Affordable Small Hotels in Paris
Right Bank, First Arr.: Hôtel Molière
There’s a quiet revolution afoot in this centrally located, family-owned hotel as it moves from quaint to sleek. Bathrooms in most of its 32 rooms have just been renovated, and the rest of the property is gradually following suit, a piece of contemporary furniture added here, a new wallpaper (like the Paris rooftop motif in No. 16) put up there. Still, an old-world spirit remains intact, with a winding staircase, erstwhile sailors’ trunks recast as TV consoles, and brass bed frames that recall guesthouses of a century ago. As in most old Paris buildings, ceilings get lower the higher one climbs: under the seventh-floor eaves, you can lie in bed and gaze over the skyline.
21 Rue Molière; 33-1/42-96-22-01; hotel-moliere.fr; doubles from $245. Métro: Pyramides; Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre