|Hotel Langois. Built in 1870 and totally renovated in 1997, Hotel Langlois (formerly Hotel Des Croises) offers 24 spacious rooms (and 3 suites) decorated with antiques, some with marble fireplaces and wood panelling. Rooms on lower floors have larger bathrooms (15 has a glazed tile fireplace and antique tub); upper floor rooms are lighter and offer views (of Sacre Coeur from 63 and 64). On a quiet street close to the Opera and Gallerie Layfayette. Used to shoot "The Truth about Charlie" (a remake of "Charade") in 2001.|
|Hotel Saint-Jacques. The bathrooms may be cramped, but you'll find trompe l'oeil paintings, wall and ceiling murals, an ornate lobby chandelier, and views of Notre-Dame and the Panthéon from some rooms. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn filmed "Charade" here in 1963. Near the Sorbonne, 35 newly decorated bedrooms, elevator. WARNING: Rooms near the busy street may be noisy.|
|Hotel de l'Avre. On a quiet street just a 15 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and just around the corner from the Metro, this very charming, cozy hotel has 26 small but neat and pleasant rooms renovated in a pastel and flowered decor, with pretty embroidered bedspreads, all irreproachably maintained. The rooms overlooking the lovely garden offer maximum peace and quiet. The friendly staff will make you feel welcome, breakfast in your room or in the garden, and there are nice restaurants nearby to choose from in the evening.|
|Grand Hotel Jeanne-d'Arc. A great location off the tranquil Place Sainte-Catherine in the heart of the Marais, some of the individually decorated rooms offer a view on paved courtyards filled with flowers and greenery. 36 rooms, elevator. WARNING: Be sure you book the Hotel Jeanne-d'Arc on Rue de Jarente, in the Marais - there's another (cheaper, smaller) hotel with the same name on Blvd. Marcel near Place d'Italie.|
|Hotel Beaumarchais. A new hotel in the very heart of Paris, on the edge of the Marais near the Picasso museum and the the hip neighborhoods off Rue Oberkampf. 31 air-conditioned rooms decorated in Pop art style. Room service 24 hours a day. Breakfast served around a flowered patio or in the room.|
|Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais. Named for the playwright of the "The Marriage of Figaro", who lived next door, all 19 rooms reflect 18th-century elegance (wood tables and chairs, hand-painted bathroom tiles, gilded mirrors, and music stands) combined with modern conveniences like air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and Internet access. Street-side rooms on the second through fifth floors are the largest; the small rooms on the sixth floor peer out over rooftops. In the Marais district.|
|Port-Royal Hotel. At the southern edge of the Latin Quarteron a broad, tree-lined boulevard, punctuated by very pleasant café terraces. Most of its 46 rooms were recently redecorated, and the Giraud family, the owners for the past 68 years, boast of their spotless cleanliness. Two lounges, a dining room with television and a patio, an elevator, and air conditioning on the ground floor. WARNINGS: No room TVs and no credit cards accepted.|
|Hotel du Champ de Mars. This quaint little hotel in the 7th arrondisement within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, the Place de la Concorde, the Rodin Museum and the cobblestoned banks of the Seine, offers a relaxed, family atmosphere complete with Chippie, the owners' faithful old dog, lounging in the lively Provençal lobby. The 25 rooms are named for flowers and feature custom wall stenciling and chair covers; the two on the ground floor open onto a private flowered courtyard. WARNING: the popular cafe nearby is usually busy past midnight and may keep you up if you sleep with the window open.|
|Hotel Au Palais de Chaillot. The U.S. trained Pien brothers opened this chic 28 room hotel - between the Champs-Elysées and Trocadéro, in a restored town house in a luxurous residential neightbourhood - in 1997. The tastefully decorated rooms sport furniture especially designed for the hotel, huge beds, and white and blue bathroooms with either bath or shower; the double rooms overlooking the courtyard are the largest. There's also a sidewalk terrace, laundry service, and room service with food delivered from nearby eateries. The double rooms with bath are 135 €, about $165 US, just over our budget range.|
Hotel du Lys. You'll
find 22 brightly colored but somewhat spartan rooms furnished with antiques in this former 17th-century royal residence on a
quiet street in the heart of the Latin Quarter near Notre Dame and the Louvre. Numbers 5 and 10 are tres petite,
while others (8, 11, 13, 18, etc) are larger.
WARNINGS: Long twisty staircase and no elevator. If you have a street window, you may wake early on garbage collection morning.
|Paris B&B's. The U.S.-based Paris B&B & Apartments (800-872-2632) offers stays in private family homes or an unhosted apartment at prices between $90 - $185, including breakfast, taxes and service charges. There is a 3 night minimum stay.|