I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels in Paris over the years, from more classic and traditional pensions and 2 star properties in my twenties to 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts in the past ten years. Typically I find that 3 star hotels in Paris are more like 4 star hotels in New York City, where standards for 3 stars are at an all time low in my opinion, especially when it comes to cleanliness. Much less so the case in Paris. Below is a photo of one of the deluxe rooms at Hotel Saint Paul in the Marais, a 3 star property.
The property is charming throughout. While I’d much rather have an authentic and historical property than a modern one with every modern convenience, the one thing I do miss about a more classic hotel like this one is the lack of a gym and of course, the smaller than normal rooms. That said, the double deluxe rooms here were ample for me, even for the bits of my trip that were all business when I need more of the comforts of home and conveniences.
The lobby area, where they have magazines you can read….a nice place to lounge around. There’s also a computer in the corner to access the web in case you didn’t travel with your laptop. To the left of the reception area is a lovely little courtyard where you can have a bite to eat or sip your coffee in the warmer months. Many of the inside rooms of the hotel look down onto the courtyard in fact, which makes them less noisy than other hotel rooms that face the street. Hotel Saint Paul is also on a side street which makes it a little quieter as well, however it’s only a stone’s throw from the Saint Paul church and a couple of blocks from the Marais metro stop — in other words, very conveniently located.
What We Loved:
1. It’s a stone’s throw from St. Paul Metro and in in the heart of the Marais. Closest metro stop is St. Paul on the 1/yellow line.
2. The charming atmosphere and authentically historical vibe.
3. The service was great although I had wishes the staff knew a bit more about the area and could make some recommendations.
4. My deluxe room had a hot tub bathtub (nice touch) as well as a shower (part of the bathtub).
5. Free wifi in the rooms (only wish is that it had a stronger signal however as it dropped a few times).
Hotel Saint Paul Marais
Rue de Sévigné – 75004 PARIS
Tele: +33 (0)1 48 04 97 2
Secondly, there’s the every so charming and historical Grand Hotel Dechampaigne, which was built in the XVIth century.
The Grand Hotel Dechampaigne combines a high standard of comfort and the refined service of a friendly mansion within Paris: Few steps from: the Rivoli Street, les Halles, The Louvre Museum, Tuileries Garden, Concorde Square and Champs Elysees. Notre Dame Cathedral and le Marais, ten minutes from the left bank are Saint Germain des Pres and the Latin Quarter. Directly to Disneyland at only 35 min from Chatelet metro station.
Their staff speaks French, English, Spanish, Russian, Italian and German. Another nice feature is that their buffet breakfast is included in their rates, which isn’t always the case with 3 star properties in Paris, even ones which are as charming as this one. The decoration with a personal touch and carefully done, reflect all the charm of this old mansion of Paris.
The Grand Hotel Dechampaigne have two family rooms very spacious, around 35m2, with a large bedroom and a sitting room with very comfortable bathrooms. One is perfect for a family of 4 and one with a canopied four-poster is perfect for an special occasion and also for a family of 3.
As noted, they have locations in the Marais, Louvre, Les Halles and Notre Dame.
17 rue Jean-Lantier
Tel: +33 1 42 36 60 00