Hotel de Nell: 19th-Century Charm + Modern Elegance And Design

Tucked behind the Grands Boulevards in the 9th Arrondissement is Hotel de Nell, a sophisticated five-star luxury hotel with an airy, clean design that creates an overall feeling of straightforward elegance.

Hotel de Nell

Although located near the buzzing Grands Boulevards, the Hotel de Nell is set on a secluded street away from the bustle of the Grand Magasins. Here you get the best of both worlds — you're close to the city sights, historic department stores, and the Palais Garnier opera house but in a quiet, postcard-worthy location.

What You Can Expect at Hotel de Nell

The striking facade of the 19th-century, six-level, Haussmannian building has been restored to its former glory using a white palette that carries on from the exterior to the rooms and common areas. Hotel de Nell is now a striking, renovated boutique hotel located in the Opera district near Palais Garnier and both the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores on Boulevard Haussmann.

Here minimalism is done right. Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte (he also designed Hotel Lutetia) has achieved a stellar hotel filled with the best details — heated parquet floors, organic wool carpets, stone-walled showers, and, in some rooms, massive Japanese bathtubs carved from a single block of marble and fitted with wood accents. With the use of natural wood paneling, fireplaces, and white marble Wilmotte has created a hotel with understated elegance.

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Hotel de Nell is set on a narrow lane overlooking the 19th-century Sainte-Cécile church. Most rooms have views of the church, framed by large picture windows and with plenty of natural light.

The thirty-three rooms and suites feature a palette of bright and dark colors, with natural materials like organic wool carpets, parquet flooring and marble. The sleek interior, showcased in the ground-floor hotel restaurant La Régalade Conservatoire, has an eye-catching black-and-white-checkered floors. Here you are served upscale bistro fare from chef Bruno Doucet.

The hotel's junior suites clock in at a spacious 55m², with a bedroom and separate living room. The balconies look over the quiet square of Sainte-Cécile. As you would expect, all the rooms are equipped with the latest technologies — bluetooth speakers, flat-screen TV, free WIFI access, Nespresso coffee machines, and an unlimited selection of teas and coffees.

Book a beauty treatment or a massage at the in-house spa, where a sauna and Japanese bath treatments are available. The lobby bar features comfortable Japanese-style deep armchairs and a glass roof over the area for extra charm. Or you can find refuge in the Cellar Library, a glass-enclosed wine cellar filled with books selected by the owners. And Paris being Paris, you can order your pillow from a pillow menu.

Hotel de Nell

Our Rating — Superb
9 rue du Conservatoire
9th Arrondissement

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