Le Grand Mazarin (legrandmazarin.com) will offer travellers a much-needed luxury option when it opens in October

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All of Paris’s neighbourhoods are like characters unto themselves, much like the residents that call them home — and perhaps none more so than the Marais.

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Its narrow, gaslit streets still look the way they did in Henry IV’s days, when the Good King made the neighbourhood his aristocratic playground. And yet the area has for decades doubled as the hub of all things young and cool in the City of Light: A long-running gay district, and home to whatever next-big-thing Paris might have, be it rising creatives and their designer boutiques, busy neo-bistros, or thumping nightclubs.

Despite that enticing mix of old and new, the Marais has consistently lacked great hotels. The neighbourhood’s architecture — a patchwork of low-rise townhouses and storefronts — poses a challenge for large hospitality brands, which generally favour grand maisons that make for more attractive conversion projects. Independent hotels that crop up tend to have limited amenities, thanks to those narrow floor plans. So for most travellers, staying in the Marais has been possible only if you were willing to give up the creature comforts of Paris’s excellent hotels or were looking for an Airbnb. Not anymore.

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With its 61 rooms and suites decorated with

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