Paris Plages: summer fun on the Parisian beach

Located at Bassin de la Villette, this year’s Paris Plages (Paris beaches) is a fun family outing.

The long awaited summer vacation has arrived, and with it Paris Plages. Located near Hotel Mareuil, the Bassin de la Villette offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family. Enjoy music in the sun thanks to the barge balls playing French songs along Canal de l’Ourcq. Cafés and patios welcome you with their festive summer ambiance. Other activities are centered around sports and games, such as mountain bike trails, putt putt golf, babyfoot, or pétanque and boules. You may also want to try taking Tai Chi or ballroom dancing!


Photo credit : C Roche / Mairie de Paris

Lots of aquatic activities
Adults and children alike will be able to try a rowing boat, a pedal boat, experience rowing, or enjoy floating spheres on water called roller tubes. If you are thinking about a cruise, Paris Canal is the place to go for a refreshing and sunny tour on the canal.

More information about Paris Plages is available at Canal de l’Ourcq.

Paris Plages, from July 20 to August 18, 2013.
Open daily from 1pm to 8pm.

Bassin de la Villette
Quai de Seine / Quai de la Loire
Metro station: Jaurès (line 2), Riquet (line 7), and Laumière (line 5).


English magazine FrenchEntrée is crazy about Hotel Mareuil!

We have just heard the news: FrenchEntrée’s online cityguide has just published an article presenting Hotel Mareuil as a favorite in Paris! The site specializes in everything French, and describes our 4-star hotel as an oasis of calm in the heart of Paris. According to the magazine, our organic breakfast, the NightCove system, and the contemporary decor and warm colors make our hotel truly enjoyable and comfortable. Now we’d like to know what you think.

To read FrenchEntrée’s article, please click on the link.


Bar Ourcq: an institution near Canal Saint-Martin

Near Canal Saint-Martin, and in the vicinity of the MK2 movie theaters, Bar Ourcq is an Parisian institution. Lively music, comfortable booths and friendly staff make your visit a most enjoyable one, and prices are reasonable. Lounge chairs are available to enjoy the summer sun and improve your tan.


Photo credit: Aldo Paredes

A bar made to order
Stay in or take out! Bar Ourcq offers dine-in and take-out services, so that you can enjoy your order andywhere you want. What better way to enjoy a cool beer than on the shore of Canal Saint-Martin, surrounded by nature? Pétanque balls are also available: you can borrow a set for a nice pre-dinner game. Evening brings a more lively atmsphere, with DJs and night time dancing. Whether you are looking to relax or have fun, Bar Ourcq is the place to go to make the most of the summer in the capital!


Photo credit: Aldo Paredes

Open Wednesday and Thursday from 3pm to midnight, Friday and Saturday (and on the eve of days off) from 3pm to 2am, and Sunday from 3pm to 10pm.

Bar Ourcq
68, quai de la Loire
75019 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 40 12 26
Metro station: Laumière (line 5).


Pop Art: Roy Lichtenstein at the Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou focuses on Pop Art with the biggest exhibit of works by Roy Lichtenstein in the last 20 years. The artist is one of the most important figures of Pop Art, along with Andy Warhol. His seemingly artificial paintings are actually the fruit of his research into popular culture, advertising of the 50’s through 70’s, and comics. His goal was to make his works look generic while leaving no personal artistic imprint. From his first masterpieces, such as Look Mickey, Master Piece and Crying Girl, you will be taken through a whirlwind of abstract works, with primary colors and cartoons.  A must-see retrospective!


Photo credit : Master Piece, Roy Lichtenstein, 1962

Roy Lichtenstein, from July 3 to November 4, 2013.
Open daily from 11am to 9pm, closed on Tuesdays.
Full rate: 13 € or 11 € / Reduced rate: 10 € or 9 € (depending on the time period).

Centre Pompidou / Galerie 2
19, rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 44 78 12 33
Metro stations: Rambuteau (line 11) or Hôtel de Ville (line 1).


Hotel Mareuil: a favorite of Le Nouvel Observateur!

Every year, Le Nouvel Observateur publishes a list of the 400 trendiest places in Paris.  In the 2013 annual listing, Hotel Mareuil is on the list of favorite places to sleep in Paris chosen by the editorial staff.


An appealing family hotel
Among the key points listed in Le Nouvel Obs : our NightCove lamps, our fitness and wellbeing room with its spa, and the zen and artsy decoration !  Hotel Mareuil is described as « a haven in the heart of the urban jungle », which is just what we are.  The Guide contains numerous addresses for you to go out, eat, or fill up on culture : something we have in common, since we are always looking for the best places for you to enjoy your stay in Paris.  Surrounded by exhibits, festivals, relaxing or gourmet breaks, nature and amazing gardens, Hotel Mareuil is 100% appealing.

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