- Style Bon chic, bon gens, bon marché
- Setting Merveilleux le Marais
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 58, including two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $302.31 (€220), excluding tax at 7 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).
- Facilities 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.
- Poolside Space is at a premium in central Paris; there’s no room for a pool here.
- Check–out Midday; you can check out later for 50 per cent of the room rate. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
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.
- Also Non-smoking rooms are available on request. Pets are not allowed.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips Fur coats and fags aside (this is Paris, cherie), 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.
Food and drink at Hôtel Duo
- Hotel restaurant There is no restaurant at Hotel Duo.
- Dress code Well-groomed Parisian chic: chunky spectacles are pretty much essential.
- 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.
- 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.