Hotel Bellevue et du Chariot d'Or
39 Rue de Turbigo, Paris, France
Doubles from: $86 to $90
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
One of Paris' remaining Belle Époque Cheapo grande dames, the Hôtel Bellevue et du Chariot d'Or still holds court along the lively rue de Turbigo near the Place de la République, offering renovated (and unrenovated) rooms for budget travelers by the busload.
Pros: Clean, renovated and cheap rooms. Central location. Faded elegance downstairs.
Cons: Rooms may be noisy on street or courtyard. Some rooms still unrenovated. Public spaces a bit scruffy. Big with school groups.
A former palatial residence, this two-star gem has been a favorite of ours for more than a decade, as it gives a whiff of old-fashioned Parisian elegance at budget rates. However, it's clearly not for everyone. (For example, those looking for a typical three-star hotel experience.)
Downstairs, the Bellevue’s lobby, lounge and café will quickly seduce the incurable romantics out there, with antiques, wall candelabras, gilded mirrors, stained-glass windows and other architectural traces from the past. In fact, only the Internet station, flat-screen television and fat stack of magazines looked out of place!
Up the stairwell (or rather spacious—and talking—elevator), you’ll find 59 guestrooms, many of which were renovated in 2013. We were initially concerned when the management explained that they had “thrown out” all of their furniture (what about the period details?). However, the panic subsided when we visited the new rooms and saw that many of the old fireplaces, built-in armoires and other charmingly dated features were still in place.
The décor, however, got a few modern touches in the renovated rooms, like imposing wooden headboards, angular tables and chairs, and more muted colors on the walls and carpets. Meanwhile, unrenovated rooms, less apealingly boasting scuffed up wallpaper and tired fabrics, await their transformation. (Needless to say, ask for a renovated room when reserving!) All are equipped with a flat-screen TV, telephone, Wi-Fi and safe.
Rooms with balconies are available, but the rue de Turbigo can be busy and windows aren’t soundproofed, so light sleepers should request one of the courtyard-facing rooms or pack earplugs. Even still, we’ve heard that the rather picturesque (see photo) courtyard can echo conversations from other rooms, so you’re best with earplugs regardless.
All rooms have private bathrooms, which offer shower-tub combos and many of which have been renovated, as well. (Some of the unrenovated baths seem to sport color schemes by Technicolor circa 1956.)
When we visited in late summer 2013, the hallways were a bit torn up from all the construction. We expect that this, along with the older rooms, will be fixed up in due time.
By the busload...
Given the budget rates and nearly five dozen rooms, it shouldn't be a shocker that the hotel has been a favorite on the school-bus-tour circuit for a long time. It's too early to know if the upgrade will affect this, but if you visit, you shouldn't be surprised to find excited students in the breakfast room.
Breakfast is available in the charming, old-fashioned dining room (complete with red tablecloths) for €7.
The Hotel Bellevue et du Chariot d’Or is situated on the bustling rue de Turbigo, which slices diagonally southwest from Place de la République to Les Halles. We find this location to be very convenient: You’re just a few blocks north of the Centre Pompidou, and a few blocks west of the center of the Marais.
Interestingly (to me, at least), the Chariot d’Or seems like the masculine counterpoint to the nearby Hotel Tiquetonne, which also exhibits fun period details, but with a distinctly feminine touch.
Metro: The hotel is located three blocks from the Arts et Métiers Metro stop (and museum!), serving lines 3 and 11.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
About the Hotel Bellevue et du Chariot d'Or neighborhood
Spanning the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, from Châtelet to the Place de la Bastille, and from République to the Seine, the Marais is one of Paris’ most popular and desirable neighborhoods for locals and tourists alike, a vibrant, fashionable hub that combines history, culture, nightlife and shopping in equal measure.