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Caron de Beaumarchais, 4th Arr.

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Champigny-sur-Marne, France, Europe: Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais
12 Rue Vieille du Temple
France 75004
Tel: 33 1 42 72 34 12
Metro: Hôtel-de-Ville or St. Paul's insider take:

Playwright, spy, financier, and American revolutionary sympathizer Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais wrote The Marriage of Figaro in his town house at 47 Rue Vieille-du-Temple, a few hundred yards east of this family-run, 19-room property. Add to that a 1792 Erard pianoforte, an equally vintage harp, and Mozart's opera playing in the lobby, and the Figaro theme becomes inescapable. Luckily, the property has personable staff, some with a sense of humor. High-tech goodies (like free Wi-Fi) help you overlook the fact that "cozy" here means shoehorning the minibars, flat-screen TVs, and antiques into the dimensions of a violin case. Well, a few rooms, like number 10, are more like cello cases; and bathrooms are surprisingly decent-sized. Rooms in back are less sunny than those on the Rue Vieille du Temple side, but they're also dead quiet—important, because this is the 24/7 backbone of the Marais's gay district. Caron de Beaumarchais is stylish only by 18th-century standards, but the charm-to-price ratio is as harmonious as the music, so it often books solid months in advance.

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