“Romantic, authentic yet truly unique” ★★★★★
After browsing through hundreds of hotels we didn’t find interesting we decided to try something entirely different, and we are so glad we did! We spent five nights at this place in the Easter of 2015. While the weather was a bit chilly, the warmth of Claire’s welcome and hospitalty more than made up for it.
This place is nothing short but amazing. We sincerely doubt you’ll be able to find anything remotely like this room in the entire city of Paris.
First of all, you can’t beat that view. You just can’t. It will stun you.
Secondly, the way Claire has matched vintage decor with a modern bathroom including the most wondeful overhead shower, is brilliant.
Not to mention, the amazing breakfast, served every morning either in your bed (she actually does that!) or by the window, is the best way you could possible start any day in Paris.
The building itself is typical Montmartre – it could definitely benefit from a little « TLC » but it all helps to make it all the more authentic. Unfortunately the weather didn’t allow us to enjoy the cosy courtyard.
The location a few miles from downtown Paris could potentially concern some people, but the Abbesses Metro station is just a short walk away, and if you have already been to Paris several times and seen all the usual sights you could literally just stay in the area and simply call it a weekend in Montmartre.
Claire herself is the most wonderful host, so kind and helpful and sporting a terrific sense of humour. She is now on our Christmas card list.
A few things to be aware of, though: the room (at least at time of writing) does have limited space for your wardrobe, so two suitcases with clothes for more than five days could be a problem. We had to keep some of our clothes packed away in the suitcases and keep them under the bed. If you’re only staying a few nights it’s not a problem.
The location at the top of Montmartre means you’ll be facing a lot of stair-climbing, both leading up to the street and in the building itself. We wouldn’t recommend this place for people who aren’t physically fit. The nearby « Funiculaire » tram line at the Sacre Coeur is brilliant, though, Claire actually wrote us prior to our arrival and suggested we took it if we had heavy luggage.
Finally, a few recommendations for dining and ending the day, Montmartre-style.
« Le Coq Rico » at nearby Rue Lepic serves the best chicken we’ve ever had. Further down the street, « Jeanne B » is like eating in the middle of the kitchen with your friends, great food and great friendly service. After dining, follow Rue Lepic down south towards Rue des Abbesses where you’ll find terrific cafe’s with service throughout the night.
For anyone looking for the most romantic place to stay in Paris, you can stop looking – you just found it. And if all the photos and reviews haven’t convinced you yet, I bet this is the only Bed & Breakfast in the world that has it’s own tribute music video. Find it on YouTube and see for yourself.
Thank you, Claire, see you soon.
Jacob & Jessica, Sweden