Convenient and inspirational doesn’t always go hand-in-hand, well that is until you’ve stayed at a 25Hours Hotel. I first became aware of this boutique design-led hotel chain when I stayed in Berlin, sadly my hotel wasn’t as cool as theirs, I just love how each of their hotels has a unique flavour about it. So, when I knew I was coming to Paris for just one night I knew it was the perfect place to stay as it is literally opposite Gare du Nord train station, where the Eurostar comes in. Normally when a hotel is a 3 minute walk off the train they don’t look like this!
If like me, you want to make the most of every single minute you have in Paris, by getting the first Eurostar out and last one back, meaning you have 36 hours to explore, 25hours Hotel Paris Terminus Nord with its Parisian flair, vibrant and contemporary style, packed with modern amenities including free super high-speed wifi, air conditioning – a must for Paris in the summer, the most incredible rain shower, as well as bike hire, a cool bar to have a cocktail or two, and a restaurant on site it is the perfect place to stay.
The local African and Asian community from the 10th arrondissement serves as the inspiration for the interior design concept, with vibrant, colourful wall murals in a street-style vibe adorning the public spaces to give the hotel an urban nomad atmosphere, which is perfectly showcased in the Sape Bar, with its large leather armchairs and exotic artwork and in the NENI restaurant, which offers delicious cuisine inspired by Persian, Arabic, German and French influences.
25hours Hotel Paris Terminus Nord – Location
It is also perfectly located near some of Paris’ most famous tourist attractions, Sacré Coeur, Moulin Rouge and Notre Dame. Plus, it is located in front of a Métro station, two minutes walk from another line, as well as opposition the RER lines, which basically means you can easily explore every corner of the city – all you need is a Métro pass. For the two days I was there is was less than 20 euros.
To give you an idea of how long it takes to get to places, the Louvre, Jardin du Luxenberg, and Palais Garnier are only 15 minutes away, while the Arc de Triomphe is about 20 minutes, and the Eiffel Tower closer to 35 minutes – but if you combine it with a trip on that side of Paris it won’t seem that far away.
25hours Hotel Terminus Nord has 237 various sized bedrooms to suit all budgets and styles, but to get the full Parisian experience opt for one with a balcony, the views over Gard Du Nord really is special, and it was so much fun just people watching while sat drinking coffee. However, this might also be a downside, as the traffic doesn’t stop, so if you are a light sleeper I would suggest taking earplugs, but it really didn’t bother me, the bed was so comfortable, seriously the best hotel bed ever, I was fast to sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
We stayed in a Medium+ room, which had a lot of space, particular unheard of for Paris, I wasn’t bumping into my husband every step I took like we’ve done in the past. The only tiny aspect was the bathroom, the shower, sink and toilet were off a little corridor, but I didn’t find that a big problem. There was also plenty of wardrobe space, a desk, a comfortable chair, a coffee machine and a large TV, as well as some very cool wall art and quirky decor. I love the Asian-inspired patterns and African fabrics, as well as the industrial-style lights and mobile stands instead of wardrobes.
There was only one downside, I just couldn’t understand the lights, there wasn’t one to turn all off, that I could find, or one that just allowed the bathroom lights on without the big light over the bed, it was so confusing.
If there is one thing I love about hotels, it’s the breakfast, I love trying a little bit of everything, and the 25Hours Hotel brekkie in the NEMI restaurant is pretty special – it literally has everything from homemade porridge to french toast, scrambled eggs, and even hummus.
There is also a vast selection of cereals, bread, pastries, fruit and yoghurt, as well as lots of different juices, so make sure you wake up hungry to fully enjoy.
The setting is also Instagram pretty, wonderful pink decor, marble tables, and a magnificent view of the grand station. It has to be one of the most relaxed and enjoyable hotel breakfasts I’ve had, I think I may have wandered up and tried something new about five times.
Do lunch or dinner at NENI
If you decide not to add breakfast, make sure you go to NENI for lunch or dinner as the food is amazing, I loved it so much so I think I’m going to do a separate review, as I’m still drooling over it just thinking about it. The menu is extensive, geared around the idea of trying a little of everything, which I adore, from delicious houmous to colourful salads, sweet potato fries, chicken skewers, and sea bass, as well as the best cheesecake ever. Also, don’t forget to order a Fritz Kola, so much better than Coke!
Will I Stay Again…
When it comes to what I love about the Terminus Nord Hotel, it is quite simply, everything. The location worked for our whirlwind trip, we were perfectly placed to drop our luggage and explore, jump on the Metro, visit the sites, and then come back and check-in, and then when we checked out we knew that we only had to come back minutes before going through security for the Eurostar home as it was so close.
I love a hotel with a great bar, and the Sape Bar with its speakeasy vibe, comfortable leather chairs, exotic artwork, and great music is so welcoming, while NENI offers a relaxing place to share delicious food with friends, and whether I stay in this hotel next time I come to Paris, I can promise you I will be visiting both the bar and restaurant on each and every time.
Design-led hotels are having a moment, what 25Hours Hotels does well is they’ve made it Instagrammable without being pretentious, they’ve considered the building, the location and even the community in its design, and that’s what sets it apart from other hotel chains. Each and every 25Hours Hotel is different and I can’t wait to discover them all – I think next on my list has to be Hamburg, which is housed in a 1950s office block or Munich’s grand stately-inspired The Royal Bavarian hotel. It really has inspired me to look into more city breaks.