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When in Paris last month, we happened upon the Hotel du Nord, a small one-star hotel tucked away on the tiny rue Albert Thomas, just north of Republique. With a style that charms and rates that will woo a Cheapo (€71-84 a night for a double with private bath), this is one hotel worthy of a crush.
The Hotel du Nord is an enchanting sight from the street, with vines covering the exterior and flower boxes in most windows. Note the bikes: They’re free to use for all guests.
The lobby seems posed for a photo-shoot, with antique tchotchkes, low lights and framed prints. Oh, and an adorable pooch named Pluto who orbits around the reception desk.
Upstairs, the hotel’s 24 rooms have a bright and bold style, and the amenities you’d expect: flat-screen TV, telephone and free Wi-Fi. The only potential downside? The reception closes before midnight, although guests are free to come and go as they please.