Where to Stay in the Marais – 4 Star Hotels

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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 


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Anya Adores
11 years ago

Great with some hotel recommendations Carla – look forward to my next visit.
Happy weekend,

Katina Janakis
Katina Janakis
11 years ago

Thank you Carla,

My family and I will be in Paris January.. Being our first visit, we were recommended to stay in The Saint Germain area, and have booked a small hotel called Hotel Verneuil. I hope this is a good choice as we have 2 weeks there.
Also heard wonderful things about the Marais area so really looking forward to hours of wandering there.
Thank you for your recommendations and can’t wait to see what the hotels offer.
I have all my Winter woolies ready, and beyond excited for our time there.
BTW Carla, cold and wet here in Sydney today….. We maybe sharing same temps..

Katina x x

Anita Rivera
Anita Rivera
11 years ago

And this is why I love Paris. She is beautiful no matter what the season. And like a dear friend said, she is like a beautiful woman in all stages of life! Anita

11 years ago

I love the Marais and spend many happy hours there but always stay in the Rue Cler area because I have many friends over there.

A lovely image to start the day!

Now, if you have some suggestions for where you go for the best hot chocolate, aside from Angelina, and your favorite place for delectable pastries I would love some suggestions.

Have a beautiful weekend, Elizabeth

Peggy Braswell
11 years ago

What great recommendations. Thank you! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

La Contessa
11 years ago

Love your quotes!Do you clip and tear or do you have a book full?!!

11 years ago

wonderful rainy day picture…
The place I love is Hotel Caron de Beaumarchaise
so pretty inside and out.

11 years ago

Great recommendations Carla!

Christopher Frost
11 years ago

Any chance of suggesting some budget hotels, for us mere mortals that don’t earn a great deal, but would to visit this fab city

This is Belgium
11 years ago

tiny tiny rooms but perfect location
hope this helps
greetings from brussels

Debra Kolkka
11 years ago

I wish I was going to be in Paris soon. I love the Marais and have stayed there a few times, but not in these lovely hotels….next time.

Jeanne @ Collage of Life

Love tips like this Carla, thank you for sharing! I will put my vote in for Hotel Bourg Tibourg….I thought it was fab! Hoping to come back to Paris in 2013..would be wonderful to catch up for dinner again with you and Vicki… xx

PS…if you are feeling the need for sunny days in Asia…just let me know.. 🙂

11 years ago

I agree with Paris Breakfast that the Caron de Beaumarchais is a terrific hotel, in my favourite street in le Marais – rue vieille du temps. We have stayed there three times and the rooms with balconies facing the street are lovely and the rooms are a fairly generous size by Parisian standards.

We stayed in the Hotel du Petit Moulin in May this year and though the location and interior design are wonderful, the room sizes are so tiny. We had a deluxe room and it was extremely cramped for two people.

If we are in Paris for more than a week, we always rent an apartment. You feel like a local and can bring back treats from the market (marche bastille is my choice) to your kitchen and become more familiar with the true Parisian way of life. Plus you don’t feel so cramped – always a bonus!


11 years ago

Carla, I just love the photo you have used. Looks to be from the 30s.
Thanks also for your comment on the vintage wedding dresses.

11 years ago

I love that photo. How very Paris.

Aura Backdrops
11 years ago

I love Paris too… What a captivating photo.. 🙂

William Johnson
3 years ago

I wish I was going to be in Paris soon. I love the Marais and have stayed there a few times, but not in these lovely hotels….next time.