Hôtel Le Chat Noir
What We Love
- Located in the lively heart of Pigalle, close to the Moulin Rouge and the Sacré-Coeur
- Built on the site of Paris’s first cabaret
- Rooms on the top floors offer stunning views of the Paris skyline
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Pigalle is losing its sleazy reputation, but there are still peep shows and adult shops in the area
- There's no restaurant, but breakfast is served daily and the lobby is open 24/7
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the bohemian neighborhood of Pigalle, a block from the Moulin Rouge, Le Chat Noir takes its name from Paris’s first cabaret, which occupied the site until the 1920s. Inspired by the hotel’s legendary address, the decor is a bold mix of red, black and white, with velvet curtains over the windows. Each floor is named after a famous 19th-century writer, and black silhouettes inspired by the art of shadow theater adorn every door and lampshade.
Bed and Bath
The 39 guestrooms are cozy and simple. White walls and crisp white bed linen are set against black carpets and furniture, and the red footstools bearing the hotel’s insignia match the velvet curtains over the windows. The sleek tile bathrooms are spacious and feature a chunky sink, a walk-in shower or a tub, and signature toiletries bearing a cat motif. Air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi come standard.
There’s no restaurant on-site, but a copious breakfast buffet is served daily in a petite dining room decked out with red leather-look stools and banquettes and striking cutouts of cats at the window. The lobby is also open 24/7.
In the Area
The neon-lit neighborhood of Pigalle is famous for its nightlife, and you can find bars, pubs, clubs and erotic establishments on every corner. Wander up the narrow cobblestone streets to Montmartre and its basilica, the Sacré-Coeur. Check out the portrait artists in the Place du Tertre and quench your thirst at the Lapin Agile, once frequented by Picasso and his painterly brethren. Visit the Musée de Montmartre to learn more about this neighborhood’s revolutionary past and its artistic legacy. There’s a fabulous choice of restaurants if you head away from the main tourist drag; try the cocktails and fusion cuisine at la Famille or the excellent salads at Le Miroir.
How to Get There
I was greeted warmly by the manager and told while my room was small (I stayed in the single), it had a little balcony and a lovely view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. It did not disappoint - although the Eiffel Tower was in the distance, it was clearly visible.
Unfortunately, the misses started to add up:
- the balcony had cigarette butts on the floor, so clearly had not been cleaned.
- while the air con was working, it wasnt great. And it was actually cooler outside than inside. The day wasnt hot either, so I dread to think what it would be like on a hot summer day.
- with the balcony doors open, it was incredibly noisy with the traffic below. With the doors closed, it was much quieter, but the hotel has not been well insulated to other guests. So there were constant bangs and voices could be clearly heard in the hall.
- I left my bag when I checked out and went to pick it up in the afternoon. A different person was at the desk, and very unhelpful and unfriendly. He expected me to know where my bag was and then didn't offer to get it. I had to move someone else's suitcase from a shelf to get mine.
- I then ordered a taxi for a certain time. When I enquired where it was, i was made to feel like it was my fault and again I should know what taxi was ordered. It transpired that they hadn't actually ordered the taxi. Almost 25 mins elapsed before my taxi arrived and I only just made the cut-off time for my Eurostar train, by about 2 mins.
I will definitely not stay here again and I would recommend you look elsewhere. There are many hotels in the Montmartre area that would do a much better job of looking after you.
Had an amazing 3 night stay at Le Chat Noir! From arrival we had really great and kind service from all the staff we encountered. The bed in the room was huge and so comfortable and with black out curtains made for such a good nights sleep. We were also really impressed by the shower, it was big and worked perfectly. The welcome area to the hotel is really secure and made you feel very safe by having to be buzzed into the hotel by the 24hr reception staff, the interior is also really cool and stylish. Would 100% stay again and will definitely recommend the hotel to anyone visiting Paris! Thanks for a great stay
Really nice hotel, quiet rooms, the area surrounding it is busy and pleasant, great breakfast, very friendly reception, and we really enjoyed it.
We were a bit worried about the area, but it turned out to be fine, and has changed a lot from when I was last there.
Thank you for a very nice stay, this is a very good hotel and I really recommend it without any hesitation.
The windmill is red, the metro station is white and the cat is black in this colourful neighbourhood. It is difficult to find a decent hotel in Paris without paying top dollar but I managed to get a really good train and hotel deal with Eurostar. I had read many bad reviews for hotels in Paris, rude staff, small rooms, dirty bathrooms etc and then I read the reviews for Le Chat Noir. Based on these reviews, I decided to book a stay at Le Chat Noir and it proved to be a good decision. The staff were friendly and our room was clean and modern with a nice bathroom and a big, comfy bed. The hotel is in an area which is not suitable for everyone, but there are also many positives to this location. Blanche metro station is right outside, Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur are within walking distance and the Gare du Nord can be reached very easily. We enjoyed our stay at Le Chat Noir and would definitely recommend this hotel.
Great hotel and fantastic staff! The hotel is fully renovated and immaculately clean. The rooms are clean, the bed linens and towels are of good quality and the bathrooms are roomy and very well appointed. The hotel is in a lively neighbourhood where one feels safe walking about at any time. It is a short walk to Montmartre with plenty of dining choices along the way. I will definitely stay at this hotel again on my next visit to Pairs.