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Richard Truscott

Book a Hotel in the Ninth

Paris has been on a hospitality roll lately. In the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, there’s the new Intercontinental Paris Avenue Marceau, with its careful and chic assemblage of design furniture and modern art. Right off the Champs-Élysées is Grace Leo’s cheerfully sleek new Hôtel Beauchamp, and there’s something of an Asian invasion afoot with the arrival of Raffles’s Royal Monceau, Shangri-La, later this year, and of Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula in 2011. Of course, grand hotels have their charms, but the smaller hotels of the Ninth Arrondissement are worth a second look. Staying at one of the quartier’s new crop of hôtels particuliers means the best of both worlds can be yours. You’re in le grand quartier, but convenient to the central city’s monuments. When Hôtel Amour made its debut in 2006, its rock-bottom prices, cheeky décor, hourly-rate policy, and boldface-name patrons shook up the district. Now, just a few blocks away, is the new Hôtel Joyce. It doesn’t have the fashionable pedigree of Amour, whose owners are the nightlife kings Mr. André and Thierry Costes. Nor does it have the youthful crowds. But it’s a poppy, quirky newcomer with immaculate, affordable rooms that have great beds and lots of light. A few minutes southeast is the boutique Hôtel Jules, also a Grace Leo–managed property, with small but well-kitted rooms and a lobby that feels like a space-age library. Finally, almost across the street from the migraine-inducing department stores on the

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