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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Royale Paris
My boyfriend brought us here to celebrate my 30th birthday.
He had not read any of the reveiws on here, so we were initially a little shocked to find that it was situated in a red light district. We found the hotel quite difficult to find and there was no concierge at the door, you had to ring a bell.
The reception resembled a small boutique and smelt gorgeous of rose and vanilla. The man on reception was friendly and helped us with our baggage to our room.
The hallways were decorated in blue and crimson velvet with gilt edging and lots of gold. I loved it, as it was so different to anything I had seen before.
Our room was like something out of a movie, in fact much better than anything in Moulin Rouge. We had an attic room that was a nice size with a balcony, plasma tv, and a large bed with gorgeous bedding and drapes. I loved the curtains with shoes on - so Vivian Westwood. The walls and doors were covered in velvet. Pure Opulence! The best bit for me was the ceiling as it had been painted like the sky and at night had little lights that shone like stars. So So romantic.
The bathroom was one of the best I have ever experienced. It was a nice size with a balcony. Marble vanity unit and a huge double size jacuzzi tub with cushions for your heads. I will always have fond memories of drinking champagne in it.
The view was of a square with a fountain and bars and shops and you could also see the Sacre Coer.
The location is great for Monmatre which is my favourite part of Paris. I would highly recommend you get a portrait done. I did not find a good restaurant in the area.
We were not intimidated by the sex shops and the sex shows however there were alot of single men hanging around.
This hotel is certainly a rareity. If you are looking for a romantic, sumptious sexy weekend with your loved one I would certainly recommend it. If you are looking for a formal 4* hotel with staff that pamper to your every whim and size matters then go somewhere else.
Know your areas!!!
The villa royale hotel was chosen by us as part of a honeymoon celebration. Described by expedia as a 4 star hotel at the foot of montmartre, with themed rooms all with jacuzzi. The reality was more like a 3 star in the middle of place pigalle(red light district) and all tiles dropping of jacuzzi. The themed room was quite quirky, however we were slap, bang in the middle of sleaze. There was a tiny bed and breakfast type reception complete with no one behind the reception and the main entry door to the hotel was always locked!!! You had to buzz even during the day to be let in. The staff were impolite and scruffy looking. There was no concierge facilities or any facilities that you would expect of a 4 star establishment. Please be aware that if you stay in this hotel you are possibly paying a lot of money and not getting the service you have paid for as they ask of you the typical 4 star cash. The bed linen was all clean and the room tidy enough. Did not try any food.
No detail is overlooked in this charming, romantic hotel
We just returned from 3 nights in this really romantic hotel. We had a suite with a jacuzzi tub which was wonderful, especially after a long flight and it was large enough to fit my husband and I. The room and bathroom are definitely larger than the usual european size hotel room. There was no detail overlooked in this hotel. The decor is really wonderful...vibrant colors, beautiful furnishings..and breakfast was perfect and delicious. My only complaint (although i'm not complaining at all since we really enjoyed our stay...) was that we were not told that the Pigalle metro stop which is essentially steps from the hotel is closed for renovation through the winter. The closest stop - Blanche is only a block and a half away so not a big deal. The only other issue was that we booked our room through laterooms which had the cheapest rates of all and we thought we paid for a room with jacuzzi and fireplace and views of sacre couer...however when our room had no fireplace and my husband inquired...we were told that laterooms was incorrect in their description and we did not pay for the luxury suite that had the fireplace...again not that big of a deal as the room we had was wonderfully romantic. Just one more note...the area is definitely NOT seedy or unnerving. We are from Philly and we found it lively...yes, there are sex shops everywhere on the street but nobody bothered us and we did not see anything sleezy at all - nor did we feel threatened at any time...in fact, it was amusing. Thankyou Villa Royale..we would DEFINITELY stay again!!!!!!
Location, Location, Location
We stayed at the Villa Royale for two nights in early September and found the whole experience to be most enjoyable. This hotel has bags of character and, although being amongst a few sex shops I didn't feel intimidated by any seediness nor did I see ANY of the sordid looking characters you would normally see around these places. The rooms were well maintained and breakfast was a pleasant experience too. From a location point of view it is perfect, being right next to Pigalle Tube station and at the foot of the Monmatre. We also found a fantastic restaurant- Le Table D'Anvers- within a five minute walk of the hotel. Top quality food and a wine list to die for. The combination of this fantastic hotel and restaurant means we'll be back several times in the not too distant future.
This is an excellent hotel, located right at the centre of Monmatre. ok there are a lot of sex shops in this area, but go off the main strip and walk up to the sacre coer and its completley different. its not a threatening area, and its 24hr so there are always people around.
The hotel itself is beautiful, jacuzzi in the bathroom, and plasma tv. all decorated in a very moulin rouge style. very romantic.
would recommend this hotel. A+++++
The earlier comment about this hotel being straight out of "Moulin Rouge" is bang-on. The decor borders on 'bordello', but it is done with tongue firmly in cheek, so it works. The rooms are very small (it's like living inside of an eccentric aunt's jewelry box) but they do have some charm. The bathrooms are elegant and well appointed, but again very small. We were there 4 nights, and would probably not return as the rooms are simply too small for more than one or two nights. The neighborhood is dodgy... "Sexorama" to the left "Sexodrome" to the right. I grew tired of being harassed by people to enter these clubs as I simply tried to make my way back to the hotel at night. Mind you, Sacre Coeur and the charming restaurants of Montmartre are a short stroll away, so that was some consolation. Still, it's not the area of Paris I would stay in again next time I return.
We stayed at the Villa Royale for 3 nights and found it to be very satisfactory and excellent value for money. The rooms are small, but are beautifully decorated with high quality furnishings. There are even plasma TV's incorporated into picture frames on the wall!
It's location, although at the very end of a street with many sex shops faces a small square with a pretty fountain and Pigalle Metro station. This area is overlooked by the Sacre Coeur (10 minutes walk). The street also houses the famous Moulin Rouge so is always very busy with tourists even late at night and thus we felt safe throughout our stay.
The only gripe is that the area is quite noisy and busy (but to be realistic, it is central Paris), so sleeping with the windows open is not an option. But with the windows closed and the air con on, sleeping is not a problem and nothing can be heard from outside.
I would recommend this hotel, especially with the many good value deals available via expedia etc.
Moulin Rouge LIves
I know what one of the other reviewers means, this hotel is straight off the film set of Moulin Rouge. Its wonderful - just what you want for a weekend with you special someone. The decor is heavy on the reds and velvets, but tasteful in a very exotic, turn of the century way. The rooms are large with huge beds, great linens. The rooms over the front of the hotel are best. They have large in room jacuzzi tubs and huge plasma tvs. All rooms have plasma tvs. There is a small breakfast room and the continental breakfast was good.
Now, to address some of the things you should know. This hotel is right in the centre of Pigalle at the foot of Montmartre hill. This is the leading nightclub/redlight district of Paris. You will be surrounded by nightclubs, strip clubs and some sex shows. If this offends you, don't stay here. On the other hand if you are going to the Moulin Rouge or the other large shows its incredibly convenient. Likewise, you can walk up to Montmartre in about 15 minutes - lovely walk up charming streets and some great restaurants on the way.
The other slightly odd thing about the hotel is that (probably because of the location) the main door is kept locked and you have to knock to be let in. THis is generally not a problem, but it was a couple of times when we had to wait for a few moments.
So, if you want a really great room with a quirky but luxurious and exotically romantic atmosphere - this is unbeatable. If you are looking for drop dead service or are easily offended by the surrounding area then look elsewhere.
One of the Worst
This has got to be one of the worst hotels my husband and I have ever stayed in. It is on the Pigalle circle, just at the end of the biggest porno street I have ever seen. The rooms face the circle, not the street itself. We walked down this street and didn't feel safe. We stayed here (3/26/04) to see the art and theater district, not slumville.
When we got there, you need to buzz the receptionist to let you in (I can see why they have security!) and the hotel smells of very strong perfume. Our room wasn't ready, along with many others, and had to wait. When we did get our room, we opened the door and about ran right into the bed, it is by far the smallest hotel room I've ever seen. It is quite "fruity" looking and no room for your bags.
We walked around most of the day and when it came time to go to bed (around midnight) it was stuffy in the halls and room. We finally had to open the window at 3:00 a.m. and it was like hearing a party in your bathroom. We didn't get a wink of sleep and left the hotel at 8:00 a.m.
On the corner of the hotel we needed to get back to the metro station across the street and were stopped by five drunk french men singing and stopping me from walking. They then followed us down into the Metro at Pigalle. There were many others still wandering about the area drunk and obscene.
I would never recommend this hotel to anyone. The receptionist could barely speak English and was rude when we asked questions. Beware of this hotel... do NOT stay at this hotel, and if you do, please don't stay alone.
Like stepping into moulin rouge the movie
we decided to stay at villa royale after seeing it on the holiday programme. just a 5 min walk from the moulin rouge it is in the heart of the theatre district, just a 10 min walk from the beautiful sacre coure. the decor is like stepping into the movie moulin rouge. the rooms are like boudoirs with small plasma tv, mini bar and nice bathrooms. exceptionally clean,with very friendly staff on hand. great value for money and a must for a weekend of love in paris. very cool!!!
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