On the map, Place de la République may not appear to be in the centre of Paris, France. However, when it comes to the trendiest neighbourhoods, such as the Haut-Marais and Canal Saint-Martin, and streetscapes in the city, you could say it’s smack dab in the middle of all the action. Immerse yourself in the area by staying in one of these hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.
Instantly recognisable by the bronze statue of Marianne – the Goddess of Liberty and the national symbol of the French Republic – Place de la République is one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, where Parisians protest against the government or voice their solidarity with the oppressed. When it’s not taken over by demonstrations, it’s a hive of activity, with skateboarders trying out new tricks, kids splashing about in fountains and locals tipping back an after-work aperitif on one of the outdoor patios. In other words, it’s perfect territory for people-watching. From detox and wellness-oriented hotels to design-centric properties, here’s our rundown of the best places to stay in the area.
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This South American-inspired boutique hotel is a hotspot, thanks to the Inka restaurant, which serves up contemporary Peruvian cuisine in a colourful setting. Then there’s Mezcaleria Paris, the hotel’s hidden bar and taqueria. The 1K Paris is also known for its very Instagrammable pool suite, where you can sunbathe on the terrace and splash around in the private pool.
Hôtel Marais Hôme sits between Place de la République and Le Marais, making it the perfect spot for exploring the nearby restaurants, bars and boutiques. If you need a moment of relaxation from all the sightseeing, there’s a sauna and hammam, a fitness room and massages on request, but perhaps the biggest draw here is the rooftop terrace on the seventh floor, providing sweeping views of Paris.
Absolute Hotel tapped a graphic designer to decorate each room in a bold street-art style – perfect for urban art fans. From the blown-up Paris metro maps pasted on the lobby walls to kitsch photos of Rihanna hanging in the bedrooms, no space has been left untouched – including corridors where you can leave your own mark on the hotel. With rooms that sleep up to three, it’s also a good option for friends and families.
A five-minute walk from Place de la République, Le General Hotel has a young, eclectic, retro and modern vibe, all at once. Contemporary white rooms are offset by industrial-style columns and a distinctly ’70s-era lounge. French-born architect Jean-Philippe Nuel designed the interior, where photography plays a large role in the layout, with poster-size portraits of everyday people lining the walls to lend the property a more intimate feel. Every room comes with a Nespresso machine and toiletries by L’Occitane.
If you’re a design or art lover, La Planque Hotel, a former candy store that pitches itself as less a hotel and more a guesthouse, is the place for you. The rooms riff on arty designs – think velvet- and fabric-covered headboards, statement light fixtures and textured wallpaper – making this a cosy option full of character. Interesting and eclectic colour pairings – grey and burnt orange, forest green and pink – dominate the hotel, adding to the fun, creative vibe. The conservatory-style cafe and common space feature chairs and banquettes upholstered in colourful velour, a weathered wooden picnic table, vintage books and flea-market finds.
As the name suggests, the Hotel Les Deux Girafes, near the Bataclan music hall, is inspired by the noble, long-necked animal of the African plains. The blue, green, tan and orange colour palette and natural materials, such as linen, wood and rattan, bring a sense of calm and a feeling of wilderness to the 34 rooms and suites. Converted from a former furniture factory, the hotel hosts rotating art exhibits and features a co-working space and a fitness room with an Instagram-worthy wooden, manual treadmill from French company Sprintbox – a motorless, ecofriendly way to work out.
When the Hôtel Gabriel Paris opened in 2009, just off the trendy Canal Saint-Martin area, it pitched itself as one of the city’s first detox hotels, with soft lighting, a neutral colour palette and healthy snack options. Selected rooms also come with the digital sleep aid called NightCove, which uses ambient LED lighting and audio sounds to help jet-lagged guests fall asleep. Another big perk is the downstairs Honesty Bar, a small intimate lounge where you can help yourself to some hot and cold drinks and contribute whatever amount you feel is fair.
With an emphasis on natural materials, Hotel La Nouvelle République, about a 15-minute walk away from the square, adopts a clean, Scandinavian, minimalist style. Sensitive sleepers and travellers will appreciate the hypoallergenic mattresses and the dual-flow ventilation system operating throughout the hotel. In the morning, you can enjoy the complimentary vegetarian breakfast, including croissants, scrambled eggs and cheese. Forgot your adaptor? Rooms also come with international plugs.
Just a five-minute walk from the main square, Hôtel Le Mareuil is all about rest and relaxation, with soundproofed rooms, organic toiletries, a breakfast buffet featuring local, seasonal ingredients and a bedside NightCove sleep lamp. You can also relax at the hotel hammam, open 24/7, or try the oxygenation cabin, where you can gulp lungfuls of pure, pine-infused oxygen and imagine yourself walking through a forest, far from the madding crowds of Paris.
Nicola Leigh Stewart contributed additional reporting to this article.
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