Hotel de Nell: cool new chic boutique hotel in Paris

A new cool boutique hotel with a wonderful restaurant (headed by a famous chef) has opened in Paris: Hotel de Nell in the 9th arrondissement, not far from the Opera Garnier and the city’s most visited department stores — Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Designed by Jean Michel Wilmotte, the 33-room Hotel de Nell appeals to those who prefer discreet luxury blended with austere, elegant decor on a quiet side-street within walking distance to, but far away from the noise of, the Grands Boulevards of Paris. The advantage of staying in small hotels is the peace and quiet of not being surrounded by tour groups or  loud people in the lobby and common areas. Moreover, you get more personal attention from the hotel staff and can obtain indispensable tips about where to go for lunch or dinner, and what to do.

La Regalade Conservatoire for delicious modern bistro food

For people who love good food, the hotel has an added attraction: the restaurant called La Regalade Conservatoire by chef Bruno Doucet (who runs the incredibly popular La Regalade in the 14th arrondissement and La Regalade Saint-Honore in the 1st arrondissement) is already making waves in Paris.

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Bruno Doucet is known for modern French bistro cooking which features dishes that are lighter, healthier and more innovative than traditional bistro food. La Regalade Conservatoire is affordable, too, with a prix fixe menu for 35 EUR. Read this review of La Regalade Conservatoire by Alexander Lobrano, a food critic who lives in Paris. If you stay at the hotel, you can simply stagger upstairs to your beautiful cozy rooms after a lovely dinner.

Hotel de Nell rooms in contemporary minimalist decor

The rooms are bathed in soft, contrasting colours, with indirect lighting, and natural materials: parquet flooring, raw marble,  Oregon myrtlewood, lacquer, and Egyptian cotton. There are 5 types of rooms: classic, superior, deluxe, prestige and a suite of 55 square meters. All have free WiFi and flat screen TVs. The hotel has a cozy Cellar Library, which is separated from the restaurant by a glass-enclosed wine cellar, and a Japanese bath carved out of solid marble, something you don’t see often in Paris.

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9th arrondissement: where to eat and what to see near Hotel de Nell

The neighbourhood in which Hotel de Nell is located is now home to a number of excellent restaurants, for example, Les Saisons, a bistro run by chef Jonathan Lutz (read review of Les Saisons) on 52 rue Lamartine opposite the former residence of Alphonse Lamartine (one of the most important poets of the French Romantic Movement), a mere 10-minute walk from the Hotel de Nell. I went to Les Saisons for lunch and I recommend it. Reservations are a must (they have a prix fixe lunch menu for 15 EUR).

The other must-see in the 9th arrondissement is the Opera Garnier, which is the most beautiful opera house I have seen. It is now used mostly for dance and non-opera performances (because operas have moved to the hideous Opera Bastille). Go see any performance in the Opera Garnier so you can savour the opulent long corridors, splendid mirrored halls and massive marble staircases. It is the quintessential Paris experience.

I realize that most people don’t have a lot of time in Paris for shopping, so they go to Printemps and Galeries Lafayettes, both of which are close to the Hotel de Nell. These department stores are very busy and often bewildering because of the huge selection of merchandise and immense crowds. If you prefer a much more civilized shopping experience, go to the small boutiques filled with creations from local independent designers, along the rue Etienne Marcel and rue Montmartre (about a 15 minute walk from Hotel de Nell), and on the side streets in that area. Close by is the pedestrian-only street of rue Montorgueil, also only 15 minutes away from the hotel, which is lined with patisseries, charcuteries, cafes and restaurants, a lively place by day or night.

As you can see, the Hotel de Nell is exceptionally well located, beautifully designed, and quiet, and it is served by many metro lines that stop along the streets nearby. It’s pretty close to one’s idea of the perfect Paris hotel.

Hotel de Nell
7 rue du Conservatoire
75009 Paris
+33 1 53 24 98 98

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About Esme Vos

Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.