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On a quiet street in the 9th arrondissement within walking distance to Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur
Hotel Joyce is located on a quiet street, 15 minutes walking distance to the nearest metro between Pigalle and St. George train stations. Other nearby train stations include the Galleries LaFayette and the Gare St Lazare, for a 25-min train to Versailles. The Gare du Nord, for the Eurostar, is also nearby, but taxi transfers are encouraged as getting to the hotel involves a complicated metro change.
The hotel itself is walking distance to Moulin Rouge (where some areas are a bit seedy), and the Sacre Coeur. The neighborhood itself is not very lively, but there are a couple of mini-marts for essentials and eateries for food and drink, like the La Fayette Gourmet.
Hotel Joyce is a mid-range hotel, part of the Astotel chain group -- yet this particular hotel is very un-chain-like in design. Quirky would be a good word to describe it -- oddities like car seats (with seatbelts) and funky light fixtures hang from the ceilings. The unique design elements mix well with the historical aspects of the hotel -- like the glass-roofed solarium and stone walls. Somehow, it all adds up to make this boutique hotel a solid, and fun, choice in the 9th arrondissement. The street and neighborhood are quiet, but within walking distance are train stations, the Moulin Rouge, and restaurants. Rooms are bright with white walls, murals, and bold accents. Most come with French balconies, and include flat-screen TVs, tub/shower combos, and iPod docks. Travelers on a budget (this place is much more affordable than most Parisian hotels -- though it certainly is not a "budget" hotel) with a good sense of humor should check this place out.