The Renaissance Vendôme is my choice for a Paris hotel. It's small, intimate, originally-conceived; it's conveniently located in the 1st arrondissement. The staff is superbly trained by Mme Legrand, the hotel director. I was working on a book there, and sat every morning outside the restaurant writing. No one ever disturbed me. As soon as I'd look up, one of the staff would step up and ask if he could help. The food at Pinxo, the attached restaurant is world-class, and ranks well even in Paris. I also like the Champs-Elyssé and the Rive-Gauche, and have had good experiences at all three hotels. But the Renaissance Vendôme is my favorite hotel in the world.