Located just off Paris' renowned Etoile, home to the Arc de Triomphe, the intimate Splendid Etoile Hotel certainly has plenty going for it, from its historic Hausmannian architecture to its elegant restaurant and bar. Rooms, too, are well-finished, with cool contemporary furnishings, ample amenities, private Juliet balconies, and, from many, the hotel's pièce de résistance: views of the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Despite its prime location for business travelers near the Etoile and La Défense, the hotel is a bit far from many famous sights in the city center. Also, not unusually for Paris, there are no spa or health facilities. Rates aren't cheap, either -- top-end hotels like the nearby Mac Mahon can charge comparable prices -- though, if you snag a room with view of the Arc here, they might be worth it.