You will find food for mind and body here, a superb breakfast buffet included in the price, a thoughtful academic atmosphere in the bar later in the day, a youthful joie-de-vivre at all times; the new owner’s family photographs help create this vibe. There are some interesting contemporary drawings, prints and photographs as well as traditional baroque-style lamps and furnishings. Under the guidance of the delightful and efficient manager, Inga, the staff are young, dynamic and welcoming. With their 17th-century beams and many-splendoured fabrics, the bedrooms, all different, feel both elegant and personal. Snuggle into the softness of timeless Jouy-cloth walls and moulded mahogany alcoves, admire the harmony of grey and pink with swags and tassels to match, rejoice in your luxurious marble-topped bathroom. The top-floor junior suite has, of course, the best view over Paris’ renowned rooftops to Notre Dame cathedral on one side and St Germain des Prés on the other. You will be happy to return after a day’s work or museum-tramping to this utterly Parisian hotel in the heart of the fashion and café-life district.