Hotels in Paris

Apr 8th, 2004, 09:44 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 17
Hotels in Paris

Me and my boyfriend are planning a trip to Paris in late May, for 9 days. This is my second time in Paris, and first time for him. Last time I went, I really liked the Marais area and we booked our hotel (Hotel Castex) there. However, I heard from a few people that Marais became quite gay (like West Village in NYC). I would like to find out if it is really so as we would not want to feel out of place there being a straight couple.
Also, besides Marais, what are nice central areas to live? We would like to stay in the center so we are able to walk everywhere. Any hotel suggestions?
Thank you.
Neva is offline  
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:00 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,749
When was the last time you went to Paris? The Marais has been the "center" of gay life for probably 10 to 15 years now, if not longer. If you didn't notice it before, you probably wouldn't today. In fact, numerous people have posted or remarked that they stayed there and had no idea what this talk about being the gay center was all about.
Patrick is offline  
Apr 8th, 2004, 12:59 PM
  #3  
ira
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 74,144
Hi Neva,

Stop worrying. No one will care that you are straight.

I don't stay in the Marais because that is where the hip, chic, with-it crowd hangs out, and that doesn't describe me at all.
ira is offline  
Apr 8th, 2004, 02:51 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 356
I stayed in the Marais both times I was in Paris last fall and Patrick's right--you wouldn't know it unless somebody had told you already. I was clueless until a Parisian pointed it out to me. I just shrugged and said, "oh, okay."

I'm not exactly sure what people expect when staying in a "gay neighborhood." We have a "gay district" where I live and it doesn't look or feel any different from any other parts of the city.

Oh, you will love the Marais! enjoy Paris! (I'm so jealous! everybody seems to be have returned from Paris or are going to Paris!!! I want to go too!)
craisin is offline  
Apr 8th, 2004, 03:01 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,182
I am not gay, nor am I hip and chic, however, I absolutely love the Marais and plan to stay there again on our next visit. You will not feel out of place in this wonderful neighborhood.
Margie is offline  
Apr 8th, 2004, 06:35 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 44
check the Hotel du Vieux Marais. Very friendly, small rooms, recently redecorated, but family run and good location. 25% gay clientele, but as others have said, it really doesn't make any difference to anyone.
gourmet2go is offline  
Apr 8th, 2004, 06:43 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,327

We're a straight couple, just got back from Paris, where we stayed in the Marais. Non-homophobic straight couples will not feel out of place there or anywhere else in Paris.
elle is offline  
Apr 9th, 2004, 06:08 AM
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 17
Thank you all for your input. My worries are gone and I'm staying in Marais
Has anyone stayed at Castex hotel there? Any comments?
Thank you.
Neva is offline  
Apr 9th, 2004, 09:25 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,327

Didn't stay at the Castex, but I have read comments somewhere (perhaps on this board, or else at tripadvisor.com) that it has been recently renovated and picked up another star, so prices have increased accordingly.

If you do a search for Castex on this board, you may find a recent firsthand account. . .
elle is offline  
Apr 9th, 2004, 11:41 AM
  #10  
Zo
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 28
In the Marais, I really like Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc. Small and a bit cheaper than Castex, it is on a small side street just around the corner from Place Sainte-Catherine, small square with several cafes and restaurants. Also it's about a block from Place de Voges. You can book them through parishotels.com
Zo is offline  
Apr 9th, 2004, 11:42 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,182
elle, where did you stay?
Margie is offline  
Apr 10th, 2004, 04:14 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,327

We stayed at the Hotel du Septieme Art, 20 rue St. Paul. It's a great location and the price couldn't be beat (75 euros), but it's certainly not one of the more charming two-stars in Paris.

Staff was helpful and friendly, however, and everything was perfectly adequate (we traveled lightly and didn't care that there was no lift).

But we visited some friends who were staying at the Grand Hotel Jeanne D'Arc, which we would have preferred but they had no vacancies. The Jeanne D'Arc was just a lot cheerier than the 7eme Art, possibly because the latter uses a lot of blacks and browns in its decor.

The room at the Jeanne D'Arc was also significantly larger than ours, as was the bathroom, but the 7eme also had a room for 95 euros that probably would have compared more favorably.
elle is offline  
Apr 10th, 2004, 05:10 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,182
elle, thanks for the information. I am always adding to my Marais hotel list, and will include your information. Last time we stayed at the Moderne Caron; the good things were the location and the fact that it was clean - the rest (linens, manager, decor) was terrible I am far prom picky and only expect basics at a budget property but the MC fell way short (plumbing problems, peeling paint, towels that should have been in the rag bag, rude manager, etc.). I am hoping we will be able to reserve well enough in advance to get the Jeanne D'Arc next time but it's good to have back up ideas. Thanks for sharing your experience at the Hotel du Septieme Art.
Margie is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:58 PM.