Hotel de Nesle
7 Rue de Nesle, Paris, France
Doubles from: $85 to $136
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The one-star Hotel de Nesle, tucked away among the back streets of Saint-Germain des Prés and steps from the Seine, offers rooms that are painted with a sense of humor and history.
Pros: Loads of character. Rooms with fanciful wall murals. Charming, tucked away location.
Cons: Very popular—reserve by phone in advance. Rooms without TV or telephone. No elevator and five floors of rooms.
In many ways, the Hotel de Nesle seems plucked from a children’s storybook. Take the lobby, crammed with clocks, dried flowers and grandma’s nick-nacks. Or the backyard garden, it’s stone path winding around statuettes. But, mostly, take the rooms...
The 18 guest rooms are individually painted and decorated by the owner and her son, David. Most of these boast lavish line drawings of famed moments in French history, including scenes of Egypt and the Orient, as well as some playful representations of Molière, Hugo and others who have lived in the neighborhood. (A few rooms sans murals are decorated with vintage travel posters.)
Other than the inspired murals and funky furniture, rooms are relatively spacious. Things are kept simple and quiet—there is no telephone or television in any of the rooms (although there is a TV in the reception area). Furnishings are not fancy; think simple metal beds and wooden armoires.
While 10 rooms have private baths (and the Egyptian room is even equipped with its own hammam-style bath!), eight cheaper rooms have only a shower and share toilets in the hallway.
Two rooms per floor overlook the street (which is pretty quiet, allowing you to sleep with the windows open), while the other two face the calm courtyard garden (which is open to guests, weather permitting).
Throughout the hotel, Wi-Fi is offered for free. Note that the reception closes at 2 AM, although guests can come and go with their own key. Breakfast is not offered, but espresso is available in the lobby.
With low rates and a fun theme, the Nesle is quite popular, especially with Americans. Book well in advance (by telephone only).
One note on pronunciation: The hotel’s name is pronounced like “Nell” (as in "Carter"), and not like “Nestle” (as in the chocolate company). We found out about 10 years too late...
The hotel is situated on the petit Rue de Nesle amidst other tiny, twisting streets, in the heart of the picturesque St-Germain des Pres neighborhood. Be prepared to get lost looking for it. The area is quite central, allowing for an easy walk to the Seine (minutes away), Louvre (just a few more minutes), Place St-Michel (about five minutes)... Countless cafés, restaurants and adorable shops line the streets around the hotel.
On the downside, the area is also extremely popular with tourists, so you’re unlikely to find yourself kicking along in the streets, alone with your thoughts. Unsurprisingly, this holds true for many of the restaurants in the area, many of which dish up tourist-class fare. But oh, the convenience!
Metro: The Hotel de Nesle is located a short walk to either the Odéon station (lines 4 and 10), or St-Michel (line 4).
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Bathroom: Private
About the Hotel de Nesle neighborhood
Just west of the Latin Quarter in the direction of the Eiffel Tower, St. Germain des Prés is flanked by two Parisian gems—the Luxembourg Gardens to the south and the banks of the Seine to the north. The iconic neighborhood borrows its name from the church of St. Germain des Prés. It is defined by the boulevard of the same name, which slices through the quarter’s winding streets.