The Citadines Bastille Marais is one of 14 Citadines properties in Paris affiliated with the Ascot chain of hotels in London. Located at 37 Richard Lenoir is the east end of the Marais district, this establishment could be categorized in the economy range of a scale that varies from one property to the other in the chain.
Location: Conveniently located near the Place de la Bastille and the east end of the 4th arrondissement (Marais district - LGBT area), the hotel sits on a street where most businesses are home related (many locksmiths, hardware, mattress shops, etc) with a few 'brasseries' tucked in.
Metro: just a block from the Bréguet-Sabin station (which is 1 station north of Bastille). Line 5 (orange) north terminus is Bobigny and south terminus is Place d'Italie. You can also use the Chemin Vert station on a nearby line (3 blocks from the hotel). You can buy metro tickets from a vending machine at Bréguet-Sabin or from a manned kiosk.
Suites: this all-suites property is well maintained overall although the carpets in the rooms need to be upgraded or at least thoroughly cleaned. We saw two suites: we chose 715 on the top floor as it faced the courtyard and was very sunny. It had a full bedroom, with living room, dinning area and kitchen in an open concept. The toilet and the main bathroom are separate rooms (which we found quite convenient) and are separated from the rest of the unit by a door that links to a small hall leading to the main door of the suite.
Suite Facilities: The kitchens are well appointed. You will find ample dishes, stemware, flatware, pot and pans and all you need to make light meals. A half fridge, microwave which also can be used as a oven, a hotplate and a midget dishwasher (we did not use it), a toaster, a coffee pot, ironing board and iron are also available in the suite.
Note that there are recycling and garbage bins on each floor (we found them on the last day- the staff don't normally take care of garbage and recycling. The hot water is VERY HOT both in the kitchen and in the bathroom. Be careful.
Hotel Facilities: In the lobby, just around the main desk, there is a breakfast room. For 12 euros, a day, you can have a decent continental breakfast. We chose to eat in our suites instead. Note that the coffee, tea, hot chocolate machine is available free of charge 24 hours a day in the breakfast area. Also in the lobby are two computers for guests with one hooked up to a printer which requires a bit of help from staff. Copies of Le Monde are available in the lobby. There is also a vending machine in the lobby for snacks and drinks. A public washroom in the lobby came in handy as we were three sharing a suite.
Room keys: you will require you room key (looks like a credit card) to enter the hotel.
WIFI: Is free and available in your suite although some in our party had a hard time getting connected. Stand closer to the window, that helps tremendously.
Beds: Our suite had two single beds in the bedroom (very comfortable) and a double pull out sofa bed in the living area.
Safe: there are in-room safes although the documentation about the hotel says something to the contrary. There are additional safes in the front office.
Parking: There is underground parking.
Elevators: there are two high speed elevators
Food: There are three groceries stores within a few blocks. The hotel will direct you to the Casino Food Store just across the street from the hotel. Just down the street from the Casino Food Store on the street that runs perpendicular, just beyond the Ibis Hotel, you'll find a Carrefour City food store (which opens a tad earlier 8:30). A third option in Franprix on Chemin Vert (turning right from the boulevard and the store is on the left hand side 1.5 blocks down the street).
Beer, wine and spirits: are available in the food stores mentioned above at a fraction of the cost you will pay in a bar/restaurant. As an example, I bought 6 cans of '1664' a well-know French beer for about 6 euros. An equivalent serving of beer (normally 33 cl) will coat you about 6 times as much in a public place. Beer and wine are seldom chilled, so you need to plan ahead and chill in room refrigerator.
Ordering Food in Restaurants: Noon hours meals called 'le déjeuner' are less expensive that evening meals even when the items are the same. So, we ate our main meal early in the afternoon. Most restaurants will display daily specials where the 'formule' is clearly stated. The 'formule' is a 'table d'hôte' meaning you get at least two dishes for a special price. Typically, you can choose the appetizer and main dish OR main dish and desert for approx. 10-20 euros depending on the quality of the establishment. Very few restaurants offered a fixed priced 'formule' which included appetizer, main dish and desert.
Be careful when you order: In one restaurant, they individual prices of the items on the ordinary menu were cheaper that on the formule; we pointed it out and got the cheaper price. In another restaurant, we ordered cider (33 cl bottles) and were given a smaller 25 cl bottles. When we pointed it out to the wait person, she acknowledged the disparity and gave an extra bottle free of charge which we shared between the two of us who had ordered cider.
I have uploaded on Trip Advisor a report on each of the restaurants we visited during our 10 day stay.
Street Market: A huge street market is held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the boulevard. You'll find a bit of everything including fruit and vegetables that are much better quality that in the groceries stores.
Bakery: A wonderful bakery is located at the corner of Boulle and Bréguet where from 7 am onwards, you can pick some fresh croissants for 1 euro each. They also have all kinds of other tempting goodies.
Luggage storage: rooms are available from noon onwards (checkout time is noon). They will store your luggage is a safe room as requested.
Getting to your hotel from the airport: We used Viator.com which contracts out to Paris Shuttle. They picked us up (all 7 of us) in a van and took us directly to the hotel. From the airport, after you pick up you checked bags, you call them on the toll free number and they meet you at the appropriate terminal. Paris Charles de Gaulle has four terminals and in each terminal, there are separate areas, for example, in terminal 2, there is a 2a, 2b, up to 2g. For the return trip, we had the reception desk call for us ( to reconfirm our return trip to the airport) as the room phones are blocked for some reason (perhaps for some calling areas only). They were very punctual and cordial. No tips are expected as the cost is not cheap but well worth the hassle-free ride in. We've used Viator in Rome as well and found them very dependable.
Latest scam: young people carrying clip boards and pretending to be deaf-mute attempt to get you to sign a petition. This gives them close access to you (they are usually in groups of 2-3) so watch your wallet. If you sign the petition, they will expect money.
Taxes and tips: Are included at all times. We typically rounded up to next euro or two particularly when the service was exceptional.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to Place des Vosges, the most beautiful square in Paris, Apart'hotel Citadines Bastille Marais Paris plunges you into the very heart of the French capital. The charm of the Marais district is evident in the presence of sumptuous 17th century mansions and its well-preserved character and heritage. But it is undoubtedly in its unassuming alleyways that the district's magic works best, thanks to the art, photography and antiques galleries. Old Paris offers an endless stream of curiosities just waiting to be discovered. Your Apart Hotel overlooks the Boulevard Richard Lenoir and its beautiful tree-lined promenade. It is located 10 minutes from Place de la Bastille, and just a few steps away from the Bréguet-Sabin metro station. You will find it the ideal pied-à-terre for a few nights or a stay of several weeks in Paris. If you are travelling by car, our serviced apartments hotel offers you access to a private car park (charges apply). Paris's 11th district is sure to surprise you. The Bastille district is one of the liveliest and trendiest in the capital. By day, lose yourself in its winding alleyways as you wander from little shops to hidden courtyards. In the evening, make the most of the area's buzzing party atmosphere. Just steps from the hotel, you can explore the Marais, Paris's lively historic centre. From Beaubourg to Place des Vosges, not forgetting the Musée Carnavalet, magnificent private mansions rub shoulders with gardens, art galleries and trendy bars. Whether you are on a business trip or travelling with family, the fully serviced apartments of Citadines Bastille Marais Paris feature fitted kitchens and satellite TV to blend modernity and comfort. Our studios and apartments can accommodate from two to four people. And for even greater luxury and space, some even have a terrace or balcony. Reception is open 24/7 to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible and complementary WiFi is available in all our serviced apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Citadines Bastille Marais Hotel Paris