Cole Porter sang, I love Paris in the Springtime but she’s also glorious in the winter. The streets are shiny, glistening from the rain, the Christmas lights are slowly going up all over town and the coats and hats are out in full force.
In winter Paris is at her chicest! If that is a word?
I am asked all the time where to stay in the Marais. There are so many hotels but I am going to give you a list of my favourite 4 star hotels that are warm and cosy and decorated for winter. Think rich velvets, flocked wallpaper and log fires.
Here we go:
La Pavillion de la Reine – discreetly tucked behind one of the porticoes on Place des Vosges this a beautifully decorated hotel, quiet and has a wonderful courtyard to lounge around in the summer. Killer location.
Hotel Bourg Tibourg – Jacques Garcia designed the sweet little (rooms are small but aren’t they all in Paris?) Hotel Bourg Tibourg smack bang in the middle of the Marais. To-die-for location, scented candles and rich fabrics and textures. Kind of like Morocco in Paris in winter!!
Hotel Villa Mazarin – Just in front of BHV (great if you have forgotten your stockings or need to whip in and grab a new Bobbi Brown lipstick) the Hotel Mazarin is tucked away behind a door. You wouldn’t even know it was there but it has lovely decoration and is great value!
Hotel du Petit Moulin – This is in the hot new area of the Marais, the 3rd. Clever Mr. Christian Lacroix decorated this ex-boulangerie in a myriad of colours, textures, wallpapers and fabrics. The fashion crowd go wild for this hotel. Just in front of traditional bistro Chez Nenette so you drop into one of the Marais’s last traditional bistros for lunch.
Stay warm and if your visiting, rug up.
“This is what you do on your very first day in Paris. You get yourself, not a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain, and you find yourself someone really nice and drive her through the Bois de Boulogne in a taxi. The rain’s very important. That’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees”.
Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina