A few meters from Serge Gainsbourg's former residence in the heart of Saint-Germain sits this charming boutique hotel housed in a 17th century building. Aside from a stunning location only a few blocks from the Seine and flanked by shopping and art streets, the 26-room space maintains its old world charm (exposed wood beams, comically petite but wonderfully cozy rooms, a vaulted stone cellar where breakfast is served, low ceilings and an intimate seating area where guests can relax) even with an updated, more elegant and contemporary design (tall guests won't mind ducking their heads ever so slightly to enter their upper-level rooms).
Despite having come under new ownership two years ago, the hotel staff has remained largely unchanged for the last ten years - a good thing too because they're as helpful and available as ever. James Baldwin's former hangout carries nary a trace of its impersonal beginnings as a boarding house and today welcomes guests warmly from around the world. When you book, ask for a room with a view of the city's storied rooftops.