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Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Hotel de Nesle, Paris - Page 2

Written by Kelly Doscher
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If you’re looking for an inexpensive place to stay in Paris with charming character and a great location, you needn’t look any further: the Hôtel de Nesle (pronounced “nell”) is your place. An acquaintance introduced me to this gem two years ago, and it has since become my regular landing spot whenever I’m in Paris.

roomMy favorite room is #4 (Athinea), a single sleeper on the first floor, thankfully. This is one of the rooms without a toilet, which may be a turnoff, but what it does have is private access to the Hammam - a North African bathing room. To get to the Hammam, you walk through a small courtyard just off your room with a view of nothing but sky. You then turn left into a heated room smelling of fragrant orange flower water and colorfully tiled from floor to ceiling with three bathing areas. The first area is a copper sink just inside the door to wash your feet, the next sink is for your hands, and finally two shower heads wait for you in the far corner. After you’ve completed your turn, you can sit and relax as long as you like. The intoxicating aroma of the flower water makes your leisurely time absolutely decadent.hammam




The location of Hôtel de Nesle is ideal for first-time visitors and regulars alike. The charm of this place isn’t only its character, or that it’s within walking distance from all of the major sights, but also the neighborhood that bustles around it. It is steps away from the centuries-old Rue de Buci - where you’ll find amazing restaurants, cafés-come-brasseries, delis, bakeries, florists, bookstores, and a weekly farmer’s market. There’s a hint of touristy flair, but the overall feeling is that of typical Parisian life. The Hôtel de Nesle is a great place to call home while you pass your time in the City of Lights

Details: Room rates range from 55 - 100 euros (room #4 is 85). Visit the web site for photos and information,, but you’ll have to call to make your reservations. La Madamme speaks English, so non-French speakers will be fine.

©Kelly Doscher

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