With massive, ancient oak beams in every surprisingly spacious, luxuriously furnished room, this hotel in a well-renovated 17th-century building is surrounded by the animated Left Bank buzz of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Owned and run by renowned chef Yves Cambdeborde and his wife, the hotel’s restaurant is a simple but very good café-bistrot for weekday lunch and on weekends, while on week nights it morphs into a linen-tablecloth, candlelit gourmet favorite with a reasonable fixed-price fixed menu and a months-long waiting list. Air-conditioned, double-glazed windows (a must in this lively, noisy neighborhood), room service.
9 Carrefour de l’Odéon, Paris 75006. Tel: 01 43 29 12 05. www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com
Lead photo credit : Le Relais Saint-Germain