Hôtel Verneuil, St-Germain-des-Prés
This elegant 17th-century townhouse couldn't be better placed to help you enjoy the quiet delights of Paris. The Musée d'Orsay is a stroll along the Seine, the Louvre is a hop across the Pont du Carrousel and the artsy, independent shops of St-Germain fan out on all sides around the hotel. Having recently changed hands, it has also undergone a renovation with interiors by Charlotte Inchauspé that deftly combine bright flashes of colour, with ancient oak beams and sharp, modern bathrooms.
Hôtel Verneuil, 8 Rue de Verneuil, St-Germain-des-Prés, 7th (00 33 1 42 60 82 14; bit.ly/verneuil). Doubles start at €199, room only.