Right Bank, Fourth Arr.: Hôtel Saint-Louis en l’Isle
A tasteful room with a view at the 19th-century Hôtel Saint-Louis en l’Isle.
75 Rue St.-Louis en l’Île; 33-1/46-34-04-80; saintlouisenlisle.com; doubles from $225. Métro: Pont-Marie; Cité
The ideal Parisian hotel is like a macaron—small, colorful, and bursting with individual flavor. But in reality, too many boutique properties here miss the mark. We sent our reporters across the city—testing mattresses; climbing staircases; sampling petits déjeuners—to come up with this list of intimate bolt-holes, in styles from traditional (a Neoclassical retreat near the Panthéon) to contemporary (an art-filled hangout by the Louvre). The sweetest part: all have rates starting under $250 a night.