Residence Nell

Residence Nell

image

For our final part of our trip we had the incredible opportunity of staying in our very own penthouse apartment that had the most incredible views out over the grey slate Parisian rooftops. Our residence  was set in one of the most vibrant and fun part of Paris, next to the famous Folies Bergère, a cabaret music hall, established in 1869, which is an iconic place that reached the height of its fame and popularity during la Belle Époque and the roaring twenties.

The Résidence Nell is set in one of the best places to stay in Paris, close to so many great restaurants, bars and a small market street, which I can only describe as more bijou version of Borough Market – with gourmet food stands, florists, butchers and delicatessens all set along a cobbled pedestrianised street that look as if it had always, ever since the creation of the city, had been here. There were colourful straw cafe chairs that lined the streets, sushi places and wonderful smelling bakeries I really loved it here.

imageimageimageimageimage

Set in a unique building with a beautiful large entrance decorated with a stunning glass chandelier, our apartment was one of 14 spacious quarters designed by Patrick Jouin. We were welcomed so warmly by the charming hotelier, which immediately made us feel at home. I had loved our exclusive hotels, but after such a long time travelling it felt truly special being in what felt like a private home. We had an open planned living room with our own fully equipped kitchen that had an espresso maker, stove, microwave and oven, so in the evening we were able to walk to the delicatessen and come back to our home and make our own food and drink wine at our own table. It was so relaxing, no bookings needed, no need to get dressed up, we could just chill and it felt great!

image

image

image

image

imageimage

image

  image

imageimageI loved all the bold colours, it really lit up the room and made it feel clean and spacious. The kitchen was orange and the living room had a purple sofa, which you think wouldn’t be for everyone, but it just looked great! Little recipe books adorned the alcoves, ideas of what to make with Milka chocolate or the other french classic product, La Vache Qui Rit, known in the UK as the Laughing Cow, triangle cheeses made by Fromageries Bel since 1865, which we were always given at school in our pack lunches! I couldn’t get enough of them and had we been there longer I would have definitely tried some of the recipes out. The little book ornaments and the mini bar filled with Haribo sweets added a retro, nostalgic and modern vibe which was just so original.

image

imageimageimage

imageimage

image

We drank champagne whilst looking out over the rooftops, enjoying the sunset. We didn’t watch the big plasma TV but we did take a few selfies with the Eiffel Tower mini statue before scoffing more macaroons that we had brought back from Laduree. Outside it was really bustling, we could see the people, little specs walking down below, but we were high above the street and it was so quiet in the building. After our supper and some more chilling on the comfy sofa and grey floor rug, we ran through the breakfast menu and made our choices for what room service were going to bring us in the morning for breakfast , the plus side of not having a restaurant – you get breakfast in bed! Gustavo was reading the options to me in french through the bathroom door and after a few confused attempts of trying to work out what he was saying I stepped out of the shower and I realised I had found my very own Joey Tribiani from Friends – almost saying the word, but basically just making french sounding sounds. It was so funny, one of those got to be there moments…which is why I have included a video of him reading it out in this post! 😉

image

imageimageimage

 In the morning we were woken by our room service wake up call which we had organised the night before. With my eyes half closed I managed to tie my fluffy bathrobe on before I had even managed to get my eyes to fully adjust I was presented with the most incredible fest of french fruit, juice, cereal, pastries and coffee! Coffee in bed is probably the best feeling in the world, so I loved this incredible part of the service offered by Résidence Nell, which most self contained apartments don’t offer. I really felt staying here we got the best of both world, the privacy and intimate setting of a family friendly and beautifully decorated apartment that truly felt like our own Parisian home and also the great service of a hotel, room service, daily cleaning, bathrobes robes, slippers and the best beauty products.

imageimage

imageimageimageimage

I was really impressed with the Hotel de Nell and now by their Residence. I felt that the service that we received was top rate, their staff were so friendly and both our room and our apartment were exceptional and set in a great location. I have stayed in many places in Paris but I would really recommend NELL for their exceptional service and decor. It was difficult to do justice to such a beautiful modern apartment and to capture it’s lovely atmosphere, but I hope hope you like my photos of our stay here at the Résidence Nell  🙂

Abi xxx

 

Hotel De Nell

Hotel De Nell

image

After attending lots of great meetings and having spent some busy days in Paris we decided to stay at the Hotel de Nell for some amazing luxury and relaxation time. The boutique 5* Hotel De Nell, is famous for it’s bistronomie and unparalleled service and I can quite honestly say that it truly deserves it’s incredible reputation with it being one of the best hotels I have ever had the pleasure of staying in – which is saying a lot because I have stayed in quite a few!

On our arrival the first thing that struck me was the hotel’s beautiful appearance, a very chic Parisian corner building who’s white painted facade, black ironwork and beautifully kept ornate bushes radiated style and shone in the light. We past through a large modern glass door into an entrance decorated with festive Christmas lights and trees. A lit glass fire glimmered in the glass wall separating the bar from the entrance made the modern white interior feel so warm and cosy. I couldn’t wait to see more of this absolute gem designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte and I had only taken three steps inside!

imageimageimage

You may have seen some of my Instagram photos and my reactions to our check-in – I think my words were “If only every hotel stay could start like this”… Why is that you may ask? Well, we arrived a bit early and as we waited for our room to be prepared we were greeted with cappuccinos and choux pastries that we enjoyed by the glass fire on the most stylish chairs I have ever seen! In fact all the chairs in the hotel were pretty special which really added some great character and design to the rooms!

image

So after we had reclined on our uber design chairs to our hearts content we were shown to our room. We were staying in a Chambre Luxe and the first thing that struck me when we entered was how big our room was ! I loved how light and airy it felt!So many nice rooms are beautiful but this one was truly special as three floor length french windows led onto a Juliet balcony which had the most amazing views of the most spectacular site, the impressive domed Conservatoire de Paris! Being able to see such a majestic building from your bed was a real joy. I can’t describe it as anything other than feeling as if you are starring in a Chanel N5 or a Jean Paul Gautier advert! What was the tag line again? “Je suis Chloe” *

*and then roll and flick your hair like a chic bohemian goddess…

image

image

imageimageimageimage

image

The joy continued, when I checked out our bathroom! I know it sounds sad but seriously it was so cool! If there were ever “bathroom goals” then this would definitely be it! The room was clad in marble with his and hers sinks, an enormous shower which could fit about ten people and the most amazing marble Japanese bath, which was not only luxurious but also comfortable thanks to the wooden seat that lined the interior. I was so impressed as you can see from my video, I just couldn’t wait to give it a try!

image

imageimageimageimage

image

imageimage

After a great meal and nice wine at a nearby french restaurant recommended to us by the hotel staff, we made our way back to the Hotel de Nell where we were greeted with soothing classical music and complimentary Champagne. It was the details that really made our stay so special – I ran a big hot bath, which I perfumed with the most incredible Bvlgari teabags that we had been given and which smelt amazing. Chocolates & a pillow menu had been laid out on our bed and we read fashion magazines in our cotton bathrobes and slippers.

imageimage

imageimageimage

imageimageimage

image

The breakfast in the La Régalade Conservatoire was of such high standard, made with market & local produce. Thick loaves of bread which powdered our plates with flower, rich creamy scrambled eggs and fresh juices. Bruno Doucet’s simple but very tasty bites were traditional and evocative, just like an authentic Proust Madeleine.

imageimage

I couldn’t recommend this amazing 5* Hotel enough, it really is a testament Paris and France with great food, top rate service and amazing french design. If you want to see and experience the best of Paris then Hotel De Nell is the best place to start! Here is a short vlog of our stay and of our day site seeing!

Le Cinq Codet

Le Cinq Codet

 image

After getting my hair done, finishing off some last emails and then heading into town for a quick spot of shopping, I got home so late I was still packing my bags for Paris late into the night. I was so excited I hardly slept at all! We had a really early start but I had so much energy and after arriving at St Pancras to catch the Eurostar, I refuelled on the most delicious apricot pastries and coffee which kept me going through the morning.

Our journey was so easy and the incredible way the train passes under the Channel is simply magical! It is easy to forget which such different identities and personalities how close London and Paris are to one another! It was amazing, one minute we were waving goodbye to the red buses and the Christmas lights of London and the next we were walking down grand boulevards and shopping along Les Champs Elysées. We got so caught up in the beauty of it all that we didn’t check in to our amazing hotel until late in the day, the 5* Hotel Le Cinq Codet, which was in the most incredible location, minutes from Les Invalides where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried and just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower and the famous Champ-de-Mars in the 7th arrondissement, one of the most exclusive neighbourhood’s in Paris.

image

The 5* Hotel Le Cinq Codet, designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel was beautiful. We were greeted in a modern colourful lobby, filled with incredible pieces of furniture and beautiful flowers. The whole hotel was finished to such incredible quality. As we were shown around I couldn’t help but admire the courtyard situated in the middle of the building decorated with Christmas trees and lights. There was so much light and so much glass yet the stylish bar and lounge still felt cosy. I couldn’t wait to see our room!

imageimageimage

image

image

image

We stayed in their Chambre Duplex, which I will refer to for the rest of this post as our “suite” because it was so big! When I showed my friends the photos of our room, they thought that our sofa and seating area was actually the hotel lobby because it was so spacious and nice! The room didn’t have one, but two plasma TV’s and both had my name on them upon arrival “Mrs Royston” – Ok, so I am not Mrs yet…but still, pretty cool right?!

image

image

imageimage

The room was filled with original works of art which made it feel like a modern day artist’s studio, a futuristic version of the bohemian romantic and creative hubs that fuelled so many creatives that Paris is so famous for! There were curves and angles all in the right places, all complimented by original lighting, large mirrors and an incredible glass window that travelled the length of the two floors. What really added to the luxury and the modernity of the room were all the gadgets and incredible technology that we had at our disposal – from an an Apple-mini which enabled us to check Facebook and let me blog on the plasma TV, to design mobile phones that we could use to call room service. To say that Gustavo had a field day with all these toys is an understatement!

imageimageimageimageimage

image

I on the other hand was far more obsessed with the fact that this place had a gym and a spa and that we not only had a separate washroom and walk in shower that was big enough for 4 people downstairs, our own bathrobes, slippers and the best smelling cosmetics, but that we also had a huge bath in our bedroom, just feet away from our bed! Ou La La! This meant that I could run a bubble bath and watch Bad Grandpa on my customised “Mrs Royston” plasma TV! If this is a time to Hashtag Travel Goals then I don’t know when is…

image

imageimageimage

imageimage

image

I slept like a chubby cat who has found a pile of freshly washed warm towels in the airing cupboard and has decided to go for a nap after polishing off a whole packet of cream. I woke up in a chubby Abi’s paradise – the Breakfast buffet was one of the most extensive I had ever seen…Continental, American, English, I made about three trips over to the counter and only stopped because we had managed to fill the whole table with our treats – bacon, sausages, croissants, pains of chocolats, coffee, juice, fruit salad, yoghurt, pastries, bread, muffins… It was so good I actually managed to eat most of it but only of course after taking a few pics 😉

imageimageimageimageimageimageimage

image

Our first two days were so busy and it was great coming back to such a lovely luxurious hotel in the evenings! We had some great meetings lined up for this year’s fashion season but we had a bit of time to Paris – so I can’t wait to share some of the pictures that we took and to reveal some of the exciting things that happened in this magical city soon! But first, here is a quick peak at the 5* Le Cinq Codet  and the first part of my Paris Travel vlog!