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Fodor's Expert Review La Maison Favart

5 rue de Marivaux, 2e, Paris, 75001, France See on Map

An atmospheric indoor pool and around-the-clock concierge are just two reasons why this jewel-box hotel is a popular choice for travelers. Add 18th-century charm, reasonable rates, good service, and beautifully decorated rooms, and it's no wonder this hotel, named after the founders of the Comic Opera, which it overlooks, pleases those who demand discreet charm and creature comforts.

Opera (and ballet) buffs will love this location, within minutes from both of Paris's major opera houses.


Decorated in handsome color schemes, with tasteful wainscoting, classic wallpapers, and vintage touches, each room has its own character, enhanced with refined fabrics and furnishings that are a modern interpretation of traditional style.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Don't get excited about the balconies, they are courtyard-facing with no view to speak of. Opt for a streetside room instead, you'll have better light and views of the opera across the square.


A pleasing cross between traditional and modern, marble baths have an elegant feel.


The charming lobby, decorated with portraits of Monsieur Favart, the first director of the Opéra Comique, and his performer wife, is a charming jumble of opera and travel-themed memorabilia, complete with a comfortable lounge and its own tiny gift shop. A fireplace adds a just the right amount of coziness in winter.


Minuscule to be sure, the pool, or "relaxation bath" according to the hotel, is still a nice addition to the overall package. Especially before or after a trip to the sauna.


A small fitness room has the usual suspects but is never crowded.


The cozy confection of a breakfast room, with pink banquettes and a view over the opera square, offers a simple continental menu or more extensive option with cured meats and cheeses.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The breakfast room is small, meaning if you don't get there early you may have to wait in your room until a room comes free.


The breakfast room converts into an honesty bar from late afternoon until midnight for a glass of wine, champagne, or simple mixed drink.


Getting Around

Quatre-Septembre, Opéra, and Richelieu-Drouot metro stations are all within a few minutes walk. The hotel is set in its own elegant enclave surrounded by a bustling Paris neighborhood with lots to see and do within easy walking distance. This is the Grands Boulevards neighborhood, near the big department stores and some of Paris's loveliest covered galleries, the first 19th-century shopping arcades. You're also a short walk from the Opéra Garnier and the Grand Rex cinema, an Art Deco gem, and the Drouot neighborhood, featuring the famous auction house and a bunch of fun little antique stores clustered in the streets around it.


Nearby foodie havens from top Paris chefs include Saturne (Sven Chartier), La Bourse et la Vie (Daniel Rose), Aux Lyonnais (Alain Ducasse), Passage 53 (Shinishi Sato, 2 Michelin stars), Terroir Parisien (Yannick Alleno) and Paris's chicest new pizza joint Daroco, housed in Jean-Paul Gautier's old atelier, a few minutes away, at 6 rue Vivienne. You might also explore the Frenchie empire (Frenchie, Frenchie Wine Bar, Frenchie To Go), all excellent, on nearby rue de Nil.


Danico, a stylish cocktail bar in back of upscale pizza palace Daroco, is helmed by a notable barman. Cocktail and wine bars within a few minutes' walking distance from the hotel include: Le Gorille, Lockwood, Frenchie Bar à Vins, Verjus Bar à Vins, for starters.


A charming walk back in time, this is a hotel that goes the extra mile to make you feel pampered and at home in a neighborhood that's central enough to reach an abundance of first-class Paris sites, plus dining, shopping and museums, quickly and easily on foot or by metro.




Phones: -01–42–97–59–83

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