Hôtel Palma

Angle 2 rue des Gâtines, 77 av. Gambetta, 20e, Paris, 75020, France

Jennifer Ladonne

Down the street from Père-Lachaise Cemetery, this off-the-beaten-path budget hotel may be far from the action, but the métro, just steps away, connects quickly and efficiently to the heart of the city, and those in the know may have their own reasons for choosing this hip, artsy neighborhood.

Lively Place Gambetta is at the heart of the neighborhood, with many nearby cafés and restaurants that are less expensive than more touristed parts of Paris.


Small no-frills rooms are spare, simple, and clean, with wooden headboards and no decor to speak of aside from some matching walls and bedspreads. Extras include flat-screen TVs with some international channels and free Wi-Fi access.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Sticklers for style should know that Mama Shelter, just down the street, offers more bang for your buck. For about 30 extra euros for a basic double, you'll get two restaurants, a chic rooftop bar and instant nightlife, with live DJs and a happening cocktail bar.


Standard baths are small but clean, with walk-in showers and wall-mounted blow dryers.


The nondescript reception lobby includes a lounge area, computer station, and breakfast room.


A standard continental breakfast, with croissants, bread, limited fruit, and yogurt is served in the breakfast room downstairs.


Getting Around

Metro station Gambetta, 2 minutes away, is five stops from République, a metro hub, where you can connect with four lines taking you pretty much anywhere in Paris. At Gambetta, Bus 69 takes you to the Eiffel Tower in 51 minutes. The lively circle that makes up the Place Gambetta is at the heart of a vibrant, multicultural residential area that's been slowly gentrifying over the years. Along with the artists who originally flocked here, there are now many young families looking for larger spaces that are unaffordable in more central neighborhoods. Now a hip area, the 20th arrondissement has plenty of art galleries, cafés, chic bars and clubs and some gastronomic bistros and wine bars have even moved in. The area is a hotbed for street art, and you can easily find tours of the city’s best examples, many near here. The hotel is a stone’s throw from Père-Lachaise Cemetery (full of famous writers, artists, etc.), where a stroll over cobbled paths under ancient plane trees is a must.


A minute away from the hotel, the stylish little wine bar L'Entracte (21 Rue Malte Brun) offers a chalkboard menu of French bistro fare paired with good-value wines by the glass. At nearby Mama Shelter the menu is full of French classics, but the quality of the food, and especially the service, can vary, but the pizzeria is always good and reasonably priced.


Though you'll find plenty of watering holes in the neighborhood, Mama Shelter is the favorite hip bar close by, with popular DJ nights, a very good cocktail bar, and a rooftop scene with spectacular views of the city. For something a bit more stylish, the ever-crowded Bar Le Commune (about a 10-15-minute walk up the Boulevard Ménilmontant) is run by two of Paris's more notorious barmen, whose quirky recipes and shared punch bowls are a huge hit.


With budget prices, this small, clean hotel is a decent choice for those who want to experience local Paris and leave a little money in their wallet with which to do it.


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Phones: -01–46–36–13–65

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