Palaces with grand prices or cozy yet cramped pensions—those were the kinds of hotels that Paris had always done best. What was missing, concluded interior designer Frédéric Méchiche, was a reasonably priced, high-style extension of home. The graphic, mod look he dreamed up for Paris's latest must-stay address, Hôtel Le A, is certainly distinctive: the 26 tiny rooms come with unusual details (a white lounge beneath a glass roof, zebra-stripe tiles above the bathtub) that maximize every nook of the six-floor town house. The fashion tribe has adopted Le A for its proximity to chichi shops on Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg-St.-Honoré and for its unobtrusive staff. But what really set the hotel apart are the paintings by French contemporary art star Fabrice Hybert: major works line the walls, and every guest quarter has its own original. Hôtel Le A, 4 Rue d'Artois, Eighth Arr.; 33-1/42-56-99-99; www.hotel-le-a.com; doubles from $295.
—Sarah Raper Larenaudie
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