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Kaaren asked

Small, relatively quiet hotel under $300/night in the Marais?

I have 2 nights in Paris mid-May before returning to US. Traveling with best friend and we've both been to Paris before. Looking for a cozy, French feel (boutique?) hotel in the Marais that would cost $300 or less. Suggestions? 

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Stuart from Los Angeles

I can highly recommend the Grand hotel Malher (http://www.grandhotelmalher.com/). It's in a central Marais location, steps from the St. Paul Metro and has been completely refurbished. I know the area well, having lived in the 4eme for over 8 years before returning to the U.S. and this is where I stay when visiting Paris.


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Kaaren
I so appreciate this, Stuart! I'll be checking for availability !
 
 
 

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Gery from Brussels

Hi Kaaren,

Very good decision to stay in the Marais if you only have 2 nights in Paris. Beautiful old area, full of exquisite places to discover, in a very refined atmosphere ...

If you want to enjoy a very romantic historical setting, I've got two charming hotels to suggest you:

The Caron de Beaumarchais hotel in the heart of the Marais district has become a must stop in Paris. Its reputation which has crossed the Atlantic attracts many visitors. But then it is in an ideal location, just a stone’s throw from the Place Des Vosges and the Cité, even though it differs significantly from International hotel standards. The hotel offers its guests an absolutely unique experience. The opportunity to stay in the Paris of the Age of the Enlightenment. An escape behind the cloak of time, under the attractive, seductive gaze of Madame de Pompadour and her protégé, Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. This is the dream child of Alain Bigeard, who designed this “chocolate box” hotel at the beginning of the 1990s, with the aim of reviving the ambiance of an attractive 18th century residence. The location – a former hotel in the heart of Paris – was a perfect choice, with its fine period rafters and rough hewn cellar walls. The rooms then underwent redecoration with furnishings reflecting the period of Louis XV and the delicate style that was its hallmark, varying between flamboyant pink and pastel blue (read more).


I like the Saint-Merry Hotel too, with its unique Gothic (revival) décor. Located in the heart of the historical Marais quarter, this former presbytery incorporated in the historical Saint-Merry church, offers a complete change of scenery in its finely restored 17th Century interior. 
Old white stone, wrought iron and dark wood produce a Gothic style of great nobility. The creator of this place devoted his life to make perfect this decor. 

Just remember that almost all accommodation places in Paris are small (especially historical ones), so do not expect a room the size of a suite in Florida ... Please, let me know if you decided to stay there for a couple of nights. I'd love to have your feedback.


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Kaaren
Gery, thank you for your amazingly detailed suggestions! I checked availibility at the Caron de B but they only had one room available way in the back with a double bed. (We really would like 2 twins). But, It is on my list for the next visit to Paris! The St Merry seems to only have double beds as well. But what an exceptional decor!!
 

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Too bad for this time... The Caron de Beaumarchais Hotel has indeed some rooms at the back that have only double beds. Either you make a booking long enough before your next trip to France, either you call a few days before coming: cancellations do happen quite often... You weren't lucky either for the Saint-Merry Hotel... They do have mostly double beds... I wish you a very pleasant stay in Paris! Gery
 
 
 
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Brenda from Long Beach

L'Hostellerie du Marais. Very quiet and near subway and Place Des Vosges. Great bakery on the corner and the best meal I had in Paris is two blocks away. Chez Janou ...make a reservation.


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Kaaren
Thanks for the tip on Chez Janou...and to make a reservation. I'll be checking out the bakery as well!
 
 
 

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Courtney from Los Angeles

Try the Hôtel Saint-Paul Le Marais or the L'Hostellerie du Marais. Both are good, although the Hostellerie is a bit modern for my taste. I don't know when you're going, but I'm pretty sure you can get something for that price. Just make sure you book early as both are very popular. 


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Kaaren
Thanks, Courtney. Both look great - atmosphere, location, price. Will be checking availability for our dates in May.
 

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Courtney
Great! Can't wait to hear how it goes!!!
 
 
 

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John from Carlsbad (California)

The Quartier Du Marais is not my favorite area of Paris so I haven't stayed there.  However, I did some research for a client and found a couple of hotels that I thought had good value and were in good locations. 

The first one is the Hotel Bastille Speria, which should be well within your budget.  The "Club Twin Room" or "Deluxe Double" have a little more room and might work for you.  It's in a good location, very close to the Place de la Bastille and the Place des Vosges, with the metro and restaurants and bars very near.  It's cosy and comfortable, but not luxurious.  I would get a room on the street, even if the others might be a bit quieter.

The second one is the Hotel De La Bretonnerie.  It is also well located on the west side of the Marais.  It has a little more charm, although the decor isn't for everyone.  I would upgrade from the basic room for a little more space.

If you would consider a lightly different location and want a little more luxury, the four-star Hotel Du Jeu De Paume on the Ile Saint-Louis is very close to the Marais and is a beautiful hotel in a great location.  The island is especially nice in the morning and evening.  You are probably going to have to book through the hotel at this point, which means you'll be slightly over budget, but it may be worth it when you see the hotel.

Let me know if you have any questions and have a great trip.


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Kaaren
Thanks, John. Lots of good information from you! I see what you mean about the Hotel de la Bretonnerie's decor, but the location is great ;-) Hotel du Jeu de Paume is lovely...I'll have to check the rates.
 
 
 

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Bijeta from Calcutta, India

We stayed at the Hotel Wilson Opera, Le WO, which is a quaint boutique hotel. Rooms are tiny but so well planned. Very close to Eiffel Tower and most other attractions of Paris. Not too far from Quartier Du Marais


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Kaaren
Looks like a great hotel!
 
 
 

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Ashley from Calgary

Hate to say it but I have yet to find a "quiet" hotel in Paris. There is always street noise, windows and buildings are pretty poorly sound proofed and I'm assuming the Marais will likely be even busier than other arrondissments.


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Kaaren
I guess that's why I said relatively :-)
 
 
 
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