Text: Susie Hollands
Image: Hotel Thérèse
Hotel Thérèse is situated in a fabulous quartier of Paris in a typical building from the 18th century looking onto one that is even more exquisite. This 3 star hotel is a discreet bonne addresse of well-heeled lawyers, art historians and the fashion crowd. Originally the street was known as rue Hasard, because of the number of gambling dens, and the decadent ambience of pre-revolutionary times still lingers (isn’t there a rather well known club echangiste on the same street?). If you plan to visit the Louvre, attend a performance at the Comédie–Française or simply stroll in the haphazard streets between the avenue de l’opéra and the Palais-Royal, you will love the location.
The understated dècor suits the clientele; muted shades of green, grey and maroon in the wood panelled library encourage one to sink into a club chair and enjoy a drink from the “help-yourself” bar. The lounge area is inviting and has a great library of art books and Paris tomes. The 43 rooms are furnished soberly using dark wood and similar hues to the lounge with the odd zebra stripe for a little cha-cha-cha.
The rooms can be very small so if this matters to you, opt for at least the mid-priced option deluxe room, a more comfortable size with a bath. Spa services are provided steps away at Harnn & Thann and although there is no restaurant, there is room service or just stop by one of the numerous Japanese and Korean restaurants in the neighboring rue St-Anne as well as numerous traditional French options a stroll away. Staff take a relaxed attitude to service provision – there were TV and internet issues which they didn’t seem too bothered about resolving and the rooms are not quite as clean as one would like. Signs of wear and tear are evident such as cracks in the ceramic sink.
Nevertheless, it’s a popular option and decently priced so book well in advance for busy times such as fashion week and the proliferation of Parisian art happenings.
5 Rue Thérèse, 1st
Ph. +33 1 42 96 10 01
Metro: Pyramides (7, 14)