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Hotel Highlights

  • Chic and charming staff
  • Great location in a cool, less touristy neighbourhood
  • Stylishly minimalist rooms
  • Excellent restaurant, very popular with locals (book ahead)
  • Spa treatments in your room or in the private treatment room

Overview

Hôtel de Nell has all the chic minimalist decor, elegant staff and top-class cuisine it needs to endear itself to both locals and in-the-know visitors. With its luxurious white-on-white rooms, serene lobby bar and checked-floor restaurant, it’s a perfectly Parisian chic city stay.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hôtel de Nell with us:

A bottle of wine and cookies from the hotel's excellent restaurant

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hôtel de Nell

Early booking offer: 10% off Book 3 nights and pay only 2

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

33, including one suite.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $336.87 (€249), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates do not include the continental (€21) or full English (€29) breakfast.

Also

In-room spa treatments can be arranged or there’s a small private treatment room that’s open on request; enquire at the front desk to arrange a spa treat.

At the hotel

Concierge, free calls to landlines throughout France, free WiFi. In rooms: MP3-player docks, pillow menu, flatscreen TV, free WiFi and air conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Book a fifth-floor Prestige Room for plenty of space (by Paris standards, it’s a very big room), a deep Japanese bath tub (with a handy wooden ledge on which to balance your wine/chocolates/macaroons) and a balcony from which to watch your temporary neighbours come and go.

Packing tips

Leave space in your suitcase for plenty of shopping along Boulevard Haussmann.

Also

All public areas are wheelchair accessible, and two guest rooms (reached by lift) are specially adapted for wheelchair users.

Children

Welcome, but this is more of a grown-up stay. Sister hotel Residence Nell, just round the corner, is more suited to families.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

La Régalade Conservatoire, overseen by chef Bruno Doucet, is a favourite with in-the-know locals. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves modern bistro-style French cuisine. The three-course dinner is excellent quality for a really reasonable price (if you like your strawberries and cream truly decadent, keep your eye out for a magnificent mascarpone dessert).

Hotel Bar

The lobby lounge and bar is coolly serene during the day, and the perfect place to people watch as diners come and go from the restaurant at night.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in the restaurant 7am–11am, lunch from noon to 2.30pm and dinner 7pm–11pm. Food is also served in the lobby lounge, from 7am to 1am.

Room service

Have full meals delivered to your rooms during restaurant hours, or light snacks (sandwiches, salads, cheese plates, etc) 24 hours a day.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Aim for understated chic, and you’ll fit in splendidly among the locals at dinner.

Top table

Every table’s good — just make sure you book ahead to secure one.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Paris’ engaging 9th arrondissement, a 15-minute walk from the Louvre, is a delight to stroll around if you’re a fan of historic architecture, museums and galleries, elegant shops or just sitting and watching city life go by.

The passages between streets throughout the 9th and 2nd arrondissements are typically Parisian, and well worth exploring. Passage Jouffroy is packed with authentic cafés, fabric shops and boutiques (Boulevard Montmartre to Rue de la Grange-Batelière; +33 (0)1 48 24 03 83; passagejouffroy.com). Passage Verdeau has an old-fashioned feel and is great for antique books, engravings and clocks (4-6 Rue de la Grange). If department stores are more your thing, visit the upmarket Galeries Lafayette with its famous dome of stained glass (foodies, don't miss the Lafayette Gourmet section). The views from the roof are amazing (40 Boulevard Haussman; +33 (0)1 42 82 34 56; www.galerieslafayette.com). 

Perfume lovers, head to Le Musée du Parfum, near the Opéra Garnier, for a guided tour of historic perfumery artefacts, displayed in a collection of rooms decorated in 19th-century style (9 Rue Scribe; +33 (0)1 47 42 04 56; www.fragonard.com). If you're seeking famous faces, the most reliable way to find them in Paris is at the Musée Grévin, a waxwork museum that's home to everyone from Lady Gaga to Barack Obama. The hall of mirrors welcomes you with a sound and light show before you head in to meet your idols (10 Boulevard Montmartre; +33 (0)1 47 70 85 05; www.grevin-paris.com).

Local restaurants

For a laid-back café vibe with attentive service and revolutionary repas swing by rugged-chic Le Richer on Rue Richer (+33 (0)1 48 24 44 80). This popular, unpretentious haunt whips up dishes with astounding finesse.

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Typically Parisian, sans tourists

Hôtel de Nell

7-9 Rue du Conservatoire, 75009, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Tucked away on a quiet street in Paris’ small but lively 9e arrondissement, Hôtel de Nell has a walkable central location but is pleasingly off the tourist track.

Planes

The most convenient airport at which to touch down is Orly, a half-hour drive from the hotel, or Charles de Gaulle, depending on where you’re travelling from.

Trains

Paris’ Gare du Nord is an easy 15-minute stroll from the hotel, and has frequent Eurostar services from London’s St Pancras, as well as trains from Brussels, Amsterdam and throughout France.

Automobiles

Paris is not a fun city to drive in. If you do decide to brave the traffic, there’s on-site parking for €35 a day, including valet.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Bip Ling , Model social media maven

Mooching around the French capital during Paris Fashion Week meant I was definitely in need of somewhere to retreat and relax. Thank goodness gracious me for this super-cute little road in the Ninth Arrondissement where the glorious, white, shining Hotel de Nell stands. I bipped out of the taxi and a very cool guy appeared immediately to help with my luggage. Sweet. I glided in past the 19th-centu…
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Hôtel de Nell

Anonymous review by Bip Ling, Model social media maven

Mooching around the French capital during Paris Fashion Week meant I was definitely in need of somewhere to retreat and relax. Thank goodness gracious me for this super-cute little road in the Ninth Arrondissement where the glorious, white, shining Hotel de Nell stands. I bipped out of the taxi and a very cool guy appeared immediately to help with my luggage. Sweet. I glided in past the 19th-century exterior into the lobby area where a suited and booted pair sat behind big black glossy computers with very big smiles. Even checking in at hotelier Lisa Konckier-Abrat’s abode feels fun. Edgy art and fashion books were stacked behind reception, right up to the ceiling, giving an instant hit of culture – high five to that.

While completing the check-in process, I scanned the space and all its clean lines, and custom-made furniture. My hands, meanwhile, crept towards a giant glass bowl filled with colourful bright shiny sweets. As I popped another À la Mère de Famille bonbon in my mouth, the lovely lady showed me around the bar and breakfast area. Oh-so snazzy, HdN’s modern decor has fancy lighting and candles and more books on the dining tables. Yar!

My smiley host walked me into the lift where she took me to the fifth floor. The corridor lighting made those grey walls look sexy, and as we walked through, this model and fashion blogger decided it was their kind of catwalk. Opening the door to my room and the words ‘how dreamy?’ whizzed through my mind. Designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte’s mostly white-on-white rooms provide sleek serenity in the city. I was blown away by the beautiful natural light, charming big doors and floor-to-ceiling white linen curtains. My Hotel du Nell host showed me around and revealed all the hotel usuals, but then to my surprise she opened a door in one of the windows and welcomed me onto the balcony… Ooh la la-a-a. Well hello, balcony. What an enchanting Parisian view over those romantic mansard roofs and all that elegant French architecture, the smell of just-baked pastries hanging in the air – it gave me a feeling of, well, je ne sais quo, that you just cannot beat.

Mooching around the room I inspected all the gadgets; Artemide lamps in the headboards! Bluetooth speakers! First things first though: the rating of the bed. In every hotel room I like to give an official score. To do this, you must jump onto the mattress and judge how comfortable the landing is, and then mark it out of 10. And, you know what? The extreme softness of the pillows and springiness of the Egyptian-cotton-clad mattress meant that my bed at Hotel de Nell scored a whopping 10 out of 10. What a relief, and a tremendous start to my hotel-reviewing duties.

With a hungry belly, I chose the piece-of-cake option for lunch: room service. Not literally a piece of cake; I was in the mood for a good old club sandwich. Glancing the chic grey-paper menu written in a classy French typeface, I dialled those digits and made my order. There I was tip-tapping away on my laptop, and in no time at all there was a knock on the door to announce a delightful tray of four large pâté sandwiches, dainty frites and salad. The pleasant lady explained that this was the French take on club sandwich. A large brown bread pâté sandwich wasn’t quite what I had expected… but it was definitely very French.

Having bip-bopped my way around Paris Fashion Week – bonjour Comme des Garçons! Bonjour Karl Lagerfeld! – and zooming around the city taking in some incredible too-cool-for-school creations, I needed to chill out and recharge. The perfect break? A bath ici! Mais oui, mes amis. The soaking tub in my Japanese-style ensuite was a big deal. Oh hello, marble cuboid creation with a myrtle-wood chair inside. Mooching on this seat in this interesting bath was certainly a new experience; I reckon I’d like one of these in years to come. Sat up straight, I relaxed and enjoyed the hot water pouring in from a water fountain-style tap. Très cool.

This district is packed with bars and restaurants, but downstairs is one of the best rendezvous. La Régalade Conservatoire is invariably full (of locals, as well as hotel guests), which isn’t surprising once you’ve met the charming waiters and tasted the excellent seasonal food. Chef Bruno Doucet, the renowned ‘master bistronomist’, serves up simple dishes of in-season ingredients, expertly creating deliciously balanced meals. Dinnertime in the dark, cosy chequerboard-floored eatery started, of course, with a very large pot of pâté and a small mountain of pickles. My friend and I looked at each and laughed, having already experienced an extra-large serving of pâté and pickles care of room service. Well, when in Paris... And it didn’t stop at this: the rich meaty terrine was followed by an exceptionally delicious and filling three-course prix-fixe meal of bistro classics.

On the last night of my stay, knowing that I had to leave early in the morning, I was actually a little sad. I was so comfortable and at home mooching about at Hotel de Nell, I’ll be sure to check myself in here on the Right Bank, next time I visit. If you could magically move into a perfectly Parisian dream life, this is it: spping wine on your balcony watching the sunset reflected in the puddles on the street below, with the tiled dome of the former Comptoir National d’Escompte de Paris gleaming imperiously above? Yar!
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hôtel de Nell's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location is great, and rooms are fantastic for Paris.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on no children

We loved

The staff were outstanding - extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful, without being overbearing or intrusive. It's a small hotel with minimal facilities but the staff quality really made all the difference to us. That, and the impeccable design of this hotel. The hotel restaurant also does a tremendous rice pudding - huge portions and so tasty.

Don’t expect

I think we were entitled to some complimentary things with our Smith booking (wine maybe?) which I don't think we received. Still, our overall experience was so good that it didn't matter much.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great apartments to stay in for a short or longer break. They're well situated, close to Montmartre and just a short walk from the centre of Paris.

Don’t expect

The apartment was ever so slightly noisy due to traffic in the early hours of Sunday morning on our first night, but the next night was fine.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the very friendly staff, great restaurant and stylish rooms.

Rating: 9/10 stars