Hôtel des Jardins du Luxembourg

Where do you rest your head in Paris when you’re a student of psychoanalysis? Hôtel des Jardins du Luxembourg in the 6th, where Sigmund Freud slept in the winter of 1885-86.

Merci beaucoup to Howard Book, a psychiatrist in Toronto, for this recommendation. In Howard’s words, the three-star, hôtel de charme is clean, quiet, reasonably priced, and centrally located. And the Freud connection for him is a natural.

But there’s more. Lovers of design will embrace the Art Deco chairs in the salon, and the original beams, trompe-l’oeil lizards, and claw foot tubs in some of the rooms.

Gardeners will love the proximity of the Luxembourg Gardens. Practical types will appreciate the AC and double glazed windows.

And anyone who has walked all day in Paris will be happy to breathe deeply and rest tired legs in the hotel sauna. From 171€.