Owner Jean-Pierre Egurreguy personally welcomes guests to this cozy 22-room retreat. The deep sofas, pastel palette, and roaring fire in the David Hicks-designed lobby also make you feel right at home.

Le Clos Médicis
moderate, 011-33-1-43-29-10-80.
Named for former queen of France Marie de Médici, this three-star stunner was built in 1773 but renovated in 2000. The sumptuous breakfast buffet served in the charming courtyard will fortify you for a long day of sightseeing.

Cremerie Restaurant Polidor

moderate, 011-33-1-43-26-95-34.
Introduce yourself to bistro dining at this popular restaurant on the Left Bank. Its name dates back to 1845, when it specialized in frosted cream desserts. Since then, notables like Hemingway, Joyce, and Valéry have supped at its big, convivial tables.

inexpensive, 011-33-1-42-33-38-20.
Opened in 1730 by the pastry chef of the former king of Poland, Stohrer is the oldest patisserie in Paris. Its most famous sinful sweets are the puits d’amour (“wells of love”), caramelized puff pastries filled with vanilla custard, and the Ali Baba, a light yeast cake with a cream-based rum-and-raisin filling.