An upmarket, welcoming hotel which is perhaps too carefully designed, co-ordinated and generally coerced to generate much character, but nonetheless its bedrooms are very smart and comfortable. No. 61, for example, is a large room handsomely decked out in red and green Empire-style medallion wallpaper with chairs, carpet, curtains in matching colours. The ottoman at the end of the bed is a welcome extra touch. No. 42 is a pretty single, in pink toile de jouy with green furniture and a grey and black marble bathroom. The hotel has an identical twin close by, the Prince de Condé (39 rue de Seine; tel +33 (0) 143 267 156), the only difference being that it boasts a luxury suite with Jacuzzi. Good breakfast.