Hotel Thérèse is frequently voted a favourite Right Bank option. 'Round fashion week it’s stuffed with style journalists of all nations and this is no surprise. From 155 Euros per night you can stay in taste heaven right in the centre of the city.
Admittedly 155 Euros doesn’t buy you palace proportions in the middle of Paris – the standard ‘Classic’ rooms are not large and have a shower rather than a bath - but it does buy you a lot of style.
The large lobby is all fresh flowers, mismatched club chairs and shelves of international art and guide books and board games. Staff are friendly, relaxed and multilingual. Room service will even deliver your Korean takeaway or book you a massage at the local spa which offers free Hamman (steam room) admission for Thérèse’s guests.
I stayed in a ‘tradition’ room which looks onto the pretty interior courtyard for complete night time quiet. Everything’s still smart as paint since the hotel’s rennovation in 2001. Walls are muted blue/grey/khaki with woodwork picked out in gleaming white. The bedlinen is crisp and white and you can even choose your décor, as rooms are themed by colour. Furniture is dark wood, low lamps glow subtly in corners and rooms are hung with tasteful black and white botanical prints.
The location can’t be beaten. Round the corner is the Palais Royal and the Bibliotheque Nationale. The Louvre and the Tuilleries are a few minutes walk away, as is Opera and the big department stores on Boulevard Haussman. After a hard day’s shopping or sightseeing, the Thérèse is a pleasure to collapse in.
Tip: Eat at one of the bargain Korean and Japanese restaurants round the corner on rue Sainte Anne. You can order a set menu from some of these via room service.
Tip: visit the Palais Royal and the Bibliotheque Nationale (which also hosts art exhibitions) just round the corner.