The center of gay Paris is the vibrant melting pot of cultures that is the Marais
, where lively LGBTQ+ restaurants, cafés, bars, and nightclubs jostle for space with Chinese noodle joints, Jewish delis, and the city’s oldest mansion houses. Whether you make the neighborhood your base or stay outside of the action, the hotels below are the coolest and most welcoming in town.
The D’win really is a winner, offering the perfect balance of central location, price, and comfort. The clean-cut yet quirky décor extends beyond the reception to a small bistro area for breakfasts, a courtyard area complete with wooden tables and fake grass, and up the wooden stairwell to the bedrooms. The hotel is located right in the thick of the action, just across the road from the famous RAIDD bar, whose nightly shower shows (it’s exactly what you imagine it to be) draw in huge crowds of locals and international travelers alike.
Hotel Relais du Marais
Back in 2001, the Pirbay family took over this charming townhouse hotel in the Marais with the hopes of transforming it into a chic three-star destination. What really sets this place apart is the emphasis on providing a warm welcome and attentive service to all their guests. As well as being located close to the nightlife establishments of the Marais, the hotel is just a few minutes from cultural attractions like the Musée de La Chasse et de La Nature, the Centre Pompidou, and the Musée Carnavalet, which will reopen after an extensive renovation in 2019.
Hotel Jules & Jim
The Hotel Jules & Jim occupies a former processing plant on the Rue des Gravilliers in the Marais. The last vestiges of this industrial past can be felt in the bar, where the 18th-century frame of the house is still visible, but everywhere else this 23-bedroom boutique hotel is totally modern. The design team went for simple, durable materials, such as concrete, wood, glass, and stone and the welcome you receive here is just as chill and unfussy. The hotel’s location in the Haut-Marais also makes for a more relaxing stay than being in the center of the neighborhood.
This ancient Napoleonic residence has been transformed into a super-smart boutique four-star hotel, offering guests luxury accommodation in the heart of Paris. The Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, and the Centre Pompidou are all nearby and the fashionable Rue Vielle du Temple is just a 20-minute walk away. There’s a spa, with a jacuzzi and sauna, a cozy bar, and 24/7 room service. Amazingly, guests at L’Empire Paris are also equipped with a smartphone with unlimited calls and have the option of arranging car hire for day trips with the hotel.
Hotel du Vieux Saule
Located on a quiet street just two blocks over from the wonderful Square du Temple in the Haut-Marais, this hip three-star hotel has the added benefits of having a gym, sauna, and hair salon. Guests at the Hotel du Vieux Saule can also enjoy a drink at the contemporary bar or head out on foot to explore the neighborhood or, by heading north, the Canal Saint-Martin district. You can also hop on the metro at Saint-Sébastien – Froissart to explore the city beyond.
Le Mareuil is located just outside of the Marais in the République district. In the old French, ‘mareuil’ means ‘glade’ and this pretty much sums up the more laidback vibe of the 11th arrondissement and the peace and calm that’s guaranteed at this lovely four-star hotel. Aside from 35 contemporary and beautifully decorated bedrooms, the hotel offers a gym, massage services, a Turkish steam bath, and sleep-aiding Night Cove lamps. So, no matter what you have planned for your stay in Paris, Le Mareuil will have you leaving feeling rested and recuperated.
Hôtel du Petit Moulin
The Hotel du Petit Moulin is an incredible couture hotel in the Haut-Marais, each of the rooms and suites of which was individually designed by legendary French fashion designer Christian Lacroix. The hotel’s restaurant is one of the best in the neighborhood and the building itself is also of great historical and cultural importance, once hosting Paris’ first bakery, the frontage of which still remains. According to Lacroix, ‘It brings to mind a dolls house, or those cross sections of buildings you might see in 20th-century encyclopedias, with very different atmospheres from one floor to the next.’
The Hotel Elixir has one of the most desirable addresses in the city, located on a calm side street just off the Rue de Rivoli. It’s a five-minute walk from not only the trendy hangouts of the Marais but the center of touristic Paris: the Île de la Cité and the Île Saint-Louis, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Palais-Royal. This brand new three-star hotel also boasts a hair salon and a library, where you can relax with a book after a long day of sightseeing and before a night on the town.
This chic four-star hotel on the southern edge of the Marais is a haven for weekend city breakers. The refined décor of its public spaces makes it a popular spot for business meetings and dates, which adds to the feeling that you’re staying at the heart of the action. The colorful armchairs of the lounge bar are also the perfect place to relax with a signature cocktail from the Hotel Duo’s talented head barman. There’s also a guest-only fitness room and sauna and an outdoor patio where you can catch a little sunshine.