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You might wonder why someone living in Paris would write a review about the 4-star Hotel Monte Cristo, and you are right to do so. Admittedly, it does seem odd to stay in a hotel in Paris, their hometown.
But after years of debating, we finally decided to do some heavy renovations in our apartment and well, we were without a bathroom for a few days. So, we booked 3 nights in Hôtel Monte Cristo because my husband likes their Rum Bar 1802, I like the sauna, we love the area, and we were really in need of a bit of pampering.
For transparency, this is not a sponsored post. We chose the hotel for the reasons above and paid for it out of our pockets.
About the Hôtel Monte Cristo
My husband knew the hotel already from different Rum-related events they are hosting and went to the hotel-owned Bar 1802 a few times, but I haven’t been there before.
The name of the Hotel is a reference to the Count of Monte Cristo, the famous 19th-century adventure novel written by one of the most important French writers: Alexandre Dumas.
The decoration of the Hôtel Monte Cristo is inspired by the global adventures of the novel’s protagonist: Lush plants, dignified colors, rattan furniture, dim light, taxidermic tropical birds, Chinese vases, heavy velvet, and an overall sumptuous tropical vibe from a forgotten century. Combined with the strong rum-themed influence, you can easily see yourself on an odyssey to far-off lands.
Spoiler: The Hôtel Monte Cristo is by far the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at. Right, when entering the lobby, I was blown away by the attention to detail that is downright cocooning, so well it is assembled.
The Hotel Monte Cristo is a 4-Star Boutique Hotel with 50 rooms, including 4 suites. Some 4th and 5th-floor rooms are with balcony and a city view. The Hotel has also a swimming pool with a sauna, a restaurant, and a renowned rum bar, which is the only Rum Bar in France that is specialized in cocktails by the way.
Everyone we encountered in the Hotel, the Restaurant, and the Bar 1802 was speaking stellar English, exceptionally friendly and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed our stay.
Our Room at Hôtel Monte Cristo
We stayed in a Deluxe Room on the 4th floor. The room was overall around 22qm and equipped with a queen-size bed, bedside tables, a rattan wardrobe, a rattan bench, an armchair, a desk with a chair, and a TV with international channels. Despite the rather many furniture items, there was a lot of space, and it didn’t feel cramped at all. The room came as well with a Nespresso machine and free bottled water.
The hotel staff left a handwritten welcome note, together with a couple of yummy Madeleine cakes.
I especially liked the USB power sockets next to both sides of the bed. It’s very handy not to need a plug or a converter, but in my case, I mainly liked it because I forgot to pack the plug to charge my phone and only took the cable.
Our deluxe room had a balcony and thanks to the provided chairs and table it was a nice spot to hang out and catch some sun. The balcony doors were covered with a light curtain to grant privacy, but also had heavy curtains that shut out the light completely.
As our room was street-facing, we did hear the garbage trucks in the morning, but this is Paris and I think there is no street where you don’t hear them. Overall, the hotel was very quiet. We didn’t hear anything from the other rooms.
The Bathroom and WC
The very spacious bathroom had a bathtub and a sink with a big mirror and enough storage for our toiletries. It also had a make-up mirror and a blow-dryer. I was a bit setback to see that there were no shower curtains and imagined the bathroom to be flooded after each shower, but surprisingly, it wasn’t an issue at all. I could take my shower standing up, and the bathroom carpet was enough to catch the splashes.
To my big surprise, even the bathroom had large windowed doors that led to another balcony! Not a one to hang out at, but it was certainly nice to open the door after taking a shower.
The WC was in a separate room, as often in France. After all, our room had basically 3 sections: the main room with bed and desk, the bathroom and the WC.
- Nespresso Machine
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, hand soap)
- Bathrobe and slippers
- USB power sockets
- Free bottled water
- Air condition
- Good & free Wi-Fi connection (was critical for us because we both had to work during our stay)
- no Netflix or Chromecast (the Manager told us they are working on it, though)
- The missing shower curtain. It wasn’t a problem for me, but I could imagine that it might be for some bigger folks. But this being said, the pictures on the website show shower screens, so it’s likely that it was only our room.
- The rooms up to deluxe have150x200 or 160xcm beds, which correspond to a queen size. King-size beds are available in the suites.
Swimming Pool and Sauna
The Hotel Monte Cristo is one of the few hotels in Paris that has a pool and to be very honest, I have never seen a more beautiful indoor pool area. It is of course as well in line with the overall theme of the hotel. Expect to find yourself almost in a jungle with plenty of plants, candles, a very agreeable dim lightning, comfortable rattan armchairs with soft pillows and many extra towels.
What I liked the most is that you reserve 45 minutes (semi) private slots per room that you might need to share with another room, but you have still a lot of privacy. We have been lucky and had the pool and the sauna for ourselves. The pool could have been a tad warmer, but I dare to say once you’re in, it’s nice.
The pool area is in the basement, and you can get there directly by elevator and in your bathrobes, without crossing anyone else really.
If you intend to take the Sauna, I advise telling management before, so they turn it on in advance. When we have been there for the first time, the Sauna was off. We could turn it on ourselves, but by the time it was hot enough, our 45 min were over. On our second visit to the pool, the Sauna was on and everything went smooth.
The Breakfast is served in the beautiful bar of the Hotel on the ground floor. For my taste, there wasn’t anything missing, and they even had things I didn’t know I wanted, bagels for example. It’s overall a rich continental breakfast buffet style.
They had different sorts of bread and pastries, jam, honey, croissants, pancakes, but also several kinds of cold cuts and cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and of course fresh juices, coffees, and teas.
It’s maybe a detail, but I especially liked the staff at the breakfast buffet. They were very friendly when welcoming us, making sure we got a nice table, asking us what we would like to drink, and only as a side note, did they ask for our room number. It felt like a priority that we felt good taken care of, and the administrative side of things was only an unimportant detail.
The Bar 1802
If you aren’t staying at the Hotel or searching for Rum Bars in Paris, you would think that Bar 1802 is just another hotel bar. But in fact, it isn’t. It’s the only bar in France that serves exclusively rum and rum-based cocktails. Their rum selection is outstanding, with several hundreds of different rums, and it’s a real institution for rum lovers in Paris. The Bar 1802 is one of the best cocktail bars in Paris!
The very enjoyable thing is, that you can not only drink rum there, but you can also book a rum tasting in Bar 1802. The bartender and rum expert will sit with you and introduce you to the different rums, their specifics, and their special features.
The Restaurant Le Grand Dictionnaire
On the second evening of our stay in the Hôtel Monte Cristo, we had dinner in the restaurant, Le Grand Dictionnaire. Even though the restaurant belongs to the hotel, it is not in the same building, but literally just across the street and decorated exactly as beautifully as the hotel itself. You can make your reservation at the hotel reception.
It is not a place for quick bites and cheap eats, but a place to enjoy absolutely delicious gastronomic French cuisine. They change the menu every two weeks or so and you can choose between two starters, two mains, and two desserts.
When we were there, one of the starters included mussels and the main was either meat or fish. As its set menu, it is not vegetarian-friendly. (I am uncertain whether they could cater to vegetarians on special request, though)
They don’t have a paper menu, and the waiter will tell you what’s on. He spoke excellent English and was very friendly and welcoming.
The atmosphere was rather casual, we wore jeans and sneakers. If I remember correctly, the menu was €34 if you took a starter and a main dish, and €42 if you added a dessert. In any case, we paid around €100 for two full menus and 2 glasses of wine.
Tip: There are many restaurants around the Hôtel Monte Christo that cater to every budget and taste.
Location of the Hôtel Monte Cristo
The Hôtel Monte Cristo is on Rue Pascal, in the 5th arrondissement. On the edge of the Latin Quarter and just a few steps away from Rue Mouffetard, a perfect place if you are interested in restaurants, shopping, delis, and bars.
I counted at least 3 restaurants and bars within 150 m of the Hotel. All of them were busy places with full terraces and rather frequented by locals.
My husband and I love to explore Paris walking, so it wasn’t an issue to leave the hotel on foot. We even walked up to République and the Louvre. However, there is a Line 7 Metro station just 350 m from the Hotel that connects you directly and within a few minutes with some of the main sights in Paris:
- Notre Dame (4 stops)
- Châtelet (5 stops)
- Pont Neuf (6 stops)
- Louvre & Tuileries (7 stops)
- Opéra (9 stops)
Sights in walking distance:
- Jardin des Plantes (10 min)
- Arènes de Lutèce (12 min)
- Panthéon (13 min)
- Jardin du Luxembourg (16 min)
- Catacombs (18 min)
- La Seine (22 min)
- Shakespeare & Company Bookstore (22 min)
- Notre Dame (24 min)
The Hôtel Monte Cristo is centrally located, in a quiet street, but just a few steps from one of the most popular streets of Paris: Rue Mouffetard. It’s perfectly located to explore Paris by day and enjoy local vibes by night.
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