Part of traveling to a new place is finding a fun hotel that’s both convenient but also nice to return to at the end of the day. The difficult thing is that I tend to travel to expensive cities and am always looking for a hotel that is decent but won’t break the bank.
On my recent trip to Paris, a friend gave me recommendations for areas to stay, but I was on my own for finding a hotel. After looking around at Trip Advisor, which seems to show many more photos than other travel sites, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Hotel Beaumarchais. So book it I did!
It was a charming boutique hotel on the outskirts of the Marais district. The front sitting area was so cute, it would have been a perfect place to sit down for a cup of tea if we hadn’t been out for 10-14 hours a day. We still had time to enjoy it on our last day in Paris, though.
We did start most mornings in the breakfast room, which is just on the other side of this spiral staircase.
The weather was cool and rained at some point every day, but when it’s warm and dry, this hidden courtyard is also turned into a cafe during breakfast.
And here’s the view of the courtyard from our room.
The breakfast was so much more comprehensive than the standard American continental breakfasts. This was my usual, although on the first day I added a pastry. That was before I realized we’d be eating four meals a day. I’m still paying for that!
The room was large for Europe and actually included two! This is the anteroom, which we used to store our suitcases and purchases as well as to charge our phones and keep our umbrella and my rain boots.
And this was the little hall between the two rooms.
This was the main room. We were just leaving the room for good when I took this photo, so pardon the sloppiness.
That’s it! The bathroom was small, but served its purpose. The best thing about the Beaumarchais was the staff. They were so helpful, remembered us and which room we were staying in, and were great with public transportation advice.
The neighborhood was convenient with two different Metro lines within a stone’s throw. It also had a ton of restaurants to choose from, so we never had to repeat except for one restaurant we loved so much for dinner that we returned the next day to try the lunch menu.
Do you have a favorite type of hotel? Specific chain? Boutique?