One of the most important things to consider when picking accommodations in Paris is location, location, location. An establishment that is beautifully decorated with impeccable customer service doesn’t hurt either! Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais in Paris is located in the heart of the Marais is all three of these things which makes it the perfect home base when visiting Paris. The Marais is a historic, lively and trendy area of Paris near (most) of the must see sights in the city. The neighborhood bustles with character and is filled with delicious restaurants and adorable Parisian stores. (more on the Marais in a later post)
Now let’s go back in history a bit. The word hotel in French has meant many things throughout history. It could have meant the town hall, a hospital, a hotel as we know it today or the townhouse of a French nobleman. Nearby the location of the hotel, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (the hotel’s namesake) held supplies for the American rebel army in one of his homes during the 18th century just up the street from the hotel’s current location. In addition to being a nobleman and spy, Caron de Beaumarchais was also an inventor, watchmaker, musician and diplomat. (You can read more about him here) So when the hotel was in need of a name and story, the owner turned to the history of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais for inspiration.
I am not going to lie. The gorgeous decor in the hotel is what first drew me to reserving a room for our 8 night stay in Paris. I hate staying in boring, bland places; and alway try to find unique accommodations with character. I was impressed when I saw Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais‘ website but blown away when we arrived and I saw the hotel in person. The floral wallpaper, antique wooden furniture and ornate drapes made me feel like we stepped back in time to 18th century France.
We received a warm welcome from the hotel manager, Phillip, and were able to check in right away. The reception room is intimate and genuinely feels like you are in the greeting room of an old French home. The reception area is filled with beautiful art, harp, fireplace and intricate chandelier; just a taste of the hotel’s glamour.
Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais is truly a boutique hotel with only 19 rooms, making you feel more at home and allows for a more customized experience. There are both front side rooms with breathtaking Paris views (and many with private balcony) and rear facing rooms which are slightly less expensive and provide more peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the city. The top floor, front facing room is the most romantic of all the rooms and provides a bigger balcony and the best rooftop view. This room is perfect for couple getaways!
Our room was gorgeously decorated with green, red and yellow floral fabrics and the most beautiful exposed wooden beams. I was in love. The bathroom was spacious with terry cloth robes and blue accent tiles on the shower walls. I loved the armoires on either side of the beds (which were pretty comfortable I may add) to hide our luggage and hang up our clothes. However, the best part of the room was the amazing balcony which had a small bistro set. Each morning and each evening we would head out to the balcony to take in the views and relax.
One sunny morning, we decided to sleep in and order breakfast to our room to enjoy on the balcony in true Parisian fashion. The breakfast was huge- filled with pastry, croissant, bread + homemade jams and preserves, hard boiled egg, freshly squeeze orange juice, yogurt, cheese and coffee. The breakfast was lovely and it was so nice to relax for a bit before starting our hectic day.
If you do not feel like eating in your room or do not have a balcony you can head downstairs to the breakfast room with exposed stone walls and chandelier to dine. It is the cutest space!
Many mornings the reception staff were our saving grace with directions and tips on how to get to the various attractions on our itinerary. This saved us time, energy and frustration. Often at night we would ask the reception for dinner recommendations nearby. They had wonderful recommendations each and every time which I will get into in a later “Dining in Paris” themed post. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Seine River and Notre Dame, which we visited in some capacity every single day. (You have to visit at night too!). It really is in a wonderful location!
I cannot recommend this hotel enough. My Mother and I had a fabulous stay and I cannot wait to return someday! Thank you Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais for the top notch hospitality.
**This post was done in collaboration with the beautiful Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais. As always all opinions are my own.