See the climax of the Tour de France and take a Paris Bike Tour

The summer months in Paris are warm and languid, but there’s no shortage of things to do. Throughout the year and especially during the summer, the Paris Bike Tour offers a range of activities to please everyone. And while we’re on the subject of bike tours, we must not forget the arrival of the Tour de France !

Bicycle race Tour de France in Paris - Charles-de-Gaulle square, Triumphal Arch, 8th district

Bicycle race Tour de France in Paris – Charles-de-Gaulle square, Triumphal Arch, 8th district

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The Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival 2015

The Saint Germain des Près district, located in the 6th arrondissement on the Left Bank of the Seine, has long enjoyed a reputation as having a certain cool, intellectual ambience. Unsurprisingly, this delightful part of Paris played a significant role in the rise to prominence of jazz in the mid-20th century. Today it is the setting for the annual Saint Germain des Près Jazz Festival, a relatively young but thriving event which regularly attracts some of the most creative and interesting talents in this particular genre of music. When you stay at the comfortable Hotel Marais Bastille, you are situated just across the Seine from the festival and can reach the event quickly and easily.

Paris Jazz Festival 2002 - Michel Portal and Bernard Lubat - Gloumouth1 via Wikimedia commons

Michel Portal and Bernard Lubat at Paris Jazz Festival 2002

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Roland Garros; The French Open tennis tournament

It’s the only tennis Grand Slam event that is played on clay, and is generally considered to be the most physically challenging of them all. In 2015 the greatest tennis players in the world will once again be vying for the honour, prestige and glory that comes with victory in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland-Garros stadium, and you can be there to cheer on your favourite contenders. Get your tickets now for May 24th to June 7th and enjoy one of the world’s great sporting events, easily accessible from the Hotel Marais Bastille, where we’ll be happy to help with your transport arrangements.

Roland Garros 2015 - Match in 2013

Roland Garros 2015 - Match in 2013

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Victor Hugo House in Paris; a treat for literature lovers

Here at the Hotel Marais Bastille, we are within easy walking distance of the Place des Vosges, a beautiful square dating from the early 17th century. Designed and built by royal decree, it seems to embody the essence of the architectural charms of the Marais, a district steeped in history and culture. It is well worth visiting simply to sample the uniquely tranquil atmosphere of the place, but the Place des Vosges boasts an additional attraction for lovers of fine literature; it is the location of the Victor Hugo House in Paris.

Victor Hugo House Paris - Photographer Dalbéra via wikimedia

Victor Hugo House, Place des Vosges, Paris - Chinese room Juliette Drouet - Photographer Dalbéra via wikimedia

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The Paris Bastille; a testament to history

We at the Hotel Marais Bastille are proud of our location in such a historically significant section of Paris. The story of the Paris Bastille fortress is one that reverberated around the world and still has significance today. Built in the 14th century to defend the city from the English during the Hundred Years War, it later became a state prison and was famously stormed by 600 rioters on July 14th 1789. This key event of the French Revolution was a major blow in favour of liberty. The fortress was later demolished and the Place de la Bastille was built where it formerly stood. Some of the stonework can still be seen today close to the Boulevard Henri IV. Today the district is rich in interest. Here are some of the nearby places you will want to visit when you stay with us.

Paris Bastille - Viaduc des arts (strip of art galleries) - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Viaduc des arts (strip of art galleries)

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Pay a visit to the Museum of Romantic Life

The Museum of Romantic Life offers the perfect complement to a romantic getaway in Paris. Located in Pigalle, in the neighbourhood known as New Athens, the museum occupies a beautifully restored setting that is profoundly evocative of the romantic period. As we approach Valentine’s Day it seems very fitting that you should discover this often overlooked aspect of Parisian culture.

Museum of Romantic Life - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Museum of Romantic Life

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Valentine’s Day in Paris, world capital of romance

Paris is a city made for lovers, so what could be more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in this perfect setting? The Hotel Marais Bastille offers an elegant, contemporary setting and all the quality services you could require to make your shared Valentine’s Day both comfortable and fulfilling. We are close to various public transport options providing easy access to all parts of Paris and its many opportunities for romantic walks.

Valentine's Day in Paris - « I love you » wall - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

« I love you » wall - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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Incredible bargains to be had in the Paris Winter Sales

Staying here at the Hotel Marais Bastille you will be in a prime central location to enjoy the Paris Winter Sales. Throughout the city until February 17th the prices on a massive range of goods from fashion to furniture and even wine will be heading in only one direction; down! Why not come and take advantage of the incredible bargains on offer in boutiques, department stores, shopping centres and small retailers?

Paris Winter Sales - Parisian shopping at BHV - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Parisian shopping at BHV - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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It’s the New Year and time for a visit to Paris

It’s 2015 already. The New Year is upon us so all of us here at the Hotel Marais Bastille would like to join together in wishing our customers, our prospective customers and all the readers of our blog all the very best for 2015. We certainly hope you’ll think about being a guest of our hotel this year as you’ll certainly be made very welcome, and here in the heart of Paris you will find plenty to keep you busy.

New Year - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

Place des Vosges - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Amélie Dupont

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Explore the many attractions of the Marais District

Bringing together the old and the new in a thriving and enchanting combination, the Marais district remains one of the iconic neighbourhoods of Old Paris. Exploring the Marais will bring you countless surprises, including museums housed in magnificent old buildings, contemporary art galleries, fashion boutiques and excellent restaurants.

Marais district - France. Paris 3rd district. Public garden of the Temple. Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Daniel Thierry

Marais district - Public garden of the Temple - Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Daniel Thierry

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