit among hipsters, and Rentrée des Artists is a dark, moody speakeasy that's great fun on weeknights when there's not such a crowd.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Spacious rooms on a budget in a storied Paris neighborhood, an easy walk to transportation and with proximity to chic cocktail bars, restaurants, and some of the city's more wonderful off-the-beaten-path Paris sights, are a few of the advantages to booking here. One caveat: If you're a stickler for sleek contemporary design, you may want to keep researching.