I stayed here for 3 nights - booked a single room but ended up in a twin on the first floor overlooking rue Legendre. Very clean and comfortable room, generally well decorated (a few scuffs here and there), modern toilet/shower room (lovely big shower!) with complimentary toileteries. Parts of the hotel felt very warm at times but the air conditioning in the room worked brilliantly. My room had free wifi (good fast connection), TV, a fridge (I found it a bit loud at night and had to unplug it, although I am a light sleeper to be fair), with 2 bottles of water provided on arrival. No tea/coffee making facilities though which would have been welcome.
Breakfast at €10 a day is buffet style, coffee/tea/fruit juice, fresh bread and rolls, cold meats and cheese, yoghurts, pastries etc. Plenty of it, and good value.
The hotel is in the XVIIe arrondissement, so a little way out of the centre, and not really a 'tourist' area but that for me was a bonus. Rue Legendre is off Avenue de Clichy which is busy and a bit down at heel, but rue Legendre itself is a pleasant street, fairly busy but not noisy. There are two bars on the corner of rue Legendre and rue Lemercier next to the hotel which are busy with locals until late in the evening, but my room was double glazed so I wasn't disturbed at night. Although it was great to be able to open the big French windows during the day and watch the world go by in the street below.
From the hotel, the metro stations at Brochant and La Fourche are both 5-10 minutes walk away. Both are on Ligne 13, which splits at La Fourche with branches to Asnières-Gennevilliers and St Denis-Université; Brochant is on the Asnières branch so going to/from La Fourche gives a better service. Plenty of local buses (although at the time of my stay, roadworks on Avenue de Clichy made bus journeys quite slow); bus 54 goes direct to Gare du Nord, which is handy for travellers arriving on Eurostar.
The local area of les Batignolles away from Avenue de Clichy is very pleasant - there is a lovely little park at Square des Batignolles (about 10 minutes walk away) overlooking the railway into Saint Lazare which is a great place to sit and enjoy the evening.
I did find the hotel a little soulless - modern but quite minimalist decor, and it didn't help that I don't think I saw the same member of staff twice The breakfast room in the basement seemed a little claustrophobic and a bit too quiet.The staff though were friendly and helpful - I got the impression that most of them spoke little English, but they were patient with my less-than-perfect French.
Having said that, I was perfectly happy with my stay - comfortable room, very clean, and good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next to Montmartre, art hotel batignolles is a boutique hotel of 29 air conditioned rooms that can accommodate 1 or 2 people with complimentary wireless internet access.A 15-minutes metro ride away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées Boulevard, the art hotel batignolles is located northwest of Paris, near Saint Denis Basilique (direct by subway)Tastefully decorated with modern furniture in exotic wood wenge colour, this modern and totally refurbished 3 * hotel is 100% non-smoking including public areas and provides a 24-hour reception and all the needed comfort for both business travellers and tourists.Close to the Parc Monceau, at the edge of the chic and trendy 17th district and a 20-minutes metro ride away from the Porte Maillot, art hotel batignolles is located close to the well-known cabaret Le Moulin Rouge (15 minutes walking distance), the famous rue Lepic and the Butte Montmartre.Before leaving on a business appointment, thanks to the proximity of Gare Saint Lazare or the station Pont Cardinet (5 minutes walking distance) or before discovering Paris, thanks to several bus lines serving the Louvre, Opera Garnier and the Arc de Triomphe; enjoy a rich buffet breakfast, each morning, in a room in a typical Parisian vaulted ceiling ... more less
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