Though it’s right outside the border, the soul of this quirky hotel belongs in Montmartre. Funky and imaginative, the decor is the work of the owner-artist who likes to use bright colors and offbeat details like mosaic mirror frames and tiny sparkly chandeliers. The largest and most atmospheric rooms are in the “pavilion,” a small, separate house behind the main building, with high ceilings and large windows. However, these rooms are separated by a pretty garden patio used by the in-house restaurant, Bistrot des Dames, which means that there can be noise until midnight in the warmer months. If you are a stickler for tidiness, you may not appreciate the occasional chipped paint or loose floor tiles; if you are young at heart, you will love the bohemian charm of the place. For those who don’t mind sharing a bathroom, rates go as low as 60€ for a double and 70€ for a triple. The hotel has no elevator and no TV or telephone in the rooms.
- Margie Rynn