The Rue de Verneuil is by no means the prettiest street in Paris (pause a moment at the impressive graffiti almost opposite the hotel's entrance), but this is a blessing as noise disturbance is limited.
     The atmosphere within is similarly calm. The guest library, sitting room and bar reminded our reporter of the sitting rooms in a contemporary private house: renovation in 2012 has produced muted grey walls that set off electric blue chairs and a red rug. A rather dark stairwell leads up to contemporarily - neutral bedrooms - ask for the biggest category if you are fussy about space. With a nod to the literary history of the area, there's an abundance of books decorating the rooms, yet these looked to us, bound up in charming, vintage style, to be purely decorative. Bathrooms are small but well equipped.
     The place is obviosuly well run and guests - mainly staying for leisure, not business - return time and again. On our visit, all staff greeted each other by name. The breakfast room is in a stone-vaulted cellar and there are hot and cold breakfast options, and our reporter was assured that, despite a small number of tables, guests hardly ever wait for their breakfast.
     For the size and simplicity of rooms it's a pricey place, but worth it for its friendly, homely atmosphere and peaceful location.