I founded Paris by Design in 2001 to share my love for and knowledge of Paris and Montreal. After 16 years of sussing out the cities’ best, and working with wonderful people from all over the world, I’m closing Paris by Design in December.
I’ll return to Paris, bien sûr, to continue to explore all that is new and wonderful about the city. And I’ll continue to drive to Montreal regularly — whenever I need a good café au lait, an art fix, a fashion hit, or a city stint. And I hope you will, too!
My parting gift to you is a list of recommendations from my Paris Black Book.
This week and next, I’ll share favorite addresses: good value restaurants and hotels, in authentic neighborhoods, each with that je ne sais quoi.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to my posts over the years, and for traveling with me in person and virtually. Bon voyage!
Where to stay in Paris:
Hotel de Sevres — This little Left Bank treasure offers excellent value, a vibrant neighborhood, and a lovely winter garden. Rooms on the courtyard are quieter, but those overlooking the side street are charming. A recent addition to the Michelin hotel guide.
Hotel St Beuve — A bit less central, but gloriously quiet, tucked away on a tiny street near the Luxembourg gardens. Each room is unique, breakfast is supplied by artisan bakers and fromagers, and the fireplace in the foyer makes it especially welcoming in winter.
Hotel Millesime — A stone’s throw from famed pâtisserie Ladurée, and 2 blocks from the Seine, this tiny haven has lovely rooms, great service, and a neighborhood that begs to be explored. Recently upgraded from 3 stars to 4.
Hotel Adèle et Jules —Another luxury boutique hotel, this one brand new and tucked into a cobbled courtyard just off Haussmann’s Grands Boulevards (Right Bank), so it’s both central and calm. The rooms are wonderfully chic — its two wings, one named Adèle, the other Jules, feature interior design by Stéphane Poux — and the staff are genuinely warm.
Where to stay in Montreal:
Auberge de la Fontaine — This hospitable bed and breakfast in the bustling Plateau neighborhood has been a favorite for years. Rooms are cheery and vary in size and decor; one has a view of Parc de la Fontaine, another has a jacuzzi tub. Staff is wonderfully helpful, whether they’re recommending restaurants, helping you store your bike, or advising you on where to park.
Hotel Nelligan — Headed to Montreal in winter? This boutique hotel in Old Montreal is known for great service, luxurious rooms, and French cuisine. With two restaurants, a bar, and loft rooms with gas fireplaces and mountains of down, the Nelligan is the perfect place to cocoon. Step outside for fresh air, and you’re in Montreal’s equivalent of Soho.
Auberge du Vieux Port — Another idyllic getaway spot in Old Montreal. Its spacious rooms have 19th century brick walls, luxurious linens, and views of the St Lawrence River. The rooftop terrace restaurant is a great place to watch the annual fireworks competition in July.
Le Petit Hotel — The 18 rooms in this historic building in Old Montreal are outfitted with custom designed, contemporary furniture. Some have balconies, all have charm, and the staff couldn’t be nicer.
Do you have a favorite place to stay in Montreal? Let us know!