Hôtel Le Sainte-Beuve
This petite city inn, which takes its name from the 19th-century literary critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, is for traditionalists. In the David Hicks–designed lobby, overstuffed red-checked armchairs and deep couches flank a wood-burning fireplace. And the theme extends to each of the 22 individually decorated rooms, which have delicate antique dressing tables and side chairs, crisp beds dressed in white, and bedside tables furnished, appropriately, with vintage tomes.
Room to Book: The standout among the standard rooms is No. 6, with turquoise walls covered with romantic charcoal portraits. If you’re looking for something roomier, stay in the Chambre Sainte-Beuve; its street- and courtyard-facing windows and small lounge area make it feel like a private pied-à-terre.