France

Hotels in France

It’s no surprise that the Kube, in Paris’s up-and-coming La Goutte d’Or neighborhood, fully celebrates the cube, ”the most modern of shapes,” according to the general director, Jérôme Foucaud.

Originally built as a wine exchange in 1609, the inn has 18 cozy rooms with exposed wooden beams and flat-screen TV’s. The owners, Marc and Carmen Rohfritsch, are an extremely cordial couple, and Marc makes an excellent sauerkraut at the restaurant.

Near the fortified port town of Concarneau, the Les Sables Blancs presides over an unspoiled strip of sand. The hotel opened less than a year ago, and has a mod, minimalist look, with bright orange chairs on a vast lantern-lit bar terrace where guests gather at night.

Located in the Marais area of Paris, the Hôtel du Bourg Tibourg features 30 guest rooms, including one suite. The rooms are small, but they are known for their lavish décor courtesy of designer Jacques Garcia.

The Hôtel Montalembert is located in the Saint Germain des Prés area of Paris, near the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Guest rooms and suites feature decidedly modern décor, with clean lines, warm, neutral tones, and modern furnishings.

Owner Fabienne Perpiglia specializes in the Aix area, with some properties in other Provençal towns, and offers excellent, personalized service.

From the grotto-like breakfast room to the duplex junior-suites under mansard roofs, the 29-room Hôtel de la Bretonnerie is a sampler catalogue of French fashions.

Fashion designer Stella Cadente transformed a private mansion an hour from Paris into a stylish B&B with nary a doily or floral duvet in sight. Five fairy tale–inspired bedrooms include the Queen of Snow, with etched mirrors and walls embedded with Swarovski crystals.

Located on a quiet block in the Latin Quarter, this funky lodge’s ultramodern flair is obvious the instant you enter the lobby: 3-D bubbles float across a video screen, and the lobby bar lights change color throughout the day.

In an unbeatable location near the Champs-Élysées, this majestic 1928 white-stone hotel redefined elegance when it reopened its doors as a Four Seasons in 1997. Today, it’s tops with couture-clad jet-setters and bons vivants seeking a hushed city retreat with all the modern conveniences.