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Victoria Hotel 2.0

9th Arrondissement (Opera Garnier), Paris, France

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Pros

  • Great central location in historic Cité Bergère, just off the Grand Boulevard, near the Metro
  • Cold breakfast buffet served in vaulted cellar breakfast room
  • Hip contemporary decor
  • Clean (but small) rooms with good water pressure

Cons

  • Narrow hallways need paint and refurbishing
  • Tiny rooms and tinier bathrooms
  • Rooms are worn around the edges
  • Free Wi-Fi in lobby only, with spotty service
  • No air-conditioning in most rooms
  • Breakfast selection and quality are not great

Bottom Line

The 105-room budget Hotel Victoria is located in historic Cité Bergère, in the Ninth Arrondissement. Just off the Grand Boulevard, tourists will find all of Paris easily accessible on foot or by Metro, right outside. Rooms are tiny, but the headboards -- designed with super-sized photographs of historic Paris landmarks like Sacre Coeur -- lend a hip French vibe. Bathrooms are scarcely big enough to turn around in, but have great water pressure. Travelers should expect a barebones setting -- no in-room Wi-Fi, underwhelming breakfast, and some worn-out rooms. Those seeking a similarly priced property that's a bit better maintained and in a hip location could try Tiquetonne.

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Scene

Modern and fun in some areas, dated and worn in others

The Hotel Victoria has a distinctly French vibe -- starting from the moment guests enter via the arches and 19th century streets of the historic Cité Bergère. The lobby is narrow and uninspired, with a white-leather seating area looking out onto the Paris streets. There is a "patio garden" that is a little wild -- somewhat shabby-chic. The breakfast room is an eye-catching vaulted cellar with vividly hued wallpaper and a white-tiled buffet area that feels both modern and vintage. Breakfast can be delivered to guest rooms, but to miss this architectural gem would be a mistake. Many of the hotel's common areas are worn out and tired, but clean and functional. 

Location

In the 19th century Cité Bergère, near Paris's oldest restaurant, accessible to everything

The Hotel Victoria is ideally located for Paris sightseeing, nestled in the passages of the 19th century Cité Bergère, just behind Le Bouillon Chartier, the city's oldest restaurant. The Folies Bergère and many other attractions are nearby, and the heart of the city is a 20-minute walk away. The Grand Boulevard metro stop is just outside the hotel. The immediate area teems with restaurants, theaters, bars, shops, and atmosphere. When it comes to location, the Hotel Victoria wins.

Rooms

Tiny rooms and bathrooms, cool Parisian headboards, and flat-screen TVs

Rooms at the Hotel Victoria are tiny but uncluttered and clean. Bathrooms are even tinier, with walk-in showers that can be tight fits, but have excellent water pressure and lighting. Ask for a renovated room; others are in-process, with rusted hinges, chipped desk chairs, stains, and dings in the wallpaper. The headboards make the guest rooms, with huge black-and-white photographs of Paris landmarks that feel historic, ultra-modern, and super-French, all at the same time. Most rooms are not air conditioned; there are nohair dryers or irons; Wi-Fi is spotty at best, but the flat-screens have cable.

Features

Spectacular breakfast room, small patio garden

The Hotel Victoria's star is its basement breakfast room, a series of vaulted chambers beautifully redone with exquisite wallpaper, slate floors, sparking white tiles, and restored bedrock, all of which add up to a feeling of having cafe au lait in a Parisian time capsule. The basement exudes a quirky charm that is ideal Paris and sets the tone for a day of sightseeing, shopping, or people-watching. The breakfast buffet has received mixed reviews from guests, but includes croissants, bread, yogurt, and cereal.

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Address

2 B Cite Bergere, Paris, Ile-de-France 75009, France

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