18, rue des Dames, Paris, France star
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Pros: Fun, quirky aesthetic. Cheap rates. Charming garden.
Cons: Rooms have few amenities. Shabby-chic décor may be a little too shabby for some.
The Eldorado's exterior, with its vintage sign, bright blue shutters and flower pots, seems “storybook Montmartre.” Things get a bit more bohemian inside the cozy lobby, which mixes up huge 19th-century maps, velvet throw pillows and creaking wooden floors.
Upstairs, the Eldorado has fun with its funky, brightly painted guestrooms. It mixes flea-market furnishings (funky mirrors, overstuffed leather chairs) 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 hair dryer and shower. A few super-cheap singles with shared baths are available.
We should note that rooms are not renovated and could probably benefit from a scrub-down. However, we found them acceptably clean and presentable—better yet, we found them completely charming.
Rooms either look to the street (which, even with sound-proof windows, will be noisier) or face the charming and plant-filled garden. 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.
Reviewed by: Tom Meyers, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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.
- Breakfast Extra Charge
- Free Newspapers
- Reception: Limited Hours
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Hair Dryer
- Soundproofed Windows
18, rue des Dames
Montmartre, Paris, France
About the Hotel Eldorado neighborhood
Overlooking Paris to the north, Montmartre's winding streets have inspired starving artists and bohemians for generations. That charm still exists, but today co-exists with a theme park of the original village, complete with postcard touts, tourist-ready restaurants, and portrait painters. Hotels around Montmartre can be quite affordable--just be prepared to do a lot of walking.