Architect/decorator Alexandre Danan has turned the Hôtel Observatoire Luxembourg into a delightful surprise. Well soundproofed, it’s a quiet retreat right on the Left Bank, a block from the Luxembourg Garden, and a few minutes from the Panthéon, the Sorbonne and the chic shops and cafés of Saint Germain des Prés. The 41 rooms are all variations on the same classic/contemporary theme; some have views of the Luxembourg Garden, and several overlook a beautiful private garden.
107 blvd Saint Michel, Paris 5th. Métro: Saint-Michel, RER Luxembourg. Tel: 01 46 34 10 12. www.observatoirehotel.com