The Hotel Molay, your accommodation close to the Place des Vosges
Published on 9 October 2015, dans Visit Paris
There are several ways to discover Paris: historic districts, architectural monuments, popular neighbourhoods ... The attractions are plentiful, rich and varied. The Hotel Jacques de Molay, situated near the Place des Vosges, offers you the option to stay in one of the most attractive parts of the metropolis.
A fine establishment in the city centre
The Hotel Jacques de Molay is situated in the popular and romantic Marais district. As well as being just a few minutes away from the Place des Vosges, our establishment also offers direct access to the heart of the city, making it very convenient for exploring the surrounding area and visiting the many landmarks and attractions of Paris. A great way to begin your journey of discovery is with the oldest planned square in the capital, which was inaugurated in 1612 and is still a place of beauty and elegance.
A privileged location
Built at the behest of Henri IV, the Place des Vosges is one of the most popular places in central Paris. It exudes a sense of history and timeless fascination, and is an architectural masterpiece that remains outstanding even in a city that boasts so many fabulous buildings. A central green space surrounded by the red brick facades and steeply pitched slate roofs of harmoniously designed buildings, fronted by atmospheric arcades hosting shops and cafes, offers an irresistible invitation to stroll, browse and relax.
The historical significance of the Marais
The Marais is an historic neighbourhood that began its existence, as the name implies, as somewhat inhospitable wetlands, but the marshy nature of this stretch of land on the right bank of the Seine didn’t prevent the Knights Templar from settling there. The famous order built their first fortified church amidst the marshland in 1240, setting an example later followed by other religious institutions. Around the same time the Marais also became the home of royalty, when Charles I of Anjou, king of Naples and Sicily, built a residence. This conferred upon the district a certain fashionable cache and the aristocracy flocked to build their fine mansions in what rapidly became an exceedingly desirable district. The splendour of the buildings is still intact: the royal residences, the hôtels particuliers of the nobility and the Rue des Rosiers can still be found around the Place des Vosges, making a stroll around the area a fascinating and enjoyable experience.
A rich and varied choice of visits
As well as being well worth visiting for its architectural appeal, the neighbourhood of the Place des Vosges also offers great cultural wealth. Literature buffs can visit the Victor Hugo House where the writer lived in the mid-19th century, while art lovers will delight in touring the nearby Picasso and Carnavalet museums. The area also boasts great places to enjoy refined and exquisite French cuisine, as well as renowned nightspots.
Picture copyright holder : Tourist Office Paris - Photographer Marc Bertrand
Hotel Jacques de Molay, chic and cozy Boutique hotel in Paris, Marais district