This is an enchantingly French hotel. The big lobby/salon is smart and rather grand with its faux-marbre columns, potted palms and bucket chairs, and the staff at reception are hugely competent and friendly; the young owners infuse the place with their intelligent enthusiasm. The breakfast room is a delight, and deep red curtains frame the leafy, cobbled courtyard. There’s also a small, deep-chaired salon round the corner for your quiet moments, perhaps with an old book. Brand new bedrooms are super modern and grand with plush, bold carpets, velvet sofas and bucket chairs, white linen, white walls, antique-look portraits and chandeliers. Bathrooms (some separated from the bedroom by a glass wall) vary in size but all are modern; those in the suites dazzle with rectangular double sinks, huge tubs and swish Italian showers. Interesting paintings, books and ornaments give the hotel a well-cared-for feel. You’re in the heart of Paris and can walk to everything – soak your aching limbs in the spa when you return. Everyone loves the Molière.