Hotel Highlights

  • Excellent location in the Marais' boutique-lined streets
  • Smart modern style sitting alongside attractive period features
  • Surprisingly quiet, spacious rooms

Overview

Seamlessly blending contemporary style with a welcoming atmosphere, Hôtel Duo is a soothing sanctuary with pin-drop-quiet rooms in the heart of Paris’ lively Marais. Jean-Christophe Nuel-designed interiors feature Osborne & Little wallpaper, dark wooden beams and large open spaces that exude modern luxury. And that homey feeling runs deep: the hotel is currently run by its fourth generation of women owners.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

58, including two suites.

Check–out

12 noon; you can check out later for 50 per cent of the room rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $200.89 (€145), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude a Continental breakfast (€15) – an express breakfast with a cold and hot drink and two croissants, is also available (€8).

At the hotel

Fitness centre with sauna, small architecture library, art gallery in the lobby, free WiFi throughout, free laptop for guests’ use (hotel lounge only). In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Fragonard toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Hotel Duo’s rooms all share the same unapologetically contemporary style, and come with Osborne & Little wallpaper, original rafters and dark wooden bed frames from Elitis. Pin-drop quiet, they nonetheless overlook one of the busiest streets in Paris. We liked Room Two, a double deluxe room, in the newly acquired part of the building, which has its own stairs leading up to it – almost like having your own Parisian apartment. It’s bright with lots of natural light, chocolate wallpaper and a light grey carpet. In the original building, Room 17 – another double deluxe room – is larger than average and has a deep square tub waiting in its bathroom. And if you’re feeling particularly grand, Suite Five has its own private courtyard.

Poolside

Space is at a premium in central Paris; there’s no room for a pool here.

Packing tips

Fur coats and fags aside (this is Paris, chérie), fill your matching Louis Vuitton luggage with elegant evening wear. Leave the art books at home – the lobby has quite a selection. Handy with all of the museums in the area.

Also

Non-smoking rooms are available on request. Pets are not allowed.

Children

Hôtel Duo is more geared to seclusion-seeking twosomes (hence the name), but baby cots are available free In Double Superior rooms and above.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There is no restaurant at Hotel Duo.

Hotel Bar

A favourite Marais hangout, Hôtel Duo’s bar is proud of its calm, relaxed and easy atmosphere, in which laid-back lounge music helps set the mood. Adhering to the rest of the hotel’s style and colour palette, it offers an interior of dark wood around a virtual chimney, with oversized light shades hanging from the ceilings. Glass shelves behind the bar provide inspiration before you even open the extensive cocktail menu – classic mojitos and mai tais rub elbows with Hôtel Duo originals such as Cool as a Cucumber and Mandarin DuBois  – we recommend the unusual combination of cucumber syrup and vodka.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10.30am, Monday to Friday; 7.30am to 11am on Saturday and Sunday. The bar opens from 5pm till midnight.

Room service

Start the day the way the French do – ensconced in crisp white linens nibbling on buttery pastries – with breakfast served in-room from 8am to 10:30am.

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Dress code

Well-groomed Parisian chic: chunky spectacles are pretty much essential.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Hôtel Duo’s Marais location means that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating. Restaurant Le Georges (Centre Pompidou, 19 rue Beaubourg; +33 (0)1 44 78 47 99) may not have the best food and service in Paris, but its position on the sixth floor of the Pompidou Centre means that it offers some of the city’s most enviable views. Created by the people behind Momo and Sketch in London, Restaurant Andy Walhoo (69 rue des Gravilliers; +33 (0)1 42 71 20 38) is where a formidable fashion crowd come to sit on upturned paint cans and devour high-end Moroccan cuisine. Ze Kitchen Galerie (4 rue des Grand Augustins; +33 (0)1 44 32 00 32) is a contemporary bistro in a loft-like space that serves up creative international cuisine. Benoit (+33 (0)1 58 00 22 05), owned by celebrity chef Alain Ducasse, feels like you've stepped into a Brassaï shoot on entering – hearkening back to 1920s Paris with rarefied decor and a menu that borrows dishes from its distinguished history. Kong on Rue de Pont Neuf is the king of cutting-edge Starck design – Parisian chic with a Tokyo twist (+33 (0)1 40 39 09 00). The ultra-modern glass-bubble restaurant on the second floor is worth visiting for the killer views of the Seine alone. Great for champagne brunches and a buzzing bar scene. Trendy white-tiled bistro ECC Beef Club on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau is carnivore nirvana –it’s even produced a cookbook(+33 (0)9 54 37 13 65). Their succulent steaks are cooked to perfection with a smoky finish and appealing accompaniments (there are fresh fish specials daily, too). One of the best bars in Paris is conveniently located below deck, modelled on London’s own Experimental Cocktail Club. The Parisian ECC crew shake up cracking cocktails to tingle your tastebuds and while away the hours in this atmospheric speakeasy drinks den.

Local bars

La Belle Hortense (31 rue Vieille du Temple; +33 (0)1 48 04 71 60), named after the novel by Jacques Roubaud, is a literary salon-like bar that harks back to the days of the existentialists. Cocktails and Colette, anyone?

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Hôtel Duo

11 Rue de Temple, 75004, Paris, France

Planes

Hôtel Duo is close to both Orly (20km) and Charles de Gaulle (30km) airports. From Orly, get the shuttle bus to Antony, from where you can take line B to Châtelet les Halles, a 10-minute walk from the hotel; from Charles de Gaulle, board the Roissybus from the airport to Place de l’Opera, and then metro line 7 to Châtelet, a five-minute walk from the hotel down Rue Rivoli.

Trains

The Gare du Nord is either a 10-minute taxi drive, or a metro ride on line 4 to Châtelet (which is five minutes on foot from the hotel). Châtelet is on lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14, and Hôtel de Ville is on lines 1 and 11.

Automobiles

Head right to the centre of Paris and to the town hall (Hôtel de Ville), taking Avenue Jean Moulin, Avenue du Géneral Leclerc and Avenue Denfert-Rochereau to Boulevard Saint-Michel. There’s no parking at the hotel, but there’s secured parking within 100m.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Kayt Sukel , Writer and whirlwind

For many, driving in Paris rates somewhere between a visit to the dentist and replacing a toilet commode. It’s true that the bustling labyrinth of small streets that makes the city so charming for a visiting pedestrian can make it downright perilous for your average suburban driver. As we ventured into the lively Le Marais district, searching for the small cross-street that would take us ...

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Anonymous review by Kayt Sukel, Writer and whirlwind

For many, driving in Paris rates somewhere between a visit to the dentist and replacing a toilet commode. It’s true that the bustling labyrinth of small streets that makes the city so charming for a visiting pedestrian can make it downright perilous for your average suburban driver. As we ventured into the lively Le Marais district, searching for the small cross-street that would take us to the Hotel Duo, we were no exception. We might have missed our turn entirely if not for the young man in an afro wig, fishnet tights and tuxedo jacket that cut us off on his bicycle. He ended up being our beacon, his nearly bare bottom guiding us directly to the hotel’s entrance spare grey entrance.

Our weekend had a simple mission: sanctuary. The distractions that come with kids, too much work and random other household minutiae had caught up with us over the past few months – and the cracks were beginning to show. We needed to find a place free of those diversions where we could focus on each other again. Our drive around the trendy, hopping streets of Le Marais made us wonder if we had picked the right location. Fishnets and afro wigs weren’t exactly what we’d signed on for – and, Le Marais, by its very nature, could be called the Land of Distractions. But once we stepped into the tranquil interior of the Hotel Duo, its calming greens, browns and greys banished that thought. And once we made our way to our room, it was clear: our much-needed sanctuary had been found.

At the Hotel Duo, it’s clear that simplicity is treasured. Designed by architect Jean Philippe Nuel, best known for contemporary redesigns of several chain hotels in Paris, every wall, every stick of furniture and every artifact in the hotel works together to create a soothing, elegant environment. There are no brash colors here, no tricks of light or unexpected changes in the décor to titillate and put you on guard. Instead, you can count on an easy, beautiful design that offers nothing but relaxed comfort. It was exactly what we wanted.

Hotel Duo houses 58 rooms and suites designed with the same philosophy. Our double standard room, with its welcoming white duvet and basic grey walls, was not large but it had all the expected luxuries including a flat-screen television, high-speed Internet access and a marble bath. Outside of the bath, we didn’t use any of them – which, in my mind, defines the weekend as an unqualified success.

Despite the hustle and bustle of Le Marais, it turned out to be a perfect location. Yes, it was busy and a tad loud – but it was within walking distance of many of Paris’ most popular attractions. And we soon found that a little distraction could be a good thing even in seeking that elusive sanctuary. You know, provided it doesn’t involve a small child asking for plasticine fruit snacks just before dinner or work ringing after 10pm. Whenever it got to be too much, simply returning to the sanctuary of Hotel Duo recharged us.

We spent our days exploring the city, finding the experience of getting a little lost on foot quite a bit more enjoyable than our initial drive into the neighbourhood. But we also made use of the well-versed staff for recommendations on things to do in the area. The best of these was Duc Des Lombards, a small jazz club and restaurant a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. We very much enjoyed the Manuel Marches Group featuring Sandra Nkake. Trilling between scat and French lyrics, we barely understood a word. It didn’t matter. As Nkake’s voice moved between her natural, smoky alto up to her higher bird-like imitation of a jazz flute, it seemed she was singing directly to us – singing a song of love, freedom and, yes, sanctuary.

On our last night before returning home, we opted for a quiet drink at Hotel Duo’s own bar instead of another night out. We got to chatting with the young barman, a newlywed who still reveled in Paris’ famed nightlife. As he concocted a nearly perfect Long Island iced tea behind the bar, he gazed longingly in the direction of the busier bars and cafes down the street. And after serving up our drinks, he lamented that, though lovely, perhaps the Hotel Duo was a bit too quiet for his taste.

My partner and I looked at each other and laughed. We could have mentioned that we, too, once sought out as many distractions as possible. We could have mentioned the sounds of home – ones that were likely in his future – that only seem to get louder over time. We could have discussed our newfound appreciation for spots like Hotel Duo, that offer such graceful sanctuary from the somewhat frenzied nature of daily life. But we didn’t. He’ll learn on his own soon enough.

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Reviews of Hôtel Duo from Smith members

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BlackSmith

Stayed on 9 Sep 2013

We loved

The staff was very helpful. The accommodations were as described. The room was big enough for the two of us and our luggage. Great convienent location.

Don’t expect

While the lift is understandably very tiny, it's easier to take the stairs. However, this place doesn't have the stairs lit well. Their lights are motion-activated and there is a long before they turn on.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 30 Jun 2013

We loved

It's a good central location and quiet for a city-centre hotel.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 28 Jul 2012

We loved

Hotel Duo is conveniently located on the tip of the Marais region and 3 minutes away from Hotel de Ville metro station. It's a great place to stay at if you wish to discover this part of Paris and not be bothered to go to Champs Elysees, Opera and Madeleine at all. Marais is a lovely district, quite hip and lively. It is not any less touristic, but endures a nice mix of local crowds as well. An ex-artisan district (which you can tell by the looks of few other streets aside from Francs Bourgeois, it is now a fashionable district. Location aside, the staff are a friendly lot, which is another plus for the hotel. They are not particularly courteous nor are they too eager to please, but they are honest, straightforward and confident. I was fond of the fact that the hotel had a mini gym downstairs and a sauna. The sauna needs to be heated prior to using it. It is not heated all the time. The gym is very tiny as would be expected with a single treadmill and a variety of power plate (either an old version or a cheap one). The rooms are equipped with TV with English speaking channels.

Don’t expect

Can't recommend on breakfast, as we did not have any at the hotel. I would still not get my hopes too high coming to this hotel and expecting a hip one. It is as always a 3 star hotel turned into a hip hotel with minor touches of redecoration and carpeting. I liked it, I might stay there again, but it is overpriced for what it really is - as every other Parisian hotel also is.

Rating: 8/10 stars