Fabulous hotel in a sketchy neighborhood
I stayed at this hotel in the late summer of 2003. The management keep the glass doors to the lobby locked at all times, due to some unsavory characters (well, it is in the red light district, after all).
Once I was buzzed in, I was impressed by the sheer opulence of the place. Yes, it's small, but the satin throw pillows and the lushly appointed rooms (jacuzzi bath! plasma tv built into the wall!) took my breath away. Speaking of which, the entire hotel seemed infused with a slightly sweet, musky aroma, like massage oil. If that sort of experience bothers you, you may want to give this place a miss.
My companion and I stayed in the "Michou" suite -- all rooms are named for famous personalities, although I have no idea who or what Michou was -- and enjoyed a lovely view of the Place Pigalle.
A continental breakfast is served on a small room below the lobby, featuring juices, coffee, croissants and jam.
The Seine and the Louvre are about a twenty minute walk away.
Service was cordial, although we did ask a young woman at the front desk directions (in French, mind you) to a Parisian landmark, and she was a tad clueless. Well, good help is hard to find world-wide, I suppose.
This hotel will sometimes offer rooms at up to 60% off -- it's well worth doing some internet sleuthing to see what's on sale.
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