Hidden off the regal Place des Vosges, behind a stunning garden courtyard, this enchanting hotel has the rarified air of a French country chateau, with an elegant vine-covered facade, rough-hewn beams, and a chic Parisian decor and a stately fireplace in the lobby that speaks of its 1612 origins.
YOU SHOULD KNOW On weekends, the Marais is a zoo, one of the advantages of staying in the thick of the action yet far away from it all.
Slightly larger than the Paris norm, rooms and suites come in various configurations and ceiling heights—including some duplex suites—and are decorated in a tasteful mix of contemporary and 18th-century style, many with the original beamed ceilings and marble fireplaces in the larger suites. Rooms overlooking out on the entry court or interior Japanese-inspired garden offer lovely views and total quiet.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no coffee in rooms and no coffee service in the lobby, besides at breakfast.
Contemporary bathrooms—many with windows bringing in natural light—are spacious and pleasant, most with a bath and handshower and a few suites with both bath and shower. Toilets are separate in larger rooms. Luxury bath products are from Codage Paris.
The spacious lobby, equipped with a library and fireplace, has plenty of plush nooks to lounge happily. But in warm weather the leafy garden terrace is the place to be.
A small but serene spa offers a full treatment menu plus a small steam room and Jacuzzi.
The fitness room is compact but delivers all the standard exercise machines.
Take advantage of the hotel's complementary bicycles a great way to get your workout out of doors.
A high-quality buffet breakfast, with plenty of fresh and hot options, is served until 11 am in the lounge or on the garden terrace in warm weather.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast is on the pricey side, but plentiful enough to last you till teatime.
You will want to avail yourself of the well-stocked honesty bar, if only for an excuse to linger in the charming lounge or outside on the terrace.
Metro line no. 1 at Saint-Paul station is a 3-minute walk. Line no. 8 is at Chemin-Vert, a five-minute walk. Set in the thick of the fashionable Marais, just behind the Place des Vosques, an early 17th-century palace surrounding one of the city's most elegant parks, the neighborhood also encompasses the remnants of a Jewish quarter and Paris's thriving gay community. It is also Paris's shopping mecca, with absolutely every kind of fashion boutique you could dream of. The Marais is also full of history and culture, home to a slew of Paris's top art galleries and some excellent museums housed in beautiful hôtels particuliers (private mansions).
You won't lack for choice in this neighborhood, but at the Café des Musées, a few minutes from the hotel, you'll enjoy classic bistrot fare among the locals. On rue des Rosiers—the heart of one of Paris's oldest Jewish quartiers—L'As du Fallafel (8-minute walk) serves the best falafel sandwiches in Paris. Pick one up at the window and head to one of the lovely hidden parks on rue Payenne. If you love crêpes, head over to the Breizh Café (9-minute walk), across from the Musée Picasso, for a savory galette or a classic flambéed crêpe suzette.
Two of Paris's great cocktail destinations, Le Mary Celeste (9-minute walk) specializes in natural wines, craft beer, tapas plates, and, of course, ambrosial cocktails. Across the street, the taqueria Candelaria was Paris's first speakeasy. The Little Red Door speakeasy (5-minute drive) draws the fashion crowd.