Paris, France

Résidence Nell

Rates from (inc tax)$195.23

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Design buff’s base camp

Setting

Refined Rue Richer

Nestled away in the artsy 9th arrondissement of Paris, the 17 sleek-but-snug apartments by Starck-disciple Patrick Jouin at the hotel Résidence Nell are contemporary, elegant, and function-led. White and restrained in a way not often found in this decadent city, they prize quality over quantity; only top-notch furniture like Alessi, Kartell and Ligne Roset can find a place at this discerning property.

Smith Extra

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For BlackSmiths, a half bottle of rosé; SilverSmiths get a home-made cake from La Régalade Conservatoire too; GoldSmiths get a half bottle of champagne

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

17 apartments, including two studios.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $195.23 (€174), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR191.25), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Continental breakfast isn’t included but can be provided (€15 for adults; €7 for children).

Also

Staff could be gunning for a ‘Best PAs in Paris’ award. Want to have your hair cut, your muscles unknotted or your nails decorated? The concierge will sort it. Need a chauffeur-driven Merc or a motorbike taxi (heated of course)? Likewise. Want a session with a sports coach, a secretary’s services for a day, or to be booked into the city’s finest dining rooms? Just ask.

At the hotel

Kitchenettes, CD library, PlayStation, laptop, three iPads, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: sofa beds (except the studios), Nespresso machines, Alessi crockery, flatsceen TV with iPad connector, radio, iPod dock, Charm & More bath products by Jeanne Piaubert, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

The apartments are similar in style (white and minimal) and layout: all have one bedroom and a separate living room with a kitchenette (apart from the Luxe apartment, which has two bedrooms). If you want a Juliet balcony, book an apartment on the fifth floor; those on the second and third floors have soaring ceilings.

Packing tips

Forgotten something? Galeries Lafayette – a seemingly limitless department store – is just around the corner. Alternatively, book a personal shopper through the hotel and have any purchases delivered to your door.

Pet‐friendly

Does your dog want to come to Paris and does it weigh less than 20 kilos? If so, it’s welcome too for €20 a night (let the hotel know in advance). Dog bowls are provided. See more pet-friendly hotels in Paris.

Children

The hotel is well suited to family jaunts and has a lift, so you won’t have to lug luggage up stairs. Cots are €20 a night; babysitting is €26 an hour (after 11pm add €16 for cab fare). Bedlinen, baths and baby toiletries can be provided.

Best for

Sure-footed Smithlings aged five and above – the floors are parquet and can be a bit slippery for doddery toddlers.

Recommended rooms

All the apartments have sofa beds (except for the studios) and space for extra cots (€20 a night) to be added. They’re also pretty low on furnishings, meaning more space and less potential breakage.

Activities

Take little ones to the Centre Pompidou for the Galerie des Enfants, which has interactive exhibitions designed by artists and designers; the Espace 13/16 caters to teenagers (www.centrepompidou.fr). Take the escalator for the view and do a quick whizz around the museum looking for works by Picasso, Matisse and the surrealists. You can get to Disneyland Paris in 45 minutes on the metro (it’s a direct line).

Rates

More details

Continental breakfast isn’t included but can be provided (€15 for adults; €7 for children).

Meals

Breakfast for little Smiths is €7 and includes fresh bread (or a croissant/pain au chocolat) with butter and jam, milk (can be chocolate-flavoured) or a yoghurt and juice, a smoothie or some stewed apple. For other meals, the concierge has the numbers for 15 restaurants that deliver to your door.

Babysitting

Résidence Nell works with an agency which can arrange babysitters for €26 an hour (three-hour minimum), with two days’ notice. After 11pm, an extra €16 cab fare will be charged.

No need to pack

Each child under seven is given the hotel's The Little Prince-themed pack, with soap, shower gel, shampoo, a colouring book and coloured pencils.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

None, but apartments come with kitchenettes, so you can rustle up whatever you fancy. If you’re not in the mood to cook, the staff won’t let you go hungry – they can arrange for 15 different types of cuisine to be delivered to your door (perhaps not all at once). The apartment minibars are stocked with snacks including cookies, crisps and ice-cream. If you want any particular treats left in your room pre-arrival, just let the concierge know.

At the bar

 No bar or honesty bar area, but there’s beer and champagne in the minibars. Let the ever-helpful staff know if you’re thirsty for a particular vintage or label.

Room service

There’s no formal room service; just let the concierge know what you’re craving and they’ll source it for you around the clock.

Location

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Address
Résidence Nell
60 rue Richer
75 009
Paris
France

Planes

Paris Orly (www.aeroportsdeparis.fr) is 18km away (a 25-minute drive). Air France’s shuttle service to the city centre by bus runs every 20 minutes. Taxis to the city centre cost around €50. Alternatively, Charles de Gaulle airport is 23km (a 35-minute drive). The hotel doesn’t offer transfers but airport taxis are easy to come by (expect to pay around €50–€70).

Trains

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Gare du Nord, 1km away. The Eurostar connects Paris to London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lille and other popular European cities (www.eurostar.com). There’s a taxi rank outside the station, so you won’t be waiting long for a lift. If you’re taking the Métro, Cadet station (on Line 7) and Grands Boulevards (Line 8 and 9) are both just a short walk away (www.parismetro.com).

Automobiles

Driving in Paris is a hair-raising, time-hogging experience; you’re better off using public transport or gadding around on foot. However, if you’re pausing in Paris mid-road-trip or wheels are a non-negotiable, park your car at the public car park two minutes from the hotel. Staff can also book chauffeur-driven cars or motorbike taxis.

Worth getting out of bed for

Opera Garnier is a 10-minute walk from the hotel (www.operadeparis.fr); the Louvre is 20 minutes (www.louvre.fr/en) and so is Montmartre. Catch a live show at Le Grand Rex (www.legrandrex.com), a beautiful cinema, theatre and live music venue. Passage Jouffroy, five minutes away, is one of Paris’ first heated shopping galleries. Admire the glittering arched ceiling, the chi-chi boutiques and the well-dressed shoppers. A la Mère de Famille is the city’s oldest chocolate factory, founded in 1761. Its first boutique is handily positioned opposite Résidence Nell on Rue du Faubourg Montmartre: just to step inside and inhale the cocoa aromas is a treat; to take home one of the pretty boxes even more so (www.lameredefamille.com).

Local restaurants

Bouillon Chartier (+33 (0)1 47 70 86 29; www.bouillon-chartier.com) on Rue de Faubourg Montmartre has everything you could possibly hope for in a Parisian bistro: haughty waiters in smart black-and-white uniforms, stalwart French dishes such as garlicky snails, and surprisingly modest prices (mains hover around the €10 mark). La Régalade Conservatoire is the sleek Bruno Doucet eatery at sister stay Hôtel de Nell, a five minute walk away. Its reasonable prix-fixe menu has traditional French dishes made with market-fresh ingredients. After a day of art, books, music and gift-shopping thrills at the Centre Pompidou, eat at its futuristic lounge bar and restaurant, Le George (+33 (0)1 44 78 47 99; www.centrepompidou.fr).

Local bars

The Pink Bar, a vodka bar tucked away in Le George (above), offers imaginative cocktails and one of the best vantage points in Paris (www.centrepompidou.fr).  

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Sipping our champagne at St Pancras railway station, before boarding the Eurostar train to Paris, you could say that there is a little excitement bubbling for these London parents on their first break à deux for a year. From central London to central Paris in just over two hours, and a very quick taxi later and we’re outside the rather unassuming Résidence Nell. The journey all seems too effortless… Just the start we could hope for on a Mr & Mrs Smith weekend away.

Blink and you might miss the 17 apartments and studios on Rue Richer, just south of Montmartre. We make it inside, and we’re greeted by a bookcase bulging with dusty tomes by French literary heavyweights such as Albert Camus and Victor Hugo. We ask at reception who the lady is in the striking pastoral artwork that takes up one whole wall. ‘Madame Nell,’ comes the response with a chuckle. In Louis Malle’s 1978 film Pretty Baby her namesake runs an elegant brothel, but whoever this one is, her eyes have a knack of following you around the room, just like a certain character in the Louvre. Mrs Smith is convinced that when all is quiet she looks sure to settle down to her copy of Les Misérables… And a witty trompe l'oeil touch comes in the taffeta of Nell's skirt seemingly bursting from the wall to form a real bench seat, so you too can sit with her in that parkland.

Away from reading in her spare time, Madame Nell inhabits a rather wonderful residence. Space is a valuable commodity in Paris, as we all know, but Nell treats guests to a bedroom, bathroom and even an open-plan kitchen, diner, living space. Hotel rooms, however splendid they are, can be places where you only intend to lay your head, but this arrangement genuinely feels like you are in your home from home. Here these Smiths can revel in luxurious lie-ins, without the whimper of a small child broadcasting over an intercom; not to mention laidback breakfasts overlooking the rooftops of the 9ème arrondissement.

Now Paris wouldn’t be Paris without Patrick Jouin – design experts reckon you can’t walk 350 metres of the city without encountering one of the style maven’s works, be it architecture, street furniture or industrial design (he’s also a master of handicraft and scenography). Résidence Nell is très Jouin: contemporary, function-led and elegant. The apartments aren’t crammed with furniture, but what’s there is high spec: Alessi, Kartell, and Ligne Roset pieces, some designed by Jouin himself. Apart from a few madcap touches in the reception area – a pistachio-green wall by the entrance, a mounted reindeer bust on a wall, and that clever 18th-century-style painting with bookshelves built into the canvas – the aesthetic is one of white simplicity. The philosophy is similarly fuss-free; don’t expect a flotilla of staff, just a dedicated concierge on hand to book restaurants and shape your holiday how you like.

Arriving on Friday (ahem, and it being my birthday), we toast a well-stocked minibar with a chilled half-bottle of Billecart-Salmon champagne. Allow me then to segue through a romantic dinner at the chichi Pamela Popo in the Marais, to Saturday morning when an old acquaintance who we haven't seen for a while, for good reason, makes an appearance for both of us. Ah yes, a hangover. Nell, however, looks after you in your fragile state. She gives you breakfast, with a selection of pastries, breads and jams. She offers you space and light to collect your splintered thoughts and gives you a warm cuddle in the form of the heaviest and most luxurious robes I think we have ever come across.

Saturday of course involves wandering around the endlessly interesting galleries and boutiques of the Marais before we go on to dinner at Montmartre’s oldest restaurant Le Bon Bock… Solid French cooking without eye-watering bill at the end is just the ticket*. (*And if you’re a fan of the origin of idioms, one theory for the emergence of this expression is that it is a corruption of the French word ‘etiquette’. I digress…) We moot the idea of clubs or late-night bars, but yawning, time spent in our Parisian pied-à-terre is what’s most alluring to these off-duty parents.

Sunday at Résidence Nell hotel treats us to another lazy morning and then a wander to the renovated Musée D’Orsay. The converted Beaux-Arts railway station is stuffed with works by Impressionism greats, such as Monet, Degas, Manet and Van Gogh. Parfait. And merci, Residence Nell for allowing us to have such a special weekend. With unfussy and friendly service from unfailingly polite staff, Nell takes you into her bosom, rewarding you with a peaceful and spacious apartment with all the touches you might hope for (chocolates on the bed, loo roll origami, fresh orchids) and some you might not… The sheer space of the living area, a fancy espresso machine and even a dual ceramic hob if you feel energetic enough to cook. The trouble is that all these features and facilities mean that it would be ideal to bring our small human to next time, should we struggle for babysitters. Hmm. But maybe we’ll keep this as a little secret between us and Nell.
 

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 Résidence Nell’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location. Some lovely local bakeries to find some fresh pastries for breakfast and a lovely fruit stall to buy fresh fruit.

Don’t expect

A large apartment

Rating

Stayed on 29 Jun 2016

We loved

The simple but stylish decor, the welcome gifts in the room which were lovely little touches for us and the kids! The very lovely staff! Lovely Boulangerie just across the road fresh fruit veg round the corner so breakfast are very French and fresh! The metro is just 5-10 minute walk, as is the Hard Rock Cafe if you want something that's not french!! Travelled with two children, 2 and 6, both loved the apartment – there was English channels with CBeebies!!

Don’t expect

It to be completely quiet as there's a couple of cafe bars below though they were handy for us happy to have children late.

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Stayed on 2 Jun 2016

We loved

The location and the feeling of being a Parisian, albeit for a short time. The bakery and chocolate shops across the road are to be sampled. Recommend booking early, everyone eats out on Friday and Sat in Paris!

Don’t expect

A full service hotel, it's an apartment...

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Stayed on 1 Apr 2016

We loved

The kitchenette!

Don’t expect

A hotel; this feels more like a private Parisian apartment.

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Stayed on 13 Dec 2015

We loved

How fresh and clean it was, and a large modern bathroom. All the staff spoke excellent English and could not have been more friendly and helpful. The little kitchenette in our studio was perfect for what we needed! We enjoyed every aspect!

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Stayed on 24 Nov 2015

We loved

The location - close to everything and buzzing with bars and great restaurants. It was stylish, great value for a family of four and absolutely as described.Remy the concierge was just great - nothing was too much trouble and useful tips on how to avoid queues, etc. We were travelling with our 14 and 11 year old daughters - they loved the Hotel, the charming service (very unlike our last trip to Paris!) and the Richer and the Albion - both very grown up (they were the only children), but no one batted an eye lid. The suppers we had at Bistro Richer (voted best in the city) and The Albion, as recommended by the Hotel, were fantastic.

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Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

Great location for exploring Paris. You can get to most places on foot. Nice family-friendly restaurants locally. Apartment was compact but perfect for a three day city break with kids. Helpful staff.

Don’t expect

Luxury but it was very comfortable.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

Ease of getting around. Good to have bit of extra space / kitchenette. Chartier restaurant close by was great and good value for money.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet. I found it extremely noisy.

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Stayed on 27 Oct 2015

We loved

Location, lane next to apartment has fantastic food shops. Nice to be in an apartment rather than a hotel room.

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Stayed on 22 Sep 2015

We loved

The Room upgrade upon arrival to a penthouse apartment - spacious, well appointed and tasteful.

Don’t expect

Massive luxury - this place is functional but comfortable and stylish.

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Stayed on 10 Aug 2015

We loved

The layout of the room. Even though we were up in the attic! The room felt spacious.

Don’t expect

A toaster! Be prepared to call down for milk for your coffee which is actually soon check better than the little pod you normally get

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Stayed on 7 Aug 2015

We loved

The location and that it was so quiet.

Don’t expect

To do a great deal of cooking unless you bring everything you need.

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Stayed on 25 Jul 2015

We loved

Friendly and helpful staff, who recommended and booked several restaurants for us. All good recommendations! Apartment big enough for 2 adults and 2 children with full kitchen. Spacious bathroom. We also loved the design og the room(s). Nice and quiet and clean.

Don’t expect

The sink in the bathroom was partly clogged.

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Stayed on 11 Jul 2015

We loved

Central Location, attentive staff and luxurious touches.

Don’t expect

Room service, bar.

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Stayed on 18 Feb 2015

We loved

From the moment we arrived, we knew that we were going to have a lovely stay in Paris with three kids. The rooms were of a high standard and well equiped and fitted our family of 5 for 4 nights. The bathroom was huge (more a wet room). Really what made our stay though was the wonderful staff. They made us and in particular our 4 year old boys feel very welcome. It was in a great location. We walked everyone with our three kids due to the accessibility of the local sites. The metro was nearby too. They arranged dinner in our room from the bistro next door-which was great. They also arranged babysitting-a lovely friendly and competent (and English speaking) girl turned up to take care of the kids for the evening. We were provided with all the baby things we needed-highchair, baby bath, bottle warmer, cot with sheets.

Don’t expect

A bath – we squeezed the four years and baby in the baby bath (which they happlily provided. A decidated kids area.

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Stayed on 16 Feb 2015

We loved

I loved the spacious room and attentive staff, very keen to help and have suggestions on where to go etc. I loved the apartment feel as apposed to a hotel room. That's a personal preference, but it was great to really feel immersed in the city.

Don’t expect

As a reasonably tall person, the shower had a slanted roof, which was a tad to low for me at points. Great bathroom otherwise.

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Stayed on 9 Jan 2015

We loved

Well equipped, well designed, compact. Location was great for shops and sights (we walked mainly). It was pretty perfect.

Don’t expect

Mini-bar somewhat overpriced.

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Stayed on 15 Nov 2014

We loved

The rooms were very spacious and nicely decorated, and the kitchenette was handy for making a quick breakfast.

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Stayed on 14 Nov 2014

We loved

Great location, really good apartment and very friendly knowledgeable staff. Family friendly. My son adored having his own pull out bed.

Don’t expect

The only slight negative was the very hot water in the bathroom one morning, but I am being very picky.

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Stayed on 28 Oct 2014

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