Hôtel de Ville
Hôtel de Ville
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This beautiful, 19th century building is now the seat of the French government, and features a number of displays on French history.
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Neighborhood: Le Marais
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.
How to get there
  • Hôtel de Ville • 2 min walk
  • Cité • 4 min walk
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  • Vacationer778403
    4 contributions
    Special friendly treatment at La Poste at the Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris.
    We were staying at Le Marais, on rue Saint Martin and rue Pernelle. Looked for a Post Office not wanting to place mail in a street box. We found out there is a small post office branch at the Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 75004, Paris. Being a stamp collector, I requested from one of the employees, a very nice lady, to postmark by hand several letters and postcards decorated with a variety of colorful French stamps. She took care of my request with a smile of her face on three different visits to that post office. I rate that post office branch 5 Stars! Of course, speaking French to her must have had a friendly impact... We also purchased recently issued French postage stamps: Notre Dame Treasures and La Fee Melusine, art postage stamps.
    Written November 2, 2022
  • Terry M
    Hamilton, Canada4,307 contributions
    A GRAND SEAT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
    The third buildig on the site, Louis XVI and Charles de Gaulle are among the historic personalities to make speeches from the building. The size of the 19th c building is massive. You can tour the building by prior arrangement. The Olympic rings were in front of the building, the 2024 Summer Games in the offing.
    Written November 9, 2022
  • FLnurseER
    Boca Raton, Florida2,671 contributions
    Official apartments of the mayor
    The south wing of the building was originally constructed by François I in the 16th century. The north wing was later built by Henry IV and Louis XIII in the 17th century. The Hôtel de Ville had been the headquarters of the French Revolution, the headquarters of the Paris Commune. When defeat became imminent, the Communards set fire to the Hôtel de Ville, destroying the building and almost all of the city archives. Reconstruction of City Hall lasted from 1873 through 1892 (19 years). Today, the Hôtel de Ville is home to the official apartments of the mayor of Paris and functions as Paris' city hall. It stands on the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville. We had admired the beautiful building from the almost empty square as well as from the cruise on the river. The fountain section is covered and some type of upkeep is being done.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2022
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Bryan W
Chattanooga, TN320 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We had an unbelievable experience. We were in the plaza on a walking tour two days before bastille day and got front row viewing of the practice air show fly over. A beautiful piece of French history and exceptionally fortunate timing.
Written January 9, 2023
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Nicolas C
Limassol City, Cyprus891 contributions
Jul 2021
The Hôtel de Ville in Paris, France, is the building housing the city's local administration. It was initially constructed in the 15th century, and it has since been expanded in its today's glory.

If you want to see this magnificent building in its true colours, go for a walk in the evening, making a stop after your walk at the river - La Seine. The real glory of this building comes to surface in the evening with the special lights effects, in the city of light!
Written July 28, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,604 contributions
Jun 2022
This is Paris' city hall and it best seen from the river, although there is another good view from the plaza outside. The building was rebuilt after it was gutted during the Commune, and it looks even better now. We have been to a reception and lots of special art expos here. A monument.
Written October 6, 2022
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yiannos973
Limassol City, Cyprus588 contributions
Jul 2022
Impressive ,huge Neo Renaissance building ,amazing architecture, full of history. Maybe the most impressive building of Paris, very picturesque, close to Marais. There is a large square in front with a large fountain where people sitting, admiring and taking photos of the Town Hall. The area around is very nice with cafes, restaurants ,brasseries to relax and the famous department store BHV just opposite.
Regular exhibitions held inside Hotel de Ville with a fee. A must see.
Written August 22, 2022
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand19,852 contributions
Jan 2020
I came out of the Hotel De Ville stop to get to Notre Dame Cathedral. It looked like the train station is connected to the building but it was all closed off when I was there so I ended up outside instead. I was on the back end of the building and was fascinated with the architecture. As I moved towards the front of the building towards the bridge to Note Dame, I noticed a statue on horseback on the side of the building.
As I neared the bridge I noticed that there was a festival of some sort in the front area of the hotel. It looked like a winter festivalwith free rides for kids. It was New Year so it could also have been related to that. Apart from rides there were a few stalls for food and shops of items. There were also a few photo areas. The building looks quite amazing from afar and does look nice closer up when you are able to see some of the intricate details.
I was able to get close to the building but not inside since it looked like it was closed. The colourful lighting around the area made it quite festive and interesting. It was an unexpected but really enjoyable find.
Written May 5, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,604 contributions
Oct 2019
The design is from the 19th Century. It burned during the Commune time but was re-built and houses the City Hall functions. We come here for the museum space where there is often a very good expo, usually free. Also good if there is a special function to which you are invited.
Written January 16, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA14,604 contributions
Feb 2020
We've been to much here, a reception and lots of art expos. This massive and impressive building was torched during the Commune uprising 1870, but was quickly rebuilt is sort of the same style. Now it's administrative, but pay attention to notices for art and history exhibits because they are excellent and free.
Written July 22, 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia42,211 contributions
Oct 2019
Hotel de Ville was built in the 16th century but had to be rebuilt in the second half of the 19th century following fire damage. It is a splendid building and quite ostentatious. It is very beautiful and it is worth spending part of your day on a visit here. It is also the seat of the Paris city government.
Written September 13, 2020
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Nov 2019 • Couples
Yes- I visited this place... but by chance. We were on our way from here to there, and stopped to eat our bagged lunches. We admired the building from the outside- many sections, turrets, statues, towers... you name it- this place is worth looking at... but what isn’t in Paris?
Written January 10, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,561 contributions
Dec 2019
The City authorities have their seat here since the 14c, but the edifice didn't have that look. It was torched down during the Commune revolution, and rebuilt later in this magnificent French neo-Renessaince style.
It's a perfect photo op in the heart of Paris and one of Europe's most beautiful city halls.
Written January 26, 2020
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