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“Unsuitable for children” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel de Nesle
7 rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, France (Luxembourg)   |  
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Ranked #715 of 1,793 Hotels in Paris
London, United Kingdom
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Unsuitable for children”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is a reasonably priced hotel in a brilliant location about 10 minutes walk from Notre Dame and from the Louvre. The bedrooms are nicely decoration and most seem to have their own showers but 3 bedrooms on the first floor share a communal shower. Most rooms share toilets and many or all of the en suite shower rooms do not have doors which will be awkward for some people (eg teenage siblings). Some beds have bed ends, note for tall people. Some double beds are narrower than standard doubles.

The problem is management. As others have said, the proprietor is "quite a character". At first this is an amusing and refreshing change from the more obsequious service you might get elsewhere, but she can be very fierce if you get on the wrong side of her, and vitriolic both to you, about you to others, and about others to you (including her own staff). The rules she enforces are arbitrary and not published anywhere and it could be that she makes them up as she goes along.

In particular, this hotel is completely unsuitable for children and the website should say that children are not welcome. The walls are very thin and the noise levels of any normal child will cause Madame to call you in for one of her rude and unpleasant and condescending lectures. Other than an enclosed garden, there are no communal facilities such as a lounge or kitchenette.

Normal standards of hotel management suffer from the attitude of the proprietor. The reservations system is a book with postit notes that fall out which produces chaotic results: try ordering a double and two twins (like we did) and see what you end up with when you arrive (in our case 3 doubles). Madame might breezily say that you can go elsewhere (but without a reservation in Paris you will be sleeping in the streets). Typical of the attitude is that room 2 has a persistent problem with leaks from above: the wall has been repaired at least twice, once repainted and once patched up with new bare plaster, but still the ceiling leaks. Madame said that it was the fault of the people above who didn’t use the shower curtain properly. It seems unreasonable to expect that the leak should be fixed; the owner does not take responsibility for problems and blames others instead.

It is a pleasant looking hotel and the owner makes you laugh at first. Fawlty Towers is funny too but you wouldn’t want to actually stay there, and you don’t want to stay here either.

If you are going to Paris with just your partner and no children (and you don't mind water coming through the ceiling at night) then you might be all right but don’t be surprised if you get single beds, or even no beds at all. And having noisy sex will definitely get you thrown out.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

This hotel is in a perfect location, and the rooms are clean, but the prices on the website differ from the prices they actually charge you when you arrive at the hotel. Make sure you get your prices in writing. When I brought up this difference with the woman who runs the hotel, she was very unpleasant. I will not be going back . . .

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Forget tv in the room and a lift to get to you to your floor. This is a really (refreshingly) unusual hotel - when you enter you feel as though you are turning back the clock. No computer on the check-in desk, but a hard-back ledger in which is written the details of your visit. I booked as far ahead as I could (2 rooms with ensuites) but there was still some negotiation as to which rooms we would have (this could be annoying to some people). As the owner/manager doesnt speak much English, the negotiation could be something of a challenge. Thankfully an English speaker is on hand most of the day to help you sort out the details. There is no breakfast room in the hotel, but just outside the hotel there are many fine places to find breakfast (and a supermarket a couple of streets away).

As others have said, the location is unbeatable for the price (we paid 100 Euro a night for a room with a shower/toilet, it was 85 Euro for a room with a shower but the toilet has to be shared between two rooms). It was short walk across the Seine to the Louvre and Notre Dame cathedral (which, as it was January and rather cold, was a blessing). The rooms are quite small and rather imaginatively decorated (the hotel website gives you a taste of this). There is free Internet, though it did have the habit of dropping out now and again.Laundry could be a bit haphazard (some days baths towels were replaced with bath towels and on other days they were replaced with hand towels).

I dont think this accommodation would suit everyone. If you want electronic key entry to your room, lifts to your floor, 120 tv channels to browse, and breakfast waiting for you when you awake in the morning, then this probably isnt for you.

We really enjoyed ourselves and would go back again for sure (but we might first brush up on the French we learned at school!)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This B&B is very charming- unique decorations and style- felt very French. The location makes the B&B perfect. Very close to Notre Dame, a cafe right at the corner, chocolate shop, and pastry shop on side street. There was a Huge language barrier- the owner speaks almost no English and that made making reservations a bit nervous. But everything worked out; however, room did cost more than originally quoted but really couldn't agrue since she didn't have a clue what I was saying and where else was I going to stay. And since our room was on the top floor we had quite a walk up to our room since there was no elevator. And after walking all over Paris for several days, we hated those steps. But the location was so great, I have to say that I'd take a chance and stay there again!!!

Room Tip: Do not stay if you can't climb stairs. Ask for the new room in attic- huge room, great view, gre...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This quirky, adorable, clean and inviting little nook in the most happening area of the left bank was a true find. The pricing is incredible, probably due to the fact that you can't reserve a room more than 30 days in advance and must do so by phone (their website doesn't take reservations). Trust me, it's worth the trouble! Since we didn't speak French, my then boyfriend/now fiance and I asked a fluent friend living in London to call and place the reservation for us which she did with ease. When we arrived, we had our choice of two rooms and selected the very top one which was not a "themed" room but wonderfully appointed and spacious with a large shower and a narrow but accommodating bathroom with windows overlooking the garden below. The exposed rafters, wood floors, and unique (not cookie cutter) furniture in our room gave it even more charm while the windows overlooking both the garden on one end and the tiny street the hotel sits on at the other end made it feel open and airy. This is a nice, big room... what would normally be a suite at a chain hotel if you added a loveseat and television. We were perfectly happy without the added distraction of electronics, however.

Since my boyfriend proposed the first day we were in Paris (on the Eiffel Tower... SO sweet!), it was especially nice to have a private room with such romantic appeal. I couldn't have asked for more... even the absence of an elevator was not an issue since we were just staying a couple of days in Paris as a side trip from London and therefore had decided to store everything but a backpack for each of us at Heathrow. I would feel 100% comfortable traveling alone and staying here, so it's a great option for a romantic getaway as well as a solo trip for a young woman.

My fiance loved the area and hotel as well since it's so close to the Seine, restaurants and shops, and great people watching locales. Hotel de Nesle was just lovely.... everything we wanted and more than we dared hope for at such a great price.

Thank you for an unforgettable stay!

Room Tip: I think having an en suite bath is worth it. I noticed shared baths on the landings between floors...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I have been to Paris before but I have to say that the Hotel De Nesle is the nicest I have stayed in. It is a great price for a super location, within walking distance of the Louvre and the Notre Dame. The surrounding restaurants, coffee shops and pubs were great. If and when I return to Paris I will be staying here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I stayed for two days with my 13-year old daughter, and we loved the hotel. Our room on the first floor was small with an equally small double bed, but nicely decorated with a Cleopatra theme. It had a sink and a door opening to a mini patio. Great spacious shower in the hall, with lots of hot water. The hotel building is noisy and creaky, but once all the guests are "home" in the evening all we heard was a deep silence -and that in the middle of Paris! The location is absolutely perfect.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7 rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, France
Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Luxembourg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#35 Best Value Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 20
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