For the past couple of years, I have always loved walking down Vieille du Temple in the Marais. You can't help but notice the bright blue facade of Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais. I always walk past it on my way to grab coffee at Au Petit Fer A Cheval. When I was looking for a place to stay in October my friend Carl of Posh Chicago suggested I try the hotel. I was in luck as they are usually full and I was able to secure a night booking. The rates are extremely reasonable and you can't ask for a better location. There are inside rooms facing the street and a few facing the courtyard. The courtyard is more quiet but I was really happy with a view overlooking the street.
I arrived as the light was hitting the buildings across the way. I sat there watching the street and the people go by and soaked it all up.
The room was small but that is also typical of Paris hotels. There was a cute writing desk I could set my computer up to work on and a wardrobe to put my belongings away. The bathroom was stocked with Annick Goutal products. The bed was comfortable and I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I loved the tiny details of the room from the exposed wood beams in the ceiling and the chandelier in the entry.
You can see almost to île st louis from the window. It is a quick walk to the Seine for sunset which shouldn't be missed.
The surrounding areas are filled with restaurants and cafés to keep you busy. In the neighborhood, you will also find La Cuisine Paris for cooking classes. This is where I learned to make French Onion Soup, Macarons, and Eclairs.
You have the option to add breakfast to your room for 12 euros. I highly recommend it. You can take it in the breakfast room downstairs or you can have it delivered to your room for the same price. It is the same price as most restaurants for juice, coffee, and a croissant but instead you get so much more.
There is homemade confiture, butter, and warm fresh croissants. I would be lying if I said I didn't try everything on this tray. Let's call it research.... I didn't eat until dinner I was so full. You can eat in the comfort of your own room and enjoy the view from the window.
While the hotel is considered a three star hotel, I would say it's service ranked right in line with the four and five star hotels that I have stayed at in Paris. The breakfast is by far one of the best I have ever had as terms of value. The room rates average around 100 euros a night so if you are looking for a great place to stay in the heart of the city that won't break the bank this is it!