Hotel Therese

near Louvre, Paris, France
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Hotel Therese

near Louvre, Paris, France

A smart, friendly hotel right in the middle of town, just a 5-minute walk from the Louvre

A smart, friendly hotel right in the middle of town, just a 5-minute walk from the Louvre

Stick a pin in the centre of a map of Paris and it won’t land far from Hotel Thérèse. Add crisp elegance, ever-helpful staff and small but delightfully decorated rooms, and you have what is technically known as ‘a find.’ You’re in the 1st arrondissement, with the exceptional Jardins du Palais Royal and the Louvre both a 5-minute walk away. Molière lived around the corner, Stendhal bang opposite, and the road is named after Marie Thérèse (it was originally called rue du Hazard, where gamblers gathered).

These days all is neat sophistication. A beautiful open-plan reception/salon gives the impression of a small ‘big’ hotel, there are books and morning papers in one sitting room which also hosts a complimentary afternoon tea daily, and an enormous bespoke sofa in the other. Breakfast is a most generous spread which sets you up for the day – whether sightseeing, shopping or socialising with friends. Given that most bedrooms are on the small side, you can wind down the original 18th-century staircase (or take the lift) to plan your day in the salon, or recover from it with an apéritif.

Highs

  • You're perfectly placed to see the sights, within walking distance you'll find the Louvre and the Palais Garnier opera house
  • Rooms are delightful and understated, particularly those that have been recently refurbished, and most have bathtubs
  • Consistently kind and friendly staff who know how to look after guests
  • Rates are very reasonable considering the central location and the hotel's high standards, and includes the tea served in the salon every afternoon
  • There are plenty of great restaurants just a short stroll from the hotel

Lows

  • Some rooms are small, but still well equipped and stylish (as with many Parisian hotels)
  • A little noise filters in from the street; go for rooms at the back
  • The lift stops on the 5th floor; guests staying in the 2 rooms on the 6th floor will need to take the stairs
  • The disabled room has no wheelchair access to the breakfast room in the basement, so you have to order room service
  • No other meals are served

Best time to go

Paris is a fantastic year-round destination; it's particularly romantic in spring and the Christmas shopping is fabulous. Avoid the salons (the trade shows and fashion shows). There are 10 throughout the year, Prêt-à-Porter being the best known. They tend to last 3 or 4 days. September, October and February are the busier months.

Our top tips

To make the most of Paris it's a good idea to bring comfortable walking shoes, a camera, a guide book to Paris, chic outfits to feel comme il faut, shopping intentions and a romantic disposition.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 40 rooms
  • Breakfast only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car not necessary
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

The delightfully decorated rooms offer great value, even if they are a bit on the small side. Slight increments in space come as you step up the price ladder, but don’t think that if you opt for the simpler prices you’ll get the simpler décor. Not a bit of it. The same smart style runs throughout, with thick fabrics, upholstered bedheads, spotted grey carpets, elegantly patterned wallpaper, cushioned chairs and mounted brass lamps. There's even a choice of pillows in each.

On our first visit we stayed in one of the Tradition Rooms and found it to be perfectly comfortable; rooms in this category have bathtubs and some overlook a pretty courtyard or face the front, making them good value. We also liked the Executive Room, a spacious option with an ensuite shower room, walk-in wardrobe and views of rue Thérèse.

Classic Rooms have showers only and are located at the front, thus picking up a little outside noise (but this is a small street so you shouldn’t expect revelry). Deluxe Rooms are bigger, with a proper armchair, a bathtub with a shower, and space for an extra bed. Those at the front of the hotel (where we stayed on our most recent visit) also get more light thanks to the larger windows. Club Rooms up in the eaves have bigger bathrooms and space for an extra bed if needed – a good option for families or those after added privacy, less great for tall people.

Features include:

  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe box
  • WiFi

Eating

A really wonderful continental buffet breakfast is served in the vaulted stone-clad cellar room with its array of crisply dressed tables. Expect fresh baguettes, croissants, pains au chocolate and pains au raisins. You also get a choice of juices, a cake stand of fruit, cereals, yoghurts, fruit salad, cold cuts, nuts and dried fruit, smoked salmon and cheese, crepes or pancakes. Gluten-free and dairy-free options are also laid out. If you fancy something hot, opt for bacon and scrambled eggs – you can also ask for eggs to order; coffee or tea is brought to you and there's a good jam, spreads and honey selection. If you're in a hurry one morning an express breakfast can be served in the salon, if you're in a more romantic mood, you can ask to have it delivered to your room.

Between 4 and 6pm there is a complimentary afternoon tea in the salon consisting of hot drinks, juices, fruits and cakes; there's also an honesty bar and a room service menu (served until 2145).

This is a B&B hotel so you will be eating out each evening. The choice is infinite, with prices to suit every pocket; the front desk can advise. We dined at Bistrot Richelieu, just around the corner, and enjoyed confit duck and pumpkin gnocchi. Close by you'll find Little Tokyo, a triangle of streets centred on Rue Sainte-Anne featuring Korean restaurants, and casual Japanese noodle and sushi bars. For something glitzier head up to Place du Marché Saint Honoré for a collection of bistros and cafés, good for people watching as you can sit out on terraces. Those wanting to splash out should do so at La Fontaine Gaillon or at the thrice Michelin-starred Le Grand Vefour at the Palais Royal.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The hotel is in the heart of Paris, near its best and most central sites: the Louvre, the Jardins des Tuileries, the Musée d'Orsay and the Palais Royal
  • A 2-minute walk east leads you under arches to the magnificent Jardins du Palais Royal, one of the hidden gems of Paris. It is here that talk of revolution was fomented; now elegant fountains, rose gardens, avenues of trees and the chicest sandpit in the world await
  • Head south to the Louvre – no more than 5 minutes by foot. Keep going across the bridges of the Seine to the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame and Ile de Saint Louis
  • Head east to rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for the smartest shops in town, stroll up to Place Vendome and the Ritz (where you can pop in for tea), then drop south a block and walk home through the Tuileries
  • Visit the stunning Palais Garnier opera house, the inspiration for Phantom of the Opera, and offers guided tours and regular ballet productions
  • Treat yourself at Galeries Lafayette, an opulent department store particularly good fun at Christmas, when the window displays really sing. Its famous roof terrace is a great (and free!) spot to watch the sun set over the city
  • We loved using the Velib bikes to get around; they’re cheap, sturdy and very easy to ride. Bike stations are everywhere and there are plenty of cycle lanes

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting

Kids

All ages are welcome, and children under 6 stay for free in their parents' room. Cots and babysitting are available on request.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Club rooms can accommodate a family of 3 or 4. Next door rooms 61 and 62 could be booked together for a larger family or group. Extra beds are only possible in the Deluxe and Club categories, and in some Executive Rooms on request.

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Location

Hotel Thérèse is in the 1st arrondissement, just north of the river and the Louvre, and alongside the Palais Royal. The nearest metro is Pyramides, a 2-minute walk.

By Air:
Paris Charles de Gaulle (30km) is 45-60 minutes away, Paris Orly (35km) is 30-45 minutes away.

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange a transfer or you can jump on public transport. Both airports are connected to the city on line B of the RER; change onto the metro at Chatelet les Halles for Pyramides (3 stops).

By Train:
If you'd prefer to travel overland, check out Seat 61 for train links. The Eurostar whisks you straight into the Gare du Nord. From here take RER line B one stop to Chatelet les Halles and change onto metro line 7 for Pyramides (3 stops).

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Paris Charles de Gaulle 30.0 km CDG
  • Paris Orly 35.0 km ORY

Other:

  • Beach 150.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
9/10
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