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Paris has hotels for every taste, whether you fancy the old-school gilded opulence of the famous Four Seasons George V (Avenue George-V , doubles from ?695 a night), uber-chic Marais hangout Murano Urban Resort (Boulevard du Temple, doubles from ?360), or the dilapidated charm of the Left Bank's Hotel Esmeralda (Rue St-Julien-le-Pauvre, doubles from ?80, tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 19 20).

Other moderately priced favourites include Hotel des Arts, located in Montmartre between the glowing dome of Sacre-Coeur and the red-lit streets of Pigalle (Rue Tholozé, double rooms from ?81) and Hotel Turenne Le Marais, between the Marais and Bastille districts, (Rue de Turenne, doubles from ?119).

If hotels seem too impersonal, pretend you're a real Parisian by staying with some bona fide locals. Good Morning Paris offers a host of charming B&Bs, all chosen for their location, comfort and charm. Doubles start from ?69 per night (with shared bathroom), rising to ?99 per night for a triple room with private bathroom. Read full article »