Built in 1855, this beautiful building was originally the Louvre des Antiquaires, and in 1887 became France's first luxury hotel. The building itself features tall, thick columns and wrought-iron railings. Inside, the style is classically elegant, if a bit drab -- some renovations would make it feel a bit more vibrant. The rooms actually quite bright, though, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathrooms are clean and modern with sharp lines; for Europe, the space is fairly big, and towel warmers in each are a comfy perk. The hotel features a restaurant, Le Louvre Brasserie Restaurant, which is a nice place to people-watch while dining outside. In the world of luxury hotels here, the Hotel du Louvre's main selling point is its location: across the street from the Louvre Museum, and right on Rue Saint Honore, close to cafes, restaurants, and designer shopping.