The Marais has become one of my favorite places to visit and stay in Paris over the years. It was in Place des Vosges in 2011 that I decided I wanted to move to Paris. I wanted to move right there in Place des Vosges. The dream came true in 2013, but I lived a bit further out in Montmartre. My dreams were bigger than my bank account at the time. But a few years later I was able to rent an apartment in The Marais and it was better than I could have pictured. I now travel back and forth from Chicago to Paris a few times a year switching between apartment rentals and hotels depending on my schedule. I discovered Pavillon de la Reine on my usual walk through the Marais. It is tucked back just far enough that you may not notice it walking by, but once you do you feel you have discovered a gem in Paris. Pavillon de la Reine is located right in the heart of Place des Vosges making it the most ideal location to move around The Marais.
The hotel is tucked away and you may not notice it at first. This is the beauty of the hotel that it is right in Place des Vosges but just behind a door. You can relax in the the courtyard for breakfast, tea, or a glass of wine/cocktail.
My room was facing the exterior courtyard with a view outside. I enjoyed breakfast in the lobby one morning and one morning in my room. The breakfast buffet is a mixture of hot and cold and not to be missed. I am picky with my coffee (as you all know by now) but I really loved the coffee at the hotel and finished the entire pot which was probably meant for two..
My room was an adorable duplex with bright colors. There was a sitting room on the first floor and the bedroom was upstairs.
Place des Vosges is one of my favorite places to picnic. You can see on the map below I highlighted where to pick up picnic supplies. If you are staying at the hotel on Thursday or Sunday, don't miss the Bastille Market. You can pick up lots of fun fruits, cheeses, and other picnic foods here. There are also other options for takeaway food options from Carette, Maison Plison and the Boulangerie 28 Blvd Beaumarchais.
If you are up for a good cup of coffee and a walk, one of my favorite spots is Boot Café. The space isn't too large but you can takeaway and stroll. I typically order a café crème or in the Summer a iced latte. Both run around 4 euros.
Don't miss a stop at Merci Used Book Store and Shop. They have great housewares, linens, and clothing. I love their paper section too!
Explore Rue des Rosiers for falafel or check out my favorite Miznon!
I loved using Pavillon de la Reine as my base for exploring Le Marais. I hope you have the chance to explore this area on your next visit to Paris. Feel free to save the map and download it to your phone to use as a reference.
This post was in collaboration with Pavillon de la Reine, all opinions are my own.