Platform beds in the center of guest rooms and the latest state-of-the-art bathrooms, which can be seen through a glass wall, give an impression of a loft-like space.All direct-dial room telephones are mobile—a thoughtful detail, so you can take business calls from the U. as you have your ), in the heart of the Haut Marais, is the perfect alternative.Discerning travelers looking for a central location should head to the Hôtel Meurice ().
Do you opt for the grand hotels of the Right Bank—the George V, the Bristol, the Plaza Athénée—for their excellent service, or do you cross the Seine for the historic charm of Left Bank establishments such as L'Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon?
There's no question that there's plenty to choose from, but the following list focuses on the Rive Droite, where new hotels have been popping up quicker than you can say style.
The once sleepy First Arrondissement, where my husband and I moved back in 1997, was turned into a destination when the trendsetting store Colette opened on Rue St.-Honoré. So, I've dug deep into my little black book and badgered all my stylish Parisian friends for this exhaustive guide to a town of a thousand faces.
Sometimes, I pine for our old diner with its cracked-leather banquettes, for a time when I could slip out to buy fresh croissants in the mornings with just my coat on over my PJ's. Just remember: Come with an open heart, don't forget to say "" when you enter a shop or to hold the door when exiting the Métro.
For still others, Paris is about sightseeing and checking out the latest exhibitions.
The big buzz is the rivalry between Dominique de Villepin, the devastatingly good-looking conservative prime minister, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the diminutive but charismatic interior minister.
Order a dozen oysters (they have endless varieties), served with sliced rye bread and creamy French butter, or try the signature ), run by Claudine and Yves Camdeborde, is unbeatable.
This thirties-style bistro (complete with mirrored walls) seats just 20 inside and—in warmer months—another 16 on the sidewalk, and doesn't accept lunch reservations.
The classic rooms are well-padded and quiet, a bonus for light sleepers.