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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The one-star Les Chansonniers is a unique, cheap and somewhat far-flung pick situated on the shared border of the 11th and 20th arrondissements.
Pros: Low rates. Friendly, neighborhood atmosphere. Quirky, nostalgic decor.
Cons: Simple and tight rooms. Fairly far-flung location. Wi-Fi not free.
Les Chansonniers (“The Singers”) is a quirky one-star hotel with rock-bottom rates, a musical theme, and far-flung location. With rates like these, however, it could work well for serious Cheapos.
First the musical theme: The hotel’s owner, Madjid Sellam, is a musician and a devotee of the great singers ("chansonniers") who came from the area—Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, Jean Gabin and others—and his hotel shows it. The bar and café downstairs are filled with musical memorabilia and portraits of the singers, and this space regularly hosts musical events.
Prior to his purchase of the hotel in 1999, the building had been a house of “ill repute.” He cleaned it up in a big way. Today, the only major reminder of this era are the small size of most guestrooms. The entire neighborhood has also become much cleaner and safer.
All but two of the hotel’s rooms are quite small and simple, lining a central hallway on the second and third floors of the building. These rooms, however, are really cheap, starting at €45 for singles or doubles with shared facilities. Rooms with a (rather tight) bathtub or shower start at a still-cheap €55.
All rooms, even the simplest, are decorated in a nostalgic style, with “toile de jouy” wallpaper and furniture gleaned from flea markets and antique dealers. Given the compact layout of the floor and the thin walls, guests will be able to hear noise in the hallway and perhaps in other rooms. We’d recommend packing earplugs.
Those looking for an upgrade should definitely book one of the hotel’s two “Jacuzzi” rooms that face the boulevard. Named "Mistinguett" and "Maurice Chevalier" respectively, these rooms are much larger and are equipped with a flat-screen television, bright bed linens, great views, private bath and, of course, a Jacuzzi (with mood lighting!).
Note: Les Chansonniers charges for Wi-Fi throughout the property (which, it should be noted, irks most guests): €6 in your room and €3 in the reception area.
A continental breakfast is served for €6. The hotel is on three floors without an elevator and is entirely non-smoking.
The hotel’s location is convenient for those visiting the Père Lachaise cemetery and those wishing to explore the vibrant Ménilmontant neighborhood. First-time visitors to Paris, however, will probably find the location inconvenient and should choose something more central.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Hôtel Les Chansonniers neighborhood
Most tourists don’t know much about this northeastern Paris neighborhood, except those who pass through on their way to Jim Morrison or Oscar Wilde’s grave in the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery.