Sofitel Paris La Defense
Paris hotels are famous for charging luxury-hotel rates for tiny rooms best described as shabby-genteel. Not so the Sofitel Paris La Defense, with a location in the La Defense business district (a 15-minute metro ride from the Louvre). Here, great service reigns, as do well-designed, modern rooms that start at 258 square feet. A total renovation in 2006 transformed interiors with a contemporary color palette of chocolate and beige (plus pops of fuchsia and saffron), cool details such as adjustable-transparency windows between the bathroom and bedroom, and Sofitel’s signature feather-topped beds. Add in flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with all-modern fixtures such as bowl sinks and rain showers, and a stay at the Sofitel is an elegant complement to a visit to nearby attractions, including the Grande Arche.