25hours Hotel Terminus Nord, Paris, France
Opened in 2019, this imposing property from the zestful German brand 25hours Hotels rises up beside the equally grand Gare du Nord railway station. While some guests check in to be close to this transport hub, the four-star, 237 room hotel has its own appeal thanks to a striking design that takes its cue from the surrounding multicultural neighbourhood. A companion book, Portraits of the Gare du Nord, explains how its murals, fabrics, artworks and curiosities owe everything to this vibrant mix-up of African, South Asian, East Asian and French heritage. Add in cheerful staff, the superb eastern-Mediterranean cuisine of NENI restaurant and a bar celebrating Congolese sapeurs (dandies), and you have one of the most individual and engaging stays in Paris.
Your expert reviewer
Many guests like the convenience of staying so close to the station, even if the surrounding streets are full of taxis, fast food restaurants and travellers coming and going.
You're primely placed for excellent transport links. Alternatively, hire a bike to see the city, or walk to the Palais-Royal and Louvre (30 minutes).
By plane: flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is 35 minutes' drive. Parking costs €28 per day. skyscanner.net
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 1-minute walk. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
This hotel suits travellers with a train to catch, couples on a Eurostar break and fans of the zany style of 25Hours Hotels. Connecting rooms are available for families. The design tunes into the energy of this multicultural neighbourhood, mixing vibrant African textiles, Asian-inspired patterns, Tamil film posters and vintage French prints.
Service & Facilities
Guests have complimentary use of the Press Reader app which lets you download a wide range of newspapers and magazines.
- Bike hire
- Free Wi-Fi
Some rooms on the second, fourth and fifth floors have a balcony - handy for smokers and observers of Parisian street life. While the mixed-up is design is lively and engaging, comfort is not forgotten; everything's clean and cosy and the pillows chirp 'Let's Spend the Night Together'.
Small, Medium, Medium Plus, Large, Large Plus, Extra Large, Extra Large Plus
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, free minibar, TV, bluetooth speaker, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The Sape Bar draws inspiration from the music and snappy dressing of Congolese sapeurs (dandies) with a DJ from Thursday to Saturday. We loved the Moroccan harira soup followed by brochette de boeuf with freekeh (roasted wheat) and herbs, plus a warming glass of red wine from Languedoc.
NENI: Balagan restaurant, sharing plates. Arabic, Persian and French cuisine. Open daily, 7am-11pm. Sunday brunch served 12-3pm.
Sape Bar: elegant bar, cosy leather armchairs. Serving cocktails, wines and spirits. Open Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am.
Rooms available from £140.30 per night
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