Hotel Marceau Bastille Blends Romance And Hospitality

Once a fortress prison of Paris, the area of Bastille has suffered many facelifts—including the infamous storming of Bastille—before becoming known in its present incarnation as an upbeat, bar hopping area in the world’s most romantic city. Adding to the history and atmosphere, Paris’ latest boutique hotel for fashionistas, Hôtel Marceau Bastille, has opened close to the Gare de Lyon train station and the quaint Marais district.

Known as a perfect place to stay during Paris Fashion Week, the hotel is close to all the main venues that house the 100 plus events. Carrousel du Louvre is a Metro ride away and Espace Eiffel is a short taxi ride of less that €12, depending on the traffic. The hotel itself is typical of the boutique-style philosophy—no unnecessarily frilly trimmings here, instead you’ll find quality details and thoughtful amenities (including fashion-friendly items such as an iron and board).

The Urban room uses an avant-garde style interior of magenta and anthracite with a dark wood king-size bed and business desk that sits out over the Parisian streets. The Ecolo room is filled with natural light and sits away from the darkened smaller boutique rooms using natural fibers against the headboard, sofa and bedding to contrast with the extravagant wallpaper. The Privileged room is just as its name suggests: made for those who want space and prefer a bit more pampering. Balconies, limousines and just about any other luxurious request will be eagerly met—all you have to do is ask.

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