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Hippodrome Hotel
Ranked #1,227 of 1,803 Hotels in Paris
Reviewed 19 August 2013

We visited Paris, France in June 2013 and stayed in this Hotel for a week. I guess with a limited budget, it's impossible to have a hotel with all the things fabulous. Decide what criteria are non-negotiable for you and which are those you can leave a few days without. With your standards trimmed down to what is important, its now easier to decide on which hotel you will pick to stay. Here are my comments for this hotel.

Aye!
1. The location is very accessible. It's near (a) Metro train station (b) one of the stops of city bus tour (Moulin Rouge) (c) regular bus stops and (d) no problem getting a taxi.
2. The place is very convenient. There are (a) various restaurants, fast food (McDonalds, KFC, local cafes, chinese take aways). If they are not open for 24 hours, I don't exactly know what time they close. KFC/McDonalds/local cafes are still open past 12 a.m. (b) Near ATMs (c) there are various convenient stores (local small shops) for many things from bottled water to fruits.
3. Because of point 1 and 2, the place is busy which means, there is no problem going back late at night. There are lots of people outside. The hotel is in a small road in the area so you wont be disturbed by the noise either.
4. The room (at least our room) is spacious for us. There is enough space for our things and to move around. Of course "enough space" is relative and it depends on your expectations. Remember, this is a two star hotel in Paris. (also, see comment for the bathroom on Ney!)
5. The room is clean. We always come back to the hotel every night with the room tidied up.
6. The attendants are courteous and very helpful. Many of them understand and accommodate english only speakers.
7. I think the price is reasonable at least when we had it.

Ney!
1. There is no elevator. Our room is on the 3rd floor (4th floor for Americans) and I have to carry our luggage from the ground to the 3rd on a narrow spiral stairs.
2. The bathroom is big but the shower room is very small. I often bump the soap holder and it's difficult to pick fallen things in it. The bathroom has an unused real estate enough to accommodate our empty luggage. It would have been better if the space was used for the shower room.
3. No wifi or perhaps limited wifi (cant access many sites including facebook!)
4. The toilet is in a separate room. There is no exhaust. The lights automatically switches off (no on/off switch) after few minutes even if your performance is not yet done. You have to waive your hands in the air and say "let there be light!". Sometimes "and there is light", but on other times, complete darkness.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank rcebuna
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

We picked this hotel in booking.com (specifically mentioning that we needed an adapted room) - Hippodrome was the only 2-star hotel in Montmartre that claimed to have adapted room (iaccording to booking.com and in their home page). When we arrived, our room was supposed to be on 2nd floor (no elevator at the hotel and the staircase is very narrow). We managed to get a room on the ground floor but it was tiny and there was no window. The personnel was friendly and understanding though and gave us discount since the room was far from what was originally promised. The location of the hotel is great - it is located in a quiet small street but in the very centre of Montmartre)

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank annehe
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Reviewed 17 March 2011

Even though we had two small problems (bathroom door wouldn't stay shut and the only free electrical outlet wasn't well attached to the wall), this is a great hotel and a great value. It was very clean and on the larger side for a cheap Paris hotel. The location is unbeatable (two blocks from the Moulin Rouge, Sacre Coeur, and right near a metro station and TWO Starbucks) and the staff was very nice, friendly, and helpful. I am actually going to stay here again when I go back to Paris in a few weeks. It was really fun to stay in this part of town. The bathroom was super clean and the bed was comfortable...what more could you ask for. We didn't eat breakfast there and I actually didn't see anyone eating breakfast there so I don't know if its worth the extra money.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank erraticbinxie
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Reviewed 7 October 2010

Typical Parisian mid-range hotel. Friendly service, tiny room with even tinier bathroom. Close to two metro stations and walking distance to many attractions. Very close to Place de Clichy (strip clubs etc) & the Moulin Rouge. Award winning baguettes 2 mins away at Coquelicot.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Mannie131
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Reviewed 25 March 2010

We tried to be in the room only after dark as we didnt want to have to look at the black mould around the windows or on the ceiling or the peeling wallpaper. We arrived quite late on the night we checked in and when we asked to be moved we were told they were full. It seemed unlikely as it was a Wednesday night and indeed over the following four days we did not see any other guests or here anyone coming or going. We had to step into the shower in order to make room for the bathroom door to close. There was also a large hole in the wall above the shower where a vent may have once been. The only good point was the high water pressure making for a very enjoyable shower experience but be sure to bring your own soap as none is provided. Overall it looked like thethe kind of place that might rent rooms by the hour. It was shabby and poorly maintained. The foam mattresses and the homeless man who lived in a self built hut accross the road added to that theory.
Probably most suitable for stag weekends or backpackers on a tight budget.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank annettemg
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Reviewed 20 December 2008

The Hippodrome is at the very west end of the Pigalle area of Montmarte - the road that leads from the Gare du Nord and goes past the strip club district, the Sacre Couer, the Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir. All making for a very interesting walk to the hotel - if you're going with your partner or a prudish friend though, take care - the strip clubs and their promoters are fairly prevalent.
It's not at all threatening and the promoters tend to leave couples alone, but if it's not your style I'd give the Hippodrome a miss. If you are game for a laugh, go for it - it can be fairly amusing.

The hotel itself is close to the Place de Clichy, convenient for access to the Gare du Nord and also for the Champs Elysees. It's not really convenient for walking anywhere in the city apart from the Sacre Couer, and a walk through the back streets of Montmartre is very pleasant. The markets of this part of town are arabic and mostly consist of tacky or cheap goods, don't expect beautiful markets like those found in Le Gobelins here!

The hotel is run by a family who are friendly and keep the rooms clean. We didn't have any soap in the room when we arrived though, and the bathroom was so small that closing the door was awkward. Small rooms are par for the course in these hotels though, as is the large circular staircase leading up the middle of the hotel. Not for the disabled guest!

There's nowhere close to get a nice fresh breakfast, which is dissapointing, but reflects the area really.

Overall, I'd reccomend this for a bunch of guys to stay cheaply - but not couples or travellers with kids. There are hotels this cheap that are better located to see the city and that have better amenities nearby.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with friends
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1  Thank colonelcrow
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Reviewed 17 July 2008

This was my first trip to Paris and first trip to France. Everybody had prepared me for the overall known bad standards for hotels in Paris compared too many other European capitals, but I got a really positive experience.
The hotel is situated just around the corner for Place the Clichy and the metro station that easily take you where ever you want to go in Paris. The room I got (#14) was quite spacious and clean, the bed where comfy and there where no noise. The room had separate toilet and bathroom. The bathroom was with white clean tiles and the shower basin was big and the water had good pressure and good temperature.
Yes the room was worn, the carpet a bit wobbly and the closet really old and wiggly, but that is not important for a good stay in my eyes.
The hotel has no elevator, and it might be that I would have resented that if I stayed further up than second floor.
The hotel had friendly staff. Their English skills weren’t that good, but they tried as best as they could and showed no arrogance. And the hotel offered free internet axcess, that’s a plus.

You can easily walk to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur where you have a beautiful view of the city. The neighbourhood is Friendly and as a solo female traveller I never felt it unsafe even though the red light district of Paris also is just around the corner.
There are many eating places in the neighbourhood and a big plus is the cinema “next door” that is showing in original voices.

Paris embraced me. It took me 6 hours to just fall in love with the city. And I would love to come back and stay in the same hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled on business
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Address: 7 rue Forest | 18 Arr., 75018 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Montmartre
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Ranked #1,227 of 1,803 Hotels in Paris
Price Range: £57 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hippodrome Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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