During the second half of our week in Paris, we stayed in a Junior Garden Suite, the second largest room type behind their Garden Apartment, at Hotel Monsieur Aristide, which is so named for the street it’s on, named after singer Aristide Bruant. This gorgeous, Bohemian luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Montmarte in Paris is equal parts eco-friendly and artistic and is like a garden oasis in the city. We chose it for the great reviews and the numerous houseplants, rattan furniture, private garden, and the proximity to things we wanted to do, like visit the Louvre, and Eiffel Tower and explorie the surrounding 18th arrondissement. We had a wonderful stay here, and there was nothing I would change. Everything from the room itself and the welcoming staff who treated us like old friends to the great location and convenience of traveling around was fantastic.
Hôtel Monsieur Aristide
Location: Paris, France
Address: 3 rue Aristide Bruant
Rating: 4-Star Hotel
Adresses Hôtels Member
Staff Helpfulness & Friendliness: 5/5
Room Amenities: 3/5
Room and Bed Comfort: 5/5
Valet Parking: No
Pool & Hot Tubs: No
Proximity to Other Points of Interest: 5/5
Arrival at Hôtel Monsieur Aristide
We took an Uber from the Gare de l’Est (Paris-Est) train station in Paris because we had a couple of large luggage and backpacks that would make navigating the subway or city trains challenging. Upon arrival, the hotel staff greeted us by name and were very excited that my husband Robin and I had French names despite being American. The front desk attendant on duty, Pierre was so helpful and kind, and made sure we knew to leave our room key at the desk when we left, told us how breakfast worked, made us aware of the amenities, and offered to give us directions or call us a taxi should we need it.
Fresh flowers abound, and the hotel lobby smelled delightfully of the hand-selected blooms and food scratch made in the café attached to the hotel. I’ll touch more on the lobby, the hotel itself, and the restaurant below.
Of course, these are all quite basic things one would expect at any decent hotel, but even so, it was much appreciated after traveling. He led us through the hotel and into the ground-level private garden attached to our suite. Pierre helped us bring our bags to our room and informed us that we needed only to call the front desk if we needed anything at all, from more toiletries or food from the hotel’s café to a change in thermostat within our room.
Ambience of Hôtel Monsieur Aristide
The hotel is very sustainable in nature, another reason we selected it over the other options in and around Paris. Most of the furniture within the hotel and the rooms is one-of-a-kind, handmade, and carefully curated from fleamarkets around Paris and other parts of France, making it a truly unique experience. This means no two rooms are the same, and everything has a very earthy and welcoming feel. Numerous indoor plants brighten the space, and the dark wood accents, wicker, rattan, and otherwise, make the entire space feel inviting and intimate.
Within the lobby and the hotel rooms themselves, there were numerous books from Marie-Rose, the bookshop on rue Lepicon, on various subjects, primarily art and culture, for guests to borrow and enjoy, as well as musical instruments, sheet music, and more. A jukebox in the lobby featuring music made by Parisian residents never played during our stay, but it added a touch of whimsy to the hotel that begged guests to seek out other such delights scattered around the pied-à-Terre. It almost felt like an interactive museum, more so than any other we’ve stayed at in recent memory.
Our Garden Suite & Its Amenities
Our Garden Suite had a walkout to the private garden, which was the main draw for us booking this room type. It was the perfect amount of space for the two of us, particularly because we spent all day, from the time the sun rose until long after it set, enjoying the city. The furniture was lovely and very unique, and I may or may not have tried to convince Robin to smuggle the armoire back home with us (kidding, kidding, but it was my favorite piece in the room!). There were quirky decor pieces like matryoshka dolls, books, a globe, pretty groupings of wall art, dried flowers, and other little treasures scattered around the room that made it feel welcoming and lived in in the best way possible.
The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom was spacious with excellent water pressure in the shower, and there were far more outlets in this hotel than in other hotels we’ve stayed in around Europe, which was a relief when we had so many mobile devices, batteries, and other electronics to power and charge. Everything was completely silent, and despite being on the ground floor of the hotel, we never heard anyone above us or outside as the situation of the building means the garden is located within a private, central courtyard. I will say that the only “issue” with this room was that while we were in the courtyard, people in the restaurant could look down at us from the outdoor seating area, which made it far less private while the restaurant was in operation. If you have the opportunity to stay at Hotel Monsieur Aristide, I recommend keeping the curtains drawn while the restaurant is open for business.
Dining at Hotel Monsieur Aristide
The hotel features a café and outdoor restaurant that utilizes fresh, local ingredients to give travelers in Paris a taste of southern French flavors that transport diners to the coasts of the Mediterranean basin and beyond. Only offering seasonal dishes, the menu is ever-evolving, but the passion for artistry, hospitality, and bringing out the best in the ingredients remains true no matter the time of year. Diners can enjoy their meal indoors or out, and there’s also a sumptuous mahogany bar that serves up what’s rumored to be the very best cocktails in Montmartre. Every night the bar was packed with locals who made the sojourn to the hotel in order to enjoy the great food and drinks, great company, and the cozy atmosphere.
Final Thoughts on Our Stay
Everything at Hotel Monsieur Aristide from arrival to departure was perfect. It was very near the Abbesses Train Station, which made getting around Paris with our Île-de-France Navigo passes that helped us pay one flat fee for unlimited usage of public transportation. Then, using Google Maps or SNCF Connect app, we were able to get anywhere we wanted to go with ease using public transport, like the Louvre Museum, Disneyland Paris, and beyond.
Beyond convenience and comfort, the atmosphere of the hotel was very serene, the food and the restaurants around it were phenomenal, the shopping was unique and varied, and the people in the neighborhood were some of the kindest and friendliest we’ve met in all of Europe. We’ve already decided that we’d like to visit again someday. Have questions about our hotel stay? Ask them below!