Hotel du Temps is one of those affordable but stylish Paris hotels that I had listed some time ago!
It’s little but perfectly formed: the downstairs area is a combined breakfast zone and bar, where even famous comedians come to have a coffee (bumped into one during my stay there).
A special atmosphere
Warm nostalgia meets Paris trendiness is how I would try to define it. Great little bar area and atmosphere with a cool barman who does great cocktails. Sipping my tea here at the end of the day in the warmth and musical atmosphere was very relaxing.
Location is very convenient as it’s a 10 min Gare du Nord, the area gets prettier as you walk down towards Opéra. The hotel is just on the street but having a room looking at the back, it was very quiet.
What is the bedroom like at Hotel du Temps?
I had asked to get a room on the top floor, which I got. I would recommend doing this as I suspect that the bare wooden floors mean quite noisy volume from above if you are on the lower floors.
If you like light then you would have to ask a room facing the street. My room was facing the inner courtyard/wall but being on the top floor was light.
The rooms are tiny well mine was but this is standard in Paris. The use of white wooden floor and glassed bathroom area adds light which gives a bit more of a sense of space; Cute decor in the in a kind of 60’s theme with a hint of 70’s. The theme is carried through all down to the electric switches. You feel a bit like you’ve gone back in time when you first enter and flick the light on!
While small, the room was very welcoming and nice to be in. The bed was very comfortable and the TV well placed to watch it from there! I would have liked a wardrobe to hang up my coat but there were only a few There were however a lot of shelves for my clothes. That kind of cupboard space also came with a mini fridge (not stocked but handy if you want to keep some food or drinks fresh) and a safe.
The bathroom was lovely: small white tiles, a nice sink, a big round mirror and some Aesop toiletries. I would have preferred a shower to the kind of half bath I had and it would be good to have conditioner in addition to the shampoo.
A typical and perfect Parisian breakfast
Breakfast in the morning was served in the same area as the bar. They very smartly decided to do a classic simple French breakfast: delicious baguette with butter and jam, a croissant or pain au chocolat, a freshly squeezed orange juice and a hot drink.
This is billed at 8 Euros if you book it when you reserve your room and is the right price. Usually I skip breakfast in hotels as they charge you 20 euros for not much more. I prefer going to the nearest café where you get the classic French breakfast for 6 euros. So that option was giving me my preferred choice of breakfast without having to leave the hotel.
You can also add yoghurt, fresh fruit, muesly or eggs for an extra fee.
A very relaxed and warm welcome
The staff was absolutely charming: every one of them was very nice, friendly, asking me every morning how I was and every night if iI needed help with anything. You truly feel like they’re happy to see you and want you to be comfortable right away. Definitely a plus in Paris!
So here you go, all in all, I really liked it and would recommend it. Make sure to ask for a room in the top floor, ideally go one or two categories above mine for more space and you’ll be absolutely fine.
Hotel du Temps
- 23 rooms
- From 125 euros
- A suite (good for families) is from 260 Euros
- Bar and breakfast room on site