A room at the Hotel de Lutece, Paris

A moderate hotel on the Île St-Louis in central Paris

A room at the Hotel de Lutece, Paris
A room at the Hotel de Lutece, Paris
A fireplace in the lounge at the Hotel de Lutece, Paris
The Lutèce occupies a converted 17th-century house on this residential island in the Seine just a five-minute stroll from Notre Dame on the next island over.

It's a refined hotel in a chic neighborhood with comfy rooms that are large for such a central location, even if a few bathtubs could use curtains. The decor is accented with period furnishings mixed in with the modern comforts and rustic details, such as wood-beam ceilings and terra-cotta floors.

The rooms are also plesantly quiet, either opening onto the small inner courtyard or overlooking the primary pedestrian main drag of the island, lined with good restaurants and shops. (In fact, its lcoated between a small grocers and a corner cholocate shop, with a crèmerie just across the street—picnic perfect.)

Hôtel Des Deux-Iles—the Lutèce's sibling hotel, with similar (if slightly smaller) rooms, painted tile baths, rattan headboards, and a salon and breakfast room in an evocative sone cellar—is located just a few doors down the block at 59 rue Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile. Between the two of them, there's a pretty good chance you'll get a room.

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