Monte Carlo Hotel

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Monte Carlo Hotel

, Paris
2 star

Rooms: 28

44 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre - Paris - 75009 - France | 01.47.70.36.75
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10/10
Traveling on a budget? The Hotel Monte Carlo is a distinct winner!
Submitted by: Craig Meachen in 13/06/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
My wife and I, and our Basset Hound, arrived in Paris from New York at 7:30am--in the rain. We were tired and eager to get settled so we could go out for a bite to eat. (Sound at all familiar when arriving in Europe from the states?)
We were delighted to discover the Monte Carlo to be a tasteful and colorful oasis in Paris. It's the quintessential owner-opperated hotel ...from another era of travel. What we found was great value delivered with charm and the personal touch. The owners, Thomas and Ksenia, were not only helpful and friendly, but they also made it possible for us to get into our spotless room early so we could go out to eat. (You should also know, the shared facilities were spotless too). Additional advantages to this boutique establishment include an elevator, house keeping delivered by the always smiling Fiona, good nearby restaurants, convenient buses, and three metro stations within blocks. Breakfast was also of another era with attentive service and simple fare of breads; cereal; cheese; juice; and hot cocoa, or plentiful, excellent dark rich coffee and, of course, hot milk (delicious!). This small hotel has the hallmarks of a family run tourist hotel: They try harder to make sure you are happy! The owners, a young couple who have added the touch of rich Mediterranean inspired color pallet and the warmth of a couple of homey cats, will be sure to have your best interests at heart. So, obviously we give this hotel very high marks in EVERY way, especially considering it's extreme low cost! Take our advice and book a room or two with confidence at this gem of a hotel. Craig and Cigmond Meachen (with their little dog, Boing).








Historical Traveller Reviews of Monte Carlo Hotel

Good Budget Hotel... Key Word = Budget

from lm33
Monte Carlo is clean, fairly comfortable (very firm beds) and best of all, well located. Have no qualms about booking this hotel if you're travelling on a budget (I believe we paid around $50 a night for a double room w/ no WC in high season). However, consider skipping breakfast- for 7 Euro, you could do better at a corner bakery.

Good for the price

from A TripAdvisor Member
I also booked this hotel through lastminute.com (best deal) and the place was intended to just be a location for sleeping while exploring the vastness of Paris.
The place was pretty clean, the only real grunginess I saw being some dried liquid splattered on the wall and fluffs of cat fur on the stairs.
Speaking of cats, I am highly allergic to them but was never bothered by them in anyway during the stay.
At checkin the guy wasnt particularly friendly, but during the course of our stay everyone else was, and they helped us find things/places we needed.
Bathroom did have soap and towels and was pretty clean.
Overall good experience for an EXCELLENT price.

FYI, when you walk out of Cadet metro station you are facing SOUTH, not north.

Clean, excellent base for Paris

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights as part of a suprise trip for my girlfriend. I paid £150 each including eurostar from London. I was not expecting much, but I was not disappointed.

As other people have mentioned, the staff are not overly friendly, but we were able to leave our luggage in reception on the day we checked out, and picked it up in the evening on the way to the station.

I wouldn't advise eating breakfast at the hotel, for the same price you can get fresh food from a bakery which is a 5 minute walk down the road. The location of the hotel is good, roughly 20 minute walk from the Gare du Nord and close to Metro lines to get to all the main attractions.

The room was clean, but small although this didn't bother us as we only used the room for a place to sleep.

Nice little hole in the wall

from NYCalyssa
I really liked this hotel, the staff was very friendly and our room was lovely. All the rooms are very tiny, but this is Paris, after all. Our room was decorated very nicely, but it was one of the nicer ones. I also loved playing with the 2 cats that lived there! It was a great location, only a couple of blocks from the metro, and right by a lot of great restaurants. I'd say it was a good value for our experience.

NOT the best kept secret!!! Average at best.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Anyone who gives this hotel 5/5 is probably an owner or someone who works there. It's not bad, but you get what you pay for. The rooms are tiny - if you have big suitcases you will not be able to set them down to open them anywhere except on the bed. The bathroom is tiny, really really tiny. The staff is not overly rude, but don't go out of their way to make you feel welcome. If you like to sleep in until 10:30am or 11:00am the cleaning ladies will barge in on you once or twice. The TV is atrocious - essentially 8 channels. A version of CNN, 6 french channels with awful reception, and 1 soft-porn channel running naked girls 24/7 (so beware if you have kids). They charge you around 7 euros for breakfast.

The best thing about this hotel is the location. For the price, the location is great. About an hour and a half walk from the Eiffel Tower / Champ D'Elysees area, an hour to the Louvre, there is a Metro around the corner from the hotel that goes everywhere if you want (learn to use the metro, it is awesome in Paris). As another reviewer points out - don't go to the store next door, it is a rip-off. If you are going to Paris on a budget and don't plan on spending too much time in the hotel other than sleeping it is probably a good bet.

Hidden Treasure

from A TripAdvisor Member
My boyfriend and I booked this hotel on Lastminute at the amazing price of £140 each with eurostar for 6 nights. I wasn't expecting much (I am a seasoned hostel traveller) but I was wrong. The hotel is basic but extremely clean, the communal areas outstanding and the staff friendly and go out of their way to help (We left our luggage at 12pm checkout and didn't have a return on eurostar til 8pm, booking taxis etc). We used it as a base to explore Paris and never spent more than 30 mins on a metro to see all the main sights. It's in easy reach of Gare Du Nord for transfers out of Paris ( For Versailles or Disneyland) The hotel is situated 10 mins walk from all the big department stores and is surrounded by many reasonably priced international restuarants (e.g. massive meal for two at a chinese restaurant £15 or sushi at £9 a head) It's also near Le Chartier restaurant and close to picturesque Monmarte. If you're looking for a cheap break to Paris i cannot recommend this hotel strongly enough.

s clean

from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked the hotel through lastminute and was thrilled with the bargain price of £126 each for a 3 night stay. When we got there, we understood why. I don't like to moan becuase I know how off putting it can be to read bad reviews- so don't get me wrong if all you need is a comfortable bed (a double- not two singles put together!), a nice hot shower and cleanliness then it's excellent.

It's a bit out of town but the connections via metro and bus are good. The Cadet metro stop is 5 mins away, however, after reading at lastminute the hotel was 500 metres away from the Gare Du Nord we attempted to do the transfer ourselves. It's more like a good half mile and not easy to navigate through the busy streets with a case... get a taxi.

We arrived a good 3 hours before check in and it was nice they let us leave the case behind the desk for us to have a bit of an explore. It's a shame that was as helpful as they got really. We were reluctant to ask for a taxi transfer back as they seemed rather unfriendly and unaccomodating- we felt bad for disturbing one man from his TV programme to get us the key for our room.

The resturants nearby are good value- especially for the set menu's but we enquired about breakfast at the hotel (as it wasn't included in the price) and for 7 Euros we could have all you can eat toast and bread... you can find better value out and about. No tea and coffee in rooms- fair enough- you can get a drink from the hotel but its 3 euros for 1 cup of tea or machine filtered coffee.

It was nice to see the cats about the hotel- made it more homely and the only noticable bit was a bit of fur on the stairs. I think we were unlucky to get the view of the bins but then what do you expect for that price in Paris?

So, at least it's clean... but don't expect much more.

Lovely jubbly!

from A TripAdvisor Member
we booked this hotel through last minute for a very good price and were quite prepared for it to be below average. However, on arrival (five minutes walk from roissybus from charles de gaulle airport) we found it friendly and inviting. We arrived before check in time but it was fine to leave our bags in the hall whilst we explored the city! when we got back, we found our room cosy and clean. Although the hotel was small, the christmas decorations and two cats made it very homely. Breakfast was more than adequate as it was included in price. rooms were cleaned well every day and cleaners didnt disturb unnecessarily. overall, we would thoroughly recommend this to anyone travelling on a budget or needing somewhere central to stay. tres bon!

s meow and breakfast chow

from A TripAdvisor Member
Follow the tufts of cat fur on the red carpeted stairwells to a hallway stocked with air fresheners leaking ghastly perfumes….

Our room was acceptable with large windows that opened out to a Parisian view. CNN and porn were the main features on available nighttime TV stations. A large shower graced the bathroom, missing a tile or two. The discreet cleaning staff left plenty of towels and soap. An adequate breakfast buffet of pre-packaged yogurt, DIY white bread toast, squares of jelly and butter, pain-au-chocolat, croissants, coffee with warm milk, hot tea, corn flakes, OJ, & laughing cow cheese wedges in foil awaited early risers. The woman working in the breakfast room was pleasant and attentive.

a good clean hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
It is a good clean hotel in a central location. The owner is very friendly and helpful. Overall I am very happy with the hotel.

Top Local Tips for Paris

Buy a Museum Pass If you are going to visit many of the attractions in Paris other than the Eiffel Tower then I highly recommend getting a museum pass. We bought ours at the information center at the airport and you can buy them for 2 or 3 days. It is a little booklet with the date left blank for you to put what dates you want to use it for. You can use it for virtually EVERY museum and monument EXCEPT the Eiffel Tower. We bought a 2 day pass and I think it cost us 30 Euros each. Which sounds like a lot at first but then if you added up all the costs of getting into the L'ouvre, Notre Dame, The Arc De Triomphe and all the many other countless museums you definitely get your money's worth.

Avoid June I usually travel to Paris in May and this was an add on after 4 days in London. Avoid June, particularly the first two to three weeks as these are the last weeks of school in France and every teacher makes them field trip weeks -- the museums, the parks and the streets near the big attractons were way overcrowded with student groups -- more than normal. Paris is already pretty crowded and this just adds to the crush!

Take a walk I am the worst for sticking my head in a guide book, but when my wife and I go to Paris we just wander off on adventures, follow your nose. You'll soon find some lovely places by chance, Paris is so picturesque. Don't be scared of the tartare de bouf. Finally tried it and it is a revelation. Raw steak mince doesn't sound great but it's the way they do it and the sauce - Paris is a gastronomic delight, go there and try new food, you'll be surprised. A day without a good meal is a day wasted.

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  • Address: 44 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre - Paris - 75009 - France
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