One of Normandy's most magnificent hôtels particuliers (family mansions) opened its doors in 2010 to become Rouen's finest hotel. Long a landmark on the place de la Pucelle, this storybook vision of a Gothic urban palace—with soaring stone pinnacles and a tower made for a sleeping beauty—was initially built in 1506 for William the Red, leader of the powerful Le Roux family. From the cour d'Honneur (where guests can enjoy their sunset drinks), enter the front
door to be fast-forwarded to the 21st century: the lobby is all slick monolithic stone with a vast glass atrium, and a regiment of black leather sofas. Upstairs, the guest rooms range from minimalistic Moderne and Tradition (with lovely touches of period woodwork) to the most expensive Prestige (in which the brickwork bathrooms are beauts). The property also has a gourmet restaurant, a modern bistro, and a terrace bar.