Hôtel Duo

11 rue du Temple, 4e, Paris, 75004, France

Jennifer Ladonne

For this hotel in the heart of the trendy Marais district, architect Jean-Philippe Nuel was commissioned to bring things up-to-date with bold colors and dramatic lighting; some rooms still have the original 16th-century beams, but the overall feel is casual urban chic. Amenities include a small fitness area, relaxing sauna, and stylish bar-lounge and breakfast room that fits in perfectly with the hip vibe of the Marais.

YOU SHOULD KNOW This hotel is sleek and contemporary, which makes it feel like an oasis of calm in this frenetic neighborhood. There's a catch, though: For this, you're going to pay a premium. If the price is no object, go for it. If it is, shop around. You can find better deals.


Rooms are small, sleek, and pleasantly uncluttered, if somewhat characterless, highlighting natural materials, like wood, leather, and touches of marble or glass. It's only in the higher categories (there are seven) that rooms start feeling spacious. Small balconies do help a little, and offer nice views of the Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall) or some of the older buildings of the BHV department store, across the street.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Double-glazed windows do help keep out street noise. If you like having your windows open, consider a courtyard room, though you'll surrender the Marais street views.


Tiled bathrooms are clean and maneuverable with walk-in rain showers or baths with showers, heated towel racks and plenty of bath products--which are replenished daily.


The lobby offers several comfy and chic lounge areas, including the bar and breakfast room, where you can escape from the tumult outside.


No spa, but the small sauna is nice after a day out on the town.


The small fitness room is good for a basic workout, especially if you're planning on using the sauna, which is small but does the trick.


You won't find any surprises at the breakfast buffet, just the usual high-quality hot and cold choices served in the attractive downstairs breakfast room, near the bar.

There are lots of tempting pastry shops, bakeries, and cafés nearby, where you'll get more bang for your euro.


The lounge is a quiet, attractive place to relax with a drink and the barman is happy to set you up with one of the hotel's (somewhat cloying) signature cocktails. With all the choice you have in the Marais, you might consider getting out an dexploring a little.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The bar closes from the third week of July to the third week of August.


Getting Around

The Hotel de Ville station serves line no. 1, Paris's fast, central line, and line 11. Nearby Châtelet is a metro hub, with four converging lines and two RERs, including a direct line to both airports.

The Marais is one of the most popular and populated neighborhoods in Paris, particularly this area just steps from the busy BHV department store and a block from Paris's City Hall (Hotel de Ville). You could hardly get more central on the right bank, with a dozen of Paris's best museums and monuments within a ten-minute walk and easy metro access to many more. For chic shopping, you're pretty much in paradise, and dining options are so numerous your challenge will simply be: making a decision. You're also in the heart of Paris's gay district, with an energetic bar scene. This is also the city's historic Jewish quarter, though, sadly, boutiques have elbowed out many of the old-style shops and bakeries.


For a great budget meal, head to the beloved Breizh Café (5-minute walk) for a sweet or savory crêpe and a crisp artisanal cider. Or grab a falafel sandwich—the city's best—at L'As du Fallafel (several-minute walk) then hunker down in one of the Marais's many charming little parks. For a totally French experience, Café des Musées (10-minute walk) is a local favorite, and for a more upscale meal, especially in summer, we like the Grand Coeur for it's soaring decor and spacious outdoor terrace.


For a glass of wine and a spot of people watching, you can't go wrong at any of the cafés lining the lively Rue Vieille du Temple (we like Les Philosophes and Le Fer au Cheval). There are lots of gay bars along the Rue des Archives, and the superchic haut Marais—the upper part of the 3e—is home to two of our favorite cocktail lounges, Mary Celeste and Candelaria. Sherry Butt's (15-minute walk) DJ nights, gourmet bar snacks and clever cocktails keep it hopping.


Besides its plum location, there are plenty of reasons to go with this well-designed hotel, though the price is not one of them.




Phones: -01–42–72–72–22

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