Location: I’m going to level with you and tell you right off the bat that this is not the gold standard of locations in Paris. The hotel website places it in Le Marais but that is perhaps a good 20 to 25 minute walk away. The neighbourhood has a very edgy, eclectic feel, which has its charms if you prefer your travel experiences to be as authentic as possible in a popular tourist destination. If I had to rate its proximity to the attractions people travel to Paris for I’d give it a solid 5 out of ten. It is however very close to the Place de la Republique metro station, and the Gare du Nord train station is not too far away either.
Rooms: Having gotten the matter of the less than ideal location out of the way, I can now confidently assure you that the hotel itself leaves very little to be desired. It is quite new (opened in the summer) so everything is in tip-top condition. The decor has a nautical bent to it, which is interesting considering the nearest body of water – Canal Saint Martin – is more than a kilometre away. It all somehow still comes together with no fuss, especially when you’re sitting on one of the window panes tracing the Parisian skyline as the sun sets, while resting limbs tired from traipsing the eternal city. There are 99 rooms in four different categories and 22 suites in three categories apportioned over 9 floors.
Other facilities: Amenities one would expect to find within Marriott’s Renaissance brand such as complimentary wifi, room service, and a concierge service as well as a fitness center, a Sothys spa, a fine-dining restaurant, bar, event and meeting room facilities and bike rentals. Service is beyond impeccable; one gets the feeling that you are a cherished and valued guest without the stiffness that sometimes comes with it in 5-star hotels.
The lowdown: Standard room rates at The Renaissance Paris Republique currently start at 313 euros per night, though this is subject to seasonal fluctuations and availability.