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.
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!
I 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.
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! 😉
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.
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 🙂