The cheery mash-up of prints in this guestroom is typical of Le Crayon and reflects the style of Parisian decorator Julie Gauthron.
25 Rue du Bouloi; 33-1/42-36-54-19; hotelcrayon.com; doubles from $150. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli
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.