Hotel du 7e Art
20 rue St Paul, Paris, France
Doubles from: $128 to $171
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
"Lumière! Moteur! Action!" we imagined hearing as we made our entrance at the funky two-star Hotel du 7e Art (a.k.a. the “Seventh Art Hotel”). Located just a jump cut away from the Seine in the heart of the old Marais, this small family-run hotel is a shrine to Franco-American cinema.
Pros: Fun film theme. Vintage, shabby-chic look. Friendly and family-run.
Cons: No elevator. Movie motif not for everyone.
First of all, that theme: The hotel’s movie buff proprietors celebrate the “seventh art” of filmmaking with posters in the rooms, hallways and reception. For example, Rita Hayworth strikes a pose above the bed, while the entire cast of “The Wizard of Oz” hobnobs it by the door (and that’s just one room!).
From top to bottom, the vintage posters read like a Hollywood A-list. Even the lounge gets in on the action, boasting palm trees and flea market furnishings, a piano, fireplace and bar worthy of a “Casablanca” cameo.
Aside from their Hollywood tributes, the hotel’s 23 rooms are furnished in a rather simple, low key manner. There are dark wooden desks, headboards and cabinets that ring quite masculine. And they keep it fresh: Beds and mattresses were replaced in summer 2013.
All rooms are equipped with a ceiling fan, television, safe and air conditioning. Rooms on the large courtyard still get quite a bit of light, although we preferred the larger rooms facing the street. And, if you’re willing to climb, two top-floor family rooms are pricier but much more spacious, with gorgeous views of the historical quarter.
The spotless bathrooms sport black-and-white-checkered tiles, and tubs are available (request ahead). Adding some “Vanity Fair” fun, miniature spotlights line the mirrors in the rooms, and large round light bulbs shine on brightly in the bathrooms. Getting ready for your close-up just got more fun, Norma Desmond!
We should also note that the hotel still permits smoking—we noticed ashtrays out during our inspection.
Breakfast is available for €8. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is an Internet station for €5 per hour. Note that the four-floor hotel does not have an elevator.
For American’s longing for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to go with their cinema experience, the “Thanksgiving” grocery store, stocked with American grocery items, is located next door. Be prepared, however, as those peanuts are pricey! And, seriously, cinephiles should also read our related posts on saving on movie tickets in Paris and the two spots cinema buffs shouldn't miss.
Also, if you’re looking for a hotel that's a little less eclectic, it would be worth checking out the Hotel Jeanne d’Arc, located just up the street.
We sent Kaitlin, one of our Paris correspondents, to the hotel to find out more about their film motif. Read her report in this post in our blog.
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
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
About the Hotel du 7e Art 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.