10 Boulevard Montmartre, Paris, France
Doubles from: $123 to $148
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
You can’t help being charmed by the Hotel Chopin. Located inside a 19th-century shopping arcade, the two-star hotel offers comfortable rooms at reasonable rates, but it’s the setting that’s sure to make romantics race to their fainting couches.
Pros: Enchanted shopping arcade location. Affordable rates. Friendly management.
Cons: Not super cheap. Least expensive rooms open to a wall.
First the setting: The Hotel Chopin is situated inside the “Passage du Jouffroy,” a 19th-century arcade located along the Boulevard Montmartre near the Opera shopping district. It’s quite the concentration of temptations—lined with picture-perfect stores selling toys, jewelry and sweets. And then halfway down, you stumble upon the Hotel Chopin.
When you step from the arcade into the hotel, a cute lobby welcomes you with a marble floor, piano and bust of the famous composer himself. Upstairs, hallways wind around a courtyard behind and above the arcade. The décor throughout is soft, peaceful and very grandmotherly.
The guest rooms reflect this, as well, and struck us as decidedly feminine. They’re painted in pretty blues, yellows and peaches, with coordinating wallpaper and plush carpets. The condition of the rooms is excellent throughout. (Our room a few years ago did show a few scuffs, but everything we inspected in late 2013 was in pristine shape.)
All rooms provide a TV, telephone and safe, and fans are offered during the summer. Being tucked away inside a shopping arcade, many rooms have views of surrounding offices and apartments and are generally very quiet. Top-floor rooms are worth the climb, as they offer views of neighboring rooftops.
Rooms are equipped with private baths, many of which have been renovated with new showers or bathtubs.
Note that the four cheapest rooms (at €98 a night) have no view at all—in fact, they face a wall. These would be best for a quick overnight. If you’re staying for longer, we’d recommend the standard doubles, which go for €118.
The Chopin is a friendly and family-run place. The woman serving breakfast (a large buffet with fresh squeezed orange juice, yogurt, cereal, croissants, baguettes, coffee, and tea—for a very reasonable €7.50) has been working there for 15 years. That’s always a good sign.
Coming and going, you can’t help but feel a little special. If you return after the passage has closed for the night, you’ll be buzzed in from the street. Late one night, we had the memorable experience of waltzing along the arcade to the hotel, completely alone. We won’t forget that.
And finally, a note about value: With most doubles going for €118 a night, it’s not the cheapest hotel you can find. But it’s a solid deal, and the Chopin doesn’t play the “rates game”: These rates are locked in year-round. Why? Because, like many of our other popular picks (we’re looking at you Tiquetonne and Jeanne d’Arc), the Chopin is almost always sold out. Reserve plenty in advance.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the small lobby area, but does not (yet) reach the rooms.
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.
About the Hotel Chopin neighborhood
The 9th arrondissement has something of a split personality: On the one hand, it’s home to always bustling mega department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps (and one of the city’s two Apple store locations) as well as the ballet and opera lovers landmark that is Opéra Garnier. But it also shares a 9th arrondissement zip code with Pigalle, home to the Moulin Rouge, birthplace of the can-can.