8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysees), Paris, France
This historic Parisian building near Champs Elysees -- once a private mansion of Comte de Breteuil -- is now owned by the InterContinental brand. But the property, offering 55 rooms and stylish boutique design by Bruno Borrione, doesn't feel like a chain (although upscale InterContinental hotels rarely do). Well-dressed guests linger in the communal areas, which include a lounge and an outdoor terrace surrounded by potted plants and classic architecture. The attached jazz-themed restaurant serves continental breakfast in the mornings and international gourmet cuisine for lunch and dinner. Rooms are modern and bright, with red accents, black and white ceiling murals, iPod/iPad docks, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and flat-screen TVs. Business Perks: A number of features were provided with business travelers in mind, including the high-tech meeting space and business corner, which are decorated with hip wall murals and atmospheric lighting. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.