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The is one of the few Paris districts that retain a medieval layout. While other areas of Paris were razed and rebuilt during the mid- to late 19th Century, the Marais was largely left alone.
Today, much of the historic neighborhood is still made up of tiny streets and squares, with the Place des Vosges (the oldest planned square of Paris) as its centerpiece.
The Marais also has a history as the center of Jewish Paris, although delicatessens and other traditional Jewish establishments are outnumbered by gay and lesbian bars these days.
We like the Marais as a place to stay in Paris for two reasons:
Its human scale and neighborhood atmosphere.
Its convenient access by public transportation (such as RER Line B from Charles de Gaulle Airport and Metro Line 1, which follows the Right Bank of the Seine)
Although parts of the Marais extend into the 3rd arrodissement, we think you'll be happier with a hotel in the 4th. Our reasoning is simple: The 4th arrodissement is more central and is closer to the River Seine.
The listings below represent a sampling of reliable hotels in the 4th Arrodissement. For more choices, visit Booking.com's Paris listings, enter your travel dates, and narrow the results by selecting "4th arr." or "Le Marais."
Hotel Dupond-Smith *****
For modern, upscale intimacy with room to breathe, the Dupond-Smith is the boutique hotel to beat.
It has eight rooms (including a huge one-bedroom suite), and even the most basic room--a superior queen--is large by Parisian standards.
Pets are allowed at no extra charge, and Wi-Fi is free.
The Dupond-Smith is located in the center of the Marais, a few blocks from the Hôtel de Ville Métro station.
Hotel Duo ****
The Duo is a 58-room "design hotel" on the Rue du Temple, not far from the Hôtel de Ville Métro station.
In addition to the usual singles, doubles, twins, and triples, it has junior suites and one-bedroom suites with sofa beds.
Amenities include a modern lounge with bar, a sauna, a well-equipped fitness room, and free Wi-Fi.
Hotel de Joséphine Bonaparte ****
This stylish hotel occupies a 17th Century convent, but the nuns who once lived here wouldn't recognize the place: The Joséphine Bonaparte's rich decor has a flamboyance that would make a Mother Superior wince with disapproval.
The location couldn't be better: The hotel is on the Rue d'Ormesson, only a short walk from the Saint-Paul Métro station, the Place des Vosges, local restaurants, and the Bastille Ópera.
Hotel Bastille Speria ***
The Bastille Speria is convenient for laptop users, since it has a desk in each of its 42 rooms. (Free Wi-Fi is also included.) Pets are welcome.
The hotel is on the Rue de la Bastille, just off the Rue Saint-Antoine (the main business street of the Marais) near the Bastille Métro station.
Hotel Beaubourg ***
The Centre Pompidou modern-art museum is just up the street from the Hotel Beaubourg, which is located on the Rue Simon le Franc between the Hôtel de Ville and Rambuteau Métro stations.
The hotel's 28 air-conditioned rooms have free Wi-Fi.
Tip: If you want to splurge, book the Deluxe Junior Suite with a private garden terrace.
Boutique Hotel de la Place des Vosges
This tiny 16-room hotel is on the rue de Birague, between the historic Place des Vosges and the shops of the Rue Saint-Antoine.
Its decor blends contemporary design with exposed bricks and wooden beams. All rooms have Wi-Fi at no extra charge.
The Bastille Métro station is within walking distance. From it, you can take Métro lines 1, 5, and 8 to destinations throughout the city.
Hotel de la Bretonnerie ***
"Unique" is the watchword for this hotel north of the Rue de Rivoli, within a short walk of the Hótel de Ville Métro station.
Each of the 29 rooms has a distinct decor (some rooms have exposed beams), and the ornately-furnished lobby will remind you that the hotel began life as a 17th Century mansion.
In-room amenities include desks and free Wi-Fi (but no air conditioning, so be aware if you're visiting in midsummer).
We love this small, stylish hotel's location: It's just off the Place Sainte Catherine, a pretty little neighborhood square with cafés and park benches.
The Caron has 18 single and double rooms, all with free Wi-Fi. The Saint-Paul Métro stop is only a minute or two away.
Castex Hotel ***
In nice weather, you can enjoy the small garden courtyard at this 31-room hotel between the Rue Saint-Antoine and the Seine near the Bastille Métro hub.
Standard in-room amenities include a mini-fridge, an electric kettle with tea and coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a bottle of wine.
Grand Hotel du Loiret ***
The Loiret is only a few short blocks from the Hôtel de Ville, in the most central part of the Marais.
Its 25 rooms include triples and family rooms, and Wi-Fi is free. (Some rooms are accessible by wheelchair.)
Note: Rooms aren't air-conditioned, so this isn't the best place to stay in July or August.
Grand Hotel Malher ***
This family-owned hotel is only a minute or two from the Saint-Paul Métro station, so the location is hard to beat.
Breakfast is served in an historic wine cellar with exposed stone walls and vaulted ceilings.
All of the hotel's 28 single, double, and triple rooms are air-conditioned, with free Wi-Fi.
Hotel de Neuve by Happyculture ***
We can't tell you where the "Happyculture" name came from, but maybe it's related to the coffee, tea, juices, and cakes that the hotel dispenses every day from 2 to 6 p.m.
(How can you not be happy about a free afternoon tea?)
The 21 single and double rooms are air-conditioned, with free Wi-Fi.
location isn't bad, either: just south of the Rue Saint-Antoine, within walking
distance of the Saint-Paul, Bastille, and Sully-Morland Métro stations.
Hotel de Nice ***
This 23-room hotel is on the Rue de Rivoli, midway between the Hôtel de Ville and Saint-Paul Métro stations.
Its location is fairly central, compared to many hotels in the Marais, making it convenient for museums, shopping, and sightseeing.
Rooms include singles, doubles, and twins, all with free Wi-Fi.
Hotel du Vieux Marais ***
The "Old Marais" is a few blocks north of the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall) and its Métro station.
The hotel's 30 single, double, twin, and triple rooms are air-conditioned, have desks, and include free Wi-Fi.
The 29-room Hotel Emile is only a short walk from the Saint-Paul Métro station, which offers quick access to museums and attractions along the Right Bank of the Seine.
Amenities include Free Wi-Fi and a bar.
Note: In some rooms, only the toilet is enclosed, and the sink may be in the glass shower stall. A number of rooms have freestanding clawfoot tubs where you can put on a show for your companion.
Hotel Jeanne d'Arc Le Marais ***
The Joan of Arc has 34 rooms (all with free Wi-Fi) and a choice of single, double or twin beds. There's even a family suite with beds for four guests.
The hotel is slightly west of the Place des Vosges and a few blocks from the Saint-Paul Métro station. The Place de la Bastille, with its opera house and Métro hub, is also within walking distance.
Hotel Saint-Merry ***
This cheerful-sounding hotel is near the Saint-Merry (a.k.a. Saint-Merri) Church and about a block south of the Centre Pompidou art museum.
The Rambuteau and Hôtel de Ville Métro stations are nearby.
The Saint-Merry has 12 rooms--all doubles, and all with free Wi-Fi.
The decor is Gothic, with plenty of carved wood. (Bring your own vestments and pipe organ.)
Turenne le Marais ***
This mid-priced hotel is a bit larger than its peers, with 41 single, double, twin, and triple rooms (all offering bathrooms with tubs and free Wi-Fi.)
Breakfast is a bit pricey, so we'd suggest getting full value by loading up at the buffet instead of opting for room service.
The hotel is on the Rue de Turenne, a block north of the Rue Saint-Antoine and about four blocks from the Saint-Paul Métro station.
The cheerfully-decorated D'win Hotel is affordable but pleasant, with 33 air-conditioned rooms (all offering free Wi-Fi), including a family room that can accommodate three adults. It even has a small patio.
The D'win is conveniently located near the Hôtel de Ville Métro station, a few blocks north of the Seine and the Ile de la Cité.
Hotel Pratic **
The Pratic is a great value, with a location near the Saint-Paul Métro stop and the lovely Place des Vosges. The hotel's 23 single, double, and twin rooms offer free Wi-Fi.
Goralska Résidences Hotel Paris Bastille
This apartment hotel has 12 suites, each with a fully-equipped kitchen. It's beautifully situated on the Boulevard Bourdon, overlooking the Bassin de l'Arsenal boat marina near the Seine. (The Quai de la Repée Métro station is close by.)
Several types of suites are available, individually or combined into a family suite that's bigger than most Paris apartments.
Le Roi de Sicile
"The King of Sicily" has eight apartments, including a studio with disabled access, a one-bedroom flat, and a duplex suite.
It's conveniently located on the Rue du Roi de Sicile, just off the Rue de Rivoli within walking distance of the Hôtel de Ville and Saint-Paul Métro stations.
Each apartment has a fully-equipped kitchen. Wi-Fi and daily housekeeping are included in the rates.
The "First Floor" has five modern, upscale, air-conditioned guest rooms in an apartment where guests are largely on their own outside the morning hours.
All rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, and (unusually for Paris) breakfast is included in the rates.
The 1er Étage is located just off the Rue des Archives, a few blocks north of the Hôtel de Ville in the most central part of the Marais.
Looking for more hotel options? Visit Booking.com's Paris listings, enter your travel dates, and narrow the results by choosing "4th arr." or "Le Marais."
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