Situated right by Place de la Republique, Hôtel Jacques De Molay is not only close to touristy attractions (the Pompidou and Canal Saint-Martin are within walking distance) it offers great amenities too. Get a thorough workout in their onsite gym, followed by a stint in the sauna and a beverage in the bar. There's also free wifi throughout the hotel, so you can get online from the comfort of your air-conditioned room or over the continental breakfast that's served daily.
Over the last two decades the Marais (sandwiched between St-Paul and République) has been one of the hippest parts of the city. It's packed with modish hotels, vintage boutiques, restaurants and bars, which is in no small part due to its popularity with the gay crowd (this is the only part of Paris where the blokes get winked at more than the ladies). But it's also prime territory for art lovers, with a vast concentration of galleries (both small and important) and museums, more often than not set in aristocratic eighteenth-century mansions spared by Haussmann. The Marais has also long been the focus of the Jewish community: amble along rue des Rosiers, rue des Ecouffes and rue Pavée (where there's a synagogue designed by Guimard, the brain behind the capital's iconic Métro stations) and the air fills with the scent of falafels and sizzling shawarmas. Essentially, you could do a lot worse than pitching up in the Marais for a few days. Find the best places to stay in the area with our guide to the best hotels in the Marais.
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