If you wish to see how the rich people of Paris lived in the past (and how some of them still do), visit Les Marais area. Here are dozens of castles, mansions, and churches built by the French aristocracy. Les Marais is a magnificent mixture of various architectural styles from different times that all have one thing in common – luxury. The oldest building in the area dates from the 13th century.
Nowadays, this historic district is home to dozens of art galleries and museums, but even today some of the Paris’ bourgeous families reside here as they did for centuries. Other aristocratic families have moved, leaving behind wonderful palaces. Luckily, those buildings didn’t get ruined, but are reconstructed and now serve as upscale hotels. Some of those are Hôtel de Sens, Hôtel de Sully, and Hôtel d'Albret.
Le Marais area is located on the right bank of the River Seine and stretches over 3rd and 4th arrondissement.
You can expect the prices to be slightly higher than in other parts of the city.