This 17th-century building on the small Ile Saint Louis was once the site of a court for the jeu de paume, the “real tennis” that was the ancestor of today’s game. Entered through a courtyard, the hotel has the feel of a private house, with exquisite terracotta tiles and exposed beams. A small garden, and the dog asleep at the reception desk, add to the charm. WiFi, basement area with sauna, piano and billiard room.
54 Rue Saint Louis-en-l’Ile, Paris 75004. Tel: 01 43 26 14 18. www.jeudepaumehotel.com
Lead photo credit : Hôtel du Jeu de Paume