InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau
For all its refinement and pedigree, the latest hotel to arrive on the Avenue Marceau, in the Eighth Arrondissement, is not at all uptight. Take the restaurant, helmed by a former number-two chef at the Georges V, which forgoes the swarming, obsequious waiters of other posh properties and focuses on food that is simple, subtly flavored, and comforting (try the club sandwich with black truffles). Housed in the former residence of a Parisian count, the hotel has a contemporary feel that will put design lovers in the mood: offsetting the lobby’s Baccarat table and Murano chandeliers is a Cubist painting by Raymond Moretti in vivid red. The 55 sunny, whisper-quiet rooms are furnished with Le Corbusier, Isamu Noguchi, and Philippe Starck pieces.