Doubles from: $113 to $175
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Castex Hotel is a cozy three-star charmer located on a side street just west of the Bastille and south of Rue St-Antoine in the Marais. The hotel isn’t a bargain, but it is a polished and reliable pick, perfect for even our fussiest readers.
Pros: Well appointed rooms. Great Marais location. Cozy, charming hotel.
Cons: Sometimes "affordable." but never "cheap." Some rooms tight.
First of all, let’s get this out of the way: The Castex Hotel is a very comfortable three-star hotel with a great location. It’s often too expensive for us, but its rates do sometimes become quite affordable, which is why it even merits mentioning on EuroCheapo.
The hotel’s 30 rooms boast dark wooden furniture, Louis XIII-style chairs and stools, lovely French floor tiles (none of the rooms have carpet) and cool recessed lighting. Room size varies, and some doubles are small (but make up for it with larger baths).
All rooms offer a wide range of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning. Bathrooms are spotless, filled with toiletries and equipped with either a shower or bathtub.
Four rooms open directly onto the hotel’s cute garden (perfect for an afternoon aperitif in summer). Half of the hotel’s rooms face the garden (higher rooms offer charming rooftop views), while the others face the rather quiet rue Castex.
Downstairs, the lounge has exposed wooden ceiling beams, majestic period-style furnishings, a wrought iron chandelier and a free Internet station. Breakfast—for a rather steep €14—is served in a vaulted stone cellar with tapestry-covered chairs.
The Hotel Castex is located on the one-block rue Castex, just three blocks west of the Place de la Bastille. This is the southeastern corner of the Marais, and is just one minute south of the rue St-Antoine (a shop-lined street that runs westward from the Bastille before becoming the rue de Rivoli).
Aside from the Place de la Bastille (and its famous Opera), the hotel is situated just a few minutes from the romantic Place des Vosges and the Pont de Sully, the bridge that crosses onto the eastern end of the Ile Saint-Louis. It’s a quick walk to countless restaurants, bars and shops.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
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About the Castex Hotel neighborhood
Spanning the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, from Châtelet to the Place de la Bastille, and from République to the Seine, the Marais is one of Paris’ most popular and desirable neighborhoods for locals and tourists alike, a vibrant, fashionable hub that combines history, culture, nightlife and shopping in equal measure.