24, rue Cels, Paris, France star
Doubles from: $90 to $131
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
With an extra-quiet location one block from the Cimetière du Montparnasse, the Hôtel Mistral is a budget boutique gem, offering a romantic history and modern pizzazz.
Pros: Attractive, air conditioned rooms. Delightful courtyard and garden. Rich history.
Cons: No elevator. Location a bit far from the action.
We like hotels like the Mistral. The management recently gave a major facelift to the one-star hotel—injecting it with some style and sass but keeping its rates down to earth. Part of this, of course, is due to the hotel’s lack of elevator. (But hey, we’re not complaining. We’ll even schlep our bags up to the fifth floor to catch a better view.)
The Mistral's 43 renovated guest rooms are still pretty basic, although infused with a touch of boutique design. Beds are pretty standard, although headboards are made of dark wood and stretch the entire length of the wall. Simple desks and leather-backed chairs sit next to walls hung with cool art.
Rooms at the Hôtel Mistral look out onto the quiet rue Cels or the even quieter back garden. All "classic" rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and telephone. Their private bathrooms are snazzy white-tiled affairs, equipped with a large mirror, hair dryer and glass shower.
Three cheaper "standard" rooms are simpler, still with a touch of style but without a TV. These rooms are equipped with a sink only, and share a toilet and shower in the hallway.
Downstairs, there’s a small sitting area. A continental breakfast buffet is served (for €10) in the next room, which opens onto a charming outdoor garden.
The Hôtel Mistral has history, to boot: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre lived here between 1937-1939 and at various times during World War II.
The hotel is non-smoking (except for the courtyard). There is no elevator—if this is an issue, ask for a room on a lower floor. Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the hotel.
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
- No Elevator
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi Connection
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Hair Dryer
- TV – flat screen
24, rue Cels
13th: Place d’Italie / Chinatown / Butte-aux-Cailles, Paris, France
About the Hôtel Mistral neighborhood
The area’s main crossroads is Place d'Italie, surrounded by brutalist tower blocks that can make you forget you are in Paris.