Hotel de Nell
What We Love
- The serene atmosphere and understated palette of midnight blue, cream and taupe
- The restaurant, with its checkered floor and wall blackboards chalked up with the day’s menu
- Close to the Grands Boulevards, it's ideally situated for theaters and shops
What To Know
- A city tax of $2 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Better suited to couples than families
- The restaurant is a favorite with local foodies; make sure to book a table in advance
- All public areas are accessible by wheelchair, and two rooms are adapted for wheelchair users
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Designed by the celebrated French architect and interior designer Jean Michel Wilmotte, Hotel de Nell’s interiors are both elegant and minimal, without being ceremonial. The clean lines of the custom-made furniture happily refuse to sacrifice comfort for style. There is an emphasis on the use of natural materials and harmonious tones: The linens are white and taupe, the rugs are made of sand-colored organic Swedish wool, and the white marble in the bathrooms is offset by accessories made from Oregon myrtlewood.
Bed and Bath
With just 33 rooms and one suite, this boutique property takes great pleasure in the tiny details. Softly lit carpeted corridors lead to restful rooms, where you’ll find natural wood paneling, underfloor heating in the bathrooms and Artemide lamps built into the headboards. The beds are dressed in fine Egyptian cotton, and the pillows (choose from firm ergonomic to soft goosedown) are topped with melt-in-your-mouth chocolates from the nearby confiserie A la Mere de Famille. Seventeen of the bathrooms have Japanese tubs carved from single blocks of stone, and the products are all paraben-free.
The restaurant, La Régalade Conservatoire, is overseen by renowned French chef Bruno Doucet and specializes in the art of “bistronomie” — a trend that marries the conviviality of traditional French bistro dining with fine cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is a $48 (€35) prix-fixe menu that offers such delicacies as creamy squid ink risotto, braised beef cheeks and Grand Marnier soufflé. The lobby bar is an ideal spot for a chimneyside aperitif and, for those who need to unwind, there’s a private room for massages, facials and body treatments.
In the Area
On the Right Bank between Montmartre and the Palais Royal, Paris’s 9th Arrondissement is a small but bustling neighborhood with plenty of sights within walking distance of the hotel. For a spot of shopping, head over to the elegant department store Galeries Lafayette, on the Boulevard Haussmann. Culture vultures will enjoy the local theaters, such as the Théâtre du Gymnase, which dates from 1820, and the nearby opera house le Palais Garnier. Or you can combine culture and cocoa at the Chocolate Museum.
How to Get There
The Good: Staff are courteous, helpful, and prompt. The hotel is generally well kept and clean. Public areas and rooms are comfy. Hotel restaurant is a gem, though over-priced. The Hotel bar is a great place to sit back, relax, and grab a drink.
The Bad: Hotel is at best 4 stars. The furnishing and finishes are a bit rough with imperfections in the rooms (poor fittings, shower roof with rough/unfinished edges, tap splashes as it hits the plug, public area toilets have doors that don't lock). The cleaning was good though not always thorough.
I stayed here for one night. Upon checkin, I was upgraded to a better room with the Japanese bath. Upon entering my room, there was a bottle of champagne, dessert and chocolate on the bed. The rooms are incredible with stellar Paris views.
Breakfast was so tasty and they delivered it to my room.
Service is 5 stars. Location is excellent. I will be back!!
We stayed in the hotel for 7 nights with three boys and the property itself is beautiful. It’s modern yet homey at the same time.
The staff during breakfast are very nice and friendly. And housekeeping attendants are accommodating and efficient when it comes to make up rooms.
The people at the front desk lacked human touch and warmth that we normally experience in other hotels we stayed in, both in and out of Paris (hotels with the same price point)
Worth mentioning are the ff:
-Valet and parking have corresponding charges even for in- house guests
-Family friendly lobby/ restaurant
-Nuxe as for their bathroom set up in higher room categories
-Water pressure and temperature’s inconsistent (quite common in hotels in Paris)
-Bath tub is a bit challenging to use
I stayed at the Hotel de Nell in February 2019, and was thrilled with my experience. The staff is exceptionally attentive, helpful and friendly. I rarely find that balance between top-notch professionalism and friendliness.
My room was very well appointed and housekeeping staff did a thorough job. There’s a very nice restaurant and a small bar in the hotel.
The location is close to many sites. It’s not in a “happening” or trendy area, but because it is so centrally located, it is close to many of them.
I will definitely return.
A well located Design Hotel with a good service at check-in and check-out. An old building very well recovered and refurbished with beautiful façades. Room with clean and nice decoration, excellent lighting, comfort bed.