HOTEL THERESE


Classic contemporary style in plum Paris location


LOCATIONS DON'T COME MUCH BETTER than that of Hôtel Thérèse, centre stage in Paris. You name it – the Louvre, the Opéra, the Seine – and all are just around the corner. So too are shopportunities galore.

But there’s more to this smart little boutique hotel in Paris than simply a great address – nice though it is to be in the city’s smart first arrondissement. Rather than a place of bold statement-making design, Hôtel Thérèse offers a restful vibe enveloped in crisp, classic-contemporary elegance.

This one-time 18th century townhouse has been artfully revamped to provide stylish surrounds and clutter-free comfort zones. Walk past the box trees flanking the entrance and step into a smart salon-style foyer cum lounge. Dive into a sleek suede armchair, admire the modern artworks set against lime-green walls, or sip an aperitif in the wood-panelled honesty bar.

Unpretentious comfort and chic shades of taupe, vanilla and coffee-’n’-cream are the keynotes in the smart (if small) bedrooms. Crisp cottons, natural wool throws, chocolate-brown velvets, ebony-dark bedheads and high quality fabrics add to an effortless feeling of wellbeing.



Hit the spot
Slap bang in Paris’s first arrondissement, minutes from the Louvre.

Bedtime
Crisply elegant décor makes for restful and sleek surrounds.

Be savvy
Bedrooms are on the small side – but this is Paris! Ask for a double bed (grand lit) when booking.

Be smitten
Right-on address on the right bank.

Quiet sophistication

Walls are accented with original photos, oil paintings and prints (some antiques, some flea market finds). Spotless bathrooms with gleaming tiled walls sport Philippe Starck lighting and chunky chrome fittings.

Even the smallest (Classic) rooms at the Thérèse have a quiet sophisitication, while the hotel’s side street location means minimal traffic disturbance. Those at the rear overlook a pretty terrace, while Club rooms up in the eaves have the biggest bathrooms. Do ask for a double bed when booking – several rooms have side-by-side twins.

Continental breakfast is served in the stone-vaulted dining room, or brought to your room. Paris starts right at the front door: the surrounding streets are rife with literary connections and there are excellent restaurants – not to mention all the sights and shops of the capital – within minutes. Bright and friendly young staff are yet another plus at this rare right-bank find.


Hotel Thérèse was reviewed by Room for Romance

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Dining in
Breakfast is served downstairs in the stone-vaulted dining room, and should set you up nicely for the day. Best of all you can have it in your room, so no early starts necessary.

Dining out
When you’re spoilt for choice, deciding where to eat is the hardest thing. Try Place du Marché Saint-Honoré for a great choice of informal eateries. We loved l’Absinthe, with its panelled dining rooms and tables spilling outside, for good bistro-style French cooking, and the neo-Baroque Italian bar-lounge Barlotti.



Where?
Hotel Thérèse

What’s cooking?
Great pain au chocolat for breakfast; hot dishes optional.

Dress the part
It’s smart and understated here.

Top table?
In the see-and-be-seen foyer lounge.

See & Do
Reel off a list of Paris’s top sights – the Louvre, L’Opéra, Place Vendôme – and know they are all within a five-minute walk. You’re also close to the River Seine, the Musée d’Orsay and the gorgeous Jardins du Palais Royal, not to mention Jardins des Tuileries – perfect for a quiet stroll or a picnic. L’ile Saint-Louis and the Eiffel Tower are also easy to reach.

Shop
Whatever you’re after, you’ll enjoy finding it in Paris. For wines, head to the wonderful Galerie Vivienne and Legrand Filles et Fils or Fouchet on Avenue de l’Opéra for delectable chocolate. Chic and fashionable Rue Saint Honoré is only a stroll away.

After dark
Walk off your dinner with a stroll through Saint-Germain, and head into one of the area’s dozens of little bars (late nights are the norm in this part of town) or try Le Rubis wine bar at Marché Saint-Honoré. For something more cultural, get tickets for a production at the magnificent Paris Opera, or test out your French by seeing a Molière comedy at the Comédie Française.

Dates
Early March
Rub shoulders with the beautiful people at Paris Fashion Week.

Mid-July
Celebrate all things gallic during Bastille Day with parades, huge firework displays, dancing, music and a general party atmosphere.

August
Head to the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes for a series of open-air classical concerts.


GETTING THERE

Location
Rue Thérèse, 75001 Paris

Parking
No guest parking, and you definitely won’t need a car.

Trains and Metro
Nearest mainline: Gare du Nord – 25 minutes
Nearest metro: Saint Lazare

Taxis
EUR 20 from Gare du Nord and EUR 45 from Orly Airport.

Airport
Paris Orly – 45 minutes.



Rooms and suites
43 rooms

Special features
Rooms have impeccable style and chic colour combos. Classic rooms are the least expensive (shower only) while Club rooms are the roomiest.

Also…
There’s wi-fi throughout the hotel, Philip Starck bathroom lighting and velvet cushions.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Rates guide
EUR 170 - 320

Open/closed
Open all year

Check-in
1pm

Check-out
Midday

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast
Breakfast (charged extra) is served until 10:30am

Room service
Available morning and evening.

Children
Welcome

Pets
No

Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms

Languages
French, English, Spanish

Wedding license?
No

Eco conscience
Conservative use of water and re-use of towels are encouraged.

Your contact
Sylvie de Lattre – owner
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