Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 6th arrondissement, Hotels €250-€450

Hôtel Bel-Ami
7-11 rue St-Benoit, 6th.
Tel 01 42 61 53 53. Fax 01 49 27 09 33.
Mº St-Germain-des-Près 

Not every hotel on the Left Bank has to be old fashioned. The Bel-Ami is a sleek designer boutique hotel right around the corner from the Café Flore and Deux Magots, popular with the fashion jet-set. Originally an 18th-century printworks, the ground floor lobby and lounge bar are decorated with streamlined yet comfy sofas, minimalist dark wood shelving with colorful glass vases and exotic floral arrangements. Low-level club music and a fireplace add to the ambiance. There's wireless Internet throughout, a fitness center with sauna and Tibetan massage treatment rooms. Rooms also lean toward minimalist chic in either blue, orange or "mint green and cinnamon" hues.

113 rooms, 2 suites, Wi-Fi, gym. Doubles from €270-€300.

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