Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 17th arrondissement, Hotels €150-€250

Hôtel Banville
166 bd. Berthier, 17th.
Tel 01 42 67 70 16. Fax 01 44 40 42 77.
Mº Porte de Champerret

Contemporary design and historical elegance meet at this sexy little boutique hotel in the chic residential district of the 17th. The decor is a creative mix of materials such as cut stone, red crocodile skin, brushed steel and designer lighting throughout. The lobby lounge bar features an open fireplace and a baby grand where a pianist plays every Tuesday night. Rooms have whimsical names like Prelude and Pastourelle with open bathrooms in Italian marble and claw-foot tubs or romantic bed canopies. The budget "Classic" rooms are more modern with walk-in showers. You may not be able to walk to Notre-Dame, but the same style and comfort in the center of town would cost twice as much.

37 rooms, 1 suite, free Internet access. Doubles from €190.

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