What We Love
- The vintage Marshall speakers in guest rooms equipped with Bluetooth
- Shopping the rooms for blankets and books to take home – many of the items are for sale
- Cozying up with an aperitif under the silverleaf ceiling in the intimate salon
- The photo-worthy reception counter, made of green Carrara marble
What To Know
- The hotel offers child-friendly trips to the Louvre and scooter rentals
- In-room smartphones have a direct-to-concierge message service
- The Restaurant Du Palais Royal shares an owner and has a Michelin star, but it’s an eight-minute walk away
Part culture hub, part impossibly chic hotel, Le Nolinski is in a tourist hotspot but eschews the corporate look for something much, much more chic. It has a townhouse feel with delightfully homey rooms (designer and architect Jean-Louis Denoit has a background in apartments and houses) where vintage furniture, coffee table books on photography and fashion, deep rugs, and quirky art are par for the course. Minibars are housed in imitation bank safes—a cheeky touch—and stocked with jus de cassis. While the Avenue de l’Opéra location might put off more experienced Paris travelers, there’s no denying that its 1st arrondissement location makes it all too easy to get around. Thankfully, the rooms are soundproofed enough that street noise stays at a minimum. Don’t miss the atmospheric underground spa, which has its own candlelit pool (check out the mirrored ceiling!) and sauna, or the hotel’s regularly hosted art exhibitions, live music, and literary events; check with the concierge when you arrive to see what’s on the calendar.
In the Area
The hotel’s spot in the 1st arrondissement is chaotic and bustling, but it’s also within walking distance from so many top city sights that it’s worth braving the tourist crowds. (Plus, you can always retreat back to the hotel for a rejuvenating nap, massage, or cocktail). The Palais Garnier opera house, worth visiting for its stunning architecture even if you don’t see a show, is a 10-minute walk, while the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden, and stellar shopping on the rue Saint Honoré are all within a half-mile from the hotel. The Pyramides metro station is also just steps away for points further afield. Many of the nearby restaurants are chains, so ask the concierge to book you into somewhere more local. No matter how many times you’ve been to Paris, however, a stop at nearby Angelina for hot chocolate and a Mont-Blanc pastry is a must.
How to Get There
We stayed in this hotel for just one night and thought it was a new hotel as we had never heard of it and found out it opened a couple of years ago. The staff were so attentive, if anything maybe a little over attentive but polite and helpful. The room was tiny but welcome to Paris, we had no space for out 3 luggages in the room so we were lucky to have a small hall by the door to leave them there. Room and bed was comfortable but the shower was not designed well that it floods the room. We ordered room service as we were to late to go out for dinner and it was not good but we spoke to the hotel the next morning and they apologised, removed it from the bill and gave us a gift on departure. They even comped a couple of glasses of champagne in the bar that was unexpected.
Our jr. suite in this lovely boutique hotel was wonderfully decorated.in grey, outlined in white with amber and brass lighting etc.We were delighted with the attentiveness of the English-speaking staff who recommended the casual bistros with excellent French food that we had requested. White roses and a bottle of champagne was so appreciated. The Spa was beautiful and our massages were wonderful. Just a fantastic hotel.
This hotel was amazing! The room was amazing, decor beautiful, bed comfortable! What more can you ask for! The staff could not do enough for us. They took care of every detail nothing was too much trouble! Extra shout out to the concierge who sorted out tickets for us to the Moulin Rouge last minute and still got us the best seat in the house. The spa was fantastic and never too busy. Wouldn’t stay anywhere else in Paris!
If you want to treat yourself, a loved one or your family... If you are ready to have your pocket book lighter by quite a bit.. BUT. . If you want THE BEST HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCE IN PARIS.. dont hesitate.. THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST WONDERFUL HOTEL IN THE HEART OF MY FAVOURITE CITY..and here’s why!
The entrance is tiny at 16 Avenue d’Opera, a very busy street
Just as my taxi pulled up, a smiling staff rushed out and helped me with a warm smile and a strong helping hand.
All the staff are so fit and trim.. good looking ( yes, that helps believe me!) and fantastically prepared for any request, mood swings and guest needs.
I needed my sunglasses fixed.. DONE
My broken zipper fixed DONE
A small portion of their superb fresh fruit compote to take home. DONE with beautiful glass jars to boot!
Museum tickets bought to avoid lines.. DONE
Now you dont choose a hotel based on these services.. you choose a hotel for price range, facilities and the reason you are making the trip.
Mine was a personal trip.. two days in between a busy Europe work week. The restaurant is great.. The bartender made me the BEST PISCO SOUR outside Chile and Peru
The dim sum and chilled champagne in their quiet room/bar was simply perfect
AND MY ROOM.. I lucked out and got upgraded to the SALVADOR SUITE.. I wish I could live there.. elegant, quiet, heavenly pillows, comforters and spacious bath areas.
The SPA is the best I have experienced so far in my 30 years of travels. The swimming pool - INDOORS AND GENTLY HEATED IN THE WINTER is a dream.. Sauna.. Steam room.. Facials and other services are performed using the best SWISS products.
I had the best two day vacation and I felt pampered and totally taken care of
I even took an early morning MOTORCYLE TOUR OF PARIS sitting in the side car by a great company called RETRO TOURS.. That review will come separately. IT was on the recommendation of the concierge, instead of a hired car.
I LOVE NOLINSKI PARIS.. The rates may not be as expensive as some of the more luxurious properties in the area, especially the brand name hotel chains. But this EVOK HOTEL is a pride of Paris..
WIth more branches opening soon in Paris and other cities in Europe, please look out for this chain..
They have got the fundamentals of hospitality right
Personalised service, discretion of the guest, Promptness of response, High quality in every department.
To top it off, just as I was leaving in my airport taxi, the concierge rushed out to hand me a bottle of chilled water to take with me.!
Now THAT’s what I call superb thoughtfulness
Oh NOLINSKI.. if you ware a person, I am already in love!
Stayed here for 3 nights and it was one of the best hotels I've ever got to stay in Europe. It is not cheap, but I think its worth the money.
If you like shopping, then the location is perfect. Walking distance to fauburg st honore and galeries lafayette, its right in the centre of things. Coming back to the Nolinski after a tiring day of walking and shopping is a bliss.
Nice indoor swimming pool and sauna.
I'm calling it my home in Paris!