During your stay at the Hotel Doisy Etoile, you’ll have the opportunity to meet our enthusiastic and experienced team. Always with a smile, the members of the team do their utmost to ensure that your stay is a memorable one. This month, we introduce you to Titouan Duchamp, our concierge receptionist.
- What is your role at the Hotel Doisy Etoile? What are your main duties?
I’m employed in the hotel as a concierge receptionist. As such, it’s my role to welcome and assist the various guests, provide them with information on Paris and its surroundings, and make bookings (a restaurant table, a visit to a monument, arranging private transport). Always with the principle in mind that I should please my client as I would wish to be pleased myself.
- What do you think is the essential museum in Paris? Restaurant? Place of interest?
For an unmissable museum, my first thought was the Louvre! But Paris is in the fortunate position of being able to present numerous temporary exhibitions. The Science Museum regularly hosts new ones of interest to all ages.
When it comes to a restaurant recommendation, it depends on the person. We work fairly regularly with the Gabylou, which is situated near the hotel and easily accessible. For those with a taste for something less contemporary, I would suggest the Bouillon Chartier Montparnasse, formerly the Montparnasse 1900. It has an early 20th century vibe, hence its former name. It’s ideal for those who like to discover the Paris of another era.
Finally, it’s difficult to choose just one other place of interest... Of those within easy reach of our establishment, I would opt for the Parc Monceau or the more classic Jardin des Tuileries. Both parks have wonderful architectural features coupled with the beauty of nature.
- What is the best way to experience Paris like a Parisian?
From my take on what is typically Parisian, I would say having a morning coffee and viennoiseries on a café terrace. Or even a walk along a street, whether it’s a large and busy one like the Champs-Elysées or more discreet like the Rue Bonaparte and its many art galleries, not to look for something but simply to wander at random. It's a time when you can just think about everything and nothing. I mentioned the parks and gardens of Paris earlier. These are perfect places to sit, read or just enjoy a moment with someone...
- And finally, can you share with us an anecdote about the hotel?
It was a Sunday morning around 9:00 am. A client was in our Oasis and he was doing some exercises while watching a parade taking place in his country. Sunday morning being always very calm, it bothered no one. I remember smiling all morning thinking about it. We accommodate all kinds of clients, each with their own habits and culture. I love my work above all for the sheer diversity of humanity I encounter. I can discover, and help other people to discover.
Hotel Doisy Etoile, a 4-star boutique hotel near the Champs Elysées.