Hotel Therese

near Louvre, Paris, France Book from Book from £130 per night

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 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 bath tubs
  • 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. They also include complimentary tea served in the salon every afternoon
  • There are plenty of great restaurants just a short stroll from the hotel

Lows

  • Some of the 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

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
  • 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
  • Scooters to borrow
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, cushioned chairs and mounted brass lamps.

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 overlook a pretty courtyard, making them good value. More recently we had an 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 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:

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

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. In striking distance of the hotel there are a number of casual Japanese noodle and sushi bars. 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 Bistro Vivienne 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:
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. Explore on foot or borrow one of the hotel's scooters

  • 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, an oppulent department store 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

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). Club rooms can accommodate a family of 4. Rooms 61 and 62 could be booked together for a larger family or group. 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:

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 from the UK, check out Seat 61 for train links. The Eurostar whisks you from London or Ashford 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 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
8/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

The staff were all very helpful and the location excellent for getting around Paris. We expected the room to be small but considering our rate, it was particularly small and we would have expected a somewhat larger room. The windows had obscured visability and it would also have been nice to have bottled water in the room daily, rather than just for the first night, especially considering the price we paid.

5/10,

Awful pillows (foam) and a leaky shower were the minuses, but the room was lovely and the bed was huge. Very well situated and lovely staff, too. We won't go back because sleep and showers are high on our list of priorities. Sadly, these two hiccups could be fixed cheaply and it would have made all of the difference.

9/10,

A very comfortable centrally located hotel. A friendly welcome and the staff were always polite and helpful. The rooms were typically Parisian small but nevertheless comfortable with everything we needed. The bedroom at the back was quiet. Plenty of good suggestions for eating out and perfect location for the well known sights.

9/10,

This charming hotel in a quiet street, is right in the centre. The upper rooms are plenty big enough and comfortable. Breakfast is great, and the staff are very helpful.

9/10,

The Hotel Therese was perfect location for my stay in Paris with two of my children (10 & 7). The room was well appointed and although snug, (which we knew it would be) it was comfortable and suited us perfectly. The bathroom was a clean and sparkling haven for relaxation with a bath and overhead shower, it was beautifully clean with lovely fresh thick towels. The breakfast was perfect and extremely reasonable, we tried both the express and the breakfast room and could not fault either. Staff were so friendly, kind with my children and so helpful with all my questions, helping us with bus routes and metro stations. Even being there when there was an attack on Paris they made us feel safe, which was the best they could have done. We cannot wait to be able to return. p.s. we loved the afternoon tea which was complimentary and the fruit on offer too!

10/10,

Really nice cute and small hotel. Perfect location to visit museums. Great staff. Nice treat is the every day afternoon tea. Perfect for a little break.

9/10,

Second stay at Hotel Therese. Room 24 was quite spacious and appears to be recently renovated. Staff are so professional, accommodating and helpful. Will definitely stay here again.

10/10,

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