Bare parquet floors, plain off-white walls, simple high-tech lighting, and minimal contemporary furnishings by celebrated modernist designers all helped earn La Pérouse the accolade of Europe's Design Hotel of the Year back in 1995—shortly after this big white cube of a hotel opened its doors. Twenty years later its style still holds up well. The spaces may be bare, but at least they are filled with furnishings by some great modern masters, such as Le Corbusier, Eileen
Gray, and Gerrit Rietvield. The amiable staff speaks fluent English. A pedestrian zone full of boutiques and restaurants is right outside the door, and Place Royale is 300 yards away.