REVIEW

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

From the pianoforte dating to 1792 to the gilt-framed mirrors, Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais re-creates the feel of an 18th-century artist's home.

By Sarina Lewis and Meg Zimbeck, Tuesday, Apr 17, 2007, 4:09 PM

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

About this Hotel

Price From $165

'Hood The Marais, historically the city's Jewish quarter and now also a center for gay nightlife. It's one of the few neighborhoods with shops that are open on Sundays.

First Impression From the pianoforte dating to 1792 to the gilt-framed mirrors, the hotel re-creates the feel of an 18th-century artist's home. It's named for Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, the French playwright whose Le Mariage de Figaro was adapted by Mozart. Beaumarchais lived just up the road.

The Rooms No two of the 19 rooms are the same, though most have sumptuous fabrics, a crystal chandelier refitted with electric candles, an original exposed-beam ceiling, and an antique writing desk and armoire.

Plus The hotel might look like it dates from another era, but it has modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs, WiFi, and air-conditioning.

Minus The seven rooms facing the tiny courtyard lack natural light, particularly the one on the ground floor.

Details Rooms from $165.

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