Hotel du Nord
47, rue Albert Thomas, Paris, France
Doubles from: $105
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Tucked away on the tiny (and surprisingly quiet) rue Albert Thomas just north of République, the Hotel du Nord is an enchanting little guesthouse, its exterior crawling with ivy and lined with flowers. But things are even more charming inside.
Pros: Funky, colorful rooms. Great value. Convenient République location. Free bikes.
Cons: Limited reception hours. Limited services.
We have a crush on the charming and artsy Hotel du Nord. From the street, you first notice its ivy-covered exterior and perhaps the flower boxes. And then you see the identical bikes parked out front—what's going on here?
The downstairs lobby is quiet and dimly lit, with a hodgepodge of furniture, framed prints, terracotta tiles and stone walls. It, like the entire hotel, has no shortage of charm or personality.
The Hotel du Nord’s 23 rooms are each artfully decorated with a bit of flair that combines colorful fabrics with a mix of antique and flea-market furnishings. The result is attractive and fun. Rooms on the first two floors have wooden ceiling beams, and many have stone walls (hung with original paintings).
All rooms are non-smoking and equipped with a flat-screen TV and telephone. Wi-Fi is free and accessible throughout the hotel. Bathrooms are tiled and most are equipped with a shower, although bathtubs are available (ask ahead).
The hotel’s smaller (and cheaper) rooms face the courtyard, which would also be a bit quieter at night. However, we really liked the rooms facing the rue Albert Thomas, all of which are equipped with double-paned windows (and most of which open to flower boxes).
The Hotel du Nord is something between a zero-star hotel and a pension, and its policies and services reflect that. The reception closes at 11:30 pm, although guests are free to come and go with their own key. Still, don’t arrive expecting to call on the friendly management (or the extra-friendly canine, Pluto) for room service during the night.
One notable extra: Those bikes parked out front are free for guests to use.
Breakfast is available for €7.50. The hotel does have a small elevator.
The hotel is located on the narrow rue Albert Thomas, around the corner from the busier Boulevard de Magenta, and a three-minute walk to the very busy Place de la République, which is a major transit hub (and has recently been given a facelift—including a fabulous new café).
Choosing a hotel near République, for the most part, will be convenient, given the Metro lines, the convergence of big boulevards, and all of the nearby restaurants and shops. There are some sketchy characters hanging around the area at night, but it’s also so busy that you’ll rarely be alone in the streets.
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.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available