Hôtel Caron

3 rue Caron, 4e, Paris, 75004, France

Exceptionally well located on a relatively quiet side street in the heart of the lower Marais, this contemporary boutique hotel may be petite, but many thoughtful extras make it as accommodating as bigger hotels. Wi-Fi access, and all of the nonalcoholic beverages in the minibar are included in the price and double-glazed windows help keep out the din from the nearby bars and cafés.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Though set on a small side street, the hotel is between the teeming Rue Saint-Antoine and Place Saint-Catherine, a pedestrian square with lots of restaurants. So if you're a light sleeper you may want to ask for an upper floor room facing the courtyard.


Sleek, modern rooms, in pleasant earthy colors, are small but well thought out so you can move about freely without feeling cramped. Large windows offer plenty of light and can be opened for a bit of fresh air, though all rooms have air-conditioning.

Street-facing rooms have the better views, facing the pretty street and square.


Small, streamlined yet ample bathrooms are spotlessly clean and contemporary with upscale L'Occitane toiletries.


The lobby is hardly more than a reception area, but it's secure and the staff is very accommodating and friendly.


A perfectly adequate continental breakfast is served in a bright, cozy vaulted cellar or in your room.

A favorite Parisian pâtisserie, Gérard Mulot, a few blocks away near the Place des Vosges, is known for their great viennoiserie (croissants, pain au chocolat, etc.) and sublime pastries. Grab a croissant and head to the park as a good alternative to breakfast at the hotel.


Getting Around

A minute from the hotel, the Saint-Paul metro station serves metro line no. 1, Paris's fastest and most central line. At Bastille, five minutes away, you can also get line no.. 5, which takes you République, a metro hub near the Canal St-Martin. The Marais is Paris’s epicenter for all things trendy and catnip for hipsters sporting a more “downtown” style, but it's also a beautiful historic neighborhood, with pretty small parks and an excellent cultural scene. Within a block of the hotel you’ll find the elegant Place des Vosges (surrounded by a 17th-century palace), the last vestiges of Paris’s old Jewish quarter, on rue des Rosiers, and a lively gay scene. Interspersed with the scores of chic boutiques (it is Paris’s largest shopping district), are world-class art galleries, some truly great Paris museums, including the Musées Carnavalet and Picasso as well as the fabulous but little-known Musée Cognacq-Jay, and a handful of cultural centers.


For a great budget meal, head to the popular Breizh Café (a few minutes away by foot across the Rue Vieille du Temple from the Musée Picasso) for a sweet or savory crêpe and a crisp artisanal cider. Or grab a falafel sandwich—the city's best—at L'As du Fallafel (minutes away on the Rue des Rosiers) to savor in one of the Marais's many charming little parks. For a totally French experience, Café des Musées (a few minutes away on the rue Turenne) is a local favorite, and for a more upscale meal, especially in summer, we like the Grand Coeur for its soaring decor and spacious outdoor terrace.


For a glass of wine and great people watching, you can't go wrong at any of the cafés lining the lively Rue Vieille du Temple (we like Les Philosophes). There are lots of gay bars along the Rue des Archives and the super chic haut Marais—the upper part of the 3rd arrondissement—is home to two of our very favorite cocktail lounges, Mary Celeste and Candelaria.


Sleek and contemporary, this small budget hotel is almost always booked for its superlative location, convenient to so many sights and some of the city's best shopping, and a chic, friendly atmosphere.


Casual Chic


Phones: -01–40–29–02–94

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