Due south of the Centre Pompidou is this small and stunning Gothic hideaway on five floors, once the presbytery of the adjacent St-Merry church. Inside the 17th-century stone, iron, and wood interior you can gaze through stained glass, relax on a church pew, or lean back on a headboard recycled from an old Catholic confessional. Room No. 9 is bisected by stone buttresses still supporting the church. The Saint Merry's lack of elevator and modern temptations like TV are
in keeping with its ascetic past (and keeps the place monkishly quiet). Situated near the Carnavalet and Picasso museums, the historic hotel is in walking distance to the Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame Cathedral across the Seine.