When I visited Paris this past May, I stayed at the Hotel Saint Germain (http://www.hotel-saint-germain.fr), a lovely boutique hotel in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres area of the city. It is a wonderful, safe neighbourhood, full of little restaurants, cafes, shops and bakeries. There are also some unique and stunning buildings, such as this one. You won't be bored (or hungry!) staying here.
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At 29 Rue de Seine in St. Germain des Pres there is a great little art gallery run by the wonderful Madame Benezit (whos is well into her 80s). We spent the better part of an hour talking with her about the art she sells, and Paris. Of course, we did not leave empty handed. When in Paris pay her a visit for some amazing Parisian hospitality (an oxymoron?), and great conversation.