Camus, Sartre and Joyce checked into this Left Bank hotel, as has García Márquez. It is a few steps away from the literary elite's haunt, the Café de Flore. Although the wood-panelled rooms and library remain, the modern and luxurious bedrooms bear little resemblance to those that the literati would have been familiar with; nor would they have savoured the delights of Joël Robuchon's on-site restaurant. Hôtel Pont Royal, 7 rue de Montalembert, Paris (00 33 1 42 84 70 00; www.hotel-pont-royal.com). Doubles from €395 (£304), room only.