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LITTLE NELL: With the recent opening of the five-star Hôtel de Nell, leading architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has signed his first hotel in the French capital.
Located on a quiet street between the Folies Bergère and Richelieu Drouot, this 33-room property is the third in the fledgling group Charm & More (owner of the Benkirai in St. Tropez). Its design is an ode to “relaxed luxury,” with pure lines, an ecru palette and plush materials. Japanese baths are carved from a single block of marble and fitted with myrtle wood seats.
Wilmotte also designed the Fifties-inflected suspension lighting and much of the furniture. Rooms look onto the 19th-century church of Saint Eugène and Saint Cécile (where Jules Verne was married) or the Paris conservatory.
Other features include a front door in elaborate wrought iron, a “cellar-library” off the entrance, a discreet bar-lounge just beyond the desk and a third restaurant by much-admired chef Bruno Doucet. Like its siblings, La Régalade Conservatoire serves seasonal “haute cuisine at bistro prices,” notably in a three-course, 35-euro ($47) menu.
Hôtel de Nell
7-9 Rue du Conservatoire, 75009
Double rooms from 350 euros, or $468.
La Régalade Conservatoire bistro is open noon-2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. on weekends. Buffet breakfast open to non-resident guests. Closed Sunday and Saturday at noon.
— Tina Isaac
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