If we gave awards, this gorgeous hotel would be a very strong contender. Indeed, we find it hard to fault, with the single caveat that the standard bedrooms are fairly small (and feel even smaller compared to the spaciousness of the public rooms). However they are elegant, some with floral curtains and bedspreads, others with contemporary toile de jouy fabrics. Upgrade to a bigger room if you can afford it – we saw one of top suites, which was spread over two floors and with rich furnishings, a bold red-based colour scheme and subtly interesting artwork on the walls (chosen by Mme Lafortune). One of the ground-floor suites has its own terrace.
     The moment one walks into this skilfully converted former abbey, one feels calmed and cosseted. The hotel has a reputation for attentive yet unobtrusive service, which it justly deserves: the courteous staff, led by soft-spoken and efficient Lionel, seem genuinely eager to help. The public rooms are inviting yet chic, with attractively upholstered sofas and armchairs – in cold weather there’s an open fire. The conservatory-style breakfast room, with a subtle, gold-tiled bar, must be one of the most alluring in Paris, with French doors overlooking a large courtyard garden with atmospheric fountain. Here you can have breakfast or a drink in warm weather. Worth every penny.