Hotels and apartments in Paris's 3rd arrondissement span three fascinating neighborhoods where you'll find so much to see and do: the Upper Marais (as the quieter, more residential north part of the Marais in the 3rd district is called), République, and Arts et Métiers (named after a fascinating museum with the same name).

In this district, you'll find quiet streets lined with a mix of art galleries, wonderful small bistros and cafes, boutiques including the concept store Merci, and the covered Marché des Enfants Rouges, bursting with fresh produces, cheeses, and prepared dishes to take home or eat on site.  Take time to visit Musée Picasso, Musée du Arts et Métiers, Musée Carnavalet, and other small museums and to enjoy the flowers in the arrondissement's many almost-hidden gardens.

Why You'll Like Staying in Paris 3:  Even though the 3rd arrondissement is part of Paris's center and easily accessible to major attractions, it attracts fewer tourist than, for example, the 1st, 4th, and 6th districts and therefore gives you a more "authentic" Paris experience.

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Our recommendations for where to stay in Paris's 3rd arrondissement range from a wallet-friendly 2-star hotel to luxurious 4- and 5-star properties - something for every budget and taste. 

Top photo: Hidden garden in the 3rd arrondissement, (c) Paris Discovery Guide

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Where to Stay in Paris's 3rd District

Le Pavillon de la Reine & Spa  ★★★★

Guest room at Le Pavillon de la Reine 
Place des Vosges across from Le Pavillon de la Reine 

28 Place des Vosges, 3rd arrondissement

Sumptuous furnishings, attentive service, and an ideal location across from Place des Vosges, considered by many to be the most beautiful square in Paris, make the luxurious 5-star Le Pavillon de la Reine a top choice in the Marais for many travelers.  The family-owned hotel occupies an ivy-covered 17th century building, and each of its 56 guestrooms and suites (including a 2-bedroom apartment) features unique decor ranging in style from classical to contemporary.  You'll also enjoy the fitness room, hammam, and spa.

What many guests love the most, though, is the large private terrace in front of the hotel.  The secluded grassy expanse will make you feel as though you're staying in a country manor in the heart of Paris.

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Maison Proust  ★★★

Pedestrian-only street near citizenM Paris Opera and Passage des Panoramas
Wine bar at Marché Enfants Rouge near Maison Proust

26 Rue de Picardie, 3rd arrondissement; nearest metro:  Temple

Belle Epoque-themed decor, personalized service, and a wonderful onsite spa make the 5-star Maison Proust a fantastic addition to Paris's Upper Marais neighborhood.  

The hotel's gem-like public spaces include a romantic bar/lounge, a tranquil Winter Garden, and round library topped with a domed ceiling featuring shimmering stars and stocked with leather-bound books which Proust himself might have read. 

The hotel's 23 guestrooms and suites pay homage to Proust and his close friends such as Claude Monet by featuring colors, art, and other details selected to match their personalities.  Even the hand-painted tiles in the spa reflect Proust's trips with his aunt to Morocco during his youth.

The hotel's location just over a block from the historical Enfants Rouge Covered Market puts you close to lots of wonderful small bistros and boutiques, as well as a small botanical garden/park at Square du Temple Elie Wiesel, also a block and a half away. 

You're also close to two excellent smaller museums, the Musée National Picasso-Paris and the lesser-known (but very visit-worthy) Museum of Hunting and Nature.

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Maison Proust is part of the Maisons Particulières Collection founded by Sylviane Sanz and Yoni Aïdan.  Check out their properties in other neighborhoods:

  • Maison Souquet (10 Rue de Bruxelles, 9th arr) - Aluxurious re-creation of a Parisian "pleasure house" inspired by an upscale Belle Époque brothel on the same site across the street from the Moulin Rouge cabaret
  • Maison Athénée (Rue de Caumartin, 9th arr) - An ode to Belle Époque salons located just a few minutes' walk from the Palais Garnier Opera House, Place de la Madeleine, and Place Vendome

Hôtel National des Arts et Métiers    ★★★★

View from of terrace and beyond from guest room at Hotel National des Arts et Métiers
Statue of Liberty at Musee des Arts et Metiers, across the street from the Hotel National des Arts et Métiers

243 Rue Saint Martin, 3rd Arrondissement

Hôtel National Arts et Métiers boasts one of the coolest hotel rooftop bars in the city - but that's far from being the only cool thing in this meticulously designed new 66-guestroom hotel with a classic Haussmannian façade across from Musée des Arts et Métiers, a fascinating museum devoted to science, technology, and invention housed in a former church.

Gorgeous black marble, oxidized copper, herringbone wooden floors, custom furnishings, and original art grace the 66 guestrooms, which come in all sizes and configurations. 

Request one with a balcony on a high floor to enjoy the amazing views.  You'll also love the Arts et Métiers neighborhood, a quiet corner of the Upper Marais filled with boutiques, small bistros, and friendly bars. 

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Pardon My French Apartment in the 3rd Arrondissement

Living room and a glimpse of the bedroom at the 'Pardon My French' apartment near the National Museum des Arts et Métiers
Living room and a glimpse of the bedroom at the 'Pardon My French' apartment near the National Museum des Arts et Métiers, Photo courtesy of Plum Guide

Arts et Metiers neighborhood, 3rd Arrondissement

A stay in the appealing Pardon My French apartment lets you experience life in the quiet Parisian neighborhood tucked away in a corner of the 3rd arrondissement by the fascinating Arts et Metiers Museum. 

You can easily explore all the small bistros and boutiques nearby, yet you're also close to the Marais and the trendy Canal Saint-Martin area, plus Notre Dame Cathedral, Pompidou Centre, and the Louvre are just a short walk away.  And don't miss the fantastic Marché des Enfants Rouges covered market, where you'll find some of the city's best take-away food.

The spacious 1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment sleeps 4, and with a sleekly modern kitchen, you'll feel right at home.  Plenty of natural light and the exposed white-painted wooden ceiling beams add to the apartment's charm.

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Hotel de Roubaix   ★★

6 Rue Greneta

If you're looking for a budget-friendly 2-star hotel with air conditioning, an elevator, and private bathrooms in each guest room - not necessarily common in other 2-star hotels - then the 54-room family-run Hotel de Roubaix may become your favorite place to stay in Paris.  Brightly-colored decor and comfortable beds, comic book art in many of the rooms (others are somewhat more subdued, although in a joie-de-vivre sort of way), and a quirky, fun-filled vibe make for a unique experience.

The hotel's location on a quiet side street is just a block or two (depending on how you count) away from the Musée des Arts et Metiers and the lesser-known Gaité Lyrique, where you can almost always see fascinating digital art shows and performances.  The immediate neighborhood, a favorite of local foodies, is packed with small cafes, bars, and coffee or tea shops.

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Hotel Sookie  ★★★★

Outdoor terrace seating at Marche des Enfants Rouges near Hotel Sookie
Outdoor terrace seating at Marche des Enfants Rouges near Hotel Sookie

2 bis Rue Commines, 3rd arrondissement

Stone walls, wooden beams, interesting eco-friendly fabrics, and vintage finds give the 4-star Hotel Sookie's 31 rooms and suites a "home away from home" vibe while still feeling chic and fresh. 

The hotel's all-day coffee shop, also open to the public, extends the warm feeling and gives you a perfect people-watching spot.  Come in for a croissant and café crème, and relax to jazz, funk, and soul tunes from the cafe's vintage vinyl collection and turntable including American jazz guitarist Grant Green's 1970 hit, "Sookie, Sookie," inspiration for the hotel's name.

The hotel's location on a quiet street in the Upper Marais puts you within easy reach of some of the neighborhoods best galleries and acclaimed bistros, plus you're just a short walk from the city's oldest covered market, Marché des Enfants Rouges, the Picasso Museum, acclaimed boutiques such as concept store Merci, and the nightlife in the trendy Oberkampf district.

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More Places to Stay in the 3rd Arrondissement

  • Hotel Jules et Jim (11 Rue des Gravilliers) - With only 23 guest rooms and a devoted fan base, you'll usually need to book early to get reservations at this 4-star favorite in the Upper Marais.  A intimate bar, lovely secluded courtyard, an arty yet romantic ambiance, and sleek furnishings will make you almost feel as though you're staying in a private home
  • Les Tournelles (30 Rue de Turenne) - This elegant 3-star hotel occupies a 17th century building close to Place des Vosges.  The 24 guestrooms feature classic decor in soothing jewel tones
  • Hotel Georgette (36 Rue de Grenier-Saint-Lazare) - The 19 light-filled guest rooms, each with allusions to 20th century art movements ranging from Dadaism to Street Art and comfortable beds make this 4-star boutique hotel near Centre Pompidou a favorite of many Paris visitors.  Pro tip:  Book one of the large (for Paris) top-floor rooms with fabulous skylights
  • Hotel Les Bains (7 Rue du Bourg l'Abbé) - Although the 5-star luxury boutique Les Bains hotel offers 39 beautifully-furnished guest rooms and suites, it encompasses much more: a legendary bar and nightclub, a spa, an acclaimed restaurant, and even a concept store
  • Villa Beaumarchais (5 rue des Arquebusiers) - This 4-star hotel near the Carnavalet Museum features 50 guest rooms with classic French decor overlooking a lovely atrium garden - a calm oasis in the middle of the lively Marais neighborhood

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