Hotel Duo

11 rue du Temple, Paris, France, 75004

Price from: £118

A bedroom at Hotel Duo

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#52 of 80
expert-rated hotels in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.2
4.2
Eating/drinking:
3.8
3.8
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
3.5
3.5
Service:
4
4.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Singles, Nightlife, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Expert review of Hotel Duo

A buzzy Marais hotel with contemporary styling.

If you want to be in the thick of the Marais buzz, then this is a great place, totally redecorated in 2006 by architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, when the former Axial Beaubourg spread into the adjacent building – hence the name. As always with Nuel's hotels, I think he has cleverly balanced pared-back contemporary styling with a sense of the hotel's historic past, preserving the listed wooden staircase and exposed beams in some rooms. But I also like the relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere here, with a family-run appeal that sets it apart from more anonymous corporate places – owner Véronique Turnel is the fourth generation of women who have run this hotel.

Location: 

Well placed for the Marais gay bar scene and fashion boutiques or for checking out the latest exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. It's located on a busy street corner but double glazing keeps rooms relatively quiet.

Bedrooms: 

The 58 rooms come in soothing tones of brown... and brown; patterned wallpapers lift the tempo in some, with good lighting, use of mirrors and stylish modern bathrooms. Try to reserve one of the larger superior rooms if possible.

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Public areas: 

Hip yet relaxed. Light pours in through the shopfront facade into the suave open plan-ground floor, which is furnished with chocolate and lime-green armchairs and outsize lamps and divided into areas where you can browse art books, surf the web or relax over a cocktail; there's even a tiny, glass-sided planted courtyard.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast near the "virtual" fire in the lounge. Try out the cocktail bar in the evening, which is also an insider address of Parisians in the know.

Leisure facilities: 

Small yet well-equipped gym and sauna in the cellar.

Service: 

Professional and friendly, with attentive owner Véronique Turnel directly on hand.

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Who stays there: 

Marais lovers gay and straight, fashionistas and art folk.

Pros: 
Great lounge area
Location
Cons: 
Some bedrooms very small

More information on Hotel Duo:

Price from:
£118
Type:
Hotel
Address:
11 rue du Temple, Paris, France, 75004
Amenities:
Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
Marais

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