11 rue du Temple, Paris, France, 75004
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Singles, Nightlife, Romance, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness
Expert review of Hotel Duo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Small yet well-equipped gym and sauna in the cellar.
Professional and friendly, with attentive owner Véronique Turnel directly on hand.
Marais lovers gay and straight, fashionistas and art folk.
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- 11 rue du Temple, Paris, France, 75004
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet