In once sleazy south Pigalle (SoPi), now one of the most happening parts of the city. It's just down the hill from Montmartre and an easy walk to the Grands Boulevards.
A few have been decorated by artists: 50s schoolgirl retro from Sophie Calle, glow-in-the-dark graphics from M/M (Paris) and co-owner André's personal mix of Mr A cushions, customised robots and Terry Richardson photos. Another is decorated with detective novels and photo mags, while several have cheerful Marimekko print curtains. The Amour gets back to basics: think no TV, no telephone, but a comfortable bed, good shower and a dock for your i-pod, though lack of air-conditioning and double-glazing can mean streetside noise.
There is a 70s style bar and bistro downstairs and a romantically overgrown courtyard at the rear with candelit tables. Table football is located in the cellar.
Eating and drinking
The downstairs bistro [node:168069], where you can dine in the 70s interior or al fresco in the ivy-hung courtyard, has a great atmosphere and draws a varied Parisian crowd for good simple food, perhaps roast chicken or a Ceasar salad.
Laidback and friendly, though don't expect room service; restaurant staff are lovely.
Who stays there
Actually a surprisingly varied crowd for somewhere so trendy.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Relaxed yet buzzy atmosphere
- Artist-design bedrooms
- Agreeable restaurant
- Street can be noisy