Travel: Living the Rich Life in Paris at Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais

April 8, 2013 adrienne shubin


When I began planning my recent trip to Paris, a high school graduation gift to my stepdaughter who has been taking French classes since she was 13-years-old, the easiest part was choosing where to stay.

Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais is my favorite boutique hotel in Paris, having stayed for a week in October of 2010. Stepping into its charming, Baroque-inspired lobby is like stepping into the past with its 18th century décor of embroidered cushions, a harp, candelabras, and chandeliers.  Even the resident regal Scottish Terrier, Bobby, adds charm and character to this one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais - lobby and Bobby the dog

The hotel is named for the playwright, watchmaker, arms dealer, musician, spy and financier, Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732 – 1799) who lived just up the street from the hotel. He is perhaps best known for his plays, Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro, and La Mère coupable. 

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

Beaumarchais also played a key role in providing munitions and money to the American army during the American Revolutionary War. He negotiated the supply of ships and gunpowder to George Washington from his home near the hotel. He was one of the first French supporters of the Americans in that war, risking his reputation and spending his own money to aid the Americans and their cause.

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais - room

Inside the hotel, the rooms are elegant, though on the small size by American standards. While you will not find large dining tables, couches, wet bars or walk-in closets in the rooms, you will find everything you need to make your stay enjoyable including free wi-fi, soundproofed rooms, satellite television, small refrigerator and air conditioning.

The staff is friendly, welcoming and helpful. When we made online reservations to go the summit of the Eiffel Tower, a staff member happily fulfilled our request to print out the tickets from her front desk.

Each morning, we had fresh, hot coffee delivered to our room, served on a wicker tray with a pitcher of warm milk. Fresh coffee in bed was a great way to begin a long day of sightseeing.

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

Both stays at Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais were in street-facing rooms. The first time, we had a lovely patio with a French café set so we could sit outside. weather permitting, and enjoy our coffee and breakfast, or wine with locally purchased cheese and a baguette.

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais - view from room

We spent a good portion of our time in Le Marais, the neighborhood where the hotel is located. Having been to Paris four times in the last five years, I can say without reservation that it is my favorite in neighborhood in Paris.

Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais is located in an ideal location within Le Marias. It’s close to St. Paul and Hôtel de Ville metro stations, a leisurely 10 minute walk to Place des Vosges, and a stone’s throw from a variety of international cuisines, boutiques, bakeries, bars, friperie shops, tea rooms, and museums.

Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris

Our favorite thing to do was to go out into the neighborhood each evening, after dropping our new purchases off at the hotel and freshening up, and find a sweet treat to eat. Gelato, macarons, crepes, and pastries are all just short walk from the hotel’s door.

Sweets of Paris

Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais Review

On my next trip to Paris, I will stay at Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais. With the ideal location, reasonable rates, charming decor, friendly staff, and clean, quiet rooms, I wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else!

HÔTEL CARON DE BEAUMARCHAIS 12, rue Vieille-du-Temple 75004 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 72 34 12 – E-mail :

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Adrienne Shubin of the The Rich Life (on a budget) blog lives in the beautiful Sonoma wine country in northern California with her fire chief husband, three great step-kids and four pups. Besides writing her blog and a feature for Skimbaco, she volunteers with the elderly and works at a well-known winery. The Rich Life (on a budget) highlights her experiences, thoughts, things and people that make her life rich including travel, fashion, beauty and more. Adrienne strives to live each day as richly as possible and wants to show you how you can live your rich life, too. Connect with Adrienne on Facebook.

Comments (5)

  1. If I had to pick a spot to get away alone to work on a manuscript, I’d be hard-pressed to find a more fitting spot! Your photos were awesome. Suddenly, I want crepes.

  2. Enjoy Life Oils

    This hotel looks so cute and I walked by it on our trip to Paris – the location really is very good! I hope to stay there one day.

  3. Wes Holland

    this looks great! There’s actually a restaurant in new york called beaumarchais that is one of my favorites as well

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