Hotel de Nice photo essay: A cheapo classic in Paris

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Hotel de Nice
Hotel de Nice offers “Old Parisian” décor and is a favorite cheap sleep of EuroCheapo. Photo: Kaitlin Davella

For years, Hôtel de Nice has topped EuroCheapo’s list as one of the more beautiful and charming, while still affordable, places to stay in Paris. With rates between 80-220, gorgeously kitsch interiors and a central location in the Marais, this place is hard to beat. Walking into the hotel through the turquoise blue doors, you may feel like you’re entering a carefully designed chateau in Provence, circa 1850.

To capture the charm and magic of the experience of staying at the hotel, we’ve put together a detailed photo essay of the property and surrounding neighborhood. Take a look at these photos to get a feel for this Belle Époque-style oasis in the heart of Paris.

As you approach the hotel, you’ll see the impressive Hotel de Ville:

Hotel de Ville

Adjacent to the hotel, you’ll find a courtyard with several charming cafés:

Courtyard cafes

You can pick out Hotel de Nice from its iconic blue door, black and white tiling and flowerbeds:

Hotel de Nice blue door

Entering the hotel, you’ll feel as if you’ve arrived at a 19th-century chateau, complete with decorative flowers and a winding, carpeted staircase:

Hotel de Nice entrance

Although the hotel includes an elevator, you might actually prefer to take the lovely, winding stairs:

Hotel de Nice stairs

The hotel’s salon is the perfect place for breakfast, or to unwind with a book after a long day exploring Paris:

Hotel de Nice Salon

Charming little details lie around every corner:

Hotel de Nice painting

These beautiful stained glass windows are on every floor as you make your way up the stairs:

Stained Glass

Each room has a balcony, some bigger than others. This one overlooks a side street, while the larger rooms allow a view of Rue de Rivoli, where you can even see the top of the Notre Dame:

Room view

It doesn’t get more Belle Époque then this—charming antique details and antique French prints:

Antique room

The color theme varies throughout the different room options. This one has intricate red wallpaper and golden curtains that will transport you back to earlier days:

Room interio

Some of the corridors feature old covers of Le Petit Journal, a popular French newspaper:

Newspaper Hotel de Nice

The double sets of curtains mean you can gaze out over sunny Paris in privacy, and then shut out the light altogether if you’d like to catch some shuteye:


This balcony allows you to step out and take in an ideal view of Paris. But watch your step!


Intricate details even on the iron-wrought balcony make for a picturesque stay:

Balcony 2

Peak under the flowerbeds and you might catch a glimpse of the café culture below:


All Photos by Kaitlin Davella

Hotel de Nice

42 Bis, Rue de Rivoli
4th arrondissement
01 42 78 55 29
Metro: Saint-Paul (Line 1)
Hotel’s Website

For more information, read our full review of the property. For more suggestions for budget hotel picks in the center of Paris, be sure to check out our hotel guide to Paris.

About the author

Kaitlin Davella

Kaitlin D'Avella is a freelance writer currently based in Paris. She is American, but has lived in Montreal and London, UK in addition to her native New England. She is an avid budget traveler, having recently returned from a journey exploring parts of India. Read more of her work on her website.

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