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On our last visit to Paris we stayed at the Royal Fromentin Hotel, just around the corner from the Moulin Rouge. We selected it because it's so close to both Montmartre which we wanted to explore and Gare Du Nord, where our Thalys train ended it's journey.
We reserved a room with two beds and were pleasantly surprised to find two open rooms, each with a queen-sized bed! The bay windows and french doors opened onto a view of our street and upwards to the exotic Sacre Coeur which seemed to hover over the many rooftops of Montmartre.
The new windows with double paned glass cut out almost all the street noise from the neighboring Boulevard de Clichy, and the lovely upholstered walls pretty much isolated us from our neighbors conversations.
The lobby of the hotel, which was once a popular cabaret has been restored to its 1930s elegance with original wood paneling and period furnishings. Just off the lobby is the breakfast room where we enjoyed our complimentary continental breakfast of croissants, baguettes, brioche, butter, jam and coffee.
I really enjoyed the tiny old elevator in the Hotel Royal Fromentin, which claims to hold 3 people, but I'd have to qualify that and say 3 skinny people! It's a classic, and I'm surprised it's still working after all these years. Good luck going up with your luggage!
The surrounding neighborhood must be considered when booking this hotel. Just around the corner is the Boulevard De Clichy, which is Paris' red light district, complete with the Moulin Rouge and more nefarious sex shops, peepshows, prostitutes and shady characters. The nearest metro station, Pigalle, is notorious for pickpockets (we encountered several there - sort of a standard feature!). So staying in this area one must be constantly aware of who is around you and what they're doing! Of course this is true in many districts in Paris, even in museums, and a good idea for all tourists.
The upside of this location is that just across the notorious street, is Montmartre, where traffic and hassles seem to vanish, and a uniquely Parisian experience awaits the visitor. Montmartre is full of wonderful art galleries, restaurants, gift shops, markets, quaint, steep streets, views over the city from Sacre Coeur, even Vincent Van Gogh's brother Theo's house (where Vincent stayed in Paris).
So you needn't get on public transportation to visit one of the more interesting districts in Paris. Just stroll across the street and up the hill. Just around the hotel is musician heaven with one music store after another
Between the romantic ambiance of the hotel and the proximity of the lovely Montmartre district, I can recommend this hotel for anyone who likes to visit the more offbeat, interesting zones of this wonderful city called Paris.