18, rue des Dames, Paris, France
Doubles from: $83 to $120
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated in the artsy and diverse Batignolles neighborhood near Montmartre and the Place de Clichy, the Hotel Eldorado is a funky cheapo gem, offering 33 rooms with shabby-chic style.
Pros: Fun, quirky aesthetic. Cheap rates. Charming garden.
Cons: Rooms have few amenities. Décor may be a little too shabby for some.
Approaching the Eldorado, you know that you’re in for a fun treat. The exterior alone, with its vintage sign, bright blue shutters and flower pots, seems “storybook Montmartre.” Inside, the lobby mixes up huge 19th-century maps, creaking wooden floors and a vase, appropriately bursting with wildflowers.
It’s a perfectly fitting welcome for the Eldorado, a budget bohemian gem that offers comfortable rooms that are among the city’s most affordable in a setting that ranks among its most memorable.
The Eldorado has fun with its 33 funky, brightly painted guestrooms. In all the rooms we checked out, we saw flea-market furnishings (funky mirrors, overstuffed leather chairs) mixed with antiques and original paintings. Rooms are kept quiet: None have a TV or telephone, although Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the hotel.
Bathrooms are tiled and equipped with a shower. A few super-cheap singles with shared baths are available.
We should note that rooms have not been recently renovated and that, for some guests, their general condition might veer too close to “shabby” and too far from “chic”. However, we found them acceptably clean and presentable—better yet, we found them completely charming and, at €86 for a double with private bath, a solid deal.
Rooms either look to the street (which, even with sound-proof windows, will be noisier) or face the charming and plant-filled garden (perfect for lounging, reading and photo shoots).
If you’re looking to really remove yourself from the street traffic, consider one of the six rooms located in the hotel’s garden “pavilion.” Note, however, that the Eldorado’s wine bar and restaurant, the “Bistro des Dames,” also has seating in the garden, so there could be noise into the night.
The Eldorado is anything but a standard hotel. Its clientele seems to embrace its eclectic and quirky style, and the friendly owners seem quite content to keep it that way.
Breakfast is offered for €9 and served in the hotel’s restaurant.
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
About the Hotel Eldorado neighborhood
The wedding cake of a church that is the hilltop Sacré-Coeur basilica is this area’s most recognizable monument, and those who climb up will be rewarded with an incomparable view overlooking Paris. Montmartre's winding streets have inspired generations of starving artists and bohemians. That charm now co-exists with a theme park of the original village, centered on the Place du Tertre, complete with touristy restaurants and bars, and "artists" offering to sketch your portrait or sell you their lurid oil paintings.