I stayed at the Hotel Le Compostelle Le Marai in May on the recommendation of my travel agent. It was inexpensive and in a charming and lively neighborhood, yes, but I fled after my first (sleepless) night. It sits between one of the busiest streets in Paris (rue Rivoli) and a bustling smaller street containing very popular bars that draw... More
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.