Owners Georges and Charlotte Ferrero cleverly create a private house vibe in their boutique hotels – Le Petit Chomel is a delight, and manager Mathieu Renaudin and team are warmly helpful. Style and elegance are their trademarks, and contemporary touches mix with lovely old things in an effortless way. Mme Ferrero hunts out flea market pieces and has a great eye for colour and comfort. Sink into a big sofa or bright orange chair in reception, relax by glowing lamps and vases of flowers; coffee tables invite lingering. The breakfast lounge is a wonderful space to sit in too – shelves of books and sculptures, china and vibrant art. There’s something beautiful in every corner. Bedrooms vary in size, but all have beds with bright throws and more eclectic fun; find bathrobes in bigger rooms. Suites, on the sixth floor, have sitting rooms with paintings, a purple, cushion-strewn sofa perhaps, a dumpy china bird here and there; some have balconies with rooftop views. You’re in the heart of Montparnasse, next door to Les Botanistes, named best bistro in 2014, and steps from luxurious department store Bon Marché.