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.
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.
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.
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.
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 €30 an hour (after 11pm add €16 for cab fare). Bedlinen, baths and baby toiletries can be provided.
Sure-footed Smithlings aged five and above – the floors are parquet and can be a bit slippery for doddery toddlers.
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.
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).
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.
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.