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Last week we were mulling over the new Hotel Athenée in Paris, this week our attentions are focused on another new property in la cité of light.
hLike the Athenée, the Marais Bastille is a new hotel opening in an old property of the same name (it used to be a Best Western). It’s been decorated by Michel Jouannet, who also did the cute Villa Madame in Saint Germain, and from the website, it’s looking lovely – bright primary colors mixed with white walls and outré art on the walls.
Even if you binge on Cabernet Sauvignon and gorge too much on rich Camembert and Brie while in Paris, you won't have to abandon your resolution to get fit in '10. You can kick-start your plan at the Hôtel Gabriel Paris Marais, the City of Light's first detox hotel.
Don't worry, staying here won't be like an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Instead, the 40-room hotel takes a less invasive method of purging the toxins in your life—whether they be from stress, bad diet, sleeplessness or lack of exercise. The hotel focuses on creating a relaxing zen den where you can get some shut-eye.
You know the dilemma. You're just about to book a hotel which you think looks and sounds wonderful. And then you read the scathing bloggers' reviews, telling horror stories of non-flushing toilets and hairs in the breakfast eggs, of strange lumps in the bed and bumps in the night.
We have that dilemma about Les Jardins du Marais in Paris. Please help if you can - here it is:
The website looks promising, despite the tacky music. The location is excellent for young trendies - it's on a quiet street right slap bang between the trendy Marais area (designer boutiques, trendy restaurants, cosy wine bars and gays) and the up-and-coming Oberkampf area (Arabs and Brazilians, cheap happy-hour, loud live music, fun & japes).