Hotel Therese

near Louvre, Paris, France Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
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, and an enormous bespoke sofa in the other. Given that bedrooms are small, 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, the Palais Garnier opera house and the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (filled with designer shops)
  • Rooms are delightful and understated, particularly those which have been recently refurbished
  • Consistently pleasant and friendly staff, who know how to look after guests
  • Rates are very reasonable considering the central location and the hotel's high standards
  • The salon in reception is comfortable and glamorous

Lows

  • The hotel has been refurbished since our last visit, but it looks beautiful and reviews are good
  • Rooms are small (as with many Parisian hotels)
  • If you’re late for breakfast you may miss the croissants
  • A little noise filters in from the street; go for rooms at the back

Best time to go

Paris 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
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 40
  • Breakfast only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Executive

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, cushioned chairs and mounted brass lamps. Rooms follow various colour themes (perhaps taupe with petrol blue), and bedcovers tend match the walls.

We stayed in one of the Tradition Rooms and found it to be perfectly comfortable; rooms in this category have bathtubs and overlook a pretty courtyard, making them good value.

Classic Rooms - the least expensive - have showers only and are the only rooms that cannot be made up as either a double or a twin. They’re 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 the possibility of an extra bed. Those at the front of the hotel also get more light thanks to the larger windows. Club Rooms up in the eaves have bigger bathrooms, LCD TVs and space for an extra bed if needed. They’re not great for tall people, but there's a pleasant sense of privacy in this area of the hotel.

We haven't seen the Executive Rooms yet, but they promise to be a spacious option with an ensuite shower room and views of rue Thérèse. All rooms have cupboards, TVs and minibars, and hairdryers in the bathrooms.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

A continental buffet breakfast is served in the cosy brick-lined cellar room between 7am and 10.30am. Expect wonderfully fresh baguettes, croissants, pains au chocolate and pains au raisins (but if you come down late, you might find the croissants gone). You also get a choice of juices, fruit and yoghurts, fresh fruit salad, ham and cheese. If you fancy something hot, opt for sausage and scrambled eggs; coffee or tea is brought to you and there's a good jam selection, too (not one small tub but a tray of 5). Between 4 and 6pm there is a complimentary afternoon tea in the salon consisting of hot drinks, juices, fruits and cakes.

This is a B&B hotel so you will be eating out each evening. The choice is infinite, with prices to suit every pocket. If you want something glitzier head up to Place du Marché Saint Honoré for a collection of casual bistros and cafés. It's a good spot for people watching as you can sit out on terraces. Try Pierre au Palais Royal and Willy’s Wine Bar (English name, French food). Those wanting to splash out should do so at La Fontaine Gaillon (Gerald Depardieu’s restaurant) or at the thrice Michelin-starred Le Grand Vefour at the Palais Royal.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating: Breakfast room
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 are all within a short walk

  • 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. You can 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. It was the inspiration for Phantom of the Opera, and offers guided tours and regular ballet productions

  • Treat yourself at Galeries Lafayette, This oppulent department store is full of designer goodies and particularly good fun at Christmas, when the window displays really sing

  • 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. Great fun so long as you keep one eye on the French drivers!

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

All ages are welcome, and children under 6 stay for free in their parents' room (extra beds are only possible in the Deluxe and Club categories). Cots and babysitting are available on request.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

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:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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