1. Le Pavillon de la Reine, Paris
The only hotel in Paris’s tranquil Place des Vosges, the Pavillon de la Reine is a true city bolthole – and you’re right in the heart of the buzzing Marais district. This 17th-century mansion draped in ivy is pure romance, with its private courtyard garden and countryside ambience. Its 56 rooms range from antiques-filled traditional style to more modern decor, some with four-poster beds and beamed ceilings. The feeling of being cosseted extends to the spa and the library-like restaurant and bar.