During our recent visit to Paris, we stayed at four-starred Le Mareuil. Located in the Haut Marais district, squeezed in between the historical Marais district and the recently revamped Place de la République, it is walking distance from our beloved Place des Vosges, Le Marche des Enfants Rouges, and pretty much all of central Paris, including the Ile de la Cité, which is roughly 40 minutes’ walk away. Rue Oberkampf is very close.
Unbeknownst to us, the Haut Marais has recently developed from a nondescript grey mass into a hip fashion design hotspot with lots of fancy clothes shops, restaurants, cafes, great nightlife, and more high-end barber shops than I have seen in my whole life.
The hotel only opened in 2013, so everything feels reasonably new and modern. We didn’t really get a chance to check out their spa or their bar, considering we were on a tight schedule. However, we were very pleased with our room, which was reasonably spacious by Paris standards, quiet, clean, and nicely furnished. Especially when we are in a place like this, known for its great food, we always buy some pates and foie gras, some cheese and cold meats and a baguette or two in a supermarket, so we really appreciated that we had a large fridge in our room.
The amenities were as expected for a four-star hotel. The staff at the reception were exceptionally friendly and helpful, a true pleasure. On a couple of occasions we had to gently stop them from giving us more advice, because we had been in a bit of a rush.
We usually spend between £90 and £120 per night when we visit Paris, so the £150 we paid this time around (and that was already a heavily discounted deal we found on Skyscanner) were a bit over our usual budget, but we’ll probably be back for more if we find a similar deal.
In need of some inspiration for fun activities? Try our Porto posts about rock-climbing, off-roading, and exploring ancient Roman mines, canyoning, as well as our day trip down the Douro Valley. We also wrote about our rides on a jetski, a jet boat, a Vietnam War amphibian vehicle, a camel, a zodiac, and a hot air balloon.