Little wonder the likes of Deneuve, Pavarotti, and Aznavour favored this downtown doyen, for its keynote grandeur is obvious the moment you step into the lobby, complete with soaring columns, Second Empire bergères, and sofas of blue tasseled velvet. Happily, this former 17th-century convent has an old-world feel but comes with 21st-century amenities. Guest rooms—the best of which overlook the grand square outside—are plush, with rich fabrics, painted headboards,
and the most chaleureuse (cozy and warm) colors. Even though you're on busy Place du Capitole, this hotel is a tranquil oasis.