5, Rue Castex, Paris, France star
Doubles from: $134 to $207
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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: Often not-so-Cheapo. Some rooms tight.
The 30 bright 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 free Wi-Fi connection, 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.
The lounge has exposed wooden ceiling beams, majestic period-style furnishings, a wrought iron chandelier and a free Internet station. The friendly staff is available 24 hours a day, and can help book tickets, tours and transportation.
Breakfast—for a rather steep €14—is served downstairs 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.
Metro: The Hotel Castex is located a few blocks west of the Bastille Metro stop, which serves lines 1, 5 and 8.
Reviewed by: Tom Meyers, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
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- Breakfast Extra Charge
- Car Rental
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Machine
- Free Newspapers
- Groups welcome
- Internet Station
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Room Service
- Safe at reception
- Shuttle service
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Alarm Clock
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Internet Access
- Soundproofed Windows
- TV – flat screen
5, Rue Castex
Marais, Paris, France
About the Hotel Castex neighborhood
Stretched between Châtelet and the Place de la Bastille, the Marais is the trendiest neighborhood on our list. Its narrow, winding streets are full of funky boutiques, boy bars, and tiny bistros. The Marais is home to the city's historic Jewish quarter and is the center of gay Parisian life. It’s a safe and lively area for nightlife, particularly around the Rue Vieille du Temple.