Very Good10 Reviews
0.98km from Cafe Jeux NatemaWe "discovered" this charming hotel by accident--the Paris heatwave of 2019 (i.e., we booked a room in a hotel without AC). After making the decision to check out of that hotel, we found this one at the last moment, and what a relief from the moment we walked in the door. And the AC is quite good (and you have complete control over temperature and fan speed). Our weekday manager, Veronique, was very welcoming and helpful, and we were able to settle into one of the two rooms we had booked as a "family room": one room with two twin beds, another a short way down the hall with a queen. The twin bed room (#43) has a bath; (#44) a shower. Both look onto an open airway (sorry, no views here), but at the price, it's fantastic--very quiet and very comfortable. There is no fridge in the room, nor microwave, but the staff will let you store a bottle of wine in the fridge (the stores close around 10, so make sure you plan). The rooms have great lighting (including flexible reading lights!), and are equipped with storage space and a desk. By "American" standards, the rooms may be considered small (and the elevator smaller--think moving phone booth), but again, don't try to sleep four to a room here--you can't. Staff will clean your room if you want (they are also "Eco" rated, so if you don't need a clean towel, keep it off the floor and staff will leave it), the tele does offer CNN International as the only English channel, and there is a McDonald's across the street if you must. But at your doorstep are several good bakeries, a well-stocked grocery (Carrefour is two short blocks away), and the Gambetta Metro stop (#3). Pere Lachaisse Cemetery is a five minute walk. And a host of very good bars and restaurants. You will really experience the charm of Paris here, away from the tourist crowds. Oh, and the #69 bus (that Rick Steves and others list as "the" public bus tour of Paris)? It stops right in front of the hotel. Mind you, it took us more than an hour to travel from here to the Champ de Mars (the park in front of the Tour Eiffel), but what a trip--it drives by the Hotel de Ville, through the Louvre, past Les Invalides...). Keep in mind that the neighborhood is smack-dab in the center of the 20er Arrondissement--it's one more stop till the end of the line for the Metro (but it's within the beltway). Be prepared to discover the wonders of the Metro... And if you've ever seen old movies where you turn in your key before you leave--they still do that here. And there is always someone at the front desk (although the evening staff's English is a little more limited, they are quite helpful, and you're in Paris!). So, to "vos saviours" at L'Hotel Palma, merci beaucoup. You really helped us to save our trip.